One hundred pages is such an easy read especially if the subject is interesting and the information is applicable and practical.
So, I found myself reading ‘Meaningful Coaching’ in one night - I couldn't put it down!
Tina Mertel identifies a method of identifying the values of the Coachee and that of the Coach to find a common ground of understanding and respect.
Coaching can be complex – the Coachee brings a truckload of experiences, they have their own language and body language and the Coach sees and hears information through their own filters and a bias based on their values.
I found it such a great reminder to enter a coaching session with a firm hold of my Values to enable me to hear the values of the Coachee and help them identify with their values and the choices they make.
The added value within this book is the layering of the International Coach Federation competencies and the Strength Deployment Inventory (Relationship Awareness Theory) and whilst not absolutely necessary to know, it does enrich the process and adds to more meaningful coaching.
If you're searching for a Coach, ensure that you enquire about their coaching process, ethics, tools used and how they build rapport. It is an intimate relationship and it’s a business transaction which you both have a vested interest in to succeed.