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

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PART ONE: Human Behavior and Coaching

In its adolescent phase, coaching was sometimes reluctant to acknowledge its parents.

There was a concern to establish the independence of this new activity, to assert the particular limits and possibilities of what we were doing, which expressed itself in a tendency to define coaching by what it was not—obviously not consulting and not exactly mentoring either, but above all not therapy or counseling or any form of psychology-in-practice.

No doubt there was an element of insecurity in these negative definitions, a fear of being overshadowed or subsumed, a suspicion that the connection was, at times, too close for comfort. But there was also a legitimate concern. Coaching did have something new and distinct ...

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