Coaching Isn’t What You Think



Most of our ideas regarding coaching have been lifted from movies, television, sport games and the “life coaching” we may have experienced in person or seen on infomercials.  It’s much more complicated than that.  What makes a coach actually good at his/her job?  What does coaching have to do with being an effective manager, boss or CEO? 

Michael Bungay Stanier’s The Coaching Habit unravels these mysteries and he has the resume to back it up.  He was the first person to be awarded “Coach of the Year” in Canada and has years of experience.  He notes that although 75% of managers have received training regarding coaching and employer-employee interactions, outreach to employees falls short.  Coaching isn’t only about leadership and dispensing advice.  It also involves asking thought-provoking questions and establishing boundaries. 

This information is important not only for those who manage or facilitate employee relationships, but also for employees as well.  They don’t receive the same training and aren’t equipped to bring the same things to the table.  Regardless of your position at work, you may very well value in this book. 

Here is the summary on Amazon

“In Michael Bungay Stanier's The Coaching Habit, coaching becomes a regular, informal part of your day so managers and their teams can work less hard and have more impact.

“Drawing on years of experience training more than 10,000 busy managers from around the globe in practical, everyday coaching skills, Bungay Stanier reveals how to unlock your people’s potential. He unpacks seven essential coaching questions to demonstrate how--by saying less and asking more--you can develop coaching methods that produce great results.

  • Get straight to the point in any conversation with The Kickstart Question
  • Stay on track during any interaction with The Awe Question
  • Save hours of time for yourself with The Lazy Question, and hours of time for others with The Strategic Question
  • Get to the heart of any interpersonal or external challenge with The Focus Questionand The Foundation Question
  • Finally ensure others find your coaching as beneficial as you do with The Learning Question 

“A fresh innovative take on the traditional how-to manual, the book combines insider information with research based in neuroscience and behavioral economics, together with interactive training tools to turn practical advice into practiced habits. Witty and conversational, The Coaching Habit takes your work--and your workplace – from good to great.”

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