Coaching for Performance Paperback – Apr 9 2002
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Laura Whitworth, co-founder of The Coaching Training Institute and author of A must read for any coach aspiring to do advanced work with their clients. John's classic work brings together the simplicity of the coaching process and the larger scope of the coaching profession in a readable and provocative way. 'Coaching for Performance' forecasts the necessary evolution that awaits the world of business and the world of coaching.
Overall, the newly written sections on leadership for high performance and transformation through transpersonal coaching really stand out. They are up-to-date, relevant, and make a significant challenge to the reader's mindset. These pages offer interesting dimensions on models of psychosynthesis, emotional intelligence, spiritual intelligence, and boundaries in coaching. (Overall, the newl)
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Packed with powerful hands-on tools, this new edition brings up-to-date John Whitmore's popular GROW model and adds three new chapters on making work and goal-setting meaningful, a spiritual approach to coaching, and coaching the organization's culture. Whitmore explores the dynamics of team development, positioning coaching as the essential team leadership skill, and provides extensive examples of effective questions that can help ensure full participation in the performance improvement process. Whether used as a self-study guide, by corporate trainers, by managers with direct reports, or by the growing legions of professional coaches and management consultants, this classic coaching guidewritten in Whitmore's classic coaching styleclearly demonstrates the power of coaching as both a tool and the essence of corporate culture change.See all Product Description
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The book begins with a few foundational beliefs of coaches. Unlike old models of management that work from the "carrot and stick" approach, a coach believes in the potential of the client. Whitmore believes that people are only able to change only that which they are aware. Responsibility must stay with the client if they are to perform. Questions raise awareness and yet maintain the client's responsibility. If the coach tells the coachee something, awareness may increase slightly, but responsibility in now in the hands of the coach, the source of the information. Questions cause the client to pay attention to their actions, think at higher levels, and provide feedback for the coach to work from.
The G R O W model provides a sequence of questioning and for the coaching session. A coach starts with the client's goal. Either an end goal, like "retire at age 45," or a performance goal, such as "write a new training manual by December." After further clarifying the goal the coach can move on to the current reality of the situation. Asking such questions as: What have you done on the manual up to now? What are the needs that you think a manual might help? What has kept you from finishing the manual these past two years? Options are then generated from the client as to how they can achieve their goal. Finally, What will you do? Whitmore builds several checks and balances into this last step to ensure performance.
The final section of the book is new territory in this 3rd edition. Coaching used to be about performance - doing, acheivement. In the past few years coaching has moved to underlaying motivations of personal fulfillment: the "why" underneath the desire to achieve performance goals. Whitmore includes new chapters on coaching for purpose, getting to life's meaning.
Of the dozen books on coaching that I own, this one has consistently been the book I refer back to as I try to explain to someone what is coaching: Believe in the potential of people; raise awareness and maintain responsibility through questions and listening; and follow the GROW model. All are the essence of good coaching.
Also suggest a well-received book that espouses coaching and leadership skills and responsibility in a unique and easily read way. My company uses it for leader development/training. It's called ""The Leader's Guide: 15 Essential Skills.""
As someone with a sporting background I find his many references to sports coaching quite natural, however I can see this as an irritation to anyone who has never experienced coaching in the sporting arena. These references however do add to the readers' understanding of coaching technique and practice. I would recommend this book to anyone new to coaching, but would suggest further study and supervised practice if you want to do more than simply use a few coaching techniques in your worlplace and everyday life.
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