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The Book Shelf: Matt Driver, Coaching Positively

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(McGraw-Hill Open University Press 2011)

ISBN-13: 978 0335 24115 6 (pb)

Reviewed by Edmundo Currie and Clara (Shinta) Togatorop

Over the last couple of years, Coaching underwent a rapid growth in many parts of the world. The profession stretches from Sports to Business organizations and has become an important trend. The author aims this book at novice coaches, but also for the more experienced coaches who want to be up to date with the latest developments within this field.

The book consists of 11 chapters and starts off with a brief introduction of positive psychology and its implementation in Coaching. The first chapters cover all the six main themes in Positive Coaching, namely:

  1. Strengths
  2. Mindset
  3. Resilience
  4. Positive emotions
  5. Relationships
  6. Personal growth

The themes are thoroughly explored and each chapter contains several examples in the form of the author’s personal experiences. Due to the author’s informal style of writing, it makes the chapters easier to read, and to be implemented in daily practise.

The author’s analysis of coaching practices suggests that Psychotherapy and coaching are in a way inseparable, and their positive correlation is frequently mentioned throughout the book. Another strong point about this book is the fact that it explores the relationship between Gestalt Psychotherapy, Mindfulness and Coaching.

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