The Seven Steps of Executive Coaching

Authors: Sabine Dembkowski, Fiona Eldridge & Ian Hunter
Price: £12.99
Publisher: Thorogood
Pages: 204
ISBN: 1854183338

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If you are interested in developing your coaching skills and like topics to be presented in a simple manner, you will enjoy this book. Although the focus is on executive coaching, the principles described can be applied in other coaching contexts.

The subject is broken down into a logical sequence and each element is described simply and succinctly. With a bit of effort, you will be able to commit the structure to memory and use it in your daily working life. Not only a pleasure to read, the book is very practical and will serve as a reference book in the future.

The logical structure of the book draws the reader in – after some background information, the seven core capabilities are each described. Based on the GROW model – Goal, Reality, Opportunity, What next? – the authors have devised a seven-step ACHIEVE coaching model: Assess the current situation Creative brainstorming of alternatives Hone goals Initiate options Evaluate options Valid action programme design Encourage momentum. It’s a systematic and flexible approach to effective executive coaching.

The authors then describe how the model works, examining the core capabilities in context, followed by a section on the tricky subject of evaluation, and how to measure the effectiveness of any coaching programme. The final section looks at future trends.

The authors are very experienced, so the book benefits from their technical understanding of the coaching model coupled with real-life examples, which will fire up any prospective coach to pursue mastery of these skills so they can achieve similar success.

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

Reviewed by Corinne Goddard, project manager, change management, Co-operative Financial Services

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