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Coaching Plain & Simple - a book review

Antoine de Saint-Exupery, the author of “The Little Prince”, once wrote: Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.

According to that definition, this little book is perfection.

In 100-pages Peter Szabó, Daniel Meier and Kirsten Dierolf manage to distill the essence of Solution-Focused Brief Coaching.

The beginner coach will find in the book a useful framework for leading a successful coaching conversation:

- Reaching a Coaching Agreement

- Discovering a Preferred Future

- Finding Resources and Precursors of Solutions

- Defining Progress Clues

- Coming to a Session Conclusion

- Follow-up Sessions

The experienced coach will discover in the book the fascinating simplicity of the Solution-Focused approach, with a clear illustration of its key assumptions, jargon-free:

- Solution-Building is a Fast Track to Problem Solving

- Clients Already have Experience with the Solution

- When in Doubt, Trust the Client

- Not Knowing is Useful

together with some case studies that bring home the essence of Solution-Focused Coaching.

Do not be led astray by the simplicity of the book – it is built on years of coaching experience by the authors.

There is a difference between 100 pages that are all the authors can say on a topic, and 100 pages that are the essence of the 1,000 pages the authors could write on a subject. Clearly “Coaching Plain & Simple” belongs to the latter category. A small little gem.

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