3 of my Favorite Books on Coaching

Just recently, someone asked me to recommend my favorite books on coaching.  Though there are now many “coaching” books from which to choose, there are 3 that stand out for me:

  1. Co-Active Coaching: Changing Business, Transforming Lives by Henry Kimsey-House, Karen Kimsey-House and Phil Sandahl.  This book was originally published in 1998 and is now in its third edition.  I have a dog-eared copy of that first edition.  The principles, practices, skills and models outlined in this book are a great resource for anyone – whether you are a professional coach or a manager who seeks the ability to coach your employees.  Click here for this book at Amazon.com.
  2. The Heart of Coaching:  Using Transformational Coaching to Create a High-Performance Culture by Thomas G. Crane.  Read this book if you want to find out how to create a “feedback rich, high performance culture” where “coaching becomes the normal way we do things.”   I often work with organizations that are trying to shift their cultures to be receptive to the coaching practices outlined in this book.  Click here for this book at Amazon.com.
  3. The Nurse Executive’s Coaching Manual by Kimberly McNally and Liz Cunningham.  Though this book is designed for “Nurse Executives”, it is a comprehensive guide to coaching that is applicable to any manager or leader who wants to learn how to use coaching skills to teach, empower and guide their employees.  Click here for this book at Amazon.com.