Coaching in business has come a long way. Once used primarily to deal with "problem" employees, this powerful tool for improving performance and enhancing career growth has become a symbol of status among today's high-potential leaders. While much has been written for practicing coaches, this timely new book delivers a first-of-its-kind user's guide for executives and managers considering coaching for themselves or for a member of their team.
Joan Kofodimos draws on her nearly 25 years of pioneering work in the field to lay out in precise detail what coaching candidates should look for and what results they can expect: guidelines to evaluate the potential value of coaching; criteria for choosing the right coach based on experience, focus and personal "fit"; and critical action steps in moving from assessment to behavior change. Dozens of checklists, sample meeting agendas and coaching contracts, dialogue scripts and life-inspired case examples equip executives and managers with the information they need to enter into a coaching relationship fully prepared to participate as a vested partner, whether establishing a new contract or maximizing the benefits of an existing one. This concise and easily accessible guidebook explores how coaching can address performance issues, develop high-potential leaders, build teams and support leaders who drive change.
Part One: Understanding the Potential Value of Coaching
1 The Meaning of Coaching
2 The Value of Coaching
Part Two: Making Decisions About Coaching
3 When to Use Coaching
4 How to Choose a Coach
Part Three: Managing the Coaching Process
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Joan Kofodimos, PhD is founding partner of Teleos Consulting, whose clients include Pfizer, Merck and McKinsey, and a former faculty member of Duke University and the California School of Professional Psychology. Her early pioneering research into executive character is still used to coach senior executives at the Center for Creative Leadership. A noted expert on executive work-life balance, Kofodimos is author of Balancing Act and co-author of Beyond Ambition.