Clean Approaches for Coaches
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.
Reading Clean Approaches for Coaches is like going through the clean coaching process itself: it’s fun, simple, iterative and entrancing. Along the way there is space for great insights, deep thoughts, sudden clarity and familiar recognition of old ideas in a new form. Marian’s book is a brilliant example of the very best of modelling – she takes something highly complex and serves it up in such a way that anyone can do it. She leaves you with nothing to worry about, just a range of clear tools to pick up, practise, lay down and return to. Marian writes personally and engagingly as the wonderful teacher she is. She takes me on her journey and points things out along the way so that I feel confident to make that journey again alone and find my own meaning along the way. Her illustrations and case studies bring a clarity to learning the process that stays with me long after I’ve closed the book.Caitlin Walker
I could hardly stop reading. I especially liked the step-by-step, iterative buildup of knowledge, the explicitly reflected coaching conversations (case studies), and the most useful illustrations, plus the clear structure of the contents.Dr. Klaus Schenck
If you’re new to Clean Language, this beautifully organised and thoroughly user-friendly guide will take you by the hand and lead you through the initial strangeness of asking - and answering - Clean questions, and then through each important stage of working more “cleanly” with clients, including a very reassuring section on what to do when none of it seems to work. More experienced practitioners will appreciate the way each aspect of Clean is discussed in the light of current research and the way the often fascinating case-study transcripts (don’t miss “I Fart in Your General Direction”) are presented in bite-sized colour coded chunks with zippy illustrations and very helpful question-by-question commentary. One reason why this book works so well is because Marian Way spent five years figuring out how to present both the fundamentals and the fiddly bits of Clean in a way that follows the inner dynamic of an actual Clean session. Her great ability to present the convolutions of each client’s inner landscape clearly and coherently will make this book an essential addition to your Clean library.Nick Pole