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Behind Closed Doors
Behind Closed Doors

Behind Closed Doors

Stories from the Coaching Room

Edited by Erik De Haan


220 Pages, 6 x 8.25

Formats: Trade Paper, Mobipocket, EPUB, PDF

Trade Paper, $32.95 (US $32.95) (CA $39.95)

Publication Date: August 2016

ISBN 9781909818767

Rights: WOR

Libri Publishing (Aug 2016)


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Behind Closed Doors is a ground-breaking exploration of executive coaching, based on a wide range of real-life case studies of coaching in action. Despite the significant growth of executive coaching over the last 20 years, very few case studies are available which can be used to guide practising coaches – and those who retain their services – and which reveal the reality of coaching in action. Yet when the curtain is pulled back, we can learn much about the impact of different interventions and different styles; where change happens for the better and where potential pitfalls may occur. Written by skilled and experienced practitioners, and showing what happens 'inside' coaching relationships, this book provides just such guidance. Behind Closed Doors provides a unique view into a coach's highly personal practice, and offers transformational insights into the coach's reflections and experiences, into the evolving relationships between coach and coachee, and into the effects and outcomes for clients. The book shows executive coaches how they can dramatically increase the value they bring to organisations and individuals alike by creating better, deeper client relationships. It shows how practising executive coaches can be more effective in building the relationship with their clients, in reviewing this relationship and in achieving more meaningful and significant coaching outcomes. Behind Closed Doors builds on the thought leadership of the Ashridge Centre for Coaching and is essential reading for practising experienced coaches (internal and external), purchasers of coaching and HR professionals generally, and participants on Masters and Doctoral programmes in Coaching.

Author Biography

Erik has over ten years of experience in organisational and personal development, bringing to his work a sensitivity to what moves and motivates people, and a strong analytical ability. He aims to support people in their search for what is 'right and just' for themselves and for others in their organisation. Searching for and assuring people's personal engagement appears to him a key condition for change and development. He joined Ashridge Consulting in 2002 to further diversify and internationalise his external consultancy practice. His consulting approach is informed by his counselling and group-dynamics training. He specialises in working with the organisational unconscious and in surfacing hidden levels of the company or group culture. Erik's past work has included: process consulting for long-term organisational change and strategy formulation and implementation facilitating management teams and working conferences coaching to action learning and self-managed learning groups as well as one-on-one to executives and consultants. Erik studied Theoretical Physics in Amsterdam and gained his PhD in Utrecht with his research into learning and decision-making processes in perception (1994). In 1998 he studied counselling at Metanoia Institute in Ealing. From 2000, he has participated in three longer psychodynamic conferences including the training group of the Leicester Conference, to further enhance his sensitivity. Previously, in the Netherlands, he was a trainer and consultant for Bureau Zuidema from 1994 and a consultant and partner with De Galan & Voigt (1996 – 2002). He has published a book about King Lear and its lessons for managers and consultants (1997). More recently, he published Learning with colleagues (2001), Coaching with Colleagues (2004), Fearless Consulting (2005) and Relational Coaching (2007). Erik has worked with universities, hospitals and multinational companies, including Aegon, BP, CSM, Heineken, Nike, Nokia and Vodafone. His mother tongue is Dutch, he is fluent in English, German, French and Italian, and he speaks basic Spanish.