Press Release

Professional coaching is an emerging, dynamic field that is quickly evolving. Coaching in a business setting integrates the substance of psychology, human development and motivation with business concepts. Dr. Vikki G. Brock, an innovative thinker and pioneer in professional business coaching, provides a valuable contribution to the continuing evolution of coaching in the postmodern era as a professional and social movement.

One can understand the remarkable growth of coaching through the words of Werner Erhard, who in the 1970s popularized large group awareness trainings and personal growth. In a 2006 interview with the author, Erhard said “Great coaching is about leaving people with more power, more freedom, and more peace of mind.”

To create the first history of the global coaching field, Brock interviewed over 170 people who influenced the emergence and evolution of professional coaching from the fields of leadership, personal development, adult education, organization development, and psychology. In Brock’s words “my intent was to expertly weave together theories, models and practices from the interviews into an accurate and fascinating story of the emergence and evolution of coaching as a distinct field of practice in contemporary society.”

The SOURCEBOOK OF COACHING HISTORY is organized into the following parts:

Part 1: Roots of Coaching

Chapter 1: Socioeconomic influences on the root disciplines of coaching.
Chapter 2: Evolution of philosophy and its contributions to coaching.
Chapter 3: Evolution of psychology and its contributions to coaching.
Chapter 4: Evolution of business and its contributions to coaching.
Chapter 5: Evolution of sports, adult education, and others disciplines, and their contributions to coaching.

Part 2: Evolution of Coaching

Chapter 6: First coaches.
Chapter 7: Emergence of coaching in the twentieth century.
Chapter 8: Global expansion of coaching.
Chapter 9: What distinguished coaching from its root disciplines.

Part 3: Evolution of Professional Training, Associations, and Companies

Chapter 10: Early coach training organizations.
Chapter 11: First professional coach associations.
Chapter 12: Early professional associations.
Chapter 13: Evidence-based coaching.
Epilogue: Future of coaching.

Providing the best available account of the origins and early years of coaching, the SOURCEBOOK OF COACHING HISTORY speaks to a variety of audiences. Professional associations, educational and training institutions will want this book for their coaching programs to provide a foundation for their stakeholders. Professional coaches will deepen their understanding of the field and the contributions of pioneers from the fields of human development and motivation. This book is also valuable for organizations with internal Learning and Development, Organization Effectiveness, and Coaching initiatives. Mental health care professionals and sports coaching organizations will also find value from knowing the history of coaching and its emergence to fill a need in postmodern organizations.

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