Five books about coaching, ready to get you going with a running start in the New Year. Organised roughly in order of weight, from easy reading to comprehensive textbooks, there’s something for everyone, wherever you are on your coaching journey.
The Coaching Habit – This is a great short form book, which is really useful in a management coaching context. It gives you a simple structure to follow and some thoughts on how to flex the style. The seven core questions are easy to commit to memory, and it’s something you can use as another tool in your coaching toolbox.
Effective Modern Coaching – This book has some great approaches to introduce coaching in a business performance environment. It’s simple and easy to read, and includes some really good thoughts around the potential that everyone has to excel.
Manager As Coach – This introduces the OSCAR model, which expands on the GROW model by building back in the results of the actions the coachee has attempted. It also covers lots of great techniques on how to do coaching in the management relationship.
The Coaching Manual – Talks about contracting, structuring more formal coaching engagements and deep dives into the skills, tools and techniques. Excellent to develop and grow your coaching to the next level.
Coaching For Performance – The original in-depth approach to coaching in a business context, including the origin of the GROW model. Similar in idea and depth to the Coaching Manual, so again it’s suited to enhancing and improving your coaching practice.