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The essence and success of The Tao of Coaching has always been its focus on the practical tips and techniques for making work more rewarding through the habit of coaching - and this philosophy continues to underpin this brand new reissue. The book's premise is simple: that to become an effective coach, managers and leaders need master only a few techniques, even though mas The essence and success of The Tao of Coaching has always been its focus on the practical tips and techniques for making work more rewarding through the habit of coaching - and this philosophy continues to underpin this brand new reissue. The book's premise is simple: that to become an effective coach, managers and leaders need master only a few techniques, even though mastery obviously requires practice. Each chapter focuses on a specific technique - or Golden Rule - of coaching to help practice make perfect. Tried and tested by generations within and beyond the workplace, this succinct and engaging book gives readers the tools to:- create more time for themselves, by delegating well - build, and enjoy working with, effective teams - achieve better results - enhance their interpersonal skills.It demonstrates that coaching is not simply a matter of helping others and improving performance, but is also a powerful force for self-development and personal fulfilment.


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The essence and success of The Tao of Coaching has always been its focus on the practical tips and techniques for making work more rewarding through the habit of coaching - and this philosophy continues to underpin this brand new reissue. The book's premise is simple: that to become an effective coach, managers and leaders need master only a few techniques, even though mas The essence and success of The Tao of Coaching has always been its focus on the practical tips and techniques for making work more rewarding through the habit of coaching - and this philosophy continues to underpin this brand new reissue. The book's premise is simple: that to become an effective coach, managers and leaders need master only a few techniques, even though mastery obviously requires practice. Each chapter focuses on a specific technique - or Golden Rule - of coaching to help practice make perfect. Tried and tested by generations within and beyond the workplace, this succinct and engaging book gives readers the tools to:- create more time for themselves, by delegating well - build, and enjoy working with, effective teams - achieve better results - enhance their interpersonal skills.It demonstrates that coaching is not simply a matter of helping others and improving performance, but is also a powerful force for self-development and personal fulfilment.

30 review for The Tao of Coaching: Boost Your Effectiveness at Work by Inspiring and Developing Those Around You (Profile Business Classics)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Arun Divakar

    This was a recommendation from my manager and reluctance was the first thing I felt on starting off on this book. As a matter of habit, I stay away from self help and management books and I do realise it is a thoroughly prejudiced way of looking at books as a whole. Once during a chance meeting with someone senior to me at work, we both remarked that what most of these books tell us is about things we do un-self consciously but it took someone to articulate those things in words and make a book This was a recommendation from my manager and reluctance was the first thing I felt on starting off on this book. As a matter of habit, I stay away from self help and management books and I do realise it is a thoroughly prejudiced way of looking at books as a whole. Once during a chance meeting with someone senior to me at work, we both remarked that what most of these books tell us is about things we do un-self consciously but it took someone to articulate those things in words and make a book of them. Tao of coaching is a good,quick read but then it should not stop with the reading of this. There are ideas to reflect upon from this book and it would take some serious discussion with the people you work with to make this an effective read. To read the book and to forget the ideas that this book proposes would make this just another book but some tools as outlined by the author does make sense in a longer perspective of things at the workplace. It does sound preachy at places but then the effects of those are very minimal compared to the tools and techniques identified by the book. Also to look at this genre objectively, it takes the utmost of subtlety to write a book on a topic as coaching and to not step into the field of 'preachy'ness ( voila !! I just made up a word)... Good reading if you choose to look at career as a sort of give-take sequence of feedbacks that would further help in polishing yourself...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Aksena

    Awesome book about coaching others. The practices may be useful for coaching yourself as well. The book is awesome because of several reasons: 1. It is short. Really. 120+ pages about everything you need about coaching. 2. It is highly practical - each chapter has tasted and "hands-on" recommendations you can implement in your career. 3. It is descriptive - each chapter has awesome before-picture which sets up the reader's mood for the next chapter. And what is even more awesome - the book is one s Awesome book about coaching others. The practices may be useful for coaching yourself as well. The book is awesome because of several reasons: 1. It is short. Really. 120+ pages about everything you need about coaching. 2. It is highly practical - each chapter has tasted and "hands-on" recommendations you can implement in your career. 3. It is descriptive - each chapter has awesome before-picture which sets up the reader's mood for the next chapter. And what is even more awesome - the book is one story about a guy in a firm and his challenges throughout his career. Good dialogues and stories will make you remember. Enjoy!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mahwish Chowdhary

