Part 3 focuses on the nature of coaching including consideration of certain models that can give structure to sessions and conceptual models. The author also outlines his thoughts on what makes for successful coaching. There are specific chapters on executive coaching, research into coaching effectiveness and on rapid, solution-focused coaching.
Less experienced coaches will really benefit from the information he provides on methodology such as on contracting, coaching skills, giving feedback and when referral may be necessary.
Part 4 provides comprehensive information on using a variety of techniques (techniques that largely originated in therapeutic practice) in coaching and reflective practice sessions. Again, a useful range of self-assessment and reflective practice exercises is provided.
Finally, in Part 5 McCormick encourages the reader to reflect on what they have read and learnt from the book and suggests a variety of reflective practice questions to facilitate the application of this learning.
I highly recommend this book. It is of great use to coaches – particularly if a reader uses such practices in combination with personal supervision (McCormick stresses that reflective practice in itself not a replacement for supervision). Readers are encouraged and enabled to think about their coaching practice in order to further their insight – which can then be applied to their work. The book is also of great use to coach supervisors and those facilitating coach training.
McCormick, I. (2023) Reflective Practice for Coaches: ‘A guidebook for advanced professional development.’ Abingdon: Routledge