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Publisher's Summary

To get the best from your employees, you need to be more than a manager. You need to be a coach.

You're a leader because you possess expertise in your field. You have the training and experience. You understand your business - but can you fully motivate and engage your team?

Michael K. Simpson, a senior consultant to Franklin Covey, has spent more than twenty-five years training executives to become effective coaches, mentoring and guiding leaders and managers to encourage and develop the talent of their people - the most important asset in any organization. In this guide, you will acquire the skills to coach your personnel from the ground up, maximizing their potential on a personal level, as members of the team, and as contributors to the organization as a whole.

Transform your business relationships (and your business) with this comprehensive tool for optimizing productivity, profitability, loyalty, and customer focus. Don't just manage. Energize. Galvanize. Inspire. Be a coach.

©2014 Michael Simpson (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Nothing l've not heard before.

Delivered in vacuous corporate Covey coach-speak. I found myself zoning out repeatedly, changing the playback speed from 1.25X to 1.5X and finally 2.0X to get through it. The coaching questions are good, though you can likely find them online. The author would've been better served by using actual dialogue rather than short situational summaries to relate client interactions.

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A Struggle

There was too much listing of information without enough compelling support stories or backgrounds information that might have been helpful in fleshing out the bullet points and making the memorable. it had its moments, but they were too few. I would probably rate it higher had I read a hard copy.

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  • Ingrid
  • New York, NY, United States
  • 01-11-16

Good info worth noting

I'll probably have to listen to this again. But it was well worth my time and I enjoyed it. The performance was very good and it provokes food for thought if you are in an environment that is not quite adopting these principles just yet. It provides a vision of how things definitely can be better.

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  • DW
  • 05-17-18

The Essential Coaching Handbook

Simpson has assembled the essential factors of coaching in an organized and easy to follow guide. It is useful to the beginner professional coach, business leader wanting to coach internally, or as a refresher for the experienced coach. While the examples are based on corporate scenarios, this is equally applicable to coaching for personal strategic planning, individual performance improvement, and self-employment. Don't skip the epilogue. It would be better named "Creating Your Toolbox."

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leading groups

I enjoyed most of the book.thabks for the effort. I dont like being forced to submit a ceetain number if words.

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<br />Very practical guide

Easy to relate to any business and practical.
i started using the ideas immediately. everyone is better than the next.

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Very solid information with good references.

Very solid information with references to other great sources of information on business and management coaching.

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the only good parts about this are the questions

this book is just a poor knock off of all the other leadership books. the narration is extremely hard to listen to, as well. his voice is bland and unenthusiastic. I'm sure it is good in small doses, but not for a narrated book. he is either doing it for conceit or to save money. neither is a good reason and both are contrary to what he preaches.

I will say, though, the questions at the end of the chapters are good.

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Clear but too clear

It would have been better if more examples from stories where the information was applied were offered. But the information has a good structure and enough practiceing examples are offered

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Excellent insights

Excellent theory from basic insights to practical applications, especially for corporate environment. I appreciated the blended approaches, not being stuck on one theory as well as emphasis on integrity, character, and holistic view of success.

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  • A. C. Brooks
  • 01-19-15

Outstanding!

This was a great read/listen. I would advise that you keep a journal or notepad handy while listening to get the most out of some of the action points that the author lists. Delivery style is not great but the content more than made up for it.

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  • Nicolas
  • 05-26-17

Generic advice that can fit on a two pager

Honestly i tried to like but in the end think it was pretty much a waste of time. The author seems to have credentials to really teach or present insights into the practice of executive coaching.
In the end though it feels like a list of hr activities a fortune 500 would put in their annual. The author introduces a seven step framework for coaching. He then presents each step and illustrates with some generic scientific quotes and example questions for the potential coach.
The big questions remains :so what. What now? All this content could in the introduction. Later the author coule illustrate specific examples. Here i believe the book would benefit the most. Build on the first hand experience of the author.provide detailed cases he faced and then use the framework to show the change.
At this point the written style is just far too corporate. It could be directly copied from a Mercer text. I miss a story, the person being coached and action leading to transformation.

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  • John
  • 07-01-15

Dry but worth using in long car journeys.

Some key questions, nice amount of repetition. American accent. Executive mainly.
Note questions.

ok ok.

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  • kaisbadran
  • 02-22-15

Was not bad

I was expecting more from a covey publication. The book is great for beginners. but so general for anyone who have a any idea of coaching. I think of you are looking for a big picture sort of book. This is a useful tool

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