"David lives, eats, and breathes narrative; it's what he does
and who he is. It is like he can see into people's souls through
their narratives and help them see all of who they are. When we
taught together, it was evident how profound and powerful
narratives are in revealing and healing our deepest shadows.
Narrative Coaching illustrates this important work in a way that we
can use in our work and lives. Brilliant!"
-- Donna Karlin, The Shadow Coach, Canada
"David is a global thought-leader in Narrative Coaching, and
this book will stimulate, educate, and provide valuable insights
and tools for all coaches. An essential read."
-- Anthony M. Grant, PhD, Director of the Coaching Psychology Unit, University of Sydney, Australia
"David is one of my favorite coaching thought leaders, shining
bright as a coaching scholar. His star also radiates warmth and
compassion, poured into narrative coaching, a coaching domain David
founded. This book integrates the best of David's thinking over the
past 15 years. It is a rich and evocative resource for everyone
interested in coaching."
-- Margaret Moore, Founder and CEO of Wellcoaches
"This book is a powerful source of inspiration and resources for
coaches who have outgrown the simplistic and mechanical models
taught in many coaching programs and who are ready to take their
skills to a new level."
-- Prof. Konstantin Korotov, PhD, Director of the Center for Leadership Development Research, ESMT-Berlin
"David Drake charts the waters for any coach or trainer willing
to help a fellow soul change the stories that bind him or her.
Wonderful examples and a healthy respect for the diverse and
unpredictable variability of two humans talking (or sitting in
silence) makes this book entertaining as well as useful."
-- Annette Simmons, Group Process Consulting, US
"David has taken his doctoral research and created a globally
recognized body of work. It has been a joy to watch narrative
coaching evolve and David along with it. His systemic approach to
developing people is on the leading edge of coaching. I highly
recommend this book for both its scholarship and its profound
insights on practice."
-- Judy Stevens-Long, PhD, PhD Faculty, Fielding Graduate University, School of Human & Organizational Development, US
"David Drake understands -- truly and deeply understands -- how
the stories we tell about ourselves are the genesis of our
identities, and from that deep awareness he has pioneered the field
of narrative coaching. What an astonishing achievement, and what a
potent contribution to the field of human development! If your
vocation calls you now into this journey of learning, then this
book is your map... and Dr. David Drake is your wise and
-- David Hutchens, Author and organizational story consultant
"There are very few coaching approaches that are fully
theory-based and also serve as a sensitive guide to practice.
Narrative coaching as developed by David Drake represents an
outstanding example of such an approach. It includes a skillful
synthesis of the best ideas in the field of human change, made
richer by his years of thoughtful refinement and integration into
coaching practice. This book truly extends the knowledge of the
coaching field and beyond."
-- Tatiana Bachkirova, PhD, Co-director of the International Centre for Coaching and Mentoring Studies, UK