In our previous editorials we have examined a range of issues that are relevant to coaches, academics and researchers on coaching. We have welcomed wholeheartedly a wide variety of perspectives on coaching in our journal believing that the richness of perspectives contributes to the development of this field. But underneath the diversity of approaches the assumption was made that we all meant reasonably the same thing when we use the word ‘coaching’. In this issue of Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research & Practice, however, we would like to engage you in the conversation what exactly do we all mean by coaching? Do we have something similar in mind when we use the word? We believe that whether we are involved in theory, research or practice, it will serve us to examine the definition of what we do and how our explicit or implicit ideas about identity of coaching affect us.
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