The Theory and Practice of Creative Coaching

The Theory and Practice of Creative Coaching

Analysis and Methods

By Arthur Turner

The Theory and Practice of Creative Coaching is the result of ten years of research and experimentation into the place and role of creativity in learning about and undertaking the skills of coaching in the workplace. The contents outline a wide variety of approaches and ideas to enhance and develop effective coaching relationship

Hardback, 250 Pages


November 2022

£80.00, $125.00

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About This Book

The Theory and Practice of Creative Coaching is a book that seeks to unearth new and exciting ways of coaching individuals in organisations and communities generally. Much of the practical writing about coaching is dominated by the use of coaching models and approaches and less work has been undertaken exploring the human basis for this work. Taking its source of inspiration from a wide range of sources such as philosophy and the practical joys of nature this book will seek to fill some gaps in the ways in which practice unfolds. 

Much of work undertaken has been against the practical backdrop of pitching theory against practice . In addition, more recently, this is set against trends involved in Higher Education whereby mature adults are undergoing over 12 months of training to achieve the nationally recognised ILM coaching qualifications at Levels 5 and 7. This represents contact with a diverse set of cohorts of learners of over 300 students in the past 5 years for more than 100 contact hours per cohort. Mixing theory with practice is one of the strong points of these vocational qualifications ‘producing’ highly motivated practitioners forging their understanding in the fulcrum of reflective practice and individual reflexivity.

Against this backdrop ideas, concepts and new ways of thinking have produced groups of coaches who are adept at utilising core and fundamental aspects of human nature to become successful coaches. Huge shifts in understanding have been made through engaging in creative activities; to engaging in art, metaphors, nature, walking and unusual methods of engagement with a fellow human in a coaching setting. As a result, this book sheds light upon the use of creative techniques and begins to extend the possibilities for coaches and their clients. Pitched as a way in which peers and equals can work together to learn and develop alternative coaching approaches this book forms the platform for strong learning and an increased diversity of practice and understanding.


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Author Information

Arthur Turner is a United Kingdom qualified executive coach at Level 7 and a Senior Lecturer in a United Kingdom Universit. He is an experienced coach and mentor who has been developing an understanding of the creative elements of working with individuals in the sphere of work-based and executive coaching.


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Table of Contents

About the Author; Preface; Introduction; Section One; Theory and Research 1. Central Ideas and Reflections; 2. Mediating Objects; 3. Original Research (2011 – 2014) Looking at Adult Learning; 4. Creativity; 5. Introversion; Section Two; Theory to Practice; 6. Walking; 7. Finger Puppets; 8. Silence; 9. Music; 10. Humour; 11. Conclusions for Practice; Bibliography; References.


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