The Handbook of Coaching: A Comprehensive Resource Guide for Managers, Executives, Consultants, and Human Resource Professionals / Edition 1

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Long recognized as a key ingredient for success, professional coaching is a fundamental element to any winning game plan. In the world of business, just as in the world of sport, a skilled coach can instill a sense of optimism and hope, giving adults the tools they need to evolve and to perform at higher levels—and to become more competent on the job and fulfilled in their personal lives. The Handbook of Coaching offers working and aspiring coaches a complete guide to the rapidly emerging field of professional adult coaching, and a comprehensive resource for helping professionals develop winning traits in the business and personal arenas. In The Handbook of Coaching, renowned consultant, trainer, and coach Frederic Hudson presents an introduction to professional coaching competencies by identifying the critical knowledge areas, skills, and techniques required and summarizing the major coaching theories from experts in the field. Hudson reveals how professional coaches challenge their clients, no matter what their age, to stay centered in their sense of purpose—producing remarkable results such as a renewal of spirit, enhanced resilience, improved performance, and honed leadership and collaboration abilities.Written for coaches at all levels of experience, human resource professionals, executives, and anyone interested in coaching, The Handbook of Coaching offers a complete compAndium for building, developing, and strengthening the skills needed to transform organizations and empower new leaders.The Essential Resource for Learning the Key Theories, Skills, and Techniques of Adult Coaching. The Handbook of Coaching is the first resource to offer a compendium of basic information about the burgeoning field of adult coaching—the art of guiding individuals and organizations to function at their most effective and creative levels. Written for experienced and aspiring coaches, as well as for executives and human resource professionals interested in this

Offers a compendium of basic information about the burgeoning field of adult coaching - the art of guiding individuals and organizations to function at their most effective and creative levels.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A coach needs to be able to touch people with new possibilities and bring wisdom, compassion, and humor to the issues and problems they face. The Handbook of Coaching provides a treasure trove of learning resources that you will be able to apply—practically and immediately—to a wide variety of personal and professional situations." (Robert Hargrove, author of Masterful Coaching and founder of R. Hargrove Consulting)

"Frederic Hudson is one of America's leading authorities on coaching. He not only brings us his wise insights on coaching, but he also provides a clear, practical guide book to get anyone going on their evolutionary path." (Richard J. Leider, author of The Power of Purpose and Repacking Your Bags)

"The Handbook of Coaching is an amazing compAndium that shows how coaches can enrich our lives and institutions. Anything you want to know about the field is addressed here. Every professional will want to have a copy, not only to access the coaching field, but also to learn and practice the essential principles of coaching so beautifully described here." (Bev Kaye, author of Up Is Not the Only Way and coauthor of Love 'Em or Lose 'Em: Getting Good People to Stay)

Hudson, a consultant, trainer, and coach, provides managers, executives, and human resource professionals with thorough coverage of basic information about the growing field of adult coaching. He argues that a skilled coach in business can instill a sense of optimism and hope in employees, as well as teach them the necessary skills for performing at their highest levels. Included along with a philosophical presentation of coaching theory are lists of resources aimed at guiding coaches in areas such as mentoring women, negotiating skills, developing people skills, and psychoanalytic theory. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787947958
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/28/1999
  • Series: Jossey-Bass Business and Management Series
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 7.28 (w) x 9.53 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

FREDERIC M. HUDSON, Ph.D., is the president of the Hudson Institute in Santa Barbara and founder and former president of the Fielding Institute. He has consulted and coached professionals in a wide variety of businesses, universities, and not-for-profit organizations including 3M, Apple, Boeing, Dupont, General Electric, Hallmark, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Lockheed, Motorola, Pepsi Cola, Sun Microsystems, Stanford University, and AARP. He is the author of numerous books including The Adult Years, Revised Edition (Jossey-Bass, 1999).

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Table of Contents



About the Author.


Coaching: A Profession Born of Change.

Coaches: What They Do, Who They Are.

Coaching as a Profession.


Psychological Theories of Adult Development.

Social Theories of Adult Development.


Coaching Through Life Transitions.

Coaching for Basic Values.

Coaching for High Performance in Human Systems.

Coaching for Visioning and Purpose.

The Adult Learning Agenda.


Coaching Throughout the Adult Life Cycle: Young Adults.

Coaching Throughout the Adult Life Cycle: Older Adults.

Appendix A: Coaching Tools—Assessments, Inventories, and Training Resources.

Appendix B: Training Programs for Coaches.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2006

    The textbook on HR coaching

    Frederic M. Hudson wrote this exhaustive reference manual and survey of the field of coaching primarily for coaches and aspiring coaches. He focuses on teaching the best practices in coaching and conveying knowledge, extensive resources, thorough book lists and professional programs. The real message underneath all this data is that a good coach is the ultimate human resource. If you¿re a coach, you¿ll benefit from the book¿s thoroughness. If you¿re unfamiliar with the field, it¿s a textbook for understanding many facets of professional coaching and its impact on people and organizations. We recommend Hudson¿s book particularly to coaches, and also to those who want to learn more about coaching, human resource managers, business libraries, and executives who are recruiting coaches or team leaders. Just forget the idea that all you need to know you learned in kindergarten to thrive, you need to keep learning continuously. Just ask a coach.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2003

    Good Resource for Coaching

    A good overview of the coaching field. It has numerous ideas that can be useful to newer coaches.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2000

    Great Framework and Direction

    Enjoyed this concise yet well-detailed book on coaching. It lays out the benefits of continuous coaching, as well as a simple framework for implementation.

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