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(COMPLETELY REVISED EDITION WITH A THIRD NEW CONTENT) Improve Team Performance. Transform Your Career. Change lives. Whether your team is in an office, on a field, in a classroom, or in your living room have you ever thought they had more to give, but you weren't quite sure how to get it out of them? Have you ever wanted them to play up to their potential, but didn't quite k (COMPLETELY REVISED EDITION WITH A THIRD NEW CONTENT) Improve Team Performance. Transform Your Career. Change lives. Whether your team is in an office, on a field, in a classroom, or in your living room have you ever thought they had more to give, but you weren't quite sure how to get it out of them? Have you ever wanted them to play up to their potential, but didn't quite know how to make it happen? Are you looking for that one new idea, that one simple strategy that will take your team's performance and your career to the next level? If so, The Weekly Coaching Conversation is definitely the book for you. Every once in a while a book like this comes along with a message so simple yet so profound it literally changes people's lives. In a story as inspiring as it is informative, bestselling author Brian Souza reveals the secrets to unleashing a person's potential. Introducing a groundbreaking, yet simple-to-understand and easy-to-apply coaching framework that's backed by years of rigorous research, The Weekly Coaching Conversation gives managers and leaders the playbook to turbocharge any team's performance.


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(COMPLETELY REVISED EDITION WITH A THIRD NEW CONTENT) Improve Team Performance. Transform Your Career. Change lives. Whether your team is in an office, on a field, in a classroom, or in your living room have you ever thought they had more to give, but you weren't quite sure how to get it out of them? Have you ever wanted them to play up to their potential, but didn't quite k (COMPLETELY REVISED EDITION WITH A THIRD NEW CONTENT) Improve Team Performance. Transform Your Career. Change lives. Whether your team is in an office, on a field, in a classroom, or in your living room have you ever thought they had more to give, but you weren't quite sure how to get it out of them? Have you ever wanted them to play up to their potential, but didn't quite know how to make it happen? Are you looking for that one new idea, that one simple strategy that will take your team's performance and your career to the next level? If so, The Weekly Coaching Conversation is definitely the book for you. Every once in a while a book like this comes along with a message so simple yet so profound it literally changes people's lives. In a story as inspiring as it is informative, bestselling author Brian Souza reveals the secrets to unleashing a person's potential. Introducing a groundbreaking, yet simple-to-understand and easy-to-apply coaching framework that's backed by years of rigorous research, The Weekly Coaching Conversation gives managers and leaders the playbook to turbocharge any team's performance.

30 review for The Weekly Coaching Conversation: A Business Fable about Taking Your Team's Performance-And Your Career-To the Next Level

  1. 5 out of 5

    Christine Galvin-Combet

    There are some valuable nuggets in this book but there isn't much depth. It is a quick read and I think that's helpful for those who are looking for a quick primer or refresher to boost their coaching skills but who are crunched for time. There are some valuable nuggets in this book but there isn't much depth. It is a quick read and I think that's helpful for those who are looking for a quick primer or refresher to boost their coaching skills but who are crunched for time.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Shaeley Santiago

    Although this book is about a sales manager named Brad, I think it has application to instructional coaching in an education setting, too. This fable about a sales manager who thinks he's arrived because he wins a company award discovers that he's leaving his team of salespeople behind. By coincidence, he meets a wiser, experienced businessman, Coach, who walks him through some important lessons about how to lead his team of salespeople. While we see the change in attitude from Brad, we don't he Although this book is about a sales manager named Brad, I think it has application to instructional coaching in an education setting, too. This fable about a sales manager who thinks he's arrived because he wins a company award discovers that he's leaving his team of salespeople behind. By coincidence, he meets a wiser, experienced businessman, Coach, who walks him through some important lessons about how to lead his team of salespeople. While we see the change in attitude from Brad, we don't hear much about how he actually applies what he learns from Coach in his day-to-day interactions with his team. One thing I like about the format of the book is that it highlights important quotes. I've selected just a few to include here. "The only way to systematically improve individual performance is to provide constructive coaching and developmental feedback. In fact, countless studies have show that there's a direct correlation between the quantity and the quality of constructive coaching an individual receives and his or her level of performance improvement," (p. 158). "To get your team to become coachable, you must first become coachable. To get your team to open up, you must first open up. To get your team to embrace developmental feedback, you must first embrace developmental feedback. As a coach, you set the standard for your team to follow. And your personal example is the most powerful leadership tool you have" (p. 110). "Great coaches consistently get the most out of their people because they consistently put the most into their people" (p. 72).

