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Welcome to the Book Club for Coaches

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.

Remaining dates for 2019

  • Weds 20th Nov – 12.30pm to 2.00pm: Focused discussion – Hosted by Angela

 Dates for 2020

  • To be agreed

 NEXT MEETING DETAILS: NOVEMBER MEETING

The next book club session will be on Weds 20th November at 12.30pm.

This will be 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.

Please check your diaries now and confirm if you plan to attend, thank you. We will understand if something comes up at the last minute, and we would like to better gauge in advance the likely group size.

At this meeting the plan will be to discuss the above book and have a go at using the questions below to shape our conversation too. You might like to reflect on these as you read. And you can be selective, just reflect on those questions that resonate with you.

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?

Please email me at coach@angeladunbar.co.uk to confirm your attendance please, and we’ll email you with the online meeting details (usually takes place over Zoom).

PLAN FOR 2020

The plan moving forwards is that we will alternate meetings between OPEN DISCUSSION and FOCUSED DISCUSSION on a specific book.

We do ask that you consider WHICH BOOKS  YOU WOULD LIKE TO READ FOR BOOK CLUB DURING 2020. We will select the reading list in advance so you all have plenty of notice on what we will be discussing each time. You can access a word document here of all those proposed during 2019. You can also visit our shared space where I upload book club resources, as well as webinar recordings we have chat notes, etc 

VOTE for the books you want by emailing me your preferred choices. Or visit our new facebook page!

PREVIOUS MEETINGS

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