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Systemic Coaching and Constellations

Systemic Coaching and Constellations

The Principles, Practices and Application for Individuals, Teams and Groups

John Whittington

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Better understand and apply the principles of systemic coaching with the new edition of this popular guide for executive, leadership and team coaches.

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About the book

Systemic Coaching and Constellations offers a refreshingly uncomplicated path into a potentially complex subject, demonstrating how this approach can provide access to systems and deliver enduring benefits for coaching clients. This new edition offers a comprehensive introduction to the principles that sustain systems, real world descriptions of what systemic coaching is and how it can be useful as well as a step-by-step guide to integrating the principles and practices into coaching.

Highly practical, Systemic Coaching and Constellations includes a wide range of exercises for application with individuals and teams. It also includes a brand new chapter on Belonging, fully updated case studies from coaches who have taken part in John's trainings, a joint ICF/EMCC constellation workshop and examples from coaches around the world, including Australia, Mexico, France, Spain, US and the Netherlands. Whether used in an initial selection meeting or to underpin all your coaching conversations and interventions, Systemic Coaching and Constellations offers an accessible, practical starting point to transform your coaching practice.

Table Of Contents

    • Chapter - 0: Acknowledgements
    • Chapter - 0: Foreword by Chris Dalton
    • Chapter - 0: Preface
    • Chapter - 0: Orientation
  • Section - ONE: Principles;
    • Chapter - 01: The universal language of systems;
    • Chapter - 02: Back to the start: Origins and definitions;
    • Chapter - 03: Belonging: Conscience, guilt and innocence;
    • Chapter - 04: The time is now;
    • Chapter - 05: Inside out;
  • Section - TWO: Practices;
    • Chapter - 07: An invitation: An experiential exercise;
    • Chapter - 08: Map making;
    • Chapter - 09: Living maps;
    • Chapter - 10: Answers to frequently asked questions;
  • Section - THREE: Application;
    • Chapter - 11: From tabletop to workshop: Principles and practices in action;
    • Chapter - 12: Sticky moments;
    • Chapter - 13: Extending your practice: Further practices and applications;
    • Chapter - 14: Outside in;
    • Chapter - 15: The F word: Familiar patterns;


John is a gifted insightful communicator in his writing and his teaching, both of which I've had the pleasure to experience and witness. He artfully brings this seemingly mysterious yet hugely transformative field to life with eloquence, wisdom, real examples and practical tips. Prepare to be inspired!
Liz Hall, editor of Coaching at Work and editor of Coaching in Times of Crisis and Transformation

an insightful but practical stepping-stone for coaches wanting to embrace a systemic approach in their practice. I do not think it is possible to be truly effective as a coach without supporting the client to become more aware of the systems in which they belong.
David Clutterbuck, co-founder of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (about the previous edition)

His lucid explanations built on his depth of experience are in my view essential reading for coaches
Alison Hardingham, Executive coach and author (about previous edition)

Book Details

  • EAN: 9780749475499
  • Edition: 2
  • Published: 3rd January 2016
  • Paperback
  • Format: 235x155
  • 296 pages

About the Author

John Whittington is an individual and team coach with a broad portfolio of clients that includes entrepreneurs, executive leaders and public figures. He facilitates regular constellation workshops in corporate environments and leads a small teaching team who share the systemic coaching and constellations approach with other professional coaches internationally.

John Whittington