Coaching for High Performance

Coaching for High Performance

Coaching is key contributor to the success of your team.

This deeply practical book inspires IT managers with heartfelt advice and tips on how to create a coaching environment in their department. Applying coaching skills in the IT workplace will help create a climate of high performance. Comes as part of our Soft Skills series.

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Benefit from this practical guide to improving your team’s performance

Coaching helps people to define desired outcomes for themselves and encourages them to take responsibility for developing strategies and actions to achieve them. It’s about helping people to learn rather than teaching them. By applying sound coaching skills within in the IT workplace, you can enhance the quality of your team’s work, increase people’s ability and confidence, and create a climate of high performance.

If you are an IT manager and work with IT professionals on a regular basis, Coaching for High Performance will inspire you with practical advice and tips on a range of soft skills areas to help you create the ideal coaching environment for your department.

Use your easy to apply coaching skills to get the best out of all of your interactions from five minutes chats, direct reports, one-to-one meetings, performance reviews, to IT project meetings.

Benefits to business include:

  • Help people to unlock their potential
  • Quickly and easily get the best out of every situation in as little as 15 minutes
  • Enjoy better on-going professional relationships that help people achieve extraordinary results
  • Accelerate individual’s progress and help them achieve personal and business goals
  • Cement your relationships by helping people to learn

Order this practical guide to creating a coaching environment today.

About the author

Sarah Cook is the Managing Director of The Stairway Consultancy Ltd. She has 15 years’ consulting experience specialising in executive coaching, leadership and change, and has a strong background in industry. Sarah is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, with an MA from Cambridge University and an MBA. She is an accredited user of a wide range of psychometric and personal diagnostic tools.

Author: Sarah Cook
Publisher: IT Governance Publishing
ISBN: 9781849280020
Pages: 128
Format: Softcover
Published Date: 27 January 2009
Availability: In Stock

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1. Angelica on 11/15/2011, said:

Would any of us strive to have a low-performing team? A low-performing organization? Who wants to sign up for adequate performance? In reality most of us want to be a member of a high-performing team and a high-performing organization. Even better, many of us want to lead high-performing teams. The good news is by utilizing coaching skills in the work environment we can cultivate high performance in our employees, our teams and our organization. Coaching for High Performance by Sarah Cook provides a brief overview of how to use coaching to develop excellent performance. As the reader, I saw this book naturally divide into three sections: an overview of coaching, the skills, styles and models; tools for engaging between coach and someone being coached; and considerations for establishing a coaching program. The ‘coaching overview’ starts simply with describing what is and is not coaching. Cook goes on to introduce some key skills for being a coach. This chapter also includes a self-assessment to evaluate oneself as a coach. Additionally, she introduced several models of coaching such as the STAR and GROW models. Once coaching models are outlined, Cook introduces a number of skills to be used in coaching sessions. These include giving feedback and setting coaching contracts or goals. There are also chapters on listening and questioning and generating options. I found the checklists and example question sets useful to validate my understanding of the content and to immediately use when in a coaching situation. These tools can be good references when starting a coaching engagement or when you need to improve your current coaching experience. Cook finishes with a synopsis of questions and thoughts to consider when establishing a coaching program within your organization. This is a tool to be utilized in the journey of coaching your team toward high performance. If you are new to coaching, you can utilize this book as a quick starter for understanding the basics of coaching. If you have some experience coaching and want to improve, you can leverage the skills sections to increase your performance. Either way it is worth a quick read to continue the journey toward exceptional performance.
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