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Jonathan Passmore (Ed.)

London: Kogan Page, 2006.
216 pages. Paperback. £22.46.
ISBN: 978-0-7494-4637-4

Reviewed by Kasia Szymanska

Excellence in Coaching is the first book from the Association of Coaching; it is an accessible and comprehensive text with many of the chapters written by leading international figures in the coaching arena.

It is divided into three sections. The first three chapters focus on the business of coaching and the reader learns about what coaching involves, the application of the Organisational Coaching Framework (OCF) and how to set up and run your own private practice.

The second section in the main, is devoted to coaching models, such as NLP, transpersonal coaching and solution focused coaching. Also included are two chapters on intercultural coaching and stress and coaching, unquestionably these chapters need to be included, but they don’t sit very comfortably in a section focusing on paradigms.

The final section includes two valuable and important chapters on ethics and supervision. I think a minor short coming here is the lack of a chapter on training and professional development and maybe a final chapter on how the authors see coaching developing in the next 10 years or so. I for one would be interested in their views.

Overall this book is a welcome addition to the coaching literature, at a reasonable price. It is suitable both for coaches in training and experienced coaches/coaching psychologists who want to learn more about different coaching approaches and interventions.

Kasia Szymanska
The Centre for Coaching


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