Effective Coaching: Lessons from the Coaches' Coach

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Texere, 2003 - Business & Economics - 223 pages
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Myles Downey presents a comprehensive introduction to coaching in the workplace, and reveals to both managers and professional coaches how to get the best out of their team through the implementation of practices that have made him one of Europe's foremost business coaches. As director of the School of Coaching, Downey continues to teach and work as a consultant within large international organizations. His experience has taught him what works and what doesn't. This book strips away the theory and academic definitions in favour of practical exercises, stories, anecdotes and conversations, leaving the ability to coach in the readers' hands. This extensively revised edition features an entirely new section on Understanding Organizational Change, which deals with the reality of coaching within organizations.

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Myles Downey is widely regarded as one of the foremost business coaches in Europe whose aim is to help others create work so that it is productive, fulfilling and a joy. He has worked with some of the most successful organizations in the Western hemisphere, across Europe, North and South America and in the former Soviet Union, and in a variety of businesses including professional service firms, banking, manufacturing, oil and gas, brewing and distilling, retailing and information technology. Myles is Director of Studies at The School of Coaching, which he established in the UK in association with the Work Foundation (formerly The Industrial Society), with the aim of "developing great coaches who can transform the performance of individuals and teams in organizations". He studied architecture and practiced in Dublin where he read a book by Tim Gallwey (The Inner Game of Tennis) which led him to coach, initially in sport and later in business. He was also the founding member of a small, successful consultancy firm in London which the Economist Intelligence Unit acknowledged in 1993 and in 1995 as the leading provider of Executive Coaching in the UK. He is also a member of the Institute of Directors in London. His recent engagements include: coaching key individuals and the leadership team in a 300m construction project, coaching the Country Managing Partner and senior partners in the East European Region of a top 5 Accountancy Practice and developing the coaching ability of senior managers in the Senior Civil Service in the UK. Myles Downey lives in London.

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