Tricky coaching: Difficult cases in leadership coaching

Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
Konstantin Korotov, Elizabeth Florent-Treacy, Manfred Kets de Vries, Andreas Bernhardt (2011)
Subject(s): Human resources management/organizational behavior, Strategy and general management
Keyword(s): Coaching, leadership development, leadership coaching, coach, difficult cases, helping profession

This groundbreaking book takes an unusually objective look at the realities of executive coaching from the coach’s point of view. This is not just any group of coaches , nor are these ordinary stories. In a departure from most books on the topic, we’ve invited coaches who work senior executives and star performers who share their insights about the difficulties of coaching.

As any coach knows, coaching often gets tricky. What initially seems clear later becomes confused; the client may turn out to be someone else entirely; boundaries can easily become blurred; and the coach’s own emotions or values may influence outcomes. But the fact is that many tricky situations can be turned around if the coach stays grounded in objective coaching protocols.

Responsible coaches understand the need to explore and define the boundaries of coaching – to help define coaching protocols that will help coaches in tricky situations and , more importantly, to develop their own skills and self-awareness. In this book, we draw on case notes shares with us by experienced coaches, coaching educators, and coaching researchers, and provide a body of evidence that will help the profession evolve in the direction of coherence, standard protocols, and rigorous evaluations.

This rich collection includes reflections on why people become coaches (and why some people should not); advice on how to write up case notes; and an overview of common situations that lead to trickiness. Even more powerful are the open and honest stories of coaches themselves, as they share their efforts to continually seek greater understanding about the interpersonal and intrapersonal dynamics that come into play in executive coaching.

Pages 264
ISBN 978-0230280229 (Print)