Recommended books for mentoring.

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Any subject always requires excellent books where you can look for in order to understand a theory, understand how to apply the theory, see examples about variables that might mislead the expected  result. Whatever the purposes of consulting a guidebook are, it is kind of mandatory to have at least a one or two on your personal library, specially in the human sciences field. Why is this that important? Human sciences study new concepts every day, different than exact sciences where hypothesis take more time to become theory, therefore they make some advancements but not new theories. Besides, the human behavior changes constantly and there is not a fixed theory that lasts forever.

Hence, it is recommendable to sort through the clutter and at least assemble some worthy books based on their nominations or popular appeal. In the following list you will find a top 4 list with the best books about Coaching and Mentoring. Most popular authors the list contains are Sir John Whitmore, Marshall Goldsmith, Thomas Crane and Tony Stoltzfus. Nevertheless, there is a review on the authors already mentioned for you to realize why they are important in Coaching and Mentoring field.  

Sir John Whitmore: He was the founder of Performance Consultants International, the most important consultant and coaching, leadership, and development consultant around the world. He also has been honoured with the President’s Award by the International Coach Federation (ICF) because of his contributions to the problem-solving and goal setting, as well as his reputation as a leader in the international coaching community.

Marshall Goldsmith: Some of this leadership coach awards and honors have been Thinkers50 2015 (#1 leadership thinker in the world and the #5 business thinker in the world), Institute for Management Studies (where in 2009 he became the second recipient of the IMS Lifetime Achievement Award) Leader to Leader Institute (where in 2010 he became the fifth recipient of the Leader of the Future Award).

Thomas Crane:  Conference speaker for organizations, has focused some articles on communication issues. Also, member of the Society for Human Resources Management, and Board of Trustees for the tri-Country Scholarships Fund in New Jersey, this Chief has worked as consultant for organizations such as Argyle Executive Forum, Consero HR Forum and Evanta.

Tony Stoltzfus: He is the director of  Leadership MetaFormation Institute where innovation and experiential learning methods help leaders to live and lead from the herath. He is also known for his wealth of practical tools and engaging writing style.  He is highly skilled at teaching practical tools and techniques that produce transformation (deep, lasting, significant change), using a highly-interactive

Now that you are familiarized with the authors, take a look on the recommended books that will help you to be a better mentor.

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1. The Heart of Coaching: Using Transformational Coaching to Create a High-Performance Coaching Culture, by Thomas G. Crane, 2012

“Coaching culture” is a goal  leaders and their organizations are betting on since they are more convinced “coaching culture” is essential to succeed in business. This 4th edition book provides the tools for leaders and teams to develop a common language and shared protocol and a learning and development orientation towards people.

2.  Coaching for Leadership: The Practice of Leadership Coaching from the World’s Greatest Coaches, by Marshall Goldsmith and Laurence S. Lyons, 2010

Since its first publishing,  Coaching for Leadership became an instant classic in the field of executive coaching. This second edition updates and expands on the original book and brings together the best executive coaches who offer a basic understanding of how coaching works, why it works, and how leaders can make the best use of the coaching process. And, there also some reflections on the recent changes in coaching practices.

3. Coaching for Performance: GROWing Human Potential and Purpose – The Principles and Practice of Coaching and Leadership, 4th Edition, by Sir John Whitmore, 2009

In this book, the author suggests that good coaching is a skill, and as any skill, it requires understanding and plenty of practice if it is to improve and deliver its potential. Also, the reader can find the principles of coaching with illustrations and examples of high performance from business and sport. Furthermore, it continues to follow the GROW sequence (Goals, Reality, Options, Will).  

4. Coaching Questions: A Coach’s Guide to Powerful Asking Skills, by Tony Stoltzfus, 2008

The single most important skill in coaching is asking powerful questions. This book presents dozens of question asking tools, models and exercises, illustrations and coaching strategies with over 1,000 examples of penetrating questions: This was a collaborative work  Tony Stoltzfus have made with 12 other professional coaches.  

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