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Those of you who have attended Columbia's Coaching Program know that since before starting the program, I've been compiling a list of my favorite coaching books, as part of my own continuous professional development strategy in this space. I ran across a blog listing the author's "Top 20 Best Best Books in Coaching and Mentoring," see link below:

In reviewing the list, I noted he and I had a few in common, not in any particular order:

  • 50 top tools (very practical, good way to expand one's tool kit);
  • Leadership Team Coaching (an area of great interests to me as a strategy for making coaching more scalable in organizations);
  • Coaching for Leadership (for me leadership and executive coaching go hand and hand, so connected to the 2nd on this list);
  • Coaching Questions (no explanation required, use of questions is key in coaching); and
  • Business Coaching Tool Kit (another book I found useful in expanding the options at my disposal, the more tools you have, within reason, you are less inclined to same hammer, when it may not fit).

What are some of your favorite coaching and mentoring books, I'm always on the look out for ideas?

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  • Hi Terry,

    One of my favorite coaching books is Presence Base Coaching by Doug Silsbee.  It was instrumental early on in helping me frame my coaching sessions with clients.


  • One of the books that I highly recommend for coaches who do transformational coaching is Immunity to Change by Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey.

    Another book that I see as a must is Coaching, Mentoring and Organizational Consultancy by Peter Hawkins and Nick Smith.

    • Oya,

      Good to hear form you. I love Bob Kegan's adult development work, Professor, Ellie E. Drago-Severson, who was trained by Kegan, and is a faculty in our department will be leading an experiential learning session on the topic at our 1st Columbia Coaching Conference. Hope to see you and others there!

      • Oya, I also have read the book you suggest from Hawkins and Smith, I like the fact that they address three helping roles: coaching, mentoring and consultancy in one text!

  • Great list.

    I've found the following to be very useful:

    Coaching Skills by Jenny Rogers

    The Inner Game of Work by Timothy Gallwey

    Multidimensional Coaching by Ruth Orenstein

    Executive Coaching : Practices and Perspectives by Catherine Fitzgerald and Jennifer Berger

    Coaching Leaders by Daniel White

    Executive Coaching: Building and Managing Your Professional Practice by Lew Stern

    Leadership from the Inside Out by Kevin Cashman

    Excellence in Coaching: The Industry Guide by Jonathan Passmore 

    • Joe,

      It good to see that folks are actually leveraging various titles from the program's suggested reading list. What is one key idea you found useful from each book? (i.e., a headline)

  • Being Coached: Group and Team Coaching from the Inside
    By Holly Williams, Ann V Deaton
    • Marian,

      I'm not familiar with this book, what's the headline as to what you find useful about it?

  • Two tools books I came across recently:

    Power Questions: Build Relationships, WIn New Business, and Influence Others, by Andrew Sobel & Jerold Panas

    Coaching Questions: A Coach's Guide to Powerful Asking Skills, by Tony Stoltzfus

    • Kevin,

      What is an example of a tool you've found useful from each of the two books you've listed here?

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