The Art of Coaching is a book to shift thinking and open up new possibilities, to stimulate fresh insight, to adapt to your needs as a coach or manager and to use creatively in practice. Written by two experienced, highly qualified international coaches and supervisors, this creative book offers ideas to use across the range of coaching contexts including leadership, decision making, change and supervision.
Combining brand-new, original diagrams with classic models from the learning development and management fields, Jenny Bird and Sarah Gornall have a created a valuable resource for quick reference, instant accessibility and fast learning, built on a strong theoretical base. Each model in the book is explained with a clear, accessible diagram and a simple guide to what it is, how it works and how to put it into action. The text is full of inspiration for applications of the ideas in scenarios based on real coaching practice.
The Art of Coaching will be an invaluable companion for coaches looking for new ways of developing awareness with clients, coaching students and trainees, coach supervisors, learning and development professionals and those working in human resource departments.
Table of Contents
Introduction. Coaching. Relationships and Communication. Learning and Personal Growth. Leading, Influencing and Motivating. Analysis, Choice and Change. Supervision and Team Facilitation. Developing Creativity. Referencing and Further Reading. Index.
Jenny Bird has successfully coached CEOs, senior executives and other leaders since 2000. She supervises coaches internationally to develop their competence and enhance their coaching presence. She has been in the forefront of the development of coaching in the UK and is in demand as a speaker at conferences nationally and internationally.
Sarah Gornall is a coach, mentor, supervisor and trainer. She works with coaches across the UK and internationally to develop coaching competence and confidence, and coaches leaders and managers across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. The author of two previous books, her wide experience informs her creative approach to supporting great professional coaching.
"This book is compelling, it is fun, and it is comprehensive. To a large extent it can replace coaching itself: I am sure coachees will be delighted to work with it and might prefer the book to their coach. For coaches, it is the best representation of classic models I have seen – and it perfectly illustrates the balance between intellect and intuition which makes great coaching." - Erik de Haan, Professor of Organisation Development & Director of Centre for Coaching, Ashridge Business School, UK
"Jenny Bird and Sarah Gornall make the case for a visual approach to working on issues in coaching. They share the models that they use, and explain how they use them, and how clients put them into action. They also illustrate how coaches and clients can create their own models and what this approach to creativity does to free up and empower clients. This book offers a heartening challenge to coaches who rely exclusively on speech and text, and offers a route to illumination for even those frozen into a world of words." - David Megginson, Emeritus Professor of HRD at Sheffield Hallam University, UK
"This book is a joy to read. The choice to use a ‘constant interplay of words and images’ makes this rich resource, eminently readable. It brings to the table wide-ranging practices for coaches, leaders, managers, mentors and supervisors – a veritable feast of images, ideas, suggestions, new tools, intriguing models. Creativity is explored and shared so generously and the reader is encouraged at every point to play with the practical and imaginative ideas in this book. The authors’ extensive experience shines from every page and the reader is offered plenty of further reading. A unique and valuable addition to professional literature!" - Edna Murdoch, Founder and Director of the Coaching Supervision Academy, UK.
"Jenny Bird and Sarah Gornall have distilled an extensive range of models that coaches at all levels will value. With their deep understanding of the purpose and practice of coaching this book is a great resource for practicing coaches. From contracting to creativity, this menu of models based on imagery and diagrams is written in an accessible summarised manner. Prompting ways to use each model rather than prescribing, the handwritten illustrations exude a working style that is both insightful and practical. Drawing on the power of metaphor and exploring how to use shapes to get to better understanding, this book will help coaches to move their clients beyond the analytical bias endemic in most executive roles, and get to insights that will make a real difference to their personal and professional effectiveness." - Penny de Valk, Managing Director, Penna Talent Practice, London, UK
"When faced with introducing coaching in a corporate world, or getting an internal client to notice patterns of behaviour in a coaching session, words are not always enough. In my organisation, employees and leaders alike understand and relate to concepts and models and often have little time to engage in a conversation about the value of coaching! This book is written by two very experienced coaches who also understand organisations. It is essential to any HR, OD or L&D professional who wants to know about coaching, wants to introduce coaching in their organisation, or simply wants to strengthen their own coaching practice." - Mylène Baxter, Group Head of Organisational Development, RES Group, UK
"To be an effective manager you need a number of skills to get the best out of your people. Coaching is one of the most valuable and rewarding and this book provides me with everything I need to practice and develop this essential skill." - Kevin Croot, Senior Development Manager for Global Banking and Markets at HSBC, UK
"The Art of Coaching is a very informative and useful leader's toolkit that captures many different lenses to view and develop their teams and themselves. It provides tried and tested methods that allow you to roll your sleeves up, get the right perspective and encourage effective change." - Priyesh Khanna, Managing Director, Risk, Deutsche Bank, UK
"I enjoyed Jenny Bird and Sarah Gornall’s straightforward language and diagrams, their (often humorous) sharing of personal experiences and their clear, jargon-free presentation of the concepts. I appreciated the book’s tone: less ‘sit at my feet and learn’, and more ‘come and listen to us sharing and learning together...This is a coaching book written with the practitioner (not the academic) in mind. It’s a welcome dip-in guide for both the seasoned professional and the newly qualified coach." - Kim Gregory, Chair of the Guildford Coaches Group, Coaching at Work
"I have not seen a compendium like this anywhere else. The strength of the book is its breadth, and the sense that it has been ‘live out’ before it was written. It was born out of practice. There are brief overviews of theory, many of which emanate from the counselling world, but it’s applied well to the coaching realm too and appropriately grounded in its focus on the value of the meaning that the client brings to work…It leaves the reader wanting more, which, in my view, is a measure of its success." – Nic Blackwell, Coaching Today
"Jenny Bird and Sarah Gornall have created a valuable resource for quick reference, instant accessibility and fast learning, built on a strong theoretical base. Each model in the book is explained with a clear, accessible diagram and a simple guide to what it is, how it works and how to put it into action. The text is full of inspiration for applications of the ideas in scenarios based on real coaching practice." – Linda Jennings, Gulf Weekly Book Club