“Coaching is unlocking people’s potential to maximize their own performance”
There are some different definitions of coaching, but I like the above definition most. Its author is John Whitmore, the pioneer of coaching in the workplace and the co-founder of Performance Consultant Institute. Throughout the book, John explains all aspects of coaching and introduce the GROW model, the most well-known coaching frameworks. This is a very valuable book for anyone who want to learn coaching style leadership or provides coaching services. It’s extremely fit to leaders in Agile organizations.
The book is split into five parts:
Part I: John introduces the concepts of coaching and mentoring, and the Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs in the first chapter. After that, he takes more time to explain the Performance curve – Four stages of organizational development.
Part II: This part gives a close look at the principles of coaching such as Emotional Intelligence in Practice, partnership and collaboration, build a coaching mindset …
Part III: Explain vital practices for a coach such as how to use powerful questions, focus on detail, acquire active listening skills, how to use GROW model, GROW feedback framework.
PART IV: If the previous parts are about principles and practices of coaching, the part IV plays as a guide for 1-to-1 coaching and team coaching.
Part V: The final part explains about the effects of coaching and how to measure the benefits and ROI of coaching.