The importance of improvisation in coaching

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The importance of improvisation in coaching
Coaching Jounral

Coaching of employees executives and organisations is becoming increasingly widespread. Improvisation may be essential to dynamic interactional relationships such as those found in coaching. This paper introduces improvisation to the coaching literature measures its importance to coaches and highlights improvisation usage within 12 coaching activities. Data from 113 coaches across two studies indicate that most coaches believe improvisation is essential and use it to a great extent. The combined results indicate improvisation is commonly utilised by a majority of coaches in a variety of coaching activities. Consequently this paper offers a first step towards understanding how and why coaches use improvisation in organisational coaching.

Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, 2013 Vol. 6, No. 1, 47 56

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