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Coaching with the Brain in Mind: Foundations for Practice 1st Edition

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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: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By David J. Giber on October 17, 2011
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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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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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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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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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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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By mk on August 28, 2015
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Fascinating view into the world of the brain and how we can use our knowledge to relate more effectively. Coaches, educators and anyone who wants to influence themselves or others should read this book today! Practical, impactful advice!
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This book is a dry, hard, academic read, but it is also fully worth the effort, time, and cost. It is an excellent base to launch further research from and is a good starting point for mentors, coaches, or anyone trying to help another or others reach their full potential and then continue to grow.

I understand where the negative reviewers are coming from, especially those who said that they could only get through the first few pages, but as someone who has read the whole book, and has also seen what the NueroLeadership approach can do for companies, I recommend that you read the whole thing. It is definitely dry at some points, but it is also really interesting at others, and in whole it is very informative.
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I was excited to read this book, being an active "coach" to my managers and team. Unfortunately, I found this book to be too focused on academics with very little pragmatic or "nuts and bolts" application examples.
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