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Coaching with the Brain in Mind: Foundations for Practice Hardcover – August 24, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0470405680 ISBN-10: 0470405686 Edition: 1st

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About the Author

David Rock is one of the thought leaders in the global coaching profession. He has taught his integrated coaching model to more than 3,000 coaches and managers worldwide. His coaching organization, Results Coaching Systems, works with large corporations to build internal coaching competencies among managers and leaders.?He is the author, most recently, of Quiet Leadership: Six Steps to Transforming Performance at Work.

Linda J.Page,PhD, is founder of Adler International Learning, a coach training and consulting organization, and active member of several international coaching organizations. Her writing and editing experience spans various media, genres, and subjects, including articles on coaching, neuroscience, organizational change, and psychotherapy. She has also written scripts for CBC radio and for several children's albums including Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch: Camping in Canada.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (August 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470405686
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470405680
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.6 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have been interested in 'what makes us tick' since as early as I can remember, and my personal interest in brain research has been there since my teens.

In 2004 I found that brain research provided a missing piece in our understanding of how to be more effective leaders, managers or coaches. I have now written three books based on what I have been learning, including Quiet Leadership, the text book Coaching with the Brain in Mind, and Your Brain at Work.

I coined the term 'NeuroLeadership' in 2007, and am now closely involved with running a global Institute that is involved in research and education around how to improve organizations through the use of neuroscience. Learn more on that at www.neuroleadership.org I also run a consulting and training organization at NeuroLeadership.com

I maintain an active personal blog at www.davidrock.net, as well as posting regularly on psychology today, on a blog called 'Your Brain at Work'.

I live between Sydney Australia and New York City, and have a wonderful wife and two beautiful young daughters.

Customer Reviews

On the whole, rather disappointing.
M. Cramer
This book provides an amazingly comprehensive overview of coaching and leadership theory and practice.
David J. Giber
Very thorough with lots of references.
Coach YH

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By David J. Giber on October 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book provides an amazingly comprehensive overview of coaching and leadership theory and practice. It is useful not only to the experienced practitioner but provides a textbook like scope that introduces someone to the psychology and neuropsychology of coaching and leadership that has evolved over the last 50 years and more. However, unlike most books of this breadth, it is very readable, extremely well organized and researched. It is a wonderful reference and up to date in terms of its overview of trends and research.

David Giber, PhD
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mary Beth Averill on August 4, 2012
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I was really disappointed in this book. It appears to have been written as a college or grad school textbook. The pages are full of print without good use of white space. Figures are few and poor attention was paid to making them readable (print in gray areas, tables sidewise on the page). Information is interrupted with "Historical Interludes." I wanted something practical and easy to read, if not digest. The Conclusion chapter lists the main ideas of the book in a way that makes me want to go back and read more but I don't want to have to tease out those important ideas and practical applications from each chapter. While the book does include some neuroscience, the authors have not presented it in a way that takes advantage of recent new learning. So much of the book is theory(for example, about coaching, about learning, about change), including mathematical formulas, that that the coaching part is lost in the mire.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Erika Garms, PhD on February 19, 2013
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After joining David Rock's NeuroLeadership Institute and attending one of the annual Summits (conferences), I am a full-fledged neuroscience enthusiast. I read Your Brain at Work early on and then everything else Rock had written. Having been trained in two other coaching methods, I now face the challenge of blending what I feel are the best attributes of all three methods into one smooth, consistent, productive model for my own use with clients. Rock structures the book itself in a unique and masterful way using section titles like "bedrock," "pillars," and "platforms." This could be a bit confusing or distracting to someone looking for a fairly quick and easy approach to coaching. It's not simple. If you're looking for a deep dive into the supporting neuroscience of a solid method to coaching, and do want to understand the foundational concepts and research, this should satisfy. The ample examples are helpful, and occasional graphics support and enhance understanding. I wish there were far more graphics.

There is a LOT here. Coaching With the Brain in Mind covers a lot of breadth AND depth but is sound and effective - I've been able to put much to use.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Gullo on November 6, 2013
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This book is a must-read for anyone involved with corporate cultures, change management, Agile, or other situations where there are human interactions. Rock provides sound psychological evidence by citing his research and the work of others to support recommendations for coaches. I especially like the section on Conflict Management using the SCARF model and techniques for refocusing negative energy into a positive and constructive direction.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Reader reader on April 4, 2014
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No, I did not buy this book - a friend lent it to me. I am not a coach, a business expert, nor a neuroscience expert. My doctorate was in cognitive science, which over laps a bit, but my focus was on education. I had trouble getting beyond the first couple of introductory chapters of this book. Judging from the first 100 or so pages, the authors' seem to have a woeful lack of understanding of the scientific method and strain to connect theories and findings from one area to another. The tendency to muddle quantum mechanics with brain function (Einstein's relativity theory means that "Mind and matter, subject and object were no longer separate." Page 20) was not the first warning signal that I should walk away from the book. Perhaps things get better when they get to more concrete areas. I will get back to it because I said I would read it. Hopefully it will get better as they focus more on coaching.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jackie Allinson on February 11, 2013
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This book brings together many studies from neuroscience to explain what happens in the brain during coaching, Very well written..
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M. Cramer on October 17, 2011
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While the content is pretty important, getting to the meat is an ardurous task. Kind of like trying to get the crab meat out of Maryland crab...more work than the actual amount of crab meat you get, from my perspective. This book came highly rated to me by several other coaches, but I found the reading of it so draining with the authors circling around this concept or that and then providing a rather weak summary of how you could apply these ideas in a real coaching context. A good editor could have given this book a much better structure and brought the conclusions forth in a more usable way. On the whole, rather disappointing. If you are the kind of person who enjoys the Maryland crab experience, perhaps you will get more out of this book than I did.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By shonte taylor on November 29, 2013
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The title says it all! This book describes the power of coaching backed with the latest brain science research giving the coaching field, coaches, and clients optimized strategies and results.
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