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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Open University Press (15 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0335238904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0335238903
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 1.6 x 26.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dr. Angus McLeod's raison d'etre is the evolution of both perfromance AND behavioural change by executives and teams.

He has designed/facilitated many learning-journey programmes and, since 2004, culture change programmes too. Off-the-shelf ones include: Management & Leadership Development Programs and Coach Development Programs including those that provide coaching skills for use in day-to-day management in the UK Health Service and elsewhere. The undercurrent to his courses is based upon practical learning that can be applied in the workplace the same day and also about personal development: for self-actualization, understanding others and personal effectiveness.

Angus designed highly successful web-based learning journeys in coaching and related subjects at different qualification levels for about 20,000 learners, most recently at the AMA Coaching School where he is Principal.

Dr Angus McLeod is a coach and author. He regularly contributes at international conferences, with many published articles on team and coaching performance in the international press. He has held over a dozen corporate board appointments starting in retail, environment, power, chemical and, more recently, in people-development organizations.

Dr McLeod is Visiting Professor of Coaching at Birmingham City University and closely associated with the thriving Business School where his research interests include applied research in coaching & leadership.

He provides a great deal of free resources for managers and coaches on his website at Angus McLeod Associates, including a huge range of videos.

His books are translated into a number of languages including Russian, Polish, Italian and Chinese.

He launched the first e-mentoring product in the world, 'Ask Max', with others in 1999. Angus also co-created the not-for-profit coach-development organization, The Coaching Foundation, in 1998.

He works from Worcestershire in the UK and from Philadelphia in the US.


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Angus McLeod is Visiting Professor at Birmingham City University Business School and has published books on coaching, team development and leadership. He is an accomplished coach, company director, and he conducts coaching master-classes internationally. He and his team supply coaches and training programmes for executive development and culture change.

Will Thomas is a best-selling and award-winning author who has had published, several successful books on coaching and leadership. He takes coaching and creative learning into the educational sector, where 1-2-1 coaching skills and a teaching style advised and enhanced by coaching skills is making a real difference to the wellbeing and development of teachers, leaders and learners. He is visiting lecturer at The University of Worcester.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Martin Turner HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Feb. 2011
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This is a compendium of fifty-one coaching techniques, based primarily around the STEPPA method. Each technique is set out on two or three pages, with a focus on clear explanation suitable for use right away. The fairly limited level of explanation assumes that the coach using this material is already well versed in basic coaching methodology, although there is a brief introductory chapter setting out the key issues in coaching. However, not all coaches will be comfortable with all techniques, and the workbook style approach used here does not lend itself to a critical evaluation of the methodologies.

STEPPA stands for Subject Focus, Target Focus, Emotional Focus, Plan Focus, Pace and Act Focus, and is McLeod and Thomas's underlying framework for this book. McLeod is actually one of STEPPA's main advocates, and STEPPA itself is relatively well established in UK coaching. The underlying philosophy for STEPPA is Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), which is not itself accepted by all. However, McLeod points out that it is not necessary to have a background in NLP to use STEPPA, and he explains that the purpose of the book is to bring together proven coaching techniques from a variety of sources.

This is a highly useful compendium, and admirably fulfils its function of offering an abundance of coaching techniques for a wide variety of coachee issues. It's also supported by a website from which many of the tools can be downloaded, where there is an intention that the coachee completes them on paper.

If you're a coach and want to expand your repertoire of tools, or simply have a single volume to remind you of the ones you use most, this is a good book to have. However, it is neither a how-to book in being a coach, despite some admirable introductory sections, nor a theoretical and critical analysis of the relative merits of different tools.

Recommended, if a set of tools is what you need.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Many Beans VINE VOICE on 30 Jan. 2011
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In this large format book Angus Macleod and Will Thomas set out more than 50 practical tools you can use in coaching. These are presented within their "STEPPA" framework, a model for the coaching process.

The techniques are drawn from a wide range of sources. These include:

- David Groves "clean language" model
- Psychotherapy
- NLP techniques
- Creativity models (e.g. assumption surfacing), as well as
- Standard business approaches such as setting SMART goals and using SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis.

Each tool is presented clearly, so understanding how to pick it up and use it is fairly straightforward. The authors also set out how to decide which technique may be useful - why and when to use tools, as well as what to do, and how to do it.

The book as a whole is very well structured and organised and comes with helpful appendices. These cover clean language, a summary of useful questions appropriate to each stage of the coaching process, some thoughts on "hot words and phrases", and websites for further information.

As was the techniques themselves our authors offer a wealth of practical guidance on using these and how to approach coaching in general. This feels like something that the authors have taken time and care to produce.

Some of my own work has been in closely related areas and I'm familiar with a number of the techniques - and recognise their value. This selection seems to reflect what works based on the author's experience, rather than trying to push any particular perspective or agenda.

The authors don't seem to be trying to sell their model over anyone else's - which is quite a refreshing approach.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pjr VINE VOICE on 21 April 2011
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Coaching is one of those additions to the modern business world which, on the outset, doesn't always seem to be something with particularly tangable benefits. Yet when it works it's really impressive to see the results. Angus McLeod is one of the founding fathers and leading lights of business coaching and this book provides a radical update of his original performance coaching model. Whereas before the ethos was something pretty simple this is more complex.

This book takes a new look at coaching incorporating a number of new ideas and techniques. At fist glance it's a bit of a challenging read and for those who have been coaching for a number of years this is still going to challenge some of their pre-existing beliefs. Once you start to look more closely the layout reveals itself to be both logical and very user friendly. It tackles some difficult issues too, admitting that there are times when not to coach. Something some will find quite difficult.

The book contains lots of ideas and is broken up into simple sections containing techniques which could be used quite simply just on their own without resorting to using the complete arsenal of ideas. It's a wonderful re-valuation for the experienced and also structured in a way that a complete beginner can get the maximum use of it too.

I've been involved in this business for a while and find Mcleod's work to be about the best there is. This just made the best even better, I cannot wait to put the theory into practice. Whether this is your first look at coaching, or a place to seek new ideas this really is a must have.
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