#52Books – Coaching for Performance Fifth Edition: The Principles and Practice of Coaching and Leadership UPDATED 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION (Amazon Affiliate Link)
My primary skill-building goal for the year – get better at coaching.
Any problems I’ve had on projects have, at their core, been people issues.
It is to be expected.
We can’t control people.
What we CAN do is to try to develop ourselves so that people are more likely to behave in the manner we desire. Or, at least, feel ok about our part of the interaction. I don’t know about you, but whenever I “lose it,” I usually feel terrible for a long time afterward.
Sir John Whitmore and Coaching for Performance is the classic coaching textbook for people who want the skills, but aren’t necessarily out to become a “life coach.”
The emphasis is on professional performance. In his final edition, he provides question streams, the GROW (Goals, Reality, Options, What you will do), and ways to measure the effectiveness of this approach.
The Agile (and any Agile-hybrid) approach requires Project Managers to be more like coaches and mentors. This would be the first reference I would give someone if they find themselves wanting to move to a coaching-style of management.
There’s a reason why this book, in its five editions, is a classic. I’ve already got this book beat-up and dog-eared. High praise for a reference.
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