  3. 4 out of 5

    Emily Leathers

    Doesn't explain how to coach Unfortunately this ends way sooner than I expected, and that means it's basically a very long advertisement for their free videos or paid training program. The end just says "you should ask these 5 questions", and those questions aren't even phrased in a way that you could ask them to a person - they just give topics to talk about. Perhaps I'm too advanced to be the target audience here. But the moral is "coaching is important" with no explanation on how to do so. Read Doesn't explain how to coach Unfortunately this ends way sooner than I expected, and that means it's basically a very long advertisement for their free videos or paid training program. The end just says "you should ask these 5 questions", and those questions aren't even phrased in a way that you could ask them to a person - they just give topics to talk about. Perhaps I'm too advanced to be the target audience here. But the moral is "coaching is important" with no explanation on how to do so. Read Michael Bungay Stanier's The Coaching Habit instead. Sorry Mr. Souza, I'm sure you tried hard here and have a little to teach, and have done some great work with many orgs. This book just didn't land for me.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jordan

    This book is very inspiring! It gives specific things to change about yourself. It's a slap in the face but with a ice bag ready to go and encouraging words that allow you to believe in yourself. The ending hits your heart like demolition team who also rebuilds new and improved structures. This book is very inspiring! It gives specific things to change about yourself. It's a slap in the face but with a ice bag ready to go and encouraging words that allow you to believe in yourself. The ending hits your heart like demolition team who also rebuilds new and improved structures.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jo Ann

    Seriously lacking. Total scam. Don't buy this book!!! The fable is well done but then what? The book has hyperlinks to a website that supposedly has the tools on it that the book purports to provide. The link goes to a website that is under construction. There is nothing there but a box to put your email on an email list. It's a total scam and rip off. Seriously lacking. Total scam. Don't buy this book!!! The fable is well done but then what? The book has hyperlinks to a website that supposedly has the tools on it that the book purports to provide. The link goes to a website that is under construction. There is nothing there but a box to put your email on an email list. It's a total scam and rip off.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nathan Feaver

    Good ideas about coaching and great to have someone who's done a lot of research about how to be a great manager talk about strategies. The poor storytelling makes the book less enjoyable but does help you digest the lessons in a more memorable way. Good ideas about coaching and great to have someone who's done a lot of research about how to be a great manager talk about strategies. The poor storytelling makes the book less enjoyable but does help you digest the lessons in a more memorable way.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jenifer

    Listened to the getAbstract version of this, found it very helpful for work management. Played it in my weekly management meeting. Love the focus on everyone working together as a team and less on one person.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    If you like reading your non-fiction in a quick fable, this is a good read. It is not in-depth, but can teach a beginner or entry level manager some techniques to get started being a better coach rather than manager only focused on results.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Chase Foster

    Great Read We read this for our work book club, easy read, good content! Pulls your heartstrings a bit. With out giving away the content, this book keeps it simple, engages dialog and is a great jumping off point to become motivated in coaching and engaging your team(s) weekly!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Schonberg

    No favors The fable approach does this book no favors. It had a good message, but that framing needs work. Worth a read.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Joe Colunga

    I really enjoyed this book. It was a good presentation of dry material. I am planning on passing along it's concepts to my daughter. It is short enough to finish on a flight layover. I really enjoyed this book. It was a good presentation of dry material. I am planning on passing along it's concepts to my daughter. It is short enough to finish on a flight layover.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Shelia Merkel

    As a people leader, this is one of the best books I have ever read on coaching and becoming a world class leader. This is a book that I will reference and read again,

  13. 4 out of 5

    Alma

    It was a good message but can’t say that the style of writing was something that I recommend.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Karatull

    This book has changed the way I think about leading. It has changed my mindset in a professional and personal way. It's an easy read with a profound lesson. I loved it! This book has changed the way I think about leading. It has changed my mindset in a professional and personal way. It's an easy read with a profound lesson. I loved it!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Adrienne

