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Exciting Announcement - New Book: What Makes a Great Coach?

We have launched!

The CEO of Open Door Coaching Natalie Ashdown and I have a new book that launched 8th September. What Makes a Great Coach? Furthermore, you can learn more about the practices in the book in this week's Coaching Cafe Podcast.

About the book

Over the past 7 years, Emma has asked over 500 of the world’s leading tennis, sport and business coaches: What Makes a Great Coach? Together with Natalie, they have distilled this down to the top 10 practices.

Told through the eyes of Emma’s own personal and raw journey towards elite coaching. What Makes a Great Coach? features stories, quotes, and inspiration.  Especially from past and current coaching legends. Including the coaches of many former World No.1s.

About the research

The book research is comprehensive.  It features research from more than 500 of the world’s top coaches. In addition, some former World No.1’s including Roger Federer.

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Why call them ‘practices’ and not characteristics?

Emma and Natalie use the term practices.  Rather than calling them characteristics or attributes. In addition, rather than using traditional chapter headings.  This is encouraging continuous reflection on how we show up as a coach.  Importantly, acknowledging that we can always grow and develop as a coach, as we continue our practice of coaching.

It’s easy to say, ‘oh I am a good listener’.

But how do we put that into practice?

What is it about listening, that we are practicing as a coach?

How do we demonstrate good listening?

The book has us dig deeper into this reflection.  It’s not a tick and flick.

Are the Practices covered in our Coaching Courses?

100%! If you are a leader, manager or team member interested in becoming a coach, our courses at Open Door Coaching reflect the practices that are shared within this book. Click on the button below to book your free, no-obligation discovery call and learn more about how you can become the leader you aspire to be. Coaching is the greatest gift that lives within all of us. Why not start your coaching journey today?

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A book for all coaches

‘A compelling read that takes you to the heart of coaching.  A must-read for all coaches at all levels.’ Jim Loehr, World-Renowned Performance Psychologist and NY Times Best Selling Author.

As Jim Loehr has kindly stated.  Emma explains that the book is for all coaches. Importantly is a chance for us to reflect on our own coaching practices. Particularly, if we take the time to answer the reflection questions in the book.  Natalie recaps writing on the book and how she took a lot of time to reflect on the practices. Especially, what they mean to her and how she shows up as a coach.

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What makes a great coach? Decision Making – our job is to build good strong decision makers

Thursday 15th September 8:00pm MDT

Well it’s official! What Makes a Great Coach? has hit Amazon #1 Best Seller in Australia across Leadership, Organisational Behaviour, Workplace Culture, Teams, Management Skills, Leadership Training, Sports Coaching, Tennis…and most importantly Mentoring and Coaching.

 We are so grateful for your support, messages and for helping us celebrate.  And we are looking forward to continuing the momentum by discussing the top 10 practices in our forthcoming Coaching Café’s.

 This week we focus on Decision Making. And there is a very clear message in the Book that our job as leaders and coaches is to build the decision-making capability in the people we are working with.

We often see people deferring a decision to their manager, stating reasons such as ‘that’s above my pay grade,’ when often it is well within their roles and responsibilities.  If we make all the decisions, how are our team members to learn themselves? What do they do when you are not around?

What Makes a Great Coach? gives us the opportunity to reflect on our own coaching practices.  So join Emma and Natalie for this Coaching Café this week where we share the research and stories around decision-making from the book.  And most importantly key questions that we can all use to reflect on how we coach around building strong decision-makers in the people we are working with.  

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