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Volume XVII • Issue 42 • 2011 (Already published)
(Regular issue)
Coaching Traverses
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Title :  20 years of Coaching : an assessment
Author(s) :  Baptiste, Rappin ; Sybille, Persson ; Yves, Richez
Abstract :  If coaching is now becoming a well-known and respected method of accompanying managers, and more and more often recommended in companies, it is the since the year 2000 that the profession, which first saw the light of day in France in the 1990’s, has earned its laurels. Even if there has been a rapid increase in the number of short publications or more encyclopaedic works produced by academics and professionals concerned to clarify the pedagogic aspects of coaching, the knowledge and understanding of it, which are becoming more widespread, reveal pressures and tensions, coming from different quarters, which are not easy to reconcile. This brings the risk that the definitions and practices of coaching will become stale and lend themselves at times to caricature. On the one hand the practitioners, mainly through their professional organisations, feel that they have defined the ethical and regulatory parameters of coaching, which has henceforth reached a level of maturity. On the other hand a survey of literature in French reveals that a number of disciplines provide sustenance for research into coaching in companies: a psychological and psycho-sociological basis, leaning towards personal development and behavioural learning; a more or less alarmist and hostile sociological critique; an anthropological and philosophical position, in search of relationships and meaning; and finally management literature which suggests that management is concerned to formalize a new instrument of human resources management and harness it to the service of managerial and corporate performance. This discordant babel calls for an explanation of the term ‘traverses of coaching’, in terms of the three semantic definitions of the word traverses: traverses in the sense of supports and foundations, traverses in its meaning of un-trodden or emerging side-paths, and finally traverses as pitfalls or obstacles yet to be identified.
Keywords:  pluridisciplinarity, literature review, traverse, coaching
Pages :  21 - 35
DOI :  10.3917/rips.042.0021
Type :  Prologue
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Title :  The coaching market. Focus on quality procedures
Author(s) :  Héloïse, Cloët ; Philippe, Vernazobres
Abstract :  This article highlights one of the regulatory mechanisms of the coaching profession, namely the processes of quality assurance. It specifies the contents and the limits of these. Initially, the choice of using the framework of convention theory is justified by the nature of the coaching service, which is at the same time fashionable, innovative and close to management consulting. After a literature review, an empirical study follows, based on the analysis of accreditation procedures and the ethical codes established by the major coaching associations, the so-called ‘reference authorities’. This study, which is both descriptive and critical, leads to useful recommendations for key stakeholders in coaching: coaches, coaches, coach trainers and human resource managers.
Keywords:  coaching, quality, agreement, institutionalization, market, fashion, profession, regulation, innovation, quality convention, occupation
Pages :  37 - 69
DOI :  10.3917/rips.042.0037
Type :  Research paper
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Title :  Team coaching. A systemic contribution to improving the organisation
Author(s) :  Antoine, Lancestre ; Patrick, Gilbert
Abstract :  Management consulting intervenes in different contexts, contributes to achieving a variety of objectives, focuses on many different themes and borrows from a number of disciplines (e.g. social psychology, sociology, management). In response to this diversity, the guidelines that seek to clarify the profession are equally manifold. This study takes account of this by proposing a typology of forms of consulting. It then focuses on one type of consulting, organisation coaching, which is concerned with strategic management and facilitating change. The study outlines the principles which underpin this in a systemic approach. To illustrate this, the study continues by building on a case study. We conclude by highlighting the advantages of, but also the questions raised by, the implementation of organizational coaching.
Keywords:  organizational coaching, consulting, intervention, systemic, management, advice
Pages :  71 - 87
DOI :  10.3917/rips.042.0071
Type :  Research paper
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Title :  Management coaching as an indicator of efficiency and performance
Author(s) :  Carole, Gins ; Sylvie, St-Onge
Abstract :  Coaching aims to help managers and executives to improve their effectiveness. After discussing the recent popularity of coaching, this article reviews its position alongside other professional development tools such as mentoring, training and therapy. However, despite the fact that coaching is now attracting many executives and significant investment, no formal assessment of its effectiveness or success factors has been carried out. Based on a review of prior writings on the topic and on interviews with a number of professionals involved in coaching (e.g., coaches, coachees, supervisors, HR professionals), the study proposes a framework that synthesizes how to measure the effectiveness of coaching and its underlying success factors.
Keywords:  internal coach, managerial coaching, executive coaching, mentoring, human resources professionals, psychotherapy, external coach
Pages :  89 - 113
DOI :  10.3917/rips.042.0089
Type :  Research paper
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Title :  Wandering off the beaten path
Author(s) :  Odile, Brouet
Abstract :  Where we realize that the side-path requires expertise, experience and self-sufficiency. That our coaching session is a moment in time wedged between day-to-day routine and professional life, and that side-paths may help us take a different way forward with coaching...
