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Co-Active Coaching: Changing Business, Transforming Lives Paperback – September 16, 2011
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Coaching basics are an essential skill set for any manager or leader who is interested in developing other people, so I use Co-Active Coaching material in most of the MBA courses I teach. Without fail, it engages the hearts and minds of people who care about acquiring meaningful and effective skills they can immediately put to use.―Heidi Brooks, Ph.D., Director of Yale School of Management Mentoring Program, Lecturer at Yale School of Management, Clinical Assistant Professor at Yale School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry
I applaud the new edition of this definitive text on transformational coaching. The authors and the visionary network they lead provide an effective methodology to work with change at personal and organizational levels. This is a must-read for professionals who value the process of discovery, awareness, and choice that empowers people to find their own inner wisdom and to act in service to make a better world for all.―Lynne Twist, Author, The Soul of Money, Founder, Soul of Money Institute, and Co-Founder, The Pachamama Alliance
Transformational change in ourselves, or in the teams, organizations, and companies we lead is ultimately all about relationships. The third edition of Co-Active Coaching, by the eloquent and compassionate founders of The Coaches Training Institute, will give you the tools, the skills, the strategies and the ethical frameworks to achieve the powerful goals of this work: Changing lives and changing the world.―Celeste Schenck, President, American University of Paris
Co-Active Coaching should be required reading for every manager or employee who wants to succeed in the workplace.―Marshall Goldsmith, author of the New York Times best-sellers MOJO and What Got You Here Won't Get You There
With its third updated edition, Co-Active Coaching remains the bible of coaching guides. Written with a powerful, distinctive approach, no other book gives you the tools, the skills and the fundamentals needed to succeed in these delicate relationships.―Stephen R. Covey, best-selling author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Co-Active Coaching exudes the catalytic power to transform your organization and your life. Read it, savor it and practice it to become a purpose-filled leader of life!―Kevin Cashman, best-selling author, Leadership from the Inside Out and Awakening the Leader Within
Co-Active Coaching insightfully reveals how to unlock a person s potential and enlighten their past, present and future. It's a must-read for all self-empowered senior executives.―Michael Cheah, former President of Xian Janssen Pharmaceutical, China (A Johnson & Johnson Group of Companies)
When designing our ICF ACTP coach certification program, we never considered any textbook other than Co-Active Coaching. This is the best, most comprehensive book for teaching the relevant skills of coaching. It should be required reading for all coach-specific training programs in any environment (profit, non-profit, executive, teams, etc.). With the enhancements made in the third edition, we look forward to incorporating this edition into our required reading list.―Donna Billings, PCC and Co-founder, Professional Coach Certification Program, Duquesne University School of Leadership and Professional Advancement
About the Author
Karen Kimsey-House and Henry Kimsey-House are internationally recognized pioneers in the coaching field and co-founders of The Coaches Training Institute (CTI), one of the world s largest coach training organizations providing a highly regarded certification program. Phillip Sandahl is a senior faculty member of CTI and co-founder of Team Coaching International.
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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.
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