Coaching & Leadership Book
Challenging Coaching is a real-world, timely and provocative coaching and leadership book which provides a wake-up call to move beyond the limitations of traditional coaching.The authors detail their unique FACTS coaching model, which provides a practical and pragmatic approach for developing coaching skills focusing on Feedback, Accountability, Courageous goals, Tension, and Systems thinking.
Using this coaching model enables the reader to enter the zone of uncomfortable debate that sustainably transforms individual and bottom-line leadership performance.
Based on the authors’ extensive experience with working board and senior level leaders, they suggest that for too long coaching models have shied away from adopting a more challenging stance – a stance that can provoke greater performance and unlock deeper potential in business leaders and their teams. Long-held coaching skills such as being non-directive, building rapport and holding to the individual’s agenda are put under the spotlight by the authors questioning their relevance to a 21st-century business environment where the needs of the wider organization must take precedence over the particular wants of any specific executive.
The authors explore the FACTS coaching model in theory and in practice using case studies, example dialogues and practical exercises so that the reader will be able to successfully challenge others using respectful yet direct techniques.This is an original and thought-provoking leadership book that dares the reader to go beyond traditional coaching and face the FACTS.
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‘There are many books on the techniques of coaching, but what strikes me as unique about this book is that it focusses upon the context in which coaching is taking place. John and Ian are taking the context of coaching seriously, and I hope that others will wake up to this important challenge through reading and re-reading this timely book’
— From the foreword to the Book by Sir John Whitmore PhD and author of ‘Coaching for Performance’