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Coaching Book of the Year

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This award is for a coaching book published in the previous calendar year that, in the view of the Henley Coaching team, has made a significant and positive contribution to the field.

To nominate a publication please email coaching@henley.ac.uk or post items to:
The Director of The Henley Centre for Coaching, Greenlands, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 3AU.

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The Art of Dialogue in Coaching
Reinhard Stelter

In The Art of Dialogue in Coaching, Reinhard Stelter invites readers to engage in transformative and fruitful dialogues in everyday working life, and provides the theory and tools for them to be able to do so.

Presented in three parts, the book provides a complete overview of the importance of dialogue and how it can be utilised. Part I, Theoretical basis, examines third-generation coaching as a collaborative dialogue form, the societal context of the coaching process and the concept of identity in modern society. Part II, Basic themes of fruitful dialogue, examines meaning-making, value and the narrative perspective, and their significance in creating a new dialogue culture. Finally, Part III, Reflections on dialogue practice, explores the art of being a supporting dialogue guide, drawing on a number of theoretical perspectives and focusing on developing relational competencies. Stelter emphasises that taking the time to linger opens new possibilities for fundamental self-insight, and clearly explains how dialogue provides us with a framework for acting in the world with personal integrity.

The Art of Dialogue in Coaching will be an essential guide for coaches in practice and in training, coaching psychologists and professionals with a coaching role, including mentors, consultants and leaders. In particular, it will appeal to those looking to conduct dialogue as an art form, enhancing their work as a co-creative and collaborative guide.

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Listening Well – The Art of Empathic Understanding
William R Miller

Are you a good listener? How well do you really know the people around you? A capacity for empathic understanding is hard-wired in our brains, but its full expression involves particular listening skills that are seldom learned through ordinary experience. Through clear explanation, specific examples, and practical exercises, Dr. Miller offers a step-by-step process for developing your skillfulness in empathic listening. With a solid basis in sixty years of scientific research, these communication skills are not limited to professionals, and can be learned and applied in your everyday life. Instead of assuming that you know the meaning of what you think you heard, empathic listening lets you develop a more accurate understanding and prevent miscommunication. Empathic understanding can help to deepen personal relationships, alleviate conflict, communicate across differences, and promote positive change. The author also discusses skills for expressing yourself clearly, and for strengthening close relationships and friendships. Through empathic understanding you have access to life experience far beyond your own, and over time, listening well and deeply becomes a way of being, fostering a compassionate and patient acceptance of human frailties—those of others as well as your own.


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Ioanna Iordanou, Rachel Hawley and Christiana Iordanou

Values and Ethics in Coaching
Ioanna Iordanou, Rachel Hawley and Christiana Iordanou

The first complete guide to exploring values and ethics in coaching, this book will guide you through the responsibilities of coaching practice, and help you recognize and reconcile common ethical dilemmas and choices.

Part I explores the theory and research underpinning ethical coaching practice, and invites you to examine own personal and professional values.

Part II delves into the key ethical considerations in the coaching relationship, including contracting, confidentiality and understanding boundaries. It explores each issue in depth, and offers implications and suggestions for practice.

Part III examines individual professional contexts, including coaching in business, sports and healthcare with real life examples and reflections from practising coaches.

This book is vital reading for trainee and practitioner coaches, and those looking to introduce ethical coaching practice into a professional setting.

Published 10th July 2019
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