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New Coach: Reflections From A Learning Journey Paperback – November 1, 2012
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"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
A dramatic coming-of-age story set in the decade after World War II, "Warlight" is the mesmerizing new novel from the best-selling author of "The English Patient." Learn more
About the Author
Lis Paice is an independent coach, physician and former Dean of Postgraduate Medical Education for London. She won a prestigious NHS National Leadership Award, as Mentor of the Year in 2010, and was awarded the OBE for services to medicine in 2011.
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One of the book's most instructive stories - and, indeed, this is as much a book of morality tales as any collection of Hans Christian Andersen,the Brothers Grimm or Jean de LaFontaine - is about a failed coaching experience. The client was having a problem at work and Dr. Paice solved it with a couple of phone calls in the presence of her client. The client was grateful but never came back. The coach's job is to inspire clients to solve their own problems.
The book has some delightful humor. For example: "I have heard people say that pessimists are happier than optimists - because things usually turn out better than they had expected - but it has not been my experience. Eeyore was not a hapy donkey."
At another point, Dr. Paice tells the story of an early session with the leader of the NHS coaching course. Each of the trainees was to listen to the problems of the other and offer advice. Each of the eight people in the course said they thought they had given very good advice but unfortunately they didn't get good advice. In other words, people like giving advice and they hate getting it. Another reason why coaches are proscribed from offering advice.
This book is especially value for three groups of people, those who:
- Are thinking of becoming coaches.
- Are thinking they might make good use of a coach.
- Are sure they have no need of a coach.
When Obamacare gets to the point where the medical establishment realizes that it needs to move from the Famous Doctor concept to a team approach, it will surely catch up to the NHS in discovering the importance of teams. When that happens, sooner the better, Lis Paice's book could be the Bible.