Cloth ISBN: 9780804797092
When it comes to mentoring, peer coaching is an unsung workhorse. It's effective, inexpensive, widely applicable, and relatively easy to implement. Many coaches consider it to be the next wave in professional development. Yet, it hasn't received the in-depth treatment that it deserves—until now. Peer Coaching at Work draws on research and practice to deliver a hands-on guide to this powerful relational learning technique.
The authors—all leaders in the field—present a rigorously tested three-part model for facilitating peer coaching relationships in one-on-one settings and larger groups. With lively case studies and cautionary notes, they define peer coaching as a focused relationship between equals who support each other's professional goals. This dynamic uniquely enables individuals to supportively learn from, actively listen to, and judiciously question each other, which leads to breakthroughs that may otherwise lay dormant in one's career.
A fundamental guide for scholars with an interest in mentoring and those who foster transformational learning, this book is a must-have for the talent management bookshelf.
About the authors
Polly Parker is Professor in Leadership and Director of Education at the University of Queensland.
Douglas T. (Tim) Hall is Morton H. and Charlotte Friedman Professor in Management and Professor of Organizational Behavior at Boston University's Questrom School of Business.
Kathy E. Kram is R.C. Shipley Professor in Management Emerita at Boston University's Questrom School of Business and Principal of ICW Consulting Group.
Ilene C. Wasserman is Founder and President of ICW Consulting Group and Lead Executive Coach at The Wharton School.
"This in-depth treatment of peer coaching is unmatched. Practical, clearly delineated steps and examples illustrate how to apply the theory and approach that the authors have developed in their revered research."
—William H. Hodgetts, William James College
"The authors offer a lively and grounded look at a little explored, yet hugely promising practice. For those of us research and teach about professional growth, or coach leaders on the front lines, this book is nothing short of superb."
—Richard E. Boyatzis, Case Western Reserve University, co-author, Primal Leadership
"The combination of theoretical rigor and practice-based experience makes this book a highly significant contribution to the field of coaching. This is an excellent resource for professionals who want to get the most out of coaching initiatives."
—Christian van Nieuwerburgh, Professor of Coaching and Positive Psychology, University of East London
"Providing several models of the peer-coaching process, backed by psychological theories that can be harnessed to create and enhance coaching relationships, this book is a powerful primer for any work setting."
—Edgar H. Schein, MIT Sloan School of Management, author, Humble Consulting
"Mentoring is a vital pathway for leadership development, and fellow managers are among the best and least costly providers. In Peer Coaching, we have the definitive guidebook for rendering and receiving that guidance, for bringing personal counseling to life, and for making learning circles a lifelong habit."
—Michael Useem, Wharton Leadership Center, University of Pennsylvania
"This is an impressive resource for HR professionals, faculty, consultants, and trainers who would like to use the power of peer coaching in their people development efforts. Reading it will provide a strong foundation for setting up a peer coaching process, avoiding costly mistakes, and making the best use of people's ability to help each other grow!"
—Prof. Konstantin Korotov, Director of the Center for Leadership Development Research, ESMT-Berlin
"Our future growth and prosperity depends on our ability to adapt. Peer Coaching at Work provides an invaluable guide to a three-step approach that fosters lifelong learning and development. A must-read for those wanting to develop the higher-order skills necessary to succeed in a challenging world."
—Mark Laurie, PwC