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Reflexivity and reciprocity to maintain trusting relationships in organisational coaching: a practice framework

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Amy Stabler, Dr Joanne James



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Abstract This paper develops understanding of advanced coaching practice for maintaining trust in workplace coaching relationships by illustrating how they are challenged by the power-laden contexts in which they are situated. We contest the notion of coach neutrality in these situations and propose coaches adopt an ethic of reciprocity in their relationships over time. Drawing on a co-produced autoethnographic method, the study illustrates how coach self-reflexivity and critical reflexivity can help coach sensemaking. We show how reflexivity allows coaches to assess how context is affecting their relationships and how to respond through a practice cycle of reflexivity and reciprocity.

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Author(s): Stabler A, James J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring

Year: 2023

Volume: 21

Issue: 2

Pages: 88-101

Online publication date: 01/08/2023

Acceptance date: 11/07/2023

Date deposited: 21/08/2023

ISSN (electronic): 1741-8305

Publisher: Oxford Brookes University; School of Business


DOI: 10.24384/rsv2-hq98


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