We have a very exciting announcement to share with you at this week’s Coaching Café.
Natalie and our friend and colleague, super-star High-Performance Coach Emma Doyle announce our new book. What Makes a Great Coach? Furthermore, we tell you how you can be a part of the book launch.
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About the book
Over the past 7 years, Emma has asked over 500 of the world’s leading tennis, sport and business coaches: What Makes a Great Coach? Together with Natalie, they have distilled this down to the top 10 practices.
Told through the eyes of Emma’s own personal and raw journey towards elite coaching. What Makes a Great Coach? features stories, quotes, and inspiration. Especially from past and current coaching legends. Including the coaches of many former World No.1s.
About the research
The book research is comprehensive. It features research from more than 500 of the world’s top coaches. In addition, some former World No.1’s including Roger Federer.
328 tennis coaches
71 sports coaches across 21 different sports
105 business coaches
48 different countries are represented
51% female 49% male and one non-binary person
From the conversations, 151 different characteristics were stated in answer to the question What Makes a Great Coach? However, after collating the data, Emma narrowed these down to the ten top practices. Importantly, practices that we can all pursue.
Why call them ‘practices’ and not characteristics?
Emma and Natalie use the term practices. Rather than calling them characteristics or attributes. In addition, rather than using traditional chapter headings. This is encouraging continuous reflection on how we show up as a coach. Importantly, acknowledging that we can always grow and develop as a coach, as we continue our practice of coaching.
It’s easy to say, ‘oh I am a good listener’.
But how do we put that into practice?
What is it about listening, that we are practicing as a coach?
How do we demonstrate good listening?
The book has us dig deeper into this reflection. It’s not a tick and flick.
A book for all coaches
‘A compelling read that takes you to the heart of coaching. A must-read for all coaches at all levels.’ Jim Loehr, World-Renowned Performance Psychologist and NY Times Best Selling Author.
As Jim Loehr has kindly stated. Emma explains that the book is for all coaches. Importantly is a chance for us to reflect on our own coaching practices. Particularly, if we take the time to answer the reflection questions in the book. Natalie recaps writing on the book and how she took a lot of time to reflect on the practices. Especially, what they mean to her and how she shows up as a coach.
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