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Welcome to the Book Club for Coaches

Dates for 2020:

Weds 15th January – 12.30pm to 1.30pm UK time

Weds 18th March – 6.30pm to 7.30pm UK time

Weds 20th May – 12.30pm to 1.30pm UK time

Weds 15th July – 6.30pm to 7.30pm UK time

Weds 16th Sept – 12.30pm to 1.30pm UK time

Weds 18th Nov – 6.30pm to 7.30pm UK time

Please put these dates in your diary as we need people to attend to keep the momentum for the group growing!

And feel free to spread the word to other coaches you know.

Reading List / Books to discuss for 2020:

Please note January session will be an open discussion, come ready to share your top reads of 2019 and what’s on your wish list for 2020. From this we will select the books for the rest of 2020, so as to give you all plenty of notice on what will be discussed in each session.

You may also vote for your top book suggestions via our Facebook group here

We will regularly post details here of our meetings, forthcoming books to read and any additional resources to share.

Great news! Yana has created a Facebook page for our group which you are welcome to join and can access through this link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/cleanlanguagecoachesbookclub/?ref=bookmarks

We invite you all to pass on the word about the Online Coaches Book Club so we can grow this group and ensure a good turn-out for every meet up. Thank you!

ACCESS AND DOWNLOAD ALL MEETING AUDIO RECORDINGS AND BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

Click on the following link to go to our resources page – and here you can download the mp3 recordings of all book club meetings plus written summaries (when available) containing the title and author name of all books mentioned.

January 2019:

During the call we talked about our top reads for 2019, and what we would like to read in 2020.

The books we discussed were:

A trio of AC (Association for Coaching) books:

‘Excellence in Coaching’
‘Mastery in Coaching’
And
‘Leadership Coaching’

You can investigate all of the AC books through their online bookstore: 
(As well as through Amazon, etc)

‘The Heart of Supervision’ by Eve Turner was mentioned (more relevant for Coach Supervisors, but also for coaches aspiring to becoming a supervisor).

‘Willful Blindness: Why we ignore the obvious’ by Margaret Heffernan was suggested as a book club read, and we all liked that idea. Link here to buy.

However in the end we decided to go with the front runner on the voting list on Facebook, which is: ‘Authentic: How to be yourself and why it matters’ by Stephen Joseph:

We would like to put forward ‘Willful Blindness’ as a top recommendation for next time, though!

We also shared our top reads not necessarily directly related to coaching, but books that inspired us. What came up was:

‘Sapians: A Brief History of Humankind’ by Yuval Noah Harari

‘The Prison Doctor’ by Amanda Brown (And here’s an article on it : https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/jun/08/prison-doctor-amanda-brown-compassion-medicine )

And ‘Go, went, gone’ by Jenny Erpenbeck

Book Club sessions in 2019:

NOVEMBER 

Weds 20th November at 12.30pm.

This was a focused discussion on the following book:

 “The Obstacle is the Way” by Ryan Holiday.

It’s available on Amazon Kindle for just £3.14 currently. Click here for details.

We discussed the above book and had a go at using the questions below to shape our conversation:

Suggested Book Club Questions:

• Did you read the book? Why? Why not?

  • How did you read this book?

• How did it make you feel?
• What does it offer that I can apply in my work?
• What questions does this book evoke in you?
• What sentence or paragraph are you drawn to and why?
• What do the topics / content of this book mean for you personally?
• What’s new or different about this book?
• What did you disagree with?
• Who is the author?
• What do they have to offer me?
• Why should I read it?
• Where has this author come from? (which background / school of thinking do they come from?)
• What body of evidence is it based on? How wide? How specific?
• Can I believe in the message of this book?
• How does this fit with other approaches I use?
• What do other people say about this book?

You can access a word document here of all those proposed during 2019.

 

OCTOBER:

The Coaches Book club met on Wednesday this week and this time it was an open discussion rather than a focus on a specific book.

Yana hosted the session and we each shared what we have been reading lately and what we would recommend to the group.

We will compile a list of all book suggestions for us to chose from for next year, meanwhile if you want to know more about what we talked about, then please listen to the recording, which you can access here

The session was 45 minutes long.

