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RESEARCH MATTERS: THE ELOQUENCE OF SILENCE

Which kind of silence is your client manifesting? Elaine Cox discusses the multi-dimensional nature of silence and calls for more coaching research in this area   Frequently in our society, silence is seen as the absence or opposite of talk and as something negative. However, something is lost when we judge everything in relation to speech. In coaching, for example, silence has importance: it has an amplitude that we, as coaches, instinctively understand. Coaches do not discount the value of silence, for as Kimsey-House et al (2018) point out, although there is the temptation to “fill the momentary silence as […]

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RESEARCH MATTERS: COACHING TENSION: DIVISIVE PROCESS OR A POWERFUL LENS?

The coaching process is full of paradoxes that have a tendency to act as a divide between camps. But what if we harness the energy of the paradox to better understand tension? Sue Fontannaz and Elaine Cox identify seven team coaching paradoxes   Coaching is a complex, multi-faceted process which, although widely used, is often perceived with scepticism. This could be due to the seeming tensions or paradoxes in the process of coaching, including, for example, the developmental/performance tension, the individual/team focus and the support/challenge dilemma. Barnson (2014) claims a theory of coaching paradoxes might offer a unifying framework for […]

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RESEARCH MATTERS – THE GROW MODEL: WHY WE SHOULD DISCARD BLUEPRINTS

The GROW model, as developed by Alexander and popularised by Whitmore, is deceptively simple, and this has led to a number of criticisms. But are they justified? Elaine Cox and Glenn Wallis come to the model’s defence Alexander and Renshaw (2005) described the process of developing the GROW model through their analysis of audio and video tapes of what occurred in Alexander’s coaching sessions in the 1980s and 90s. Previously, Alexander had not thought about the structure of his sessions, but knew from clients’ feedback that the process worked. To complement the analysis of taped sessions, neurolinguistic programming practitioners witnessed […]

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