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The Handbook of Knowledge-Based Coaching: FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE by Diane Brennan, Leni Wildflower

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OBSERVATIONS ABOUT COACHES AND COACHING

Our observations of many coaches in and out of action in the context of coach assessment centers suggests that it may be easier to define what does not define quality. For example:

Having a certificate or diploma. At best this is a hygiene factor, indicating that the coach has undergone some form of training in the role. But rigorous assessment shows that many “certified” coaches are severely lacking in competence, whereas many of the most effective coaches are “naturals” who bring to the role a mixture of innate intuitiveness and reflection on experience.

Having individual accreditation. The International Coach Federation, the Association for Coaching, the European Mentoring and Coaching Council, and ...

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