The Coaching Manual

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The Definitive Guide to the Process, Principles and Skills of Personal Coaching

By Julie Starr

ISBN  978-0273713524

Are you a good listener? A perceptive observer? Or perhaps you know instinctively when something isn’t ‘right’? We are all born with some coaching ability and the key to becoming a great coach is knowing what your strengths are and building on these.

Your Total Coach

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By Keith Nelson

ISBN  978-1-906821-59-3

Your Total Coach provides 50 inspiring ideas that will support and enhance your coaching skills and is focused on raising performance. It is a book of the time, reflecting the challenges we face in our personal and professional lives.

Time and management

Personal development has to take a back seat for many middle managers due to lack of time.

Recent research by the Ashridge Business School showed that even though three-quarters of the professionals questioned worked for organisations which claimed to support such development, only 53% were given time to follow it through.

Trends in developing talent

On-the-job training is cited as one of the most effective methods of developing staff, alongside in-house development programmes and coaching by line managers – perhaps reflecting the need to watch the bottom line more closely in the current economic climate.

Coaching tool to crack glass ceiling

Coaching, mentoring and sponsorship programmes could be part of the answer to the problem of the acute shortage of women in senior positions in banking.

Women in banking have lower expectations of career progression than their male colleagues, and sponsorship and mentoring could raise their confidence and their aspirations.