Books: Three of a kind - Coaching me, coaching you

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Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

SUPERCOACHING

Graham Alexander & Ben Renshaw

Random House

£9.99

This chatty book is written as a double-hander by the two authors, so there are sections written by Renshaw, others by Alexander, and some that are unspecified. Once past the long acknowledgments and introduction sections, you'll find some sound insights into what coaching is all about and how it might be usefully harnessed in the workplace. Good advice for both employers and employees. - Best of its kind.

COACH: BE YOUR BEST ... AND BEYOND

Steve Bavister & Amanda Vickers

Hodder & Stoughton

£4.99

This tiny book manages to fit a lot in. There's a checklist to rate your natural 'coach' qualities, followed by case studies, useful tips, advice and even interviews with successful coaches. It's aimed squarely at those who are thinking of taking up coaching, either as a career or more informally. Managers may also find it useful for its general information on how to encourage people to reach their potential. - Could be useful

THE COACHING MANUAL

Julie Starr

Prentice Hall Business

£16.99

Probably the clearest of the three books, this manual sets out the differences between life coaching, business coaching and therapy, before proceeding to the nuts and bolts of how to coach. There are interesting tips and questions, and useful advice on how to handle difficult or unwilling coachees. This offering is best for those who are already coaching or considering a career in this area. - Could be useful.

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