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Mastering Coaching

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What coaches and managers need to know to truly master the skills of coaching, and so encourage and deliver high performance

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Max Landsberg is a board advisor and leadership coach. As a partner at McKinsey & Company, he developed and led one of the UK's first company-wide coaching programmes. He was also a partner at head-hunters Heidrick & Struggles where he established a Leadership Consulting division and advised large organisations on leadership and succession issues, and is now a senior partner at Korn Ferry. He studied Physics at Cambridge, has an MBA from Stanford, and lives in London. His books draw on more than thirty years of his counselling individuals, teams, and corporations; they have become best-sellers, available in fourteen languages.


A coach for the coaches! Max Landsberg has created an entirely new approach to coaching - you'll be more effective than ever, and your clients will thank you for it. Mastering Coaching demonstrates how coaches can up their own game by customizing their style to the needs of their clients. Landsberg has identified the most important coaching tools available! -- Marshall Goldsmith, author of the NYT#1 bestselling Triggers and global bestsellers MOJO and What Got You Here Won't Get You There. Thought provoking survey of the field - some new ideas for me and, I suspect, for many. -- Douglas Gurr, President, Amazon China I would highly recommend this book. Mastering Coaching takes complex subject matter and turns it into useable content for coaches working at all levels, incorporating theory and practice and full of great nuggets of actionable content. A must-read for any coach committed to their craft and serious about their personal development. If you are prepared to read this book and study it hard you will be rewarded by becoming a better coach; after reading it, I feel inspired. It has reminded me that the motivated and skilled coach can make a positive impact on not just their client, but on the whole of society. Great coaches can make great people. -- Andy Grant, Senior Coach Education Advisor at sports coach UK A magnificent summary of the present state of coaching. The reader will find excellent summaries of most of the main trends in contemporary coaching, with helpful guidance and suggestions as to how to use each approach in practice. It provides an ideal 'what next' for people who have completed a coach training and want to continue their development. -- Jon Stokes, Leadership Consultant and Coach, Stokes & Jolly Ltd; Associate Fellow, Said Business School, Oxford University. Want to top up your coaching skills? This book is what you need, full of insights, authoritative comment and practical understanding. Max Landsberg is a master of coaching. -- Andrew Campbell, Director, Ashridge Strategic Management Centre Truly masterful coaches combine a systemic perspective with depth of reflection on a wide body of relevant knowledge. In Mastering Coaching, Max Landsberg delves into the eclectic knowledge that underpins a coach's journey towards mastery. -- Professor David Clutterbuck, Co-founder, European Mentoring & Coaching Council An essential read for coaches -- Judith Barton, Director of Coaching & Mentoring, British School of Coaching This book is a must read, not only for coaches but for any serious learner, HR professional and for all great leaders. -- Katie Evans, Head of Learning, Development and Talent Management, Europe Middle East and Africa at KPMG UK an invaluable guide to keep leaders current and effective in our roles. -- Alistair Cox, Chief Executive, Hays plc Mastering Coaching offers a set of unique insights into the role of the coach and the knowledge required to coach effectively. By drawing on a wide range of references and sources, Max Landsberg successfully describes many of the key ingredients required for a thorough understanding of how coaching works, and the part that it plays in improving human performance. -- Martin Burgess, EVP of Human Resources & Communications, Cobham plc Max cuts mercilessly through the guff, to distil the best of the insights, tools and science we need to be world class coaches, leaders and friends, right now. -- Anne Scoular, Founder, Meyler Campbell He's done it again - Max Landsberg has written an eclectic, practical guide to help newcomer and experienced practitioner alike master coaching. -- Declan Woods, Global Head of Standards and Accreditation, Association for Coaching; CEO, ZPD Consulting

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