    I usually don’t read management books but I’ve changed my habits, I read everything now and I found this nurturing, practical and effective—simple book that illustrates basic and easy tools that’s needed to foster skills and to apply the acquired knowledge; it shows how to be a people’s person, instead being people eater that most people are without realizing, living life without any persistence and bothering their mind's. I usually don’t read management books but I’ve changed my habits, I read everything now and I found this nurturing, practical and effective—simple book that illustrates basic and easy tools that’s needed to foster skills and to apply the acquired knowledge; it shows how to be a people’s person, instead being people eater that most people are without realizing, living life without any persistence and bothering their mind's.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    It’s clear that Alex is having an affair, or wishes he was, with Sarah, who seems to be the most aware and skilled person in the entire book. Why isn’t she running the company? Why isn’t the book about her? (Because the patriarchy wont allow it, that’s why) Alex thinks very highly of himself, even when he’s wrong. When he is wrong he compliments himself on how clever he is for knowing he’s wrong but doesn’t have the awareness to apologise to Mary for suggesting that she feels inferior to her male It’s clear that Alex is having an affair, or wishes he was, with Sarah, who seems to be the most aware and skilled person in the entire book. Why isn’t she running the company? Why isn’t the book about her? (Because the patriarchy wont allow it, that’s why) Alex thinks very highly of himself, even when he’s wrong. When he is wrong he compliments himself on how clever he is for knowing he’s wrong but doesn’t have the awareness to apologise to Mary for suggesting that she feels inferior to her male colleagues because she’s a woman. Donald is getting an easy ride and extra attention because he’s the boss’ future son-in-law. Why can’t he get his own reports and information? It might be mentoring but he’s also getting an unfair advantage that others in the same situation aren’t. If he is going to progress he’s now going to be missing an important skill set and understanding. I admire Jan’s restraint for not telling Alex to shut up and that he didn’t have a clue what he was talking about. Alex was one step away from speaking slower and shouting in an effort to ‘help’ his foreign colleague. Can’t say I enjoyed it and the format was only fractionally above Mike the Knight. In its favour Alex does remember some learnings from one chapter to the next, but Mike the Knight does have talking dragons so it’s a close call.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sicofonia

    This book won't turn you into a sharp coach straight away. But given its size and the price I paid for it, I think I got more than what I expected. I've read other coaching books, more pretentious and thicker, that failed to deliver practical and actionable advice. The Tao of Coaching covers all the basics, and to me it was a starting point that can take me to more thorough works thanks to its comprehensive bibliography on coaching and mentoring. The short fictional story that precedes every chapt This book won't turn you into a sharp coach straight away. But given its size and the price I paid for it, I think I got more than what I expected. I've read other coaching books, more pretentious and thicker, that failed to deliver practical and actionable advice. The Tao of Coaching covers all the basics, and to me it was a starting point that can take me to more thorough works thanks to its comprehensive bibliography on coaching and mentoring. The short fictional story that precedes every chapter doesn't add much to the book unfortunately. It is there to illustrate with examples but for me it was rather uninspiring. All in all, good value for money.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tom

    Great intro for anyone interested in coaching. Written in a clever way, a mix between storytelling and textbook. The reader follows the journey of a young executive, Alex, as he meanders his way through an organisation learning valuable coaching lessons along the way. Each chapter focuses on a specific area of coaching which is then summarised in text book format at the end of the chapter. So, you can either follow the story or stick to the hard facts or both! It’s a best seller and widely regar Great intro for anyone interested in coaching. Written in a clever way, a mix between storytelling and textbook. The reader follows the journey of a young executive, Alex, as he meanders his way through an organisation learning valuable coaching lessons along the way. Each chapter focuses on a specific area of coaching which is then summarised in text book format at the end of the chapter. So, you can either follow the story or stick to the hard facts or both! It’s a best seller and widely regarded as one of the top coaching books. Has been translated into 14 languages too.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cristina Cojocariu

    I generally give 5 stars to the books that impress me in a highly emotional way with their story / style of writing, or to those I will reffer to and re-read, as they provided useful information. The Tao of Coaching is a simple book to read, structured as a story, easy to follow. The style of writing did not impress me. On the other hand, I did find practical tools to implement in my coaching sessions and diverse perspectives. Thus, this is the reason i gave it 5 stars, and also the reason for m I generally give 5 stars to the books that impress me in a highly emotional way with their story / style of writing, or to those I will reffer to and re-read, as they provided useful information. The Tao of Coaching is a simple book to read, structured as a story, easy to follow. The style of writing did not impress me. On the other hand, I did find practical tools to implement in my coaching sessions and diverse perspectives. Thus, this is the reason i gave it 5 stars, and also the reason for me reading other books by the author.

