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Dr Paul Stokes

The skilled coachee

Theme: Competence
Area: Coaching
Type: Workshop
Style: Mainly Experiential

Session on Friday, Mar 03, 10:45
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Dr Paul Stokes is Director of the Coaching & Mentoring Research Unit at Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University in the UK. For the last 17 years, he has worked as a coach, mentor, consultant and supervisor on coaching & mentoring programmes, both within the University – notably the MSc in Coaching & Mentoring – and outside as part of leadership development programmes and stand-alone coaching & mentoring programmes. He is the co-author of two best selling texts on coaching & mentoring and numerous book chapters and journal articles on coaching & mentoring theory and practice. Recent corporate clients he has worked with include Nestle, Norgren, River Island, Sheffield City Council, Barnsley Hospital, Diageo and SIG Ltd.


Most coaching theory and practice focuses on the skills that a coach has or needs. As coaching has developed in terms of its popularity and scope, more and more people are becoming skilled coachees. However, until now, there has been little research or understanding of what a skilled coachee looks like and what those skillls are. My PhD research into the skilled coachee examined this concept and I have developed a framework for understanding those skills and how they might complement those of a coach. These skills include skills that enable the coachiing process to proceeed in terms of speed and depth but also skills that are used, often unconsciously by coachees to protect themselves from embarrassment or threat. Examples will given from my research data to illustrate the application of these skills. We will discuss the framework and examine the implications for coaches, coachees, coaching trainers and professional bodies.

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