Academic journal article Adult Learning

Best Practice in Performance Coaching: A Handbook for Leaders, Coaches, HR Professionals and Organizations

Academic journal article Adult Learning

Best Practice in Performance Coaching: A Handbook for Leaders, Coaches, HR Professionals and Organizations

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Best Practice in Performance Coaching: A Handbook for Leaders, Coaches, HR Professionals and Organizations. By Wilson, C. London: Kogan Page, 2007. ISBN: 978-0-7494-5082-3. Hardcover, 238 pages.

In Best Practice in Performance Coaching: A Handbook for Leaders, Coaches, HR Professionals and Organizations, Wilson provides a harmonic balance of knowledge, experience, anecdotes, and advice. The intention of the book is to serve as an introduction to coaching and as a guide for more experienced coaches. True to its intent, I would recommend this book to individuals falling anywhere on the coaching spectrum, from novice to expert, and for individuals outside the coaching field as well.

This handbook is divided into two sections: fundamentals and advanced coaching. The first section contains a wealth of information, including what Wilson calls, "The how, who, when and where of coaching for performance and good leadership" (p. 5). In this section, Wilson articulates what coaching is with her own definition, "a process which enables people to find and act on the solutions which are the most congruent and appropriate for them personally," (p. 7) and by providing coaching history, principles of coaching, techniques, and prominent models (emotional intelligence, GROW and EXACT). Wilson adds a practical element when advising how to structure coaching sessions, necessary training, and tips on running a professional coaching practice. Not only does the first section serve as a gold mine of knowledge for newcomers, it would serve as a refresher for the experienced coach.

As a novice to the coaching field, I found Wilson's writing style effortless and engaging. Though the title of the second section of the book (Advanced Coaching) sounds intimidating, it was as comprehendible and worthwhile as the first section. Wilson expands on tools and models useful for coaches and includes more unique techniques, such as the talking stick. …

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