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The Cross-Cultural Coaching Kaleidoscope

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Jenny Plaister-Ten is a consultant, coach and facilitator. She has held senior positions for companies such as ICL/Fujitsu and Compaq/HP and has lived and worked in Asia, the USA and the Netherlands. She founded a marketing consultancy in Singapore and is now Director of 10 Consulting Ltd. Jenny is married inter-culturally and has a son who attended the European School and enjoys a multi-cultural lifestyle in both the Netherlands and the UK.


'Without doubt the most significant text in the field of intercultural coaching for a decade. Enjoyable, insightful, evidence-based and provocative, this is an essential volume on the coach's bookshelf.'- Professor David Clutterbuck, David Clutterbuck Partnership'Jennifer Plaister-Ten challenges all of us who are coaching in a global organisation to think about the impact of culture on our work in a much deeper and more thoughtful way. This is a brilliant, challenging and informative book that is a must-read for coaches working in multinational organisations.'- Sally Bonneywell, VP Coaching, Talent, Leadership and Organisation Development CoE, GlaxoSmithKline'This book is vital reading for coaches who work in a cross-cultural setting, which, as the author suggests, means all of us. The text enhances awareness of the influence of culture for both the coach and the client and enables reflection on what it means to work with different cultural influences. The implications for practice are vast.'- Dr Elaine Cox, Co-Director of the International Centre for Coaching and Mentoring Studies, Oxford Brookes University'Jennifer Plaister-Ten brings a valuable contribution to intercultural coaching by exploring in depth the multi-faceted cultural influences that shape our perceptions. She promotes a dynamic and inclusive notion of culture, which is very much needed in today's complex and turbulent environment.'- Philippe Rosinski, Principal, Rosinski and Company, Belgium'A very useful, culture-sensitive approach to the often essentially ethnocentric pursuit of coaching - long overdue and going far beyond the few existing cultural takes on coaching and mentoring.'- Professor Peter Franklin, Asian Studies and Management, Konstanz University of Applied Sciences, Germany'The model that Jennifer Plaister-Ten has developed through her research is a helpful tool for coaches to examine and challenge their own assumptions. In South Africa, where cultural differences and belief systems were emphasised to keep the Apartheid system alive, this tool could be very useful in helping us all to challenge those assumptions and belief systems that we were socialised into believing to be the 'truth' about our fellow citizens.'- Dr Lloyd Chapman, author and executive coach, Philos Performance, South Africa

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