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Co-Active Coaching, 3rd Edition: Changing Business, Transforming Lives by Laura Whitworth

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CHAPTER 2The Co-Active Coaching Relationship

Coaching is not so much a methodology as it is a relationship—a particular kind of relationship. Yes, there are skills to learn and a wide variety of tools available, but the real art of effective coaching comes from the coach’s ability to work within the context of relationship. Every client is unique, with a unique set of circumstances, unique goals and desire for change, unique abilities, interests, even habits of self-sabotage. We can talk in very general terms about focus areas that clients often pursue—career change, life transition, performance improvement, leadership in the workplace, health and wellness issues—but only in the broadest terms. Add to this picture the fact that goals change over ...

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