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Narrative and story: New perspectives on coaching

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Stefanie ReissnerORCiD


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Coaching is constantly enriched by new theoretical perspectives on the field. This theoretical paper draws on the storytelling literature of the social sciences and organisation studies to offer new perspectives on coaching theory and practice. Its central arguments are: 1) a narrative way of knowing may enhance coaches’ sense-making and analysis skills; and 2) active and purposive storytelling may increase the effectiveness of the interaction between coach and client. The conclusion is that narrative and storytelling can enhance the coach’s grasp of the coaching relationship and their practice; however, coaches need to be aware of the pitfalls associated with the use of narrative and storytelling in coaching.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Reissner SC

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: The International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching

Year: 2008

Volume: 6

Issue: 3

Pages: 1-5

Print publication date: 01/12/2008

ISSN (print): 1815-804X

Publisher: EMCC