Coaching Essentials for Managers

Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, Thinkers50 #1 Executive Coach and New York Times bestselling author of Triggers


“This book is the ultimate guide to retaining and engaging your employees. Readers will walk away feeling fully prepared to coach and inspire their employees to do their best and most engaged work.”

Dr. Marshall Goldsmith Thinkers50 #1 Executive Coach and New York Times bestselling author of Triggers

Coaching Essentials for Managers

The Tools You Need to Ignite Greatness in Each Employee

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This uniquely compelling book from leadership strategist and thought leader Sara Canaday provides readers with specific strategies they need to coach and inspire their employees to achieve their full potential, perform at peak levels, and fuel their progressive success.

As part of McGraw Hill’s exclusive “Business Essentials” Series, Coaching Essentials for Managers is a must-have resource for those who want to make effective coaching a high priority and positively impact their teams while promoting growth and innovation.

What People Are Saying...

“In Coaching Essentials for Managers, Sara Canaday demystifies the coaching process and makes it accessible for any manager who wants to play a significant role in their employees’ growth and development. She provides a valuable, start-to-finish blueprint for effective coaching with strategies that are easy to understand and simple to apply. The unique thing about this book is that she doesn’t just tell you how to be a successful workplace coach. She shows you exactly what that looks like through case studies and dialogue for a more powerful impact. Sara’s book should be required reading for every manager who wants to develop a high-performing team and retain top talent.”

Keith Ferrazzi

American Entrepreneur and Global Thought Leader, Chairman of Ferrazzi Greenlight

Why is this issue so important right now?

Coaching is among the top strategies companies are using today to help prevent the loss of their best talent. Employees are much more likely to stick around if they are being coached and their talents are being developed. From that perspective, the need for coaching has never been more urgent in the business environment.

Sara brings this critical topic to life with her insights and expertise from working with thousands of global leaders, and she pairs that with the latest research on the subject. She cleverly moves beyond the theories of coaching to provide dialogue-filled scenarios that dramatically accelerate the reader’s grasp of the key concepts. When leaders immerse themselves in Sara’s detailed descriptions of coaching conversations, they discover a valuable short-cut on the road to achieving excellence as world-class coaches.

If you want to adopt a robust, modern approach to coaching that will help you transform your leadership potential and elevate the performance of your team, this is exactly the book you need.

What You’ll Learn

Coaching Essentials for Managers is organized in three, easy-to-digest sections that are packed with valuable information and expert guidance.

1. The Essentials

Explore coaching fundamentals, frameworks, and attributes of great coaches before evaluating your strengths and opportunities for improvement with a Coaching Self-Assessment.

2. The Essentials Applied

Practice applying your knowledge through coaching scenarios with real-world challenges, plus discover how to overcome common obstacles faced by many coaches.

3. Beyond The Essentials

Learn tips for coaching in virtual environments and coaching for cognitive/cultural diversity, and gain access to a complete toolkit of resources to increase your impact.

About Sara Canaday

Speaker, Consultant, and Author

Sara Canaday is a recognized expert in leadership development with bottom-line impact, helping companies’ leaders and high potentials integrate the leadership skills that research proves are critical for corporations to succeed. Her corporate clients include Allstate, Johnson & Johnson, Charles Schwab, Edward Jones, Dell, Lockheed Martin, Starbucks, and more.

Her insights come from her real-world experience and a surprising phenomenon she noticed in her own rise up the corporate ladder: The most successful people aren’t necessarily the ones with the highest IQs or best job skills. Career advancement is actually more closely linked with how people apply their knowledge and talents—their capacity to collaborate, communicate, and influence others.

As a keynote speaker, award-winning author, and executive coach, Sara propels individuals from light bulb-moment insights to strategic change, helping them identify barriers that prevent them from taking their careers―and their companies―to the next level.

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