on January 12, 2012
This book has great information to be a life coach. It is an excellent resource for how to be in a partnership with your client by asking powerful questions, listening at a deeper level, understanding the significance of values, while using intuition as a guide. Highly recommend it.
on April 10, 2012
This book is an excellent resource for coaches who are just starting out and coaches with established practices. It advocates a Co-Active coaching model in which the client's agenda, objectives and core values are paramount. Each section of the book includes examples of coaching sessions, and demonstrates skills at various levels of competency. I found these conversations particularly practical and helpful. This book clearly articulates the coach's primary responsibility: to help clients determine their best course of action, support them in staying on track, and empower them to become more resourceful over time. I highly recommend this book!
I have been recruited over the past few years to serve on boards and as a business advisor for companies in the healthcare field. My role has expanded in each to become a leadership coach for first time CEOs and COOs. I am not a professional coach nor have I been certified as a coach. I really enjoy growing people but building a career specializing in professional coaching would be a significant distraction from my real passion – “Bringing Entrepreneurs and Technology to Life.” That is, building new health related companies that are trying to solve intractable healthcare problems.
Presently, I am involved in companies focused on medication adherence, continuous remote patient monitoring, therapies for rare and neglected diseases, and the treatment of presbyopia.
I have always viewed coaching as a spiritual calling. As the authors note so well, the coach’s “job is to be out front, encouraging, pointing the way to a life fully lived, a life that is valued and without regret. There is more in life each day. The work of coaches is to assist clients in creating the work and lives they want.” This is a big responsibility with many obligations to getting it right.
I have had a number of important advisors (coaches) in my life – Tony Petrella (pioneer of organizational development), Peter Drucker, Ram Charan, Patrick Lencioni, and Dean Herman. Not all would be classified officially as coaches but all were or are.
The expansion of my role from informal coaching to more formal coaching has motivated me to learn more about coaching and the coaching profession. This led me to the third edition of “Co-active Coaching” by Kimsey-House et al. This book, according to the authors, gained prominence as a guide for “bringing coach-like conversation to important relationships at work or at home.” It is now “the standard text for coaching education in many colleges and universities, business schools, and coaching programs around the world.”
Authors believe coaching is chiefly about discovery, awareness, and choice. It is a way of effectively empowering people to find their own answers, encouraging and supporting them on the path as they continue to make important life-giving and life-changing choices.
“Co-Active Coaching” provides a unique way of communicating which will be valuable in many settings including the home. The authors provide an excellent on-line resource, the coach’s toolkit, which filled the early print editions. This approach provides coaches with tools to employ for discovery, awareness, and choice. “It is a way of effectively empowering people to find their own answers, encouraging and supporting them on the path as they continue to make important life-giving and life-changing choices.” The spiritual element is self-evident in the approach offered.
The book is organized around three primary topics: Co-Active Coaching Fundamentals; Co-Active Coaching Contexts (listening, intuition, curiosity, forward and deepen, and self-management); and Co-Active Coaching Principles and Practices (fulfillment, balance).
Some of what is offered is common sense so it will not knock your socks off. But the toolkit, its application, the sections on dealing with failure (the client’s) and value clarification, as well as the chapters on fulfillment and balance are excellent. In addition, the authors provide excellent examples of useful dialogue and many great questions to use when probing. Listening and asking great questions are the two most important keys to coaching success.
I expect to use this book as a reference often. The authors explain that “choosing a fulfilling life is a radical act.” It is our obligation as leaders, managers, friends, or family to keep this goal top of mind. The best gift we can give another is support for choosing a path that will lead to a fulfilling life.
on July 11, 2015
I really like Co-Active Coaching, 3rd edition, for the clarity it provides of coaching and providing a number of relevant, practical tools and examples to help operationalize the many concepts shared. It is required reading for the Columbia University Coaching Program!