There are many books dedicated to explaining the art and practicality of coaching and mentoring, but far too many seem to get stuck in their own little world and manage to over-complicate matters. This book, however, now in its third revision is different, offering a clear and practical guide to actually doing coaching and mentoring!
Weaving theory and real world practice together, the authors provide a clear, engaging look at the subject, backed up with clear tools, actionable frameworks and a host of strategies that they say can be utilised in every coaching or mentoring situation. This is said to be a major “update” over previous editions, bringing it up-to-date with some of the latest thinking and developments in the subject. Its price-point is very reasonable too.
As well as the excellent book knowledge being patiently served up, it was particularly interesting to note the opinions and experiences of many practitioners working within the field, allowing the reader to observe how they go about things and discover some of the challenges and issues they may have faced. This could be viewed as the icing on the metaphorical cake. Certainly, the authors have done a good job in making the subject accessible, engaging and of interest, especially to the confused or sceptical reader. For those who are already fully on-board, this can be certainly a book worth considering to add to their knowledge and experience armoury.
Now, this reader came away a lot more informed and quite positive to the whole coaching and mentoring process; so the authors have managed to do some coaching from afar to great success.