The Coach: Creating Partnerships for a Competitive Edgeis the first research-based book written on the topic of coaching in a business environment and published by CMOE Press. It provides refreshing ideas and strategies to help leaders cope with the demands and challenges of their calling.
The Coach is about the business coaching process, and the skills, behaviors, courage, and values leaders need to possess in order to evoke employee commitment and motivation. This is essentially a how-to book with a lot of specific recommendations for action concerning what to say and how to handle different business coaching situations.
The authors provide a unique close-up account of a true-to-life manager who discovers the obstacles and challenges of helping an employee work through a difficult time. This leader ultimately discovers the keys to business coaching success and averts a career-threatening disaster.
Many books on leadership focus on general theories, while others treat the topic of business coaching in a shallow and oversimplified manner. From over thirty five years of research and observations, Steven J. Stowell, Ph.D. and Matt M. Starcevich, Ph.D. have collected data that provide a rich and deep understanding of this topic.
Readers that approach The Coach as a serious learning tool will receive numerous take-aways related to the following elements of business coaching:
The 8-step coaching process is used by successful leaders in organizations of all shapes and sizes.
Each of the eight steps requires important supporting skills to make the steps work as efficiently as possible.
One of the keys to effective business coaching involves some degree of advance preparation.
The coach must possess the right mental attitude in order to produce successful communication
Every leader that is new to business coaching will receive numerous tips and insights that will make every coaching situation more successful.
This book will help leaders turn what is typically an uncomfortable—and often avoided or mishandled—task into a productive, one-on-one experience for the leader and their team members.
Anyone who is interested in taking his/her leadership role seriously and who would like to turn teams into highly motivated units, ready to take on the competition and challenges of the future, must read The Coach. They will find valuable guidelines, ideas, concepts in this book that can be implemented immediately.