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Publisher's Summary

Coaching is a way of managing, a way of treating people, a way of thinking, a way of being. Coaching has matured into an invaluable profession fit for our times and this fourth edition of the most widely read coaching book takes it to the next frontier.

Good coaching is a skill that requires a depth of understanding and plenty of practice if it is to deliver its astonishing potential. This extensively revised and expanded new audio edition of Coaching for Performance clearly explains the principles of coaching and illustrates them with examples of high performance from business and sport. It continues to follow the GROW sequence (Goals, Reality, Options, Will) and clarifies the process and practice of coaching by describing what coaching really is, what it can be used for, when and how much it can be used, and who can use it well.

©2009 John Whitmore (P)2013 Gildan Media LLC

Critic Reviews

"A must hear for any coach aspiring to do advanced work with their clients. Bringing together the simplicity of the coaching process and the larger scope of the coaching profession in an understandable and provocative way." (Laura Whitworth, co-founder of The coaches Training Institute and author of Co-Active Coaching)

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A treasure trove of ideas and insights

There is enough in here for newbie coaches and managers to get on their way. It is written in a simple lucid that is easy to understand and apply to real situations; but is more than that. There are nuggets of profound insights; that will make you think and reflect; and may even change you; if you are ready.

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Excellent audiobook on coaching...😍

Very well articulations about the evolution of coaching. Filled with brilliant examples. All in all great learning experience.

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Coaching based Leadership

A good book for any person serious about pursuing coaching based leadership.

It is a good primer to get the initial feel about this subject.

More detailed coverage of “Coaching Questions” could have been done.

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  • Curtis
  • 26-06-15

Great content, awful narration

The content is fantastic - I began applying concepts immediately. Unfortunately, this narrator has ruined several books in my collection with his boring delivery and smug enunciation.

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  • ItsAboutLearning
  • 10-01-16

Excellent Material, Readers is Not Very Enjoyable

This is an excellent book with quality material presented. I highly reccomend this book for anyone looking to broaden their coaching techniques or reinforce some habits and tatics not recently reviewed.

However the readers voice did not resonate well with me and the way he ends sentences kinds of irritates me and decreases my focus. I will personally buy this book do avoid this setback and try to get the most from the material.

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  • Suriaah
  • 18-04-15

Good content, terrible narration

Very monotonous and painful to listen to. Excellent content, however. I've already begun incorporating techniques into my management. Thank you

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  • The Agha’s
  • 23-03-15

great book. should be everyones first.

should be everyones first read for coaching and developing. not too long but fact full.

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  • You source
  • 05-02-18

The original speed of recording must have been at the 1.25x

The normal speed of the narration of this recording must have been a slowed down version of the original recording. Playback at 1.25x is more tolerable than normal.

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  • lynsey broad
  • 28-09-17

essential

great book, one I will read every year. I have been applying the book in my life since January 2017 and has made a huge difference to my life

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  • Carmen
  • 30-10-15

Good to get an idea about what coaching is

Interesting to have an overview on coaching. The format of the book is more suitable for reading than for listening. There were bullet points, or lists that despite the narrator's talent were difficult to follow.

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  • Wanda Dunkley
  • 27-09-15

WOW

This audible was so good that I purchased the book to use at work. The new behaviors I'm learning and implementing its making me a better coach. Thanks John

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  • Eric Friedman
  • 20-06-19

Great coaching primer and deep dive.

This book was a great overview into the world of coaching. It’s great for folks that know their way around coaching executives and teams, but also some great intermediate topics. It selves into the origins and where coaching is going too which was great.

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  • Brian
  • 09-10-17

It was meh

Script narratives, as used in the examples were distracting. Calling himself a social justice driven person brought politics into further distract me. Finally, the flippant comments on religion sort of ended my concentration.

Here I wanted to become a better peer coach, and I am hit with crap that has nothing to do with coaching. About 60% of the book was good. Not enough to get my recommendation.

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  • Vic Kerlin
  • 12-12-18

Poor delivery


Great content spoiled by a monotone 'clipped' delivery. Imagine your worst ever college lecturer..this is that person.
The problem is that because of the delivery I found my mind wandering and I realised I had missed valueable content.

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  • Matthew J
  • 28-10-16

A great start

I enjoyed the first half, which had more practical application but I was left a little dissatisfied with the more ambling and academic second half. The first half makes this a worthwhile read regardless.

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  • 09-09-13

Great book, narration needs a do over

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

This is easily one of the best coaching books on the market - for me its the coaching bible. I like to maximize my time and listen to a lot of audiobooks whilst tending to household chores and when commuting. I have the paper copy but wanted an audiobook for repetitive learning benefits whilst mobile but I found this audiobook seriously difficult to keep up with due to the narration style - too fast for me to digest. I would even go as far to say I found it exhausting at times. Perhaps it would be okay if when listening to it in a deeply focused manner.If I was rating the book it would get 5. If I was rating the narration, for me, a 1.

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  • kathie
  • 02-06-15

ive goven up on it

Terrible narration, i did not manage to finish it as it was too boring. the material seems dated and too obvious.

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  • Frex
  • 26-10-21

The coaching equivalent of 7 habits

Found it really useful.
Fascinating how it ties back to Humanistic counselling now Positive Psychology and Transpersonal counselling.

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  • UVK
  • 19-01-20

Audio version - too heavy

The kindle version gives the complete justice to knowledge on Coaching. The audio version becomes difficult to retain the important punch lines.

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  • JOHN
  • 23-06-17

Coaching at its best

Fantastic Audio book, if you're a coach or want to know more about coaching this is the book

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  • MR J C WESSON
  • 06-02-17

Practical and inspiring 👍

Some good ideas and practical suggestions that can be applied in many coaching situations. I feel more confident about coaching others after hearing this book.

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  • Marc
  • 05-12-16

massively insightful

Content is almost to rich to be suitable for an audio book and I found it at times hard to listen and drive at the same time.
The book covers the basics of coaching excellently and with concrete examples. It then broadens the exploration into a number of relevant and interesting areas such as the development of a countries conscience, behaviour of millennials as they enter the work force and transpersonal coaching.
A real treasure which I will be listening to many times over.

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  • Kemi
  • 23-06-16

Good listen

It was very informative and easy to follow. The narrator was a little grating for me but managed to power through. Some parts like transpersonal coaching were a bit heavy but a good book overall.

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  • Mr D Hough
  • 05-08-19

A must read for any aspiring Coach

I already had the book, but i am a notoriously slow reader, so I read as I listened and took notes. There are plenty of nuggets within this books pages, no wonder it is now on to it's 5th edition.