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How to Get the Most from Coaching

All you Need to Know from Finding a Coach to Wrapping up

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Lingua:  English
When you are facing a dilemma, the last thing you need is a bad coaching experience. This book takes a step-by-step approach to understanding coaching, finding a coach and maximising the experience.
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If some testimonials are to be believed, coaching is a miracle cure for all kinds of issues. What can you realistically expect from working with a coach? How to find a suitable coach, and what to ask them? What is it like having sessions? Plus: ways to avoid being pressured into having coaching by well-meaning other people.

Experienced coach Flo van Diemen van Thor gives the inside view on coaching in this accessible book aimed at the uninitiated and the unconvinced. Because let’s face it, when you are in the grip of a dilemma, the last thing you need is a disappointing coaching experience!

About the author

Flo van Diemen van Thor is an experienced executive coach and mentor who specialises in leadership development and strategic communication. Based in the UK, she founded her own company, Socius Associates, to work with leaders at all levels in organisations large and small. In this down-to-earth book, Flo answers key questions about coaching without assuming that the reader is convinced by coaching or ready to start working with a coach. In short, it is a book to help people make up their minds about coaching either way.

  • About the author
  • Introduction
  • What this book covers
  1. Investing in coaching – or not
    1. Coaching: a definition
    2. What do you want to work on?
    3. What you need to be prepared for
    4. What coaching is not
    5. When to avoid coaching
  2. Finding your coach
    1. First things first: chemistry sessions
    2. Finding a coach
    3. What does your coach need to bring?
    4. Key questions to ask: a checklist
  3. Making sessions work for you
    1. Coaching etiquette
    2. Stages
    3. Feeling stuck
  4. Wrapping up
    1. Recognising that you are ready to wrap up
    2. Making the most of your final session
    3. Taking your leave – or not
  • List of Figures and Tables
  • Endnotes


Flo van Diemen van Thor

Flo van Diemen van Thor is a coach and communications mentor specialised in helping people navigate complex organisational change. Armed with an MA in Coaching and Mentoring Practice from Oxford Brookes University and her experience as an Organisational Development Consultant in the public and private sector, Flo founded Socius Associates which develops and delivers change programmes for clients.