The Coaching Manual: The Definitive Guide to the Process and Skills of Personal Coaching Paperback – 17 Oct 2002
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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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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.Read 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.
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.
*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.
There are many other comprehensive books on coaching and to heraldthis book as the definitive guide is an overstatement.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Has very quickly become my bible of coaching ideas and techniques. Easy to read and an excellent reference when working with clientsPublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
As I was developing my Coaching skills I needed a simplistic book that would be able to help with understand the potential complexities, a good read and fit for purpose. Read morePublished on 27 Dec. 2013 by DD
Excellent support literature which we was used for our ILM 5 Coaching Course, it was a very useful tool, very appropriate to the course.Published on 10 Sept. 2013 by Debbie Yeowart
This was recommended by someone in our coaching group and I found it very useful. Just one tip if you're a coaching academy student trying to pass your practicals- the model she's... Read morePublished on 19 Jun. 2013 by B. Miller
I am a trained counsellor and wanted to learn more about coaching, since it is something that is high demand right now. Read morePublished on 2 Oct. 2010 by Elin Hejll-Guest
If you are planning to become a coach or if you are establishing an in house coaching capability and need a good basic grounding in the essentials, this is a pretty good starting... Read morePublished on 19 May 2010 by Brian Carney
The Coaching Manual is a really great book for new coaches in that it really helps define the basics of what you should be doing and offering as a coach. Read morePublished on 3 May 2010 by Deborah Morris
I was really impressed by the content of this book. I used it throughout my training as a coach and still refer to it for hints and tips. Read morePublished on 7 Mar. 2010 by Julie Phillips
This is the best straightforward book on how to be a coach that I have read. It's clear, engaging and gives you the confidence that you can be an effective coach. Read morePublished on 14 Feb. 2010 by Tim Bright - OneWorld Consulting
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