This book I have been meaning to review for about a week now and it has taken me a little longer than I'd like to finish this book as well. Which I am glad I am getting around to this because, the reason the book took me about 2.5 weeks to finish was because it was very repetitive and I did not find much use in this read. Typically 90% of the books I choose to read because they are going to provide with some educational value. While this book did provide me with some value, for 232 pages I feel as if it could have been 180-200 pages with the same takeaway. The author definitely repeated himself towards the end of the book. The last 40 or so pages could have been removed from the book honestly.
Who is this book good for?
I'd have to say this book is good for teachers, older CEO's, older bosses, managers, business leaders more so. The book talks a lot about how to get the most and more out of a team that is not performing well. As well as how to speak to individuals who are not performing well and how to get them back on track. I jotted down the most useful pages I found in this book. Page 95 "Be generous and speak generous", page 104 reading faces, page 112 permission, page 130 help others resolve their issues, page 148 dance of insight summary, page 154-155 help others solve problems, page 156 questions to ask to help others think, page 175 the feeling model, page 201 how to get people thinking and page 220 how to address and meeting. The big meat of this book is the six steps to transforming performance where the author goes over each step, how to use it and what you can do to use it in your work place. He uses a lot of examples of conversations (I felt as if they were made up but still it got a little repetitive with the conversation examples.) To finish he talks about how to use the six steps to help solve problems, help others think, make decisions, with a team, children and organization which were very brief and basically just repeating what he said in pages 58-184 when he explained the six steps. I would not read this book if you are a 14-26 year old athlete to be honest. As I said if you are a teacher, CEO, business leader, manager, anything along those lines this book will be helpful for you. The biggest takeaway I received from this book that will be helpful for me as a coach is (1) let them do the thinking, (2) before and during each conversation permission and placement is key (3) positive feedback always wins.
Would I read this book again? Probably not. Would I recommend it to other coaches, probably not. But it may be helpful for them who knows. All in all, the book is not a long read, it just becomes a little monotonous at times. You can find this book on Amazon or online, you won't find it in Barnes and Noble as it is a little old. The book was published in 2007 therefore it is a little older of a book.