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Challenging Coaching: Going Beyond Traditional Coaching to Face the Facts

As a coach, I am always interested in a book that explores coaching. Challenging Coaching takes a bold look at traditional coaching and attempts to turn it upside down. Blakey and Day begin with the premise that coaching tends to be driven by building rapport and becoming a counselor, while it should be challenging. They introduce their FACTS coaching model (Feedback, Accountability, Courageous goals, Tension, and Systems). They believe that only when challenged does a person reach their goals.

While the authors make interesting and valid points, I believe coaching is a blend of both support and challenges. This book is aimed at executive coaches, but offers food for thought for all for anyone who is passionate in their lives work.


John Blakey & Ian Day


Nicholas Brearley Publishing



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