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Mediocre and Behind the Times
on 29 May 2002
This book, though first published in 1996 is apparently based on training sessions run by those well-known *consultants* McKinsey and co. way back in 1990.
Have we really learnt nothing new about coaching in the course of the last 12 years? To be blunt, if you put this little book up against *some* of the latest publications on the subject you might conclude that we'd learnt nothing at all in that time.
Unfortunately, for this author, "The Tao of Coaching" only stacks up well in comparison to the less significant entries in the coaching genre.
Compare it with the better books now available on Coaching, and this set of stage managed situations and mechanical solutions looks more like a book that has seriously LOST it's "Tao".
Whilst there are undoubtedly a few good ideas here, the majority of the book - especially the author's tedious creation "Alex" (whose cloddish behaviour is used to illustrate the book's main points) - is tired, mediocre and totally unrepresentative of coaching in the new millenium.
This *may* have been a welcome addition to the Coaching library when it was first published. Now it's just well past its sell-by date.