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Coaching for Performance, Fourth Edition

GROWing Human Potential and Purpose - The Principles and Practice of Coaching and Leadership
Written by: John Whitmore
Narrated by: Erik Synnestvedt
Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
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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

What the critics say

"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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  • Curtis
  • 2015-06-26

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
  • 2016-01-10

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
  • CENTER BARNSTEAD, NH, US
  • 2015-04-18

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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  • Rambo
  • Houston, TX
  • 2015-03-23

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
  • 2018-02-05

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
  • 2017-09-28

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
  • 2015-10-30

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
  • 2015-09-27

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
  • New York, NY
  • 2019-06-20

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
  • 2017-10-09

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.