Review by Jody Waters:
* the main things I learned from the book are that you don’t necessarily need a huge dialogue to help the client find out what they really want to achieve
* I liked how the book was split into each stage with examples and handy flow charts
* It would have been nice to have a link to an audio recording of the session that was given at the end as an example
* I would recommend this book for its ease to use and can be a quick reference for any coach, it was nice to include so what if things aren’t straight forward examples too
* I would give this book a 7 for its ease of use & the tips on how to practice day to day
* Sometimes keeping things simple is the easiest way
Review by Frances Donohoe:
My first impressions of the book were very positive. One of the authors Lynne Cooper was also the author of Business NLP for Dummies and I like the general approach of both types of book where it is a condensed version of lots of info like a revision type thing I used to use for exams.
It reminded me of the short course I did with the Council on the GROW model where you quickly discuss a GOAL then how REALISTIC it is.. What OPTIONS there are and then plan WHAT next…
However I find the GROW model a bit limiting in terms of the REALISTIC bit as I think people need time to explore and feel their goals and dreams and not be too restricted.
In terms of the 5 minute coach and how it might affect my coaching practice I plan to continue to use the 5 stages the book identifies in terms of creating an outcome and generating action. I have written the questions in my diary as a prompt..And what would you like to happen?…and when?…then what?…
I tried putting it into practice with one of my care management clients who I have struggled to get realistic goals that she can sustain so felt it was quite powerful questioning yet simple to use the questions and the results were really quite insightful and I saw a shift of realism and some hope for more positive outcomes.
It also reminded me of the importance of asking the questions and allowing time for them to be reflected on and allow silence and the results were good.
I must admit I did not read it cover to cover but think it will be a really useful tool to refer back to and you can read in chunks and get a quick refresher if you are struggling with a coachee/ difficult situation and follow a process which is quite simple but can be very powerful.