First Steps in Coaching is an essential guide for anyone starting out in the coaching profession and for existing coaches seeking to develop their craft. It is a practical introduction to the theory, skills and art of coaching.
The book's structure follows the reader's progression from novice to professional coach, making it an indispensable companion every step of the way. Part one, Learning to Walk, sets out the basics of coaching and considers the key skills of listening, questioning and playing back. Part two, Learning to Run, explores a variety of practical and ethical issues, and looks at coaching as a line manager and coaching a team. Part three, Learning to Dance, examines more advanced topics such as the coach's use of the self and the nature of the coach-client relationship.
Uses clear, uncomplicated language throughout
Explains key ideas through brief illustrations from the author's practice and quotes from leading writers on coaching
Contains a wide selection of ideas, models and exercises to stimulate the reader's learning
Encourages students to try things out in conversation, and reflect upon and make sense of their experiences
First Steps in Coaching is a must-have book for anyone interested in coaching skilfully, ethically and effectively.
PREFACE PART ONE: LEARNING TO WALK: THE BASICS OF COACHING Learning to Coach What is Coaching? Directive and Non-directive Coaching Listening to Understand Questioning Playing Back PART TWO: LEARNING TO RUN: DEVELOPING YOUR PRACTICE Contracting Practical Issues Ethical Issues in Coaching Tools You Might Use in Coaching Feedback and Psychometric Instruments Coaching as a Line Manager Coaching a Team PART THREE: LEARNING TO DANCE: MORE ADVANCED STEPS Cognitive and Cognitive Behavioural Approaches to Coaching Other Approaches to Coaching Supporting Confidence and Motivation Coaching as a Relationship The Inner Game of Coaching The Use of Self in Coaching Establishing Yourself as a Professional Coach