 

SEPTEMBER:

Our choice for September’s book club discussion was:

The Art of Somatic Coaching: Embodying Skillful Action, Wisdom, and Compassion by Richard Strozzi-Heckler

    The small group who attended had a lively discussion about this book, and we also came up with a list of questions that help us to reflect on a book and share our opinions. These may be useful to use in future meetings as a guide to our discussion? Please feel free to add your own questions to this list:

     

    • Did you read the book? Why? Why not?
    • How did you read this book?
    • How did it make you feel?
    • What does it offer that I can apply in my work?
    • What questions does this book evoke in you?
    • What sentence or paragraph are you drawn to and why?
    • What’s new or different about this book?
    • What did you disagree with?
    • Who is the author?
    • What do they have to offer me?
    • Why should I read it?
    • Where has this author come from (which background / school of thinking) ?
    • What body of evidence is it based on? How wide? How specific?
    • Can I believe in the message of this book?
    • How does this fit with other approaches I use?
    • What do other people say about this book? 

     

    Please email me at coach@angeladunbar.co.uk with any other book club suggestions, thanks 

     

       

      JULY MEETING

       

      This session was on Weds 24th July with a small group and was not recorded on this occasion. It was an open discussion without a specific book chosen this time.

       

       

      JUNE MEETING

       

       

      This session took place on Weds 19th June and was hosted by Yana, We discussed the book:

       

      “Challenging Coaching: Going Beyond Traditional Coaching to face the FACTS by John Blakey and Ian Day.

       

       

      MAY MEETING

       

      We met on Weds 22nd May and the book we discussed was Clean Approaches for Coaches by Marian Way. This was a really popular book and many of us had read it for a second time to come and share our thoughts. We all spoke about what aspects of the book we realty liked, which included the overall quality and ‘feel’ of the book as well as the layout. The content is pretty good too, and we shared what part of the book we particularly liked. 

       

       During the session we also briefly looked at a couple of other books, including a sneak peak at next month’s chosen book “Challenging Coaching” and an old classic “The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People” By Steven Covey.

       

       

      APRIL MEETING

       

      The April meeting took place at the later time of 6.00pm (UK time) on Weds 24th April, hosted by Yana Tsyganova.
      This time, we had no specific book to review and instead was an open discussion about any and all books you were all currently reading. Also, an opportunity to share thoughts on any book previously chosen for the Coaches Book Club.
      Yana shared that overall feedback on the open type session was positive with everyone saying that it is nice to be able to have “unplanned” discussions. Some felt it would be good to have more opportunity to discuss each other experiences as coaches.

       

      In terms of books – it was suggested to read a Clean Language book for the next book club session. Everyone was quite keen on this since most of us are connected within the book club through Clean language it could turn out to be a good discussion. (see chosen book in May’s meeting above).  

       

      MARCH MEETING

       

       Our March call took place on Weds 20th March at 12.30pm.

       

       Our chosen books for the month were:

       

        • ‘How will you measure your life’ by Clayton Christensen

       

       • ‘Authentic: How to be yourself and why it matters’ by Stephen Joseph

       

       • ‘The Listening Space’ by Tamsin Hartley

       

       We had a smaller turn-out than previously. Just five people which was disappointing as many more had registered to attend. But inspiring as with smaller numbers, we were able to have a deeper discussion about the books.

       

       We discussed two of the three books chosen last time:

       

       • ‘How will you measure your life’ by Clayton Christensen

       

      • ‘Authentic: How to be yourself and why it matters’ by Stephen Joseph

       

       The session was recorded and you can access a video recording (large file!) through this link:

       

       https://spaces.hightail.com/space/ot8iYNhNBW

       

       FEBRUARY MEETING

       

      Here’s an update from the Coaches Book Club who held their second meeting this week on Weds 20th February.

       

       As well as sharing our reviews on the two chosen books ‘Time to Think’ and ‘Humble Inquiry’, we also shared feedback and recommendations on a wealth of other books we are reading / have read.

       

       Isabela sent me this apt quote which nicely sums up our group:

       

       “For every book you buy, you should buy the time to read it.” Karl Lagerfeld

       

       JANUARY MEETING:

       

       Our first meeting took place on Wednesday 30th Jan, from 12.30pm to 2.00pm. There were 13 of us who attended.

       

       In this session, everyone shared their top recommendations from books they had read last year, or all time favourites. Plus most made suggestions based on what we have on our book shelves ready to read in 2019.

       

       We have set up a shared space here where you can see a summary of all the books discussed and recommended. Plus you can download an mp3 recording of this session.

       

       BOOKS CHOSEN TO READ FOR FEB’S MEETING:

       

       We agreed to TWO suggested book reads for February, we can choose between these:

       

        Humble Inquiry by Edgar H Schein

       

        Amazon link 

       

        Time to Think by Nancy Kline

       

        Amazon link