The Manager’s Coaching Toolkit: Fast and Simple Solutions for Busy Managers: book review

Author: Dr David Allamby
Price: £14.99
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Pages: 160
ISBN: 0273708317

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Coaching is now accepted as a powerful way to improve the performance of your team but as managers you rarely get the time to attend two-day workshops or plough through detailed manuals. This book is the answer, as it offers fast learning and simple solutions that can easily be applied.

The book provides a compendium of coaching models that can be transferred to several everyday managerial situations. Offering sample dialogues for the reader to quickly grasp how the skills would work in reality, you can structure your first coaching discussions through giving feedback and problem-solving, to giving direct and focused feedback, helping you to build your skills in a simple step-by-step manner.

Whether you are running performance reviews, setting goals and directions with your employees or simply helping your team to learn from mistakes, this book will offer you the relevant knowledge, with a suitable coaching model to help you manage in the most effective and appropriate manner.

Each chapter covers everyday scenarios with sample dialogues. With an associated website ( providing downloadable templates, you can start coaching almost immediately with all the appropriate support materials in place.

This book should sit on every manager’s desk and can be dipped into when required as it makes immediate sense of the situations you face as a manager. Not just a toolkit, it gives you the key to unlock both your coaching skills and the potential of your team.

Useful? Four out of five stars
Well-written? Four out of five stars
Practical? Five out of five stars
Inspirational? Three out of five stars
Value for money? Three out of five stars
Overall Four out of five stars

Reviewed by Brad Solomon, managing director, Corporate Conditioning



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