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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 3 edition (December 6, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071352937
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071352932
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

A New and Updated Edition of the Classic Guide to Coaching.

Coaching has proven to be one of the most powerful one-on-one management techniques for getting the best out of every employee. And Coaching for Improved Work Performance stands as one of the most practical guides for effectively coaching all levels of employees in any workplace situation. For decades, managers around the world have turned to best-selling author Ferdinand Fournies for solutions to their toughest coaching problems. Now, this classic has been fully updated to help managers face the challenges of today's rapidly changing workplace, from absenteeism, high turnover, and teams to flextime, job sharing, telecommuting, and keeping employees up to speed on new technologies.

With brand new case studies and all new face-to-face interventions, this guide is the one must-have coaching reference all managers need on their desks to help them keep their employees more productive and more focused, as well as more satisfied and happier at work!

About the Author

Ferdinand F. Fournies is an internationally known consultant, speaker, and former professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business.

Customer Reviews

It's all very practical and it makes sense!
josh
Your task as a manager is to make the effort to care for all employees as well as you can, to learn the techniques to help them succeed.
Lisa Shea
Very useful diagrams and questions are provided and are easy to apply in real world example.
Brian

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Joe O'Hara on March 24, 2000
Format: Paperback
To me, this one is a classic. I have introduced the "Book of Ferd" to many of the younger managers in my department, with encouraging results. "Coaching" puts the problem of people management where it belongs, in the lap of the manager, but remarkably (and atypically) provides specific direction as to "what to do differently" in order to overcome the unproductive behaviors of either (or both) the manager or the subordinate. The author provides templates and practical examples on how to handle the actual interview situation (a.k.a. the "confrontation")-- one of the most useful aspects of the book. Some of these examples deal with especially surly and insubordinate employees, and the author shows in dialog form how they can be dealt with in real time-- something they don't cover in engineering school. The only criticism I would make is that some of the strategies described in the book are most directly applicable to managers who are dealing with production or sales people; situations where output can be readily measured. In the case of employees such as engineers or R&D personnel, where evaluating performance is not so simple, the author punts by saying that if you have a hard time finding an objective measure of job performance, it means that "you haven't found a way to measure it yet". Not too helpful. Having said this, however, from experience, many of the performance problems we encounter in technical management are not so different from those found on the production line. By applying the techniques described in the "Book of Ferd" any manager can feel much more confident and deal more effectively with problem--and high-performing--employees.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John A. Wilson on March 18, 2002
Format: Paperback
As a consultant for small companies, I have found using Ferdinand F. Forunies' book,"Coaching for Improved Performance" an outstanding success. It has been very well accepted and an easy read for "Leads". The Coaching Analysis prepares them to then know when to use the Coaching discussion. New people to the supervision field come not knowing what to do. After reading the book and seeing the "Face to Face" video are ready to be trained in working with their employees for improved performance. I have not found any material that comes close to this material as a training vechical. I have used this material for over 15 years.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 18, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is one book that delivers exactly what it promises: a method for bringing non-performers off of the fence and in to the game. The coaching process as spelled out in this book takes all of the awkwardness out of the usual face-to-face discussions that we use in an attempt to improve performance levels. There are many themes that run throughout the book that many managers need to come to grips with: managers are not as effective at managing people as they are processes; employees fail because their managers have failed to give them more constructive alternatives in place of their self destructive behaviors; effective interpersonal communication is vital to improving work performance; and theories of motivation cannot help you increase the level of buy-in your employees have in your plan. This book is a must read for every manager who has finally realized that you win through people and sincerely wants to know how to do it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli HALL OF FAME on December 1, 2004
Format: Paperback
Novice and experienced managers, coaches and teachers, and anyone else who wants to influence other peoples' behavior or performance will benefit from Ferdinand F. Fournies' book on coaching. He describes specific intervention tactics and shows how to apply them. Use this manual to eliminate managerial frustration. It can be your stepping stone to creating a successful, high-performing department. Fournies' concepts can help even seasoned managers deal with difficult staff, solve problems in their departments and achieve greater results through their employees. If you are a new manager or wish to be one, this essential resource and training tool is required reading. We also recommend it as a strong addition to any management curriculum.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Shea HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
The key focus for any person in a management, leadership, or mentoring position should always be to help their employees be as fulfilled as possible. In many ways that is the definition of management - that the manager's main task is to manage people. It is their duty, their job to help those they are managing. Many managers lose track of that - they yell at their employees, mistreat them, and work them to the bone. This then results in the employee's losing motivation or even quitting. Rather than the boss' activities helping his company, he is actually causing serious harm.

This book helps to remind all who have responsibility for people that they need to take that responsibility very seriously.

First, the book goes over the basics of what it means to be a manager. A manager achieves results through others. It is what the manager's *reports* do which is important. Therefore, a manager must do everything he can to help his reports succeed. If an employee fails, it's really the manager who has failed.

Each employee (typically) only has one manager. Therefore, as challenging as it might be, a manager must treat every employee as if she was the only one. This can be tough! If a manager greets 20 employees during a morning, the 20th greeting must be as honestly sincere and warm as the first. A manager who "wears out" and gives that 20th employee only a half-hearted HI is not giving that "last employee" their fair share. Your task as a manager is to make the effort to care for all employees as well as you can, to learn the techniques to help them succeed.

Every employee needs recognition, needs to be shown when they are improving. Even "failing less frequently" is very important. A manager doesn't have a PhD in psychoanalyzing.
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