Summary of The Tao of Coaching

Boost Your Effectiveness at Work by Inspiring and Developing Those Around You

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The Tao of Coaching book summary
Change other people’s lives – and your own – by becoming a great coach.


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Drawing on 30 years of experience, coaching expert Max Landsberg updated and expanded this third edition of his bestseller. He organizes his model – which shows how to conduct Socratic coaching by asking strategic questions – into concise chapters, each articulating a main concept. Chapters begin with a relevant cartoon and a pithy motto, and close with charts showing the problems that Landsberg addressed and the solutions he suggested. Multiple appendices give managers specific evaluation tools and exercises. Landsberg teaches the real, heavy lifting of building up people’s achievements in the workplace. Happily, his book is not burdensome; it’s highly readable and sliced into easily digested bites. He helps you exercise a psychological skill, one on one, without drifting into therapeutic counseling. getAbstract recommends Landsberg’s enlightened, easy-to-use “toolkit” to anyone seeking to become a great coach and to those who are being coached.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How a coach can benefit from coaching as much or more than an employee
  • How coaches can empower employees to find solutions by asking the right questions instead of telling them what to do
  • How true leaders can learn to coach and be coached


How to Be a Great Coach
You can learn the crucial skill of coaching employees and you can improve with practice. Proper coaching benefits coaches as well as the employees they coach, and it teaches them a variety of skills, from improved communication to more effective team building. To...
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About the Author

Executive coach Max Landsberg also wrote The Tao of Motivation, The Tools of Leadership and The Call of the Mountains.

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