Pages :  115 - 122
DOI :  10.3917/rips.042.0115
Type :  Research paper
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Title :  Coaching as "art of conversation". The challenge of its posture
Author(s) :  Maela, Paul
Abstract :  If the reference is not always accepted, there is a widespread agreement that coaching is a form of ‘accompanying’. This reflexion again raises the issue of the posture, or the role, of the accompaniment relationship, to which the term coaching refers. This could well lead to a type of relationship, where the socio-political consequences and the changes that they imply in terms of professional posture, are continually called into question. It is by considering coaching as an ‘art of conversation’ that this study reveals a number of these special characteristics.
Keywords:  accompaniment, dialogue, emancipation, ethics, posture, reflexivity, relation, coaching, accompanying,
Pages :  123 - 147
DOI :  10.3917/rips.042.0123
Type :  Research paper
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Title :  Coaching: the opposite bank of the river
Author(s) :  Yves, Richez
Abstract :  French coaching is like a river, with only one of its banks frequented. The water is the flow of ideas which, rather than carving out the path which would allow it to follow its natural course, spreads haphazardly, flooding the terrain of coaching. This article proposes a theoretical categorisation of coaching: on the one hand, vernacular coaching, and on the other, vehicular coaching. Vernacular coaching refers to a paradigmatic regionality and only reveals its truth in the culture within which it has developed. For its part, vehicular coaching posits the hypothesis of a universal practice, independent of the regional culture. Hence vehicular coaching addresses the operating procedure (modus operandi) and potential (potentia), rather than the thought, the idea or the knowledge of the intelligible, linked to the being. The potentia becomes the basis for this categorisation.
Keywords:  definition, emergence, potential, regionality, vehicular, vernacular, coaching
Pages :  149 - 177
DOI :  10.3917/rips.042.0149
Type :  Research paper
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Title :  Coaching as a stimulus to entrepreneurial potential ?
Author(s) :  Franck, Barès ; Sybille, Persson
Abstract :  Conceptual reflexions on the contributions made by coaching tend to situate it within an innovative approach to the practice of accompanying entrepreneurs. This process is seen, simplistically, as a pedagogical or educational tool, which is hence implicitly normative (tutoring, mentoring, incubating, nurturing ...). The coach who stimulates the growth of entrepreneurial potential in the interaction between entrepreneur, project and context, promotes the accompaniment process and moves it in the direction of creation. Hence the contribution made by coaching impacts more at the level of revealing potential for entrepreneurship than accompanying a supervised creator.
Keywords:  accompaniment, creator, incubator, mentoring, entrepreneurial potential, accompanying
Pages :  179 - 196
DOI :  10.3917/rips.042.0179
Type :  Research paper
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Title :  Is vocation coaching? The question of transcendence in career development
Author(s) :  Thierry, Chavel
Abstract :  The success of executive coaching suggests that every profession is based first of all on a statement of beliefs. From the practitioner’s perspective, ‘vocation’ is not a defining criterion, amongst so many hybrid and mercantilist motivations. But from the client’s perspective, coaching is seen as a journey or pilgrimage into the inner being, revealing the deeper sense which transcends the basic notion of economic performance. In this way coaching contributes to the awakening of a new management awareness rather than to human sciences as applied to management.
Keywords:  transcendence, vocation, coaching, management knowledge, management awareness, sense, calling
Pages :  197 - 208
DOI :  10.3917/rips.042.0197
Type :  Research paper
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Title :  Crossing and Leaping. Beyond the metaphysics of coaching
Author(s) :  Baptiste, Rappin
Abstract :  Just as Hatchuel’s research seeks to go beyond the metaphysics of action to develop an axiomatic theory of collective action, this article seeks to cross through and leap beyond the metaphysics of coaching. Crossing through them means, first, identifying them: the utilitarianism of the professional literature, deviant practitioners, the tools of human resource management, and critical approaches. Then, supported by this review, the study leaps forward in order to afford a better view of what they have left unconsidered. The literary critical approach highlights the original experience of the Coachman’s constellation, which brings us back to coaching, with three fundamental questions: ontological (which kind of relationship to the world is offered by coaches?), political (what is the role of coaching in the historical European concern for the inner self?), and ethical (to what extent does coaching provide a key to a sense of equilibrium? What is its relationship to war and competition?)..
Keywords:  coachman's constellation, hermeneutics, metaphysics, coaching
Pages :  209 - 230
DOI :  10.3917/rips.042.0209
Type :  Research paper
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