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Coaching Up! Inspiring Peak Performance When It Matters Most

Book Description

Connect, engage, motivate, and inspire using top coaching techniques

Coaching Up! is about inspiring those who matter to you to achieve peak performance. Whether you are a coach, a business leader, a civic activist, a teacher, a counselor, or a parent, this book will offer you a powerful, highly effective way to connect to the people you care about and move them forward toward their best selves. In sports, coaches have developed ways of connecting with their players quickly in the "heat of the battle," inspiring them to perform to their fullest potential and "leave it all on the field." Interestingly, although these techniques have not been codified, great coaches have independently developed remarkably similar models. This book aligns these techniques and distills their essence into a fundamental skill set that anyone can use to connect with, support, and inspire his or her colleagues, teammates, friends, and family members. At its foundation, great coaching is based on a solid set of techniques that can be applied to all areas of life. Essentially, those skills boil down to forging authentic connections, providing genuine support, and offering concise direction.

While our everyday pressures may be less intense than those of a championship, the long-term game is even more important. Why not borrow from the best to develop the skills and abilities to win every day?

  • Inspire and motivate people to higher performance
  • Improve communication in high-stakes situations
  • Be more effective both professionally and socially

Getting inside the way great coaching works gives you an unparalleled glimpse at the core of inspiration. A great coach can make the difference between a mediocre player and a world champion. What would that difference look like if you could inspire every colleague in your business? Everyone who matters to you in your personal life? You can be the source of empowerment and motivation that helps the people around you reach higher, go further, and achieve more. Coaching Up! gives you the game plan—and shows you how to run the plays.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Dedication
  5. Praise for Coaching Up!
  6. Foreword
    1. In the Beginning…
    2. Finding Connection and Support
    3. Playing for Coach K
    4. Accepting a Life-Changing Direction
    5. On Playing on a Winning Team
    6. About Shane Battier
  7. Introduction
    1. Why This Book?
    2. Who Can Use the Coaching Up Model?
  8. Chapter 1: How the Coaching Up Model Works
    1. An Actual Coaching Up Conversation
    2. In Contrast, the Showboat Approach
    3. The Rewards of Coaching Up Conversations
  9. Chapter 2: Building an Authentic Connection
    1. If Possible, Choose the Setting for Maximum Comfort
    2. Greet Your Player Warmly and Personally
    3. The Physical Greeting—or Not
    4. A Brilliant Casual Greeting
    5. Begin the Conversation with a Human Connection, Not a Functional One
    6. Keep Your Posture Relaxed, and Speak Slowly, Clearly, and Thoughtfully
    7. Stay Focused on Your Player
    8. Practice Humor and Humility
    9. How CoachUp Coaches Feel about Building Connections with Their Athletes
  10. Chapter 3: Providing Genuine Support
    1. Offer Positive Feedback
    2. Share a Broader View
    3. Remove Obstacles in Your Player's Path
    4. But What about Negative Feedback?
  11. Chapter 4: Offering Concise Direction
    1. Ways to Offer Concise Direction
  12. Chapter 5: Making It Work at Work
    1. Revisiting the Pareto Principle
    2. Adopting a Truly Transformative Mental Model
    3. Matters of Leadership Style and Behavior
    4. Regularly Scheduled Meetings with Colleagues
  13. Chapter 6: Taking It Home to the Family
    1. A Coaching Up Conversation with a Child
    2. Building an Authentic Connection
    3. Providing Authentic Support
    4. Offering Concise Direction
  14. Chapter 7: Keeping It Real
    1. If Possible, Choose the Setting for Maximum Comfort
    2. Greet Your Player Warmly and Personally
    3. Begin the Conversation with a Human Connection, Not a Functional One
    4. Keep Your Posture Relaxed, and Speak Slowly, Clearly, and Thoughtfully
    5. Stay Focused on Your Player
    6. Practice Humor and Humility
  15. A Final Word
  16. Bibliography and Suggested Reading
  17. Acknowledgments
  18. About the Author
  19. Index
  20. End User License Agreement