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Executive coaching across cultural boundaries: an interesting challenge facing coaches today

Executive coaching across cultural boundaries: an interesting challenge facing coaches today Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to outline the need for cultural sensitivity and knowledge when working as a coach with people from different cultural backgrounds. Design/methodology/approach – Provides an overview of Hofstede's descriptions of cultural dimensions and explores how an awareness of these can be useful to coaches in their work. Findings – Executive coaches working with managers from different countries need to be aware of the influence of local culture on the behaviour of the managers. The manager's culture will often be very different to the coach's and understanding these differences can help coaches work more effectively. Originality/value – The article provides an alternative perspective to the more widespread behaviourally‐based coaching approaches. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Development and Learning in Organizations Emerald Publishing

Executive coaching across cultural boundaries: an interesting challenge facing coaches today

Development and Learning in Organizations , Volume 22 (4): 3 – Jun 27, 2008

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1477-7282
DOI
10.1108/14777280810886391
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to outline the need for cultural sensitivity and knowledge when working as a coach with people from different cultural backgrounds. Design/methodology/approach – Provides an overview of Hofstede's descriptions of cultural dimensions and explores how an awareness of these can be useful to coaches in their work. Findings – Executive coaches working with managers from different countries need to be aware of the influence of local culture on the behaviour of the managers. The manager's culture will often be very different to the coach's and understanding these differences can help coaches work more effectively. Originality/value – The article provides an alternative perspective to the more widespread behaviourally‐based coaching approaches.

Journal

Development and Learning in OrganizationsEmerald Publishing

Published: Jun 27, 2008

Keywords: Coaching; Multicultural societies

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