Coaching and Mentoring: A Critical Text

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SAGE Publications, Jul 18, 2012 - Business & Economics - 336 pages
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Coaching is often discussed as if it is a new 'profession' without adequate attention to how it has evolved, what underpins its practice or its training methods. Situating coaching in a wider social and historical context, Coaching and Mentoring that contemporary ‘coaching theory’ is more a collection of models and approaches mostly transferred from psychotherapy theory. Coaching claims to liberate creativity but can also entrap us by individualizing social experience. This vital new book brings a fresh and critical perspective on coaching and mentoring, challenging its normative assumptions and narratives, and proposing an ethical and emancipatory approach that takes it beyond instrumentalism and individualism.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Part I Scoping the Field with a Critical Lens
21
1 A Critical Theory Approach to Coaching
23
2 Scoping the Field
41
A Brief Genealogy of Coaching
71
3 Premodernity
75
4 Modernity
89
5 Postmodernity
99
8 The Managerial Discourse
177
9 The Network Coach Discourse
192
10 Discourse Mapping
209
Part IV The Future of Coaching
221
11 Developing Coaching Theory
223
12 Creating a New Coaching Metatheory
241
13 Coaching Formation
264
14 Epilogue
291

Conclusion
115
Part III The Dominant Discourses of Coaching
123
6 The Soul Guide Discourse
131
7 The Psy Expert Discourse
157
Appendix
299
References
305
Index
320
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Simon is currently director of Analytic-Network Coaching Ltd, offering a researched and innovative new coaching process, that aims to transform the way coaching impacts on both individuals and organizations.

He works strategically with CEOs and leadership teams in complex environments, such as banks and hospital eco-systems to implement whole-system changes. A-Nc Ltd has developed accessible and effective OD change processes, delivered through distributed leadership networks, whilst working with strategic coaching to CEOs and senior teams. This dual approach recognizes the need for alignment and full engagement between senior leaders and employees throughout the organization, to create dynamic and sustainable change.

Recent clients include London Business School, Global OD Team HSBC Bank, CEO of international bank, CEO and leadership teams in the NHS, Education sector, not-for-profit organizations and SMEs.

Simon draws on an unusually diverse and rich work experience, having previously worked in a factory, as a general and psychiatric nurse, psycho-therapist and Family Therapist, a clinical NHS manager, organizational consultant, executive coach, academic and company director.

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