Coaching for Performance

Coaching for Performance : The Principles and Practices of Coaching and Leadership

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Coaching for Performance is the bible of the industry and very much the definitive work that all coaches stand on.

This fourth edition explains clearly and in-depth how to unlock people's potential to maximise their performance. It contains the eponymous GROW model (Goals, Reality, Options, Will), now established as the basis for coaching professionals. Clear, concise, hands-on and reader-friendly, this is a coaching guide written in a coaching style. Coaching for Performance digs deep into the roots of coaching, particularly transpersonal psychology, a useful model for personal development and in-depth coaching. There are new coaching questions and fresh chapters on emotional intelligence and high-performance leadership.

Whitmore also considers the future of coaching and its role in the transformation of learning and workplace relationships, as well as illustrating how coaching can help in a crisis.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 190 x 232 x 22mm | 446g
  • Nicholas Brealey Publishing
  • London, England, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 4th edition
  • 185788535X
  • 9781857885354
  • 6,687

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In this Fifth Edition of Coaching for Performance, Sir John Whitmore and Performance Consultants shine a light on what it takes to create high performance and unpick the myths around coaching. John McFarlane, Chairman, Barclays PLC, Chairman, TheCityUK
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In this Fifth Edition of Coaching for Performance, Sir John Whitmore and Performance Consultants shine a light on what it takes to create high performance and unpick the myths around coaching. -- John McFarlane, Chairman, Barclays PLC, Chairman, TheCityUK Coaching cultures are better performing, fairer, and more sustainable than those arising out of traditional management systems. Coaching for Performance is for any leader aiming for excellence. -- Ludo Van der Heyden, Professor of Corporate Governance, INSEAD Coaching for Performance directly impacts the way of working in our companies. It provides coaches and leaders with a fantastic tool for people development that is so powerful. -- Jean-Louis Araignous, Coaching Program Manager, Volvo Group University Coaching for Performance was our reference manual when we introduced coaching as part of our leadership development activities in the European Commission. It helped us to understand the benefits of coaching, provided a sound base in our initial selection of external coaches and, later, a benchmark for the development of our own internal coaching team.
Some years on, the Commission benefits from a strong coaching culture, with Sir John's work as the main reference point. This book is a must-read for managers and OD practitioners alike. -- Norman Jardine, Head of Internal Communication, European Commission, DG Human Resources and Security This new edition is a testament to Sir John Whitmore's commitment to real change in people's lives and will bring value to all industry leaders. -- Tim Gallwey, author of the internationally bestselling series of 'Inner Game' books The best first book to read for leaders as well as new or experienced coaches. It goes beyond the skills that it so aptly spells out, to explain the essence of coaching. -- Carol Kauffman PhD, Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School This book is a must-read for leaders and organizational development practitioners who recognize that coaching is a performance activity which impacts leaders, teams, and culture holistically. -- Thorsten Klein, Director, Global Talent & Organization Development, eBay Coaching for Performance is the proven resource for all coaches and pioneers of the future of coaching. -- Magdalena N. Mook, Executive Director and CEO, International Coach Federation A must read for any coach aspiring to do advanced work with their clients. Bringing together the simplicity of the coaching process and the larger scope of the coaching profession in a readable and provocative way, Coaching for Performance forecasts the necessary evolution that awaits the world of business and the world of coaching. -- Laura Whitworth, co-founder of The Coaches Training Institute and author of Co-Active Coaching Whitmore has ensured that the book will remain the leading text in its field. The layout makes reading the book pleasurable and greatly assists in appreciating its content. The book falls into four sections. The first introduces the principles of coaching and shows it as a way of managing, an attitude of mind rather than a tool to effect a one-off change. The second section and core of the book deals with the practices of coaching. The approach taken is wide-ranging and usefully includes team coaching. Ideas drawn from management development are interwoven with coaching methodologies drawn from the social sciences. The third section is devoted to leadership for high performance. Leadership in the world today calls for pride of place in a book on management coaching. Whitmore achieves in a few pages what full works on leadership often fail to reach - an understanding of the subject and sound advice on sowing the seeds to develop the skills to lead others. The final section looks at emotional intelligence (EI) and the tools of transformational psychology. Fortunately Whitmore, a qualified psychologist, is thoroughly grounded and relates the coaching process without peeling off into mysticism or spiritualism. If you read an earlier edition then little persuasion will be required to read this edition to bring you up to the cutting edge of coaching * Professional Manager * Overall, the newly written sections on leadership for high performance and transformation through transpersonal coaching really stand out. They are up-to-date, relevant and make a significant challenge to the readers mindset. These pages offer interesting dimensions on models of psychosynthesis, emotional intelligence, spiritual intelligence and boundaries in coaching. * People Management * Widely regarded as the Bible of coaching, this is an essential read for any manager who uses coaching skills. * Business Traveller * John Whitmore's book stands out. It is a comprehensive guide to practical coaching practices, complete with techniques that readers can integrate into their own careers. * GetAbstract * The teaching styles demonstrated in this book will encourage you - and your clients - to question everything you do. Borrow it, find it, steal it, read it; but you will probably have to buy it because you won't want to give it back. * Driving Instructor Magazine * Personal tone and straightforward language. * Management Today *
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About Sir John Whitmore

Sir John Whitmore was one of the giants of the coaching profession and established the field of coaching in the UK. His book Coaching for Performance was one of the very first coaching books, has sold over a million copies in seventeen different languages and introduced the world to the "GROW model". John was honoured with the President's Award by the International Coach Federation and rated the number one business coach by the Independent. He was a passionate advocate for coaching, not only as it supports individuals or corporations, but as a way to contribute to society. He was the Chairman of Performance Consultants International.
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