  8. 4 out of 5

    David

    I am approaching final qualification as a professional coach and mentor and have been dipping into The Tao of Coaching (Profile Books) by Max Landsberg. This best-selling classic was originally published by HarperCollins in 1996, and is practical, pragmatic, and - like most good ideas - seems to be stating the obvious. Coaching is about learning to actively listen and challenge limiting beliefs by asking questions without making any assumptions or leading the coachee to your own (wonderful) answ I am approaching final qualification as a professional coach and mentor and have been dipping into The Tao of Coaching (Profile Books) by Max Landsberg. This best-selling classic was originally published by HarperCollins in 1996, and is practical, pragmatic, and - like most good ideas - seems to be stating the obvious. Coaching is about learning to actively listen and challenge limiting beliefs by asking questions without making any assumptions or leading the coachee to your own (wonderful) answers. It’s more difficult than it looks and remarkably effective.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Işıl Uysal Calvelli

    This book is written like a short story and aimed at managers who want to develop themselves as coaches and mentors. It gives short and precise information about the coaching process, motivation of employees, gaining trust as a coach and mentoring. It is a very short read, you can finish the book in a couple of hours. So if you are a manager, it is a good idea to read this book. If you are a coach and want to develop your skills and learn from masters of the profession this is not your book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    John Cumming

    This is a great little aide memoire containing a whole load of simple tools and techniques for coaching in a leadership context - although it has lots of applicability to general professional coaching. If you are exploring coaching as a scrum master or if you want to start adding it as a string to your bow as a manager, I would strongly recommend this book. I suspect I will revisit many sections as I look to develop my coaching competence.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Harish Vinnakota

    Collection of frameworks for effective coaching. Will help you validate and make you feel good about some of the models that you might be already using at work and equips you with a few more. A book that will only be useful if you have time to reflect and practice the frameworks suggested by the author.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Brad

    Fantastic primer Recommended reading for my INSEAD Transition to General Management program. I'm very happy to have read this simple guide for improving ones coaching chops. It's a quick read and time well spent for any manager. Fantastic primer Recommended reading for my INSEAD Transition to General Management program. I'm very happy to have read this simple guide for improving ones coaching chops. It's a quick read and time well spent for any manager.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nitin Chandil

    Its a good book on how to take people through a process leading to achieving thier and thus your own peaks of performance. Detailed review with top 10 gems from the book on my blog - http://chandilnitin.blogspot.com/2018... Its a good book on how to take people through a process leading to achieving thier and thus your own peaks of performance. Detailed review with top 10 gems from the book on my blog - http://chandilnitin.blogspot.com/2018...

  14. 4 out of 5

    Manish

    A pretty decent overview of Coaching as a Management/Leadership tool. With a straightforward scenario based narration, Landsberg manages to navigate a large swathe of the issues associated with the deployment of 'coaching'. A pretty decent overview of Coaching as a Management/Leadership tool. With a straightforward scenario based narration, Landsberg manages to navigate a large swathe of the issues associated with the deployment of 'coaching'.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Suresh Vijendran

    WOW, what a book. A simple book on coaching explained as a story/ happening in the life of Alex. 20 Principles about coaching and all are gems. As we climb up the ladder in the corporate world, this book should be referred on a daily basis. A must-read for Managers and Team Leaders.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Joc Cing

    This is a must read for anyone learning to be more effective as a manager or a leader. Very practical and insightful. Don’t underestimate it due to its length. Some truths dont require lengthy explanations.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    I know that this book wasn't written for me, so some of the issues I have with it will be specific. But my word, what an awful lot of white-collar sexist shit. There are a few nuggets of wisdom. They are hard to find and digest given the absurdity of the rest of the content. I know that this book wasn't written for me, so some of the issues I have with it will be specific. But my word, what an awful lot of white-collar sexist shit. There are a few nuggets of wisdom. They are hard to find and digest given the absurdity of the rest of the content.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ian Crosby

    Ignoring the attempted storyline, the techniques and tips are quite useful.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sian

    Good message but painful (to me) style.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Margaret

    Great wee reference book for stuff I have been learning through workshops at work.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ashraf Al Mamari

    Simple and very good tips on coaching

  22. 4 out of 5

    Audrey

    Ok but a little old fashioned. A few good snippets but have read better.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Alfredo Adrian

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. i have to read to my course of leaders

  24. 5 out of 5

    Abdalla Tayson

    I can't read , someone help me please .. I can't read , someone help me please ..