    Was hoping for more substantive conversational starters or practical advice for structuring coaching conversations. Reads like a much worse version of Kim Smith's Radical Candor. Was hoping for more substantive conversational starters or practical advice for structuring coaching conversations. Reads like a much worse version of Kim Smith's Radical Candor.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Joe Dunn

    Quick read that moved away from the typical texbook approach and told a relatable story. We all could benefit from having a conversation with the Coach from the story. Have to wait and how this is implemented at work but I'm optimistic and enjoyed the book. Quick read that moved away from the typical texbook approach and told a relatable story. We all could benefit from having a conversation with the Coach from the story. Have to wait and how this is implemented at work but I'm optimistic and enjoyed the book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sue Fitzgibbons

    This book is one of the simplest to read yet most impactful leadership training tools I've had the pleasure of reading. It is highly relatable and should be mandatory reading for anyone who has people reporting to them. My son and daughter-in-law are teachers and I will recommend this to them as it could be just as effective for them with their students as it will be for me with my colleagues and subordinates. This book is one of the simplest to read yet most impactful leadership training tools I've had the pleasure of reading. It is highly relatable and should be mandatory reading for anyone who has people reporting to them. My son and daughter-in-law are teachers and I will recommend this to them as it could be just as effective for them with their students as it will be for me with my colleagues and subordinates.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    This is a professional development book written for men. The entire analogy of the book revolves around sports, and since I hate sports, I couldn't get into this. The premise though is a good one. Basically, to be a good leader you must be a coach, not a dictator. There you go. Save your money, save your time. Be a coach. This is a professional development book written for men. The entire analogy of the book revolves around sports, and since I hate sports, I couldn't get into this. The premise though is a good one. Basically, to be a good leader you must be a coach, not a dictator. There you go. Save your money, save your time. Be a coach.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Charles

    An easy read in the form of a fable. Now for the next step: what do I do with what I've read? The author's website www.productivitydrivers.com was not yet available when I visited earlier today. I hope that website will eventually be a resource for practical applications. An easy read in the form of a fable. Now for the next step: what do I do with what I've read? The author's website www.productivitydrivers.com was not yet available when I visited earlier today. I hope that website will eventually be a resource for practical applications.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Initially I was turned off by the pop culture references and plot that seemed designed to appeal to a 23-year old male. But once I got in to the book, I found it to be full of solid management advice. It's a quick, easy read with some easily implementable tips. I would recommend. Initially I was turned off by the pop culture references and plot that seemed designed to appeal to a 23-year old male. But once I got in to the book, I found it to be full of solid management advice. It's a quick, easy read with some easily implementable tips. I would recommend.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ali Bolourian

    A short read with an amuzing story about a young aggressive new manager who starts to learn about leadership principles. I recommend reading it for new leades who want to make an impact on their team.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Amy Young

    Normally I find business fables cheesy, but this was exceptionally well written. The importance of not managing people, but leading them -- through coaching. The focus of coaching is on them and not you. Their potential, their professional and personal growth. Short and sweet.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Song Boland

    Best coaching book I have read Fun and to the point. Highly recommend it. It's the leader's job to ask right questions to direct behaviors in order to initiate learning and improve performance. Best coaching book I have read Fun and to the point. Highly recommend it. It's the leader's job to ask right questions to direct behaviors in order to initiate learning and improve performance.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dragos Calin

    Story of my life A human approach to a most written about and most debated topic in leadership. A story that will change or at least awake a lot of "leaders" of today's business world. Story of my life A human approach to a most written about and most debated topic in leadership. A story that will change or at least awake a lot of "leaders" of today's business world.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Stefan Zier

    Very nice and short. Somewhat of a sales pitch for the guys training programs and could give more detail.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Marcy Graybill

    Not much different from the usual business books. I guess I was hoping for something new and revolutionary. The plus I read it in about an hour.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    A very easy and enjoyable read. A story that focuses on the importance of communication in successful relationships. Worth the read even for non-business people!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Emily Watkins

    I loved this book. It was a great intro to management book. Easy to ready and good story that kept me wanting more.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Foster

    Easy read and real life applicable. Highly recommend this book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Heare Watts

    I just received my copy in the mail and will say, from glancing at several chapters, there is some profound insight and inspiration within the pages.

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