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Effective Modern Coaching by Myles Downey

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Appendix 1

Counselling, mentoring and coaching

The purpose of this appendix is to attempt to satisfy the need to differentiate between some like skills. The manner in which I do so may not appeal to all, and may conflict with your own understanding. So be it.

I will start by trying to distinguish between counselling and coaching. After many years of trying, and many conversations, I have failed to come up with a complete and watertight distinction between coaching and counselling. The core skills involved in counselling and coaching—and indeed mentoring—are very similar, if not actually the same. These are principally the skills of listening and asking questions. They are the skills toward the non-directive end of the spectrum of coaching skills. ...

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