1st Edition

The Coaches' Handbook The Complete Practitioner Guide for Professional Coaches

Edited By Jonathan Passmore Copyright 2021
    468 Pages 37 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    468 Pages 37 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This comprehensive practitioner guide provides an accessible evidenced based approach aimed at those new to coaching and who may be undertaking coach training for a certificate in coaching or professional credentials or accreditation with the AC, ICF, EMCC, CMI or ILM. The book will also be useful for those who want to enhance their coaching skills.

    The Coaches Handbook is edited by Jonathan Passmore, an internationally respected expert and executive coach, with chapters from leading coaching practitioners from across the world. The book is divided into seven sections. Section one examines the nature of coaching, its boundaries, the business case for coaching and how organisations can build a coaching culture. Section two focuses on deepening our self-understanding and understanding our clients, the non-violent communications mindset and the coaching relationship. Section three focuses on the key skills needed for coaching including goal setting, powerful questions, active listening, using direct communications and the role of silence, emotions and challenge in coaching. Section four offers a range of coaching approaches including behavioural, person-centred, solution-focused, psychodynamic, neuroscience, narrative, positive psychology, out-door eco-coaching, team coaching, careers coaching and integrated coaching. Section five focuses on fundamental issues in coaching such as ethics and contracting and evaluation. Section six explores continuous professional development, reflection and the role of supervision, as well as how to establish your coaching business. The final section contains a host of coaching tools which practitioners can use to broaden their practice. 

    Unique in its scope, this key text will be essential reading for coaches, academics and students of coaching. It is an important text for anyone seeking to understand the best practice approaches that can be applied to their coaching practice, including human resources, learning and development and management professionals, and executives in a coaching role.


     Section 1: COACHING CONTEXT

    1 Coaching defined and explored

    Jonathan Passmore

    2 The business case for coaching

    Rebecca Jones

    3 Developing a coaching culture in your organisation

    Jonathan Passmore & Kristina Crabb


    4 Understanding yourself as a coach

    Tatiana Bachkirova

    5 Understanding your clients

    Alison Hardingham

    6 Non-violent communication

    Alison Hardingham

    7 Understanding the coaching relationship

    Charlotte Sills


    8 Goal-setting in coaching

    Ruth E. Price

    9 Questions in coaching

    David Clutterbuck

    10 Listening in coaching

    Stephen Burt

    11 Affirmations, reflections and summaries in coaching

    Tim Anstiss

    12 Tools and techniques in coaching

    Sarah Leach and Jonathan Passmore

    13 Silence in coaching

    Arthur F. Turner

    14 Using emotions in coaching

    Aboodi Shabi

    15 Balancing challenge and support in coaching

    Ian Day


    16 The universal eclectic model of executive coaching

    Alison Hardingham

    17 Behavioural coaching: The GROW model

    Sarah Leach

    18 Person-centred coaching

    Richard Bryant Jefferies

    19 Solution-focused coaching

    Jonathan Passmore

    20 Cognitive-behavioural coaching

    Rob Willson

    21 Gestalt coaching

    Ann James

    22 Systems-Psychodynamic coaching

    Karen Izod

    23 Neuroscience coaching

    Patricia Riddell

    24 Narrative coaching

    David Drake

    25 Systemic team coaching

    Lucy Widdowson & Paul J. Barbour

    26 Career coaching

    Julia Yates

    27 Outdoor eco-coaching

    Alexandra Burn & Anne-Marie Watson

    28 Acceptance and Commitment Coaching

    Tim Anstiss

    29 Positive psychology approached to coaching

    Christian van Nieuwerburgh & Robert Biswas-Diener

    30 Developing an integrated approach to coaching

    Jonathan Passmore


    31 Ethics in coaching 

    Ioanna Iordanou & Rachel Hawley

    32 Contracting in coaching

    Karen Foy

    33 Feedback and evaluation in coaching 

    Jonathan Passmore & Dave Tee

    34 AI and digital technology in coaching

    Edith Coron


    35 Supervision in coaching

    Suzanne Lines

    36 Manager as coach

    Jenny Rogers

    37 Reflective practice in coaching

    Ann James

    38 Establishing your coaching business

    Michael Beale


    39 Fifteen tools and techniques for coaches

    Julie Flower


    Jonathan Passmore is Director of the Henley Centre for Coaching. He has also held a number of executive and non-executive board roles and worked for global consulting firms, including PwC and IBM. He has also edited and written 30 books and over 100 scientific articles.

