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"Tribe of Mentors" by Timothy Ferriss

"Shortcut" by John Pollack 

"Seeing What Others Don't" by Gary Klein

"Several Short Sentences About Writing" by Verlyn Klinkenborg

"The Birkman Method - Your Personality at Work" by Sharon Birkman Fink and Stephanie Capparell

"Creative Intelligence" by Bruce Nussbaum 

"Improv Wisdom" by Patricia Ryan Madson

"Training To Imagine" by Kat Koppett

"Quiet" by Susan Cain

"Where Good Ideas Come From" by Steven Johnson

"A Whole New Mind" by Daniel H. Pink

"Emotional Intelligence" by Daniel Goleman 

"Rework" by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson  

"The Leadership Pipeline" by Ram Charan, Stephen Drotter, James Noel  

"Life:  Selected Quotations" by Paulo Coelho 

"Deep Change" by Robert Quinn

"The Power of Full Engagement" by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz  

"The Way of the Shepherd" by Dr. Kevin Leman and William Pentak  

"Developing the Leader Within You" by John Maxwell  

"Mr. Peabody's Apples" by Madonna

"Orbiting the Giant Hairball" by Gordon MacKenzie




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Coaching for Perspective

To say that there is just one type of Coaching is like saying that there is just one kind of tree.  One doesn’t adequately describe the wooded forest any more than the other sheds light on the vast number of disciplines that reside within the world of Coaching.      

In the broadest terms, “Coaching” generally refers to guidance and teachings in sectors as diverse as health and wellness, fine arts, personal, life, business, career, financial, and so forth.  Each of those sectors have multiple sub-groups producing a nearly infinite number of teaching components. 

For the sake of simplicity, and to narrow the conversation to leadership development Coaching within the business world, I offer up the following definition:

Coaching is an intentionally created relationship where conversations are centered on building capacity for how one is thinking, feeling, acting, learning, leading, or relating. 

This capacity-building is usually discussed in multiple layers: 

  • Self-examination takes a look at how you are wired, what you believe in, and your life story
  • Team impact and leadership addresses how you get things done through others
  • Organizational results measure business performance
  • Transitional thinking looks at how you spend your time and what you think about

While a Coaching relationship can take many forms, it fundamentally consists of a few building blocks:

Confidentiality:  Unfiltered dialog takes place in a safe environment based on mutual trust.  There is a high degree of listening to what is being said (and not said), as well as the manner in which that information is shared.  There is no judgment. 

Question-based:  It’s a sorting out process by asking either a different set of questions, or unpacking the usual questions just from a different perspective.  The questions are what cause us to think, and it’s the thinking that allows us to grow.   

Feedback-driven:  Discussions have debriefing elements that point to gifts, potential blind spots, effective and ineffective behaviors, competencies and skill sets, business acumen, personal values, relationship components, and stressors.  It is often said that people are starving for feedback.  But perhaps people are starving for “meaningful” feedback.  There is a difference. 

Insightful:  Insights tend to presents themselves as a result of the question-based, feedback-driven process.   They are a point of transition, allowing for movement from the old reality to a new reality. 

Now, why might you seek out a Coaching relationship?  In a word - perspective.  Most of us work and live in a routine environment.  The landscape looks pretty much the same, day in and day out.  Coaching is a chance to look up and see the world through a different lens. 

 There’s the old saying that suggests you may look up one day and see that your ladder is against the wrong wall.  But you could also look up that same day and see that the ladder and the wall is the least of your worries – in fact, you’re supposed to take the footbridge across the stream.  There is, after all, more than one way to traverse the terrain.

 Coaching can offer a new perspective.  A different way to think.  A change in outlook.

Footnote:  While Coaching in itself is a rather structured process, the duration of each session, number of sessions in total, and costing components can all vary greatly.  A Coaching agreement is not to be entered into lightly, as it requires a healthy investment of time and resources for both parties.  


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