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The Coach's Casebook: Mastering the Twelve Traits That Trap Us Paperback – February 13, 2015
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Reading this book is like being a coach, a client, a supervisor, a student of coaching, and in relationship with all of those people all at once! It also achieves that remarkable thing, and rare, of being both friendly and rigorous, gentle and challenging, calm and pacey. Its ingenious structure provides an instantly digestible feast of learning. It is a triumph! But who would expect anything less from these two extraordinary, pioneering, brilliant coaches? --Nancy Kline, bestselling author of Time to Think
The insights in this book are presented in a simple and accessible manner leading to a profound impact for the reader. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. --Damian Hughes, author of Liquid Leadership --Damian Hughes, author of Liquid Leadership
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Kim is the owner and Director of Barefoot Coaching Ltd. She is one of the leading coaches in the UK, with expertise in psychotherapy, executive coaching team coaching and team dynamics.. Kim was awarded Coaching Person of the Year 2012 and is a visiting research fellow on coaching at the University of Chester. Geoff is an experienced leadership and performance coach, a renowned expert in the fields of agile development and Scrum, and is a regular keynote speaker about coaching, collaboration and change. He is the author of the popular leadership book Scrum Mastery: From Good to Great Servant-Leadership, and is a member of the International Coach Federation, the National Council of Psychotherapists and the Association of Business Psychology.
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The frank feedback on the emotions and thoughts of the coach are refreshing and the importance of supervision and it's invaluable feedback are front and center here.
What I would say is be wary of "diagnosing" your clients with one of these twelves types. If you think you know what you're looking for you may actually do your client a disservice by round pegging them into a square hole. Many clients will fit many of these types depending on the situation.
The tools and assessments included are great. Overall a good easy read with some valuable lessons learned.
I thought the way the book has been broken down, made the book easy to use and refer back to at later dates.
Personally, it was also great to self reflect and identify personal traits we all have, but are not aware of.
The authors, are clearly experienced, knowledge coaches, who I know offer a lot in the coaching community.
Id recommend this book for coaches of all stages in there careers. Its definately a book I will continue to use as reference in my coaching career.
For me what I liked about this book was it was different to any other coaching book I have read. Watts and Morgan have really come at coaching from a different angle, focusing initially on the traits that are encountered in coaching rather than on the tools and this was enlightening and actually entertaining. But I also really valued the psychological depth - albeit delivered in a light, refreshing way - that I find absent from some coaching books. Rigorous, but not stuffy, I really recommend this read.
At the end of the book is the chapter on loss, which I thought might be better served as the first chapter. I'd recommend reading it first, as it has terrific advice on listening. And in my experience at least, it seems that most people who have asked for coaching have lost something -- a job, a process, a way of doing things, an identity. It's a good chapter -- don't let it be an afterthought as you read the book.
In addition to the case studies of the traits, Geoff and Kim also offer over forty coaching activities one can use to help the client overcome the behaviors associated with the traits. At the back of the book is an extremely useful matrix showing how these coaching tools can be applied across multiple traits. This matrix is one of the best listing of coaching tools I have seen. In addition to the tools, Kim and Geoff also offer powerful coaching questions. This is a very nice addition to the book as well.
Finally, I really liked the narrative structure of this book. Geoff and Kim show us the true ambiguity of coaching - the highs, lows and all the stuff in the middle for the clients and the coaches. I really loved the coaching supervisor character in the book and seeing their impact on the coach in the case studies. This concept of a coaching supervisor was new for me and from the descriptions offered in the case studies, I am convinced that coaches everywhere need a professional sounding board to check their own behaviors as they coach their clients.