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.