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

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Coach Maturity: An Emerging Concept

David Clutterbuck and David Megginson

Coaching sometimes seems like Keats’s rainbow—the more we try to define it, dissect it, classify it, and demystify it, the more we diminish it and lose its essence. One of the concerns both of us have about so much of the coaching literature is that it represents attempts to confine coaching within the partisan wrappings of a particular school, philosophy, or approach. Often the motivation seems to be less about holistic understanding than about staking out territory, laying claim to the high ground in order to compete with or dislodge competing ideas. Such narrow and sometimes self-serving perspectives seem to us to be completely at odds with the ...

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