This book is an excellent read for those who looking for insights on how to lift your game to become a more intentional coach of your people. Whether your circle of influence is small or large, the framework this book provides will be a great set of tools to add to your toolbelt. It has tools, downloadable resources, many examples and inspiring philosophy of coaching.
This is one of the book resources we use in any leadership development class or leadership coaching process. Directed toward both coaches and business leaders who want to coach those under them, Becoming a Coaching Leader is a great discussion on how to create a coaching culture within an organization. With culture being the focus of our work at Fired Up Culture, equipping leaders to be change-agents and influencers is key. This book provides some nice frameworks and philosophies to bring a coaching culture to life.
The book targets business leaders with the idea that as a manager, success and fulfillment come by investing in the people who work under you – in other words, you’ll succeed as you help them succeed.
In the author’s experience, most business leaders come to him for priority management: to get control of their time, schedule, and task list. Harkavay’s approach is to refuse to work with tasks and schedules until you’ve defined strategic objectives: where are you going, and what do you want in business and in life? The process he lays out includes four steps:
- Developing a Life Plan: Figuring out your overall objectives in life.
- Creating a Business Vision: your ideal picture of where you are going in business.
- Developing a Business Plan: a simple, one-page overview of what you need to accomplish by when to reach your vision.
- Priority Management: Using your vision and plan to define your schedule.
This kind of system helps you define your key tasks as a coaching-manager and equip your people to do the same.