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Great coaches lead the most productive corporate work teams. These special managers guide their team members to superior performance by conducting regular “coaching conversations” and consistently providing developmental feedback. Drawing from more than five years of research involving 2,000 managers and employees, performance improvement specialist Brian Souza teaches leaders how to engage in regular, constructive discussions with their team members. He believes managers can consistently get more out of their teams if they adopt the right approach. Souza uses a popular business book device – the fable – to create two entertaining, recognizable characters who convey his ideas in a readable, instructive way. All words of wisdom – and silliness – come from the characters, not the author’s direct instruction. getAbstract recommends Souza’s pragmatic advice to aspiring leaders, newly promoted managers and experienced executives – in short, any leader who seeks to elevate team performance.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What the four types of managers are,
  • Why the “Coach” is the ideal manager,
  • How coaches elicit maximum team performance and
  • Why managers should hold “weekly coaching conversations” with their team members.

About the Author

Brian Souza is the founder and president of ProductivityDrivers, a corporate training company that specializes in improving employee performance and organizational productivity.



A Fable
Managers should establish “constructive coaching” as an ongoing process that provides developmental feedback to their team members. Brad Hutchinson’s experiences demonstrate why and how. Hutchinson is a sales manager who thinks he knows it all until he starts to work with Mick...

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    Patrick Reddington 7 months ago
    Great reminder that engagement is a key driver of performance. We all need another's perspective of how we are performing. No better perspective to receive than someone who wants you to succeed.
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    Samson Mahendran 11 months ago
    Make sense , straight forward and Nice summary
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    Rodrigo Chagas 1 year ago
    entertaining, engaging and useful
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    Kay Supra 2 years ago
    Really engaging article with a lot of useful quotes
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    Coral Liburd 2 years ago
    Great article, makes perfect sense and could create a massive step change in organisations and significantly improve employee motivation and performance.
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    Stuart Carruthers 2 years ago
    simple and straight forward I found the audio good and easy to digest
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    Debbie Gonzalez 3 years ago
    I think this summary said a lot in a short amount of time. I going to put weekly conversations with staff on my calendar.
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    Jovel Pingol 3 years ago
    Very practical coaching guide - I've read the book first and the summary captured the key relevant points very well!
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    Karan Paul 3 years ago
    its okay
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    sanjoy Sen 3 years ago
    Great concepts in the book.Very well summarised. The summary is worth preserving. Thanks
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    Armand Moraes 3 years ago
    It should be etched into every mgrs memory. Great insight!
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    Jun Thee 3 years ago
    Got it
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    Julie Smith 3 years ago
    a really helpful approach to coaching and the mindset changed needed to be effective
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    Qinghua Zhao 4 years ago
    Good and useful.
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    Mehmet Gokgoz 4 years ago
    This summary is good.
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    Stephen Green 4 years ago
    Nice summary. I like the areas around the "lack of" which give specific areas to focus the coaching within.
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    Greg Groenmeyer 4 years ago
    I found this summary very useful abd adopted some of the suggestions.
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    Paul De Wit 4 years ago
    Reading this summary made me look forward to actually reading the book...
    I will probably purchase this book soon...

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    Once upon a time, some leadership parables illustrated important perspectives, even if the lead characters were squirrels or magicians.

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