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Coaching Stories

By: Karen Dean,Sam Humphrey
Narrated by: Karen Dean,Sam Humphrey
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Summary

Being a coach is a deeply rewarding profession. Even the best coaches encounter moments of uncertainty and doubt. In Coaching Stories: Flowing and Falling of Being a Coach, Karen Dean and Sam Humphrey intimately share their varied experiences as executive coaches in 48 stories - some where they were flowing and glorious, and others where they were falling and ashamed.

They progress from naivety to mastery, revealing what being a coach is really like. Each chapter focuses on a different theme, using Dean's "exceptional achievement" framework: setting out, doing, integrating, and being. Dean and Humphrey expertly assess topics, including confidence, talent, purpose, and fulfillment. They then reflect on their learning and development at each point. This book will be a compassionate and pragmatic companion for coaches of all kinds, both in practice and training.

Praise for the book:

"What a rare treat...to walk alongside two pioneer coaches as they navigate the challenges, setbacks, and triumphs emblematic of the journey from beginner to master coach. Their journey is even more admirable when we consider that they began before most of the major professional coaching bodies were born or were in their infancies. Through humility, humor, and grace, their stories illuminate how coaching holds the promise of tremendous value, is not for the faint of heart, cannot be done by just anyone, and requires highly specialized knowledge, skills and abilities on the part of the coach. This book shows how courage, critical reflection, appropriate education and training and a fierce commitment to an ongoing learning journey are imperatives for any coach wishing to offer credible personal or business coaching services today." (Wendy Johnson, founder, president/ CEO of the Worldwide Association of Business Coaches (WABC))

©2019 Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group (P)2020 Karen Dean and Sam Humphrey

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A great listen which worked well with the book at hand

As there are two writers/coaches who share their heart felt experiences, both ups and downs, hearing their voices with their stories really helped bring even more value to the book .

I read the paper book first and then decided to listen when I realised they were both telling their stories (rather than a vocal specialist).

I’m sure what I have taken will be different to you but my take home is this.

Coaching is a journey with challenges, triggers and many choices. The impact is on more than the client. Our families and friends are all in the mix. Both karen and Sam share personal experiences of when they were flying high (flowing) and floored (falling). All in the art of becoming.

Thank you both for sharing, particularly the other often hidden side of life. The bits that don’t end up on social media.

I’d say this is a great listen if you work as a coach, PT, therapist or professionally in one to one situations with clients.

What I’d like to ask: how many coaches does it take to create a lightbulb moment?

Well these these two brave coaches have certainly switch mine on!

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