  25. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    I am sure this has some useful insights and tips. However the style was very grating, and Alex is an absolute dick!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nagesh D

    A great book that shows you how and when coaching works. Very easy book to read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Guillaume Petit-Jean

    really good coaching book for managers or people wanted to introduce, improve coaching in a professional environment.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Justin Green

    Coaching - 'aiming to enhance the performing and learning ability of others.' Aim to help others help themselves, and don't be a douche about it. This book places its set of formal principles of effective communication and team-mindset in the corporate world, however as it says, it can apply to any analogous relationship in sport, the arts, education, or family. The list of further reading shows where coaching sits at the intersection of Communication, Corporate leadership and Management, Psycho Coaching - 'aiming to enhance the performing and learning ability of others.' Aim to help others help themselves, and don't be a douche about it. This book places its set of formal principles of effective communication and team-mindset in the corporate world, however as it says, it can apply to any analogous relationship in sport, the arts, education, or family. The list of further reading shows where coaching sits at the intersection of Communication, Corporate leadership and Management, Psychology, Counselling, and Learning/ Teaching. As with any set of theories, there are a few procedural concepts and their acronyms to get the hang of, but they do seem pretty useful in their context (e.g. GROW = Goals-Reality-Options-Wrapup). There is a story that is meant to help along the flow of presenting the 15 or so principles - more interesting than having just a shopping list of theoretical descriptions and diagrams, but the corporate jargon could be alienating for some readers. The story ends happily, of course, because the character follows all the principles of coaching and attains Coaching Enlightenment (The Tao). Cartoons also lighten the mood - they are a bit Gary Larson-ish. A few diagnostic / evaluation forms are attached as appendices for evaluating various things like skill/will, team performance, motivation, own coaching etc. The ideas that appealed most to me were the 'cycles of motivation' and also identifying individual personality types, and the way this can affect communication, learning and performance e.g. introvert vs. extrovert. Here are most of the topics: 1. Asking vs. Telling 2. Eliciting Feedback 3. Giving feedback 4. Structuring the coaching session 5. Diagnosing individuals' different styles 6. Finding and avoiding coaching 'blocks' 7. Coaching in a hurry 8. Considering others' 'Skill & Will' 9. Overcoming reluctance to being coached 10. Motivating 11. Recognising cultural differences (not just nationalities, but also companies/ social backgrounds) 12. Starting teams well 13. Coaching caveats (don't go overboard ) 14. Giving feedback down, up and sideways (to your inferiors, superiors and peers) 15. Mentoring (a bit like Coaching)

  29. 4 out of 5

    Leonard Gaya

    A nice handbook on coaching and mentoring with a few coaching techniques and examples, among others the GROW (basic script for a coaching session), the AID (basic script on how to give feedback) and an overview of the MBTI. This book was written around 1995 by a partner with McKinsey, at a time when executive coaching wasn't so much a job on it's own as it is today, but rather a management technique. Although this is a rather basic book, I believe it deserves some credit for being one of the ear A nice handbook on coaching and mentoring with a few coaching techniques and examples, among others the GROW (basic script for a coaching session), the AID (basic script on how to give feedback) and an overview of the MBTI. This book was written around 1995 by a partner with McKinsey, at a time when executive coaching wasn't so much a job on it's own as it is today, but rather a management technique. Although this is a rather basic book, I believe it deserves some credit for being one of the earliest ones on this topic.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    I've begun this and have found several very practical tips that I'm experimenting with already, 1 week in. It came highly recommended from a coaching friend of mine. Now almost through the book but working to apply some of the practices/tips in my new job so keeping it handy. I've read most of it a couple times now and am putting into pratice many of the tools and frameworks. It's very practical, I've found it to be a great resource for my coachng efforts. I've begun this and have found several very practical tips that I'm experimenting with already, 1 week in. It came highly recommended from a coaching friend of mine. Now almost through the book but working to apply some of the practices/tips in my new job so keeping it handy. I've read most of it a couple times now and am putting into pratice many of the tools and frameworks. It's very practical, I've found it to be a great resource for my coachng efforts.

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