Book Review – The Six Conversations of a Brilliant Manager by Alan J. Sears

six conversationsThe Six Conversations of a Brilliant Manager by Alan J. Sears is a book I gained a lot from. Written in a fictional format just like a novel, it explains some complicated aspects of management in simple to understand language using an interesting story. This is a very easy to read and understand book. The story is focused on six conversations that managers at some point in their career will need to have with the people they manage.

The main character in the book is Sam Mitchell who is suddenly promoted to be the UK Operations Manager of DecisionsMaker, a tech company, after his boss leaves the job. Sam doesn’t have experience as a manager, and he’s been put in charge of an unhappy team at a time when the company is going through some major challenges. The fact that he has been told by Arnold Kramer, one of the company’s founders to come up with results a month after he started in the role does not help. Add to that having to manage a difficult team and the scene for an interesting story on effective leadership and management is born. Continue reading

One Idea Group Session from Coaching at Work: Powering Your Team With Awareness, Responsibility and Trust by Matt Somers

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INTRODUCTION

This resource will help you to facilitate a short group session to learn from the One Idea Summary on Coaching With ARROW.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Be able to describe the five steps of the ARROW coaching framework.
  • Be able to write at least three questions you can ask for each step in the ARROW

PREPARATION

Send a copy of the One Idea Summary on Coaching with ARROW to the participants at least one week before the session. Tell them to read it before coming. Continue reading

Book Review – Coaching at Work: Powering Your Team With Awareness, Responsibility and Trust by Matt Somers

Coaching at WorkCoaching at Work subtitled, Powering Your Team With Awareness, Responsibility And Trust was written by Matt Somers to emphasize the importance of coaching at work particularly for managers and to help those who want to use coaching learn basic skills that can help them apply coaching to their day-to-day work.

The book is divided into four parts which I have briefly summarised below. This is a sizable book with 333 pages but one that is worth reading because of the quality of information in it.

PART ONE – HOW TO COACH

This part focuses on providing us with the basic skills to undertake coaching on a formal or informal basis. It has five chapters. Continue reading

One Idea Group Session from Core Coaching: Coaching for Great Performance at Work by Sheridan Maguire

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INTRODUCTION

This resource will help you facilitate a short group session to learn from the One Idea Summary on STAMINAS – Qualities for Effective Coaching.

SESSION OBJECTIVES

  • Be able to describe the eight STAMINAS qualities.
  • Be able to describe how STAMINAS can make coaching more effective.

PREPARATION

Send a copy of the One Idea Summary on STAMINAS to the participants at least one week before the session. Tell them to read it before coming. Continue reading