A Step-Based Framework for Practice

  • Windy Dryden


Coaching was originated to help people who are functioning satisfactorily in life to develop themselves in one or more life areas (Wildflower, 2013). I refer to this as development-focused coaching. However, coaches are also asked to help people deal with a range of practical and emotional problems because some people find it more acceptable to be ‘in coaching’ than ‘in therapy or counseling’. I refer to this as problem-focused coaching. Even if coaches decide to be ‘purists’ and only see people for development-focused coaching, these people will experience obstacles (both practical and emotional) to the pursuit of their development-focused objectives and will expect their coaches to help them address these obstacles. Therefore, coaches need to develop a range of skills to deal with a range of situations. I will outline this range of skills in this chapter, indicating which skills need to be employed in which situation.


Development-focused coaching Problem-focused Coaching steps Obstacles Situational ABCDEFG framework 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Windy Dryden
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  1. 1.Goldsmiths University of LondonLondonUK

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