    "This thought-provoking book provides an accessible pathway from current academic thinking to practical advice. Recommended reading for all coaches wishing to deepen their knowledge and sharpen their practice."

    Dr Gill Stevens, Programme director – Coaching, University of Cambridge, UK


    "Coaching is the personnel development instrument of the future. This handbook provides an excellent practical and scientifically sound foundation for preparing for this future as a coach."

    Professor Dr Carsten C. Schermuly, Vice President Research at SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences, Germany


    "This is the go-to book for novice coaches through to seasoned practitioners."

    Jeannette Marshall, Director of Accreditation, Association for Coaching (Global)


    "A must-read handbook for students, novice and experienced coaches and academics. With the right balance of cutting-edge theory and practice, this is by far the most thought-provoking and comprehensive book on coaching currently available."

    Dr Andrea Giraldez-Hayes, Programme Director – Coaching and Positive Psychology, University of East London, UK 


    "This handbook is a stimulating and eclectic guide to key areas of coaching theory and practice.  Presented in seven sections that include discussion of issues, necessary skills and approaches, it makes a most worthwhile addition to the literature base."

    Dr Elaine Cox, Senior Lecturer, International Centre for Coaching & Mentoring Studies, Oxford Brookes University, UK


    "What a fantastic, science-based practitioners handbook! Great value for all those who want to become dedicated professional coaches helping to unlock peoples’ full potential in an increasingly challenging world. An absolute must have for any coaching student!"

    Dr Robert Wegener, Co-Responsible of the Coaching Studies FHNW (University of Applied Sciences North Western Switzerland), Initiator of the International Coaching Conference, author and editor, and Business Coach


    "As professional coaching begins to reach a stage of maturity, it is crucial we have a credible resource supported by thoughtful and evidence-based reflection. This handbook offers the pathway for sustainable practice and decision-making either for those interested in their development as coaches or for those looking for a reference book in coaching services."

    Alexandra Barosa Pereira, Programme Director – Professional Certificate in Executive Coaching, Nova Business School, Lisbon, Portugal


    "I love the way this book is like being able to knock on the doors of the individual expert practitioners, and have a chat with each of them, all in one place."

    Dr Patricia Bossons, Leadership Development and Coaching Lead, Massey Business School, New Zealand


    "The scope and substance of this book make it ideal as a text for coach education and as a resource on every coach’s bookshelf."

    Francine Campone, Ed.D., MCC, Coaching & Coach Development


    "Brings together the current coaching evidence base in an accessible way, supporting coaches to raise awareness and take responsibility for their own development and practice."

    Dr Amy Stabler, Senior Lecturer, Leadership Development and Organisation Futures, Newcastle University Business School


    “This Handbook covers an amazing variety of illustrations of questions, techniques and tools, issues and approaches in coaching. It is an excellent guide for coaches.”

    Siegfried Greif PhD, leading German coaching psychologist, researcher and retired Professor, University of Osnabrueck


    Review excerpt:

    "In addition to coaching theories and models, the handbook includes a vast array of tools, including a selection of 15 traditional and creative techniques ranging from the wheel of life to an example from improvised comedy. The book highlights the importance of professional practice, addressing topics such as the boundaries of coaching, its future as a profession and a leadership style are covered across several sections and chapters. At the beginning of the book, readers are invited to complete a thought-provoking comparison table between coaching and other types of goal-setting interventions. There is a strong emphasis on promoting coaching as a successful evidence-based practice. Authors argue that not only is coaching an effective learning and development approach, able to generate a range of individual and collective benefits, but it also helps deliver changes for organisations at a strategic level."

    Francoise Orlov, Philosophy of Coaching: An International Journal, Vol. 6, No.2, November 2021, 47-48. http://dx.doi.org/10.22316/poc/06.2.04