The Tao of Coaching

The Tao of Coaching by Max Landsberg is an excellent book about coaching as a leader. The tagline on the book says Boost your effectiveness at work by inspiring and developing those around you which sums up coaching from the leaders perspective.

The books is described like this:

This book offers information on how to unlock the potential of people by applying the techniques of coaching. Coaching is the key to realising the potential of your employees, your organisation and yourself.

This book provides the techniques and tools of coaching that are vital for those who want to develop a team of people who will perform effectively and who will relish working with them.

The techniques and tools of coaching are integrated in the story about Alex and his career as manager. That makes it easier since you see them used in context.

The book lists these reasons why a manager shall use coaching:
• Create more time for yourself
• Achieve better results
• Build your interpersonal skills

If you want a great introduction to coaching as a leader, and a book you later can use as manual, I suggest that you buy The Tao of Coaching.

This was originally posted at Bengt’s Notes, another blog of mine.

Know Yourself Change Yourself

Tim Brownson has written an e-book titled Know Yourself Change Yourself. The book deals with beliefs and values and as Tim writes:

Your belief systems and values make you tick as a person.

The book looks at the difference between a belief and a value. It also deals with how to change a belief, some of them can hold you back.

We all carry loads of beliefs, some of them through our entire lives while others are discarded as we add other beliefs along the way. Beliefs can empower you or disempower you, the last ones are known as self-limiting beliefs. That is the negative kind like “I am doomed to fail”. The good news is that beliefs can be changed, replaced by better ones. It takes work but discarding self-limiting beliefs will help you achieve more in life. Tim writes:

Think about what holds you back from fulfilling your undoubted potential. There are some self-limiting beliefs, we need to isolate and deal with them.

The book shows how to work with changing your beliefs:
• word games that help you change
• methods of installing new beliefs
• playing mind tricks on yourself
• using visualization to accomplish goals
• anchoring your beliefs

There is also a section about submodalities which is how our mind internally organizes and ‘views’ events. Anthony Robbins, a well known motivational speaker, states that “our ability to change the way we feel depends upon our ability to change our submodalities.” Tim’s book shows you how you can work with this.

In the part of the book that deals with values Tim writes that:

Values tend to be more static and much more powerful than beliefs can be. Your values are the core of who you are as a person.

There are no right or wrong values. There are only values that are right or wrong for You!

The book has worksheets that help you sort out your hierarchy of core values and away-from-values. That is a great exercise since it helps you figure out both your core and what you do not like. Tim also talks about conflicting values, for instance your core values does not match the values at your work.

You can could buy the e-book at A Daring Adventure. Price is was $9.99 which is a good great investment if you want to know yourself better and then change yourself.

This was originally posted at Forty Plus Two, another blog of mine.

The Life Coaching Handbook

The Life Coaching Handbook: Everything You Need to Be an Effective Life Coach is written by Curly Martin. The subtitle is a mouthful but I like the book and it really covers a lot. It is a book I will go back to for reference, to refresh my knowledge and to find new views on life coaching.

This complete guide to life coaching reveals what life coaching IS, how to coach yourself and others effectively and how to create and sustain a successful coaching practice. Leading you through a comprehensive programme of Advanced Life Coaching Skills, it contains key NLP-based techniques that include State Control, Rapport-building, Spiral Coaching, Meta-programs, Meta-languages and The Milton Model.

Here are some qoutes from the book that stuck in my mind:

Life coaching concentrates on the person’s whole life instead of just one area.

Life coaching is a holistic process that has the power to balance and harmonize life.

The book also lists some elevator pitches or openings. I think this one says a lot: Life coaching can seriously change your life..

This was originally posted at another (now extinct) blog of mine.

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