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The Little Book of Coaching: Motivating People to be Winners (The One Minute Manager) Paperback – April 15, 2002


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  • Series: The One Minute Manager
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Entertainment (April 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007122209
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007122202
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #549,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In brief paragraphs and anecdotes, business guru Blanchard and NFL coach Shula offer wisdom on how to help people excel. The advice is sound, if simple: "Avoid being a `leave alone and zap' manager and use... praising more." While some of Blanchard and Shula's fans may find this book indispensable, other readers may seek better-developed material. Given the authors' reputations and the advertising and publicity plans, however, this slim volume should fly out of the stores, at least initially.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"If you need to help someone succeed who's important to you, read this book. It's a coaching winner!" -- Raymond Floyd, PGA Golf Professional --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

Few people have influenced the day-to-day management of people and companies more than Ken Blanchard. A prominent, sought-after author, speaker, and business consultant, Dr. Blanchard is universally characterized by his friends, colleagues, and clients as one of the most insightful, powerful, and compassionate individuals in business today. Ken is one of the most influential leadership experts in the world and is respected for his years of groundbreaking work in the fields of leadership and management.

Dr. Ken Blanchard is the cofounder and Chief Spiritual Officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies, an international management training and consulting firm that he and his wife, Margie Blanchard, began in 1979 in San Diego, California. In addition to being a renowned speaker and consultant, Ken also spends time as a visiting lecturer at his alma mater, Cornell University, where he is a trustee emeritus of the Board of Trustees.

Ken has received many awards and honors for his contributions in the fields of management, leadership, and speaking. The National Speakers Association awarded him its highest honor, the "Council of Peers Award of Excellence." He was inducted into the HRD Hall of Fame by Training magazine and Lakewood Conferences, and he received the Golden Gavel Award from Toastmasters International. Ken also received The Thought Leadership Award for continued support of work-related learning and performance by ISA--The Association of Learning Providers. Ken has been inducted into Amazon's Hall of Fame as one of the top 25 best-selling authors of all time. The business school at Grand Canyon University bears his name. In addition, Ken teaches students in the Master of Science in Executive Leadership Program at the University of San Diego.

Born in New Jersey and raised in New York, Ken received a master's degree from Colgate University, and a bachelor's and PhD from Cornell University. An avid golfer, Ken belongs to the Loch Lomond Golf Club in Scotland.

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Seldom has a book fallen so far short of the philosophy it espouses.
Donald Mitchell
This book is appropriate for all levels in an organization and is a "must read" for any leader or coach.
Chip Heginbotham
Why? "The Little Book of Coaching" outlines a simple process that will help anyone do better.
Alan Cohen

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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Robert Morris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 16, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I began to read this book with great expectations because I hold both Blanchard and Shula in such high regard. Perhaps my expectations were unrealistic but I had hoped for some penetrating insights; instead, I found recycled material from previous publications. Shula is among the greatest football coaches ever but has also achieved great success in an equally competitive environment, the restaurant business, so I had hoped for some of his observations about that. None. Blanchard is among the most innovative thinkers about business and presumably sees all manner of subtle but significant correlations between a great CEO and a great coach. None. From a marketing standpoint, the book's concept is clever. In terms of execution, borrowing a situation from football, it is a fumble on the authors' own goal line.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 3, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Seldom has a book fallen so far short of the philosophy it espouses. Save your time and your money by reading another book on coaching.
"C.O.A.C.H." is the acronym that encompasses this book's brief content (probably less than 15,000 words):
C is for conviction ("Have a common vision and everyone will begin to move in the same direction." "Beliefs come true." " . . . a good coach provides the direction and concentration for performers' energies . . . ." "If you don't seek perfection, you can never reach excellence." "Lacking something to uplift their hearts when difficulties arise, their minds will not be equal to the task.")
O is for overlearning (" . . . get overprepared and help your people do the same." "Perfection happens only when the mechanics are automatic." "People generally respond well to leaders who have high expectations and genuine confidence in them.").
A is for audible-ready ("Prepare well with a plan -- then expect the unexpected and be ready to change that plan." "Audibles are . . . strategies your team knows about and has practiced thoroughly . . . .").
C is for consistency ("Respond predictably to performance." " . . . use redirect and praising more." "Mistakes cannot be tolerated.").
H is for honesty ("unquestionable integrity" "genuine and sincere" "Never ask your people to do more than you are willing to do." " . . . genuine faith [in God] is eminently practical.").
As a summary: "Who believed in you?" "How do you create that spark of self-recognition in others?" "It's about your believing in someone." "And then doing whatever it takes to help that person to his or her very best.")
The book itself offers little more than aphorisms. There are a few football examples. There are even fewer business examples.
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Format: Hardcover
The Little Book of Coaching is more or less a summary of the longer work Everyone's a Coach. This book attempts to present a concentrated portion of what it takes to lead and motivate others based on the acronym C.O.A.C.H., which stands for Conviction-driven, Overlearning, Audible-ready, Consistency, and Honesty-based. These characteristics form the divisions in the book, and for each division, the authors provide an inspirational quote (which is printed on an entire page), an anecdote or two (usually by Shula about his football coaching career), and an application to leadership (usually by Blanchard).
The book is only about 120 pages long, and given the fact that the actual dimensions of the book are smaller than average, coupled with the fact that the quotations given are printed on a full page, what we have here is approximately 50 pages of real text, half of which contain stories about Don Shula and the Miami Dolphins, and the other half Blanchard's ideas on leadership. ... this is not really worth the money, although some of the material is not bad. The ideas and examples the authors present are based on sound principles (most of which, incidentally, are explained with much greater attention to detail in books by John Maxwell, Stephen Covey, and J. Oswald Sanders), but this book is more of an after dinner mint than a meal. I would recommend leadership books by any of the aforementioned authors before I'd advise picking this one up. As a gift book it is fine, but as a stand-alone leadership book it lacks quality.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nata on May 13, 2005
Format: Hardcover
It's a very brief book, small size, big print, quotations taking whole pages. While it covers some good ideas, it lacks meat. It can serve as a refresher, but definitely not a comprehensive coaching sourcebook.
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Format: Hardcover
One of my interests is why some people succeed and why others don't. Two sports teams have equally talented players. One team goes to the championship while the other team struggles in the playoffs, if they make the playoffs! Why?

"The Little Book of Coaching" outlines a simple process that will help anyone do better. I follow these steps and have taught these steps in classes. The five simple "COACH" steps are:

* Conviction-Driven - Never compromise your beliefs

* Overlearning - Practice until it's perfect

* Audible-Ready - Know when to change

* Consistency - Respond predictably to performance

* Honesty-Based - Walk your talk

These steps are simple to learn. Implement them and you will see a positive change in your life.
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