Based on the authors' extensive experience working with international board-level teams, Challenging Coaching suggests that for too long coaches have shied away from adopting a more challenging stance in their work - a stance that can provoke greater performance and unlock deeper potential in business leaders and their teams. In particular, the authors offer a new coaching approach, FACTS, to help coaches develop this challenging stance.
The FACTS approach, with its emphasis on FeeDavies-Blackack, Accountability, Courageous Goals, Tension, and Systems Thinking, is explored in theory and in practice using case studies, example dialogues, and practical exercises. Long-held coaching principles such as being nondirective, building rapport ,and holding to the client's agenda are put under the spotlight, with the authors questioning their relevance to a 21st-century business environment where the needs of the wider business must take precedence over the "me me me" of any specific executive.
This is a timely wake-up call for anyone who is responsible for the performance of others - be they coach, business leader, or leadership development expert. An original and thought-provoking message that dares the listener to face the FACTS and accept the coaching challenge.
"This is a terrific book that should provoke and challenge coaches to 'up their game' and thus provide more value to individuals and also, vitally, to their organizations. The philosophy, observations, process and tools that John and Ian describe are very consistent with my and my colleagues' approach." (Graham Alexander, founder of The Alexander Corporation, originator of the GROW Model, and author of SuperCoaching and Tales from the Top)
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