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The Coaching Manual: The Definitive Guide to the Process and Skills of Personal Coaching Paperback – 17 Oct 2002

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Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (17 Oct. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0273661930
  • ISBN-13: 978-0273661931
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 19 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In a Knowledge Worker age, coaching is mainstreamed. The Coaching Manual is the most current, comprehensive, practical, best-illustrated coaching source I have ever seen. It compellingly teaches the mindset of keeping the responsibility on the coachee combined with a powerful, realistic skillset". Dr. Stephen R. Covey, ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’

"I really value this book. I found it to be written with wisdom and integrity and full of practical sound advice and guidelines. There are many books on coaching and if you have to choose I would say go for this one. It is comprehensive but above all easy to read and use and written by someone who walks the talk." Sue Knight, Author of ‘NLP at Work’

"It’s unlikely that there’s a better book for coaches on the market. Julie Starr is so obviously a people person because her passions for your personal fulfilment shines through and you can’t help but want to become a better coach just to please her!" Anglo American Books, 03/03.

"It’s wonderfully supportive in tone. At times Starr’s advice becomes almost Zen-like. Overall, this is a powerfully written book by a self-confident author who is passionate not only about coaching, but also about providing a service with integrity. It is rare for the personality of a writer to come through so strongly in a non-fiction text" People Management, Dec 2002

It offers new insights and fresh ideas to the established coach and an easy to follow, step-by-step approach for the beginner." Overall Rating ***** (Max 5 stars each for categories of Useful, Well Written, Practical, Inspirational, Value for money), Personnel Today, Feb 2003

"A wealth of information and practical exercises to improve the skills of any coach" UK College of Life Coaching, Jan 2003

About the Author

Julie Starr is a highly respected coach and management consultant who works with both organisations and individuals. She has over 20 years experience within business and change management focusing on the opportunity presented by people. She combines many years of coaching experience with a constant study related to human success and fulfillment, to develop coaching practices and principles that really work.

 


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An intelligently laid out and accessible manual, designed to review and highlight the sorts of skills a professional coach should be able to display to do his/her job effectively. When it comes to an analysis of practical skills - such as establishing the context for coaching by using comfortable, conducive space, defining expectations, setting the ground rules for contact, etc. - Julie Starr offers excellent, coherent advice.
The weakness of this manual - and any such manual - is in the areas of philosophy and skills training. In the former case, coaching (or, indeed, therapy or counselling) must begin from a position of respect for the individual. More particularly in coaching, the objective is to help the client (or "coachee"), achieve change, achieve goals by internalising the objective and finding their own way there ... rather than being obviously directed by the coach. Teaching people respect for the individual, teaching them objectivity, teaching them that level of empathetic detachment, etc., is not easy, and I have my doubts it can be accomplished simply by using a manual.
Similarly, there are very real skills which come from experience and critical awareness of your own practice. You can tell people how to listen, how to ask open-ended questions, how to feedback objectively, but these skills (and many others) need to be practised and learned through interaction in the field. At very least, you need to role play the skills.
Starr's manual is excellent when it comes to the practicalities and the applied psychology of the professional relationship, but other aspects are decidedly weak.
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Finding approachable, comprehensive and practical guidance on coaching, and it's application in a business environment, is pretty near to impossible. The Coaching Manual provides just that, and more.
Having benefitted myself from personal coaching, I was keen to use coaching as a means of improving the performance and productivity of those people who work for and with me.
This book is an invaluable reference, providing me with coaching tools, techniques and tips in a really easy to use format. It is no-nonsense, straightforward and easily read and understood. The main text is broken up by example conversations, regular challenging exercises, and coaching checklists. I particularly liked 'Coach's Corner', which are 'time out' boxes dotted throughout the book, where us coaches can get together and go through our coaching issues!
This practical book has delivered results for me. If you are considering coaching, I cannot imagine a better guide.
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Well what a fantastic book!!!!!, whether you have been coaching for 20 years or 20 months The Coaching Manual is THE Coaching Bible - for new and existing Coaches.
It offers simple, logical advice, tips, checklists and activities to challenge a Coach to look at how they can develop their coaching skills further. I am a Trainer and Coach and have been for the last 5 or so years, this book will not leave my side, I even take it into Coaching 1:1's to use as a reference guide.
A MUST have for any Coach out there, refreshing to know the way I coach, and will continue to coach is the right way, productive and effective - have recommended to all of my senior Mgt: team at my current employer to read in preparation for delivering Coaching.
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The Coaching Manual is a great little book because:
*it does what it says it does: highly refreshing because sometimes I wonder whether the person who wrote the objectives for a book is the same person who wrote the book...
* it reads beautifully: it feels like a learned friend rather than a benevolent teacher. Super tone and style, suitable for all readers irrespective of whether they are experienced coaches or non-coaches
* it is well-structured: it's easy to find the bits and pieces (and there are many: diagrams, tables, conversations, tick-lists, etc) that the reader may want to go back over or extract from the book.
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By A Customer on 22 April 2004
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This book is not the definitive guide to the process, principles andskills of personal coaching. It is however, fairly comprehensive and agood reference guide for coaching. It is easy to follow and has goodmodels and I particularly liked the approach to listening skills.
There are many other comprehensive books on coaching and to heraldthis book as the definitive guide is an overstatement.
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I really value this book. I found it to be written with wisdom and integrity and full of practical sound advice and guidelines. There are many books on coaching and if you have to choose I would say go for this one. It is comprehensive but above all easy to read and use and written by someone who walks the talk.
Sue Knight
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By A Customer on 28 Jan. 2003
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I found Julie's book an excellent introduction to coaching from both a business and life style point of view. It provides a practical approach to the principals and processes of coaching in a clear and concise manner. Discussion follows a logical path and is well thought out. Highlighted text areas re enforce the topic under discussion whilst Checklists and Examples are used effectively throughout to assist in the coaching process. Essential reading and superb reference material.
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