Clean Approaches for Coaches
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Clean Approaches for Coaches is about creating the conditions for change within a coaching session, quite naturally and without giving advice, making suggestions, or interpreting your clients’ needs. It answers a question many new coaches have: “OK I get that it is the client who does the work and that I have to keep my opinions to myself - but how do I do that?”.
Throughout the book, there are plentiful examples, diagrams and case studies to aid your learning. Written in a clear and engaging style, with quirky illustrations created by the author, this is not just a how-to book. It is also a story book and a reference book. And whether you are a new or experienced coach, and whether you are new to Clean Language or a veteran, this is a must-have book.
Marian, you have done it! Clean Approaches for Coaches is an essential handbook for coaches, counselors, managers, teachers, parents - for all who influence and lead others and choose to do so impeccably and with a clean approach. David Grove gave us access to the treasure of using metaphor to find meaning and to create lasting change. This book is the step by step, specifically HOW to make the best use of that rich treasure in a practical and productive way. The book is methodical, detailed, specific and inspiring - much like Marian's training programs. You are gently led deeper and deeper into the subject, acquiring knowledge and understanding in layers. David Grove said that metaphor mediates the interface between conscious and unconscious processes. Marian’s book is a valuable traveling companion into both realms for client and facilitator alike. Wherever you learn, coach, teach, grow and develop yourself and others, this book will guide you in your exploration of this deeply respectful approach to human change and development.Bev Martin
Wise, simple, clear and concrete. Fun, easy to use and understand. Beautifully and coherently communicated. A new standard in how to usefully impart expert knowledge in what comes across as an effortlessly efficient way. Hugely recommended.Ben Wolff
I received the book on Wednesday and I couldn't put it down! Marian, you are brilliant. You explain things so clearly, and everything in your book, to begin with its structure, supports what you try to convey. For example how you start a case example, then leave it, start a new one and in the next iteration return to the first one, so the reader gets to experience firsthand that metaphors do indeed 'stick' and they are relatively easy to remember. Plus you teach flexibility and 'going with whatever presents itself' at the same time. You then do that within case examples as well. Also, your book is the first that gives me some concrete handles on the matter of which question to ask next when you are developing symbols. I've had difficulty asking for locations, and now I see why that is, and how I can better tell when that information is ready to be accessed. You reminded me that 'clean' also means that whatever you do fits with and follows from the internal logic of the client, and that the timing of a clean question also determines the 'cleanliness' of that question!So now I am starting to re-read, taking the time to soak up the details and all their implications and letting it all sink in.Hans Van Laake