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5.0 out of 5 stars A thorough, lucid and practical 'how-to' text on coaching.
This book, written in non-academic prose and strewn with practical examples, is the most comprehensive book yet authored on the contemporary involvement of coaches in the business and executive development world. The book can serve as both a reference text for experienced coaches and a 'how-to' book for coaches seeking instruction. The book is also appropriate for those...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not impressed
I`ve read widely on the subject of coaching and was very disappointed by this effort by Skiffington and Zeus. Having enjoyed reading the likes of Tim Gallwey, Bruce Peltier, James Flaherty and others expressing their views on coaching; learning something new, making slight adjustments to my own approach, I had high hopes but The Complete Guide to Coaching at Work didn`t...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A thorough, lucid and practical 'how-to' text on coaching., July 8 2001
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This review is from: The Complete Guide to Coaching at Work (Paperback)
This book, written in non-academic prose and strewn with practical examples, is the most comprehensive book yet authored on the contemporary involvement of coaches in the business and executive development world. The book can serve as both a reference text for experienced coaches and a 'how-to' book for coaches seeking instruction. The book is also appropriate for those who want to make decisions about using coaches or establishing a coaching culture or academics or trainers seeking a primary text on coaching for use in an educational setting. Throughout the book, the authors underscore the importance of coaching as a learning opportunity. In tackling these issues the authors provide a blueprint for coaches on how to become more effective and increase their ability to work with a variety of clients. As coaching continues to grow as an applied profession, dominated by practitioners, its credibility is strongly enhanced when solid ideas are presented in a clear, articulate, and succinct fashion. This book easily achieves all those criteria and will add considerably to the wealth of knowledge and professional skills associated with coaching.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The 'How-to' text on coaching!, Nov. 3 2003
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This review is from: The Complete Guide to Coaching at Work (Paperback)
This book, written in non-academic prose and strewn with practical examples, is the most comprehensive book yet authored on the contemporary involvement of coaches in the business and executive development world. The book can serve as both a reference text for experienced coaches and a 'how-to' book for coaches seeking instruction. The book is also appropriate for those who want to make decisions about using coaches or establishing a coaching culture or academics or trainers seeking a primary text on coaching for use in an educational setting. Throughout the book, the authors underscore the importance of coaching as a learning opportunity. In tackling these issues the authors provide a blueprint for coaches on how to become more effective and increase their ability to work with a variety of clients. As coaching continues to grow as an applied profession, dominated by practitioners, its credibility is strongly enhanced when solid ideas are presented in a clear, articulate, and succinct fashion. This book easily achieves all those criteria and will add considerably to the wealth of knowledge and professional skills associated with coaching.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Reference Text!, Nov. 3 2003
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This review is from: The Complete Guide to Coaching at Work (Paperback)
This book, written in non-academic prose and strewn with practical examples, is the most comprehensive book yet authored on the contemporary involvement of coaches in the business and executive development world. The book can serve as both a reference text for experienced coaches and a 'how-to' book for coaches seeking instruction. The book is also appropriate for those who want to make decisions about using coaches or establishing a coaching culture or academics or trainers seeking a primary text on coaching for use in an educational setting. Throughout the book, the authors underscore the importance of coaching as a learning opportunity. In tackling these issues the authors provide a blueprint for coaches on how to become more effective and increase their ability to work with a variety of clients. As coaching continues to grow as an applied profession, dominated by practitioners, its credibility is strongly enhanced when solid ideas are presented in a clear, articulate, and succinct fashion. This book easily achieves all those criteria and will add considerably to the wealth of knowledge and professional skills associated with coaching.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable Coaching Text, Nov. 2 2003
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This review is from: The Complete Guide to Coaching at Work (Paperback)
This democratic style of exploring, learning and transferring knowledge is a huge industry. The authors, international coaching experts, go into the discipline's history and basic principles before advising on how coaching can be used to change or develop organizations. There's advice on choosing the right coach, and how accomplished professionals can become external coaches and how managers can become internal coaches, techniques to ensure coaching is effective and dozens of case studies on how it has worked in practice. There's also analysis of various industry and business sectors where coaching has been successfully applied.
This book will be of most use to people working in the Human Services field or to managers, team leaders, trainers, consultants or practitioners who have a coaching brief.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great foundational text!, Nov. 1 2003
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This review is from: The Complete Guide to Coaching at Work (Paperback)
This democratic style of exploring, learning and transferring knowledge is a huge industry. The authors, international coaching experts, go into the discipline's history and basic principles before advising on how coaching can be used to change or develop organizations. There's advice on choosing the right coach, and how accomplished professionals can become external coaches and how managers can become internal coaches, techniques to ensure coaching is effective and dozens of case studies on how it has worked in practice. There's also analysis of various industry and business sectors where coaching has been successfully applied. This book will be of most use to people working in the Human Services field or to managers, team leaders, trainers, consultants or practitioners who have a coaching brief.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not impressed, Oct. 29 2003
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This review is from: The Complete Guide to Coaching at Work (Paperback)
I`ve read widely on the subject of coaching and was very disappointed by this effort by Skiffington and Zeus. Having enjoyed reading the likes of Tim Gallwey, Bruce Peltier, James Flaherty and others expressing their views on coaching; learning something new, making slight adjustments to my own approach, I had high hopes but The Complete Guide to Coaching at Work didn`t impress me at all.
This is one of the those books that appears, at first glance to be a sustantial piece of work, yet by the time you get to the end you wonder if the authors know anything about their subject. I suspect they do, so must conclude they just wrote a poor book.
Best to look elsewhere I guess.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic, must have!!, Nov. 1 2003
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This review is from: The Complete Guide to Coaching at Work (Paperback)
Dr. Skiffington's coaching books have become industry standard materials throughout the global coaching community and make valuable reference resources for any coaching program. This book is the first text that provides practical steps in applying the model of coaching... while her elite coach training courses via the Behavioral Coaching Institute show you how to select and master the appropriate methodology, tools and processes for your practice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great foundational text!, Nov. 2 2003
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This review is from: The Complete Guide to Coaching at Work (Paperback)
Dr. Skiffington's coaching books have become industry standard materials throughout the global coaching community and make valuable reference resources for any coaching program. This book is the first text that provides practical steps in applying the model of coaching while her elite coach training courses (via Behavioral Coaching Institute) show you how to select and master the appropriate methodology, tools and processes for your practice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A solid reference!, Nov. 4 2003
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If you are looking for a solid framework for professional coaching this resource is a must. In this book you are presented professional coaching models, a great range of templates and tips and traps every coach should be alert to.
It is presented in an easy to read format that allows this information to be employed in either an internal or external coaching practice. This is not just a book to read it is an action plan.
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4.0 out of 5 stars questioning other reviews, March 24 2005
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This review is from: The Complete Guide to Coaching at Work (Paperback)
The reviews posted here are suspicious, I have seen these reviews posted verbatim on other sites advertising this book - they appear in quotes with an author's name recommending the book. They are made to appear here as if customers have volunteered this information. How disappointing. I have no comment on the book, and in fact am interested in buying it - but it is disheartening to learn your review system is contrived.
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