Effective Coaching: Lessons from the Coach’s Coach

Title Effective Coaching: Lessons from the Coach’s Coach Author Myles Downey Publisher Texere ISBN 978 1 5879 9172 1 Usefulness /5 Myles Downey’s Effective Coaching, published in 2003, is still worth a read. Downey, founder and director of studies for the School of Coaching, has written an easy-to-read, insightful book for aspiring or new coaches. His enthusiasm is apparent throughout and I particularly enjoyed his referencing of Tim Gallwey’s “inner game” – Downey is old school and proud of it. He speaks as easily about the more esoteric elements of coaching as he does about the nitty-gritty of contracting and […]

Executive Coaching with Backbone and Heart – A Systems Approach to Engaging Leaders with their Challenges

Title Executive Coaching with Backbone and Heart – A Systems Approach to Engaging Leaders with their Challenges Author Mary Beth O’Neill Publisher Jossey-Bass ISBN 978 0 7879 8639 1 Usefulness /5 For those who have not yet encountered it, this book deserves a place on the bookshelf of every self-respecting leadership coach. Seasoned Seattle-based executive coach O’Neill takes a systems lens to leadership coaching, believing that not doing so yields limited results. Aside from resisting identifying a single element or person in a system as the root cause of a problem, she highlights the need for coaches to bring their […]