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Health-Based Coaching and Wellness

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In the sixth essay we direct attention to yet another force that is driving the emergence of health-based coaching. This is the evolution of work-life models and their application to coaching practices. Laura Mendelow and Ann Deaton identify four stages of work-life, as well as the upsides, downsides and key coaching questions associated with exploration of work-life issues.

The “Work-Life” Evolution: Understanding the Past to Help Your Clients Navigate the Future

Our seventh and eighth essay move into the heart of the matter with regard to the provision of coaching to clients facing major health challenges. Our seventh essay is written by a widely-respected professional coach, Judith Glaser, who writes about her own battle with cancer through the engagement of health-oriented conversations. This essay was first published in 2016. Judith offers a profound statement about health and healing: She sustained a high quality of life for many years based in part on the “miraculous” role played by coach-based conversations. Judith Glaser passed away in 2018 (she will be celebrated by the Library of Professional Coaching in 2019 through posthumous awarding to her of the Lee Salmon Award for exceptional service to the professional coaching community).

Miracles Do Happen! The DNA of Healthy Conversations

The eighth essay provides a compelling case study of how a team of professional coaches (who had worked primarily in the area of leadership and team development) found that their coaching strategies could be effectively applied when working with breast cancer patients. Written by Miguel Morgan, this essay provides us with a brief blueprint about how one might address health-related issues within an organizational setting.

Breast Cancer and Coaching: An Experience of Great Value

We conclude this issue of the Future of Coaching with an item from our tool box (a frequent entry in our digital magazine). In this issue, the tool is “Managing Life Transitions.” It builds on the classic study of life change and health conducted by Richard Rahe and his colleagues. A Life-Change Scale is provided along with a Life Transition Grid and a list of strategies for managing major life transitions.

Managing Life Transitions: A Coaching Tool

We hope that you find this excursion through the emerging and growing landscape of health-based coaching to be both enlightening and motivating. This might be a domain of professional coaching in which you want to be engaged!


Willian Bergquist/ Co-Editor

Bill Carrier/ Co-Editor

Margaret Cary/ Guest Co-Editor

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