During one of my final coaching sessions of 2010, one of my clients took one of my favorite coaching queries and turned it around on me. He said, “So Coach, for 2011, what will YOU be doing BETTER and/or DIFFERENT?”
It took me about 3 seconds to respond: “DIFFERENT!”
Beginning this month, I will be teaching a graduate course in coaching for an Oregon-based university.
This particular client could be a “poster child” for a coaching leader. He regularly coaches members of his senior team on living out their Life Plans, he uses Vision consistently and creatively, he works daily from a simple Business Plan, and he is ruthlessly consistent in living his Ideal Week.
This client not only “gets” coaching, he has a hunger to know and do more.
When I mentioned my graduate course, he challenged me: “I know that many of your clients would appreciate seeing what you are teaching. What readings will you assign as the basis for understanding coaching?”
I was happy to oblige.
I believe the following thirteen works provide an excellent basis for the understanding and application of coaching for anyone, including graduate students:
1. Becoming a Coaching Leader (Harkavy)
2. Coaching and Mentoring (Parsloe and Leedham)
3. Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard (Heath and Heath)
4. Just Enough: Tools for Creating Success in Your Work and Life (Stevenson and Nash)
5. “Managing Oneself” (Drucker)
6. “My Life as a Knowledge Worker” (Drucker)
7. “Building Your Company’s Vision” (Collins and Porras)
8. “The Smart Talk Trap” (Pfeffer and Sutton)
9. “Why do Good Managers Choose Poor Strategies?” (Teisberg)
10.“Six Influences” (Cialdini)
11. “Six Thinking Hats” (DeBono)
12. “Three Signs of a Miserable Job” (Lencioni)
13. “Five Dysfunctions of a Team” (Lencioni)
This list is by no means exhaustive or definitive. It is my first effort to pull together what I believe will provide my graduate students a basis in understanding theories, principles, and practices for coaching.
I would love to learn from you.
What reading would YOU require if you were to teach an introductory course in coaching?
What one book or article has most impacted you in your understanding, or practice, of coaching?