The Coaching Habit was written by Michael Bungay Stanier. The book aims to help people develop coaching as a habit by teaching seven easy to ask questions to get a coaching conversation going.
The book also has tips on how to build new habits. The seven questions discussed are:
- The Kickstart question which is for starting a conversation.
- The AWE question which is for identifying options to discuss after asking the Kickstart AWE stands for “And What Else?”
- The Focus question which is about identifying the most important thing to focus the conversation on.
- The Foundation question is to find out what a person wants.
- The Lazy question is used to find out how you can be of help to a person.
- The Strategic question helps to identify issues that may be overwhelming a person.
- The Learning question is used to conclude a conversation.
I have read a couple of books on coaching, to understand some of them you will need to have gone through year 1 of a university Psychology degree, this is not one of them. So far I will say this is the simplest book on coaching I have read. While it does describe the popular GROW coaching models, it is lean on models but big on common sense. The use of stories, examples and simple explanations like, potential minus interference equals performance really got me endeared to this book. This is not surprising though, Myles Downey, the author has been on the coaching scene for a while having set up the School of Coaching in London. In the book he is also endorsed by Tim Gallwey, creator of the Inner game concept and books. Believe it or not this book was first written in 1999, and this second edition which I am reviewing in 2003. So Downey was definitely opne of the earlier proponents of coaching in the UK. Continue reading
John Whitmore is well known for the framework he created, GROW, which is one of the most well known coaching frameworks. And the framework is discussed in-depth in this book. In 182 pages John Whitmore covers a lot of ground, he starts the book with an introductory section arguing for what coaching should be and how it should be applied. In the first chapter he moves on to define what coaching is, certainly a good foundation for the rest of the book which in the next 21 chapters covers topics such as The Manager as Coach, The Nature of Coaching, Goal Setting, What is Performance, and Motivation.
In reviewing this book I would have loved to do it chapter by chapter but I didn’t. Instead I grouped the chapters into reviews of 4 to 5 chapters. Continue reading