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Evoking Greatness
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Evoking Greatness
Coaching to Bring Out the Best in Educational Leaders



August 2017 | 240 pages | Corwin

Discover coaching strategies to inspire greatness in any educational leader!

Centered on evocative coaching, a person-centered, no-fault, strengths-based coaching model, this book will equip those who coach educational leaders to host engaging and productive coaching conversations. Coaches who read this book will learn to LEAD: Listen, Empathize, Appreciate, and Design, as well as to discover:

  • Guidance for coaching leaders with specific questions, things to listen for, and ways to generate new ideas and motivation
  • Research-based theories that ground the strategies presented in each chapter
  • Real-life vignettes that illustrate the evocative coaching model in action
  • Reflection and discussion questions, templates, and other materials to scaffold the learning of coaches as they innovate their way forward

 

"Leadership coaching has arisen as a powerful intervention to support the professional learning of leaders. In this book Megan and Bob Tschannen-Moran invite us to see into their world of evocative coaching. They demonstrate how coaching conversations can lead to a flow of energy, enthusiasm and possibilities that bring out movement in people. The authors combine their theoretical knowledge with their experience as coaches, exemplified in wonderful stories and practical examples. As a coach myself I could not stop reading because I was so curious about the next chapter. The book is a great example of how high quality professional learning can enhance educational leaders' daily leadership practice."

—Marit Aas, Associate Professor
University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway

 


 
PREFACE
 
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
 
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
 
CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION
The Promise and Practice of Coaching

 
The Five Concerns of Coaching

 
The Dynamic Dance of Evocative Coaching

 
Why Evocative Coaching Works

 
Key Points in This Chapter

 
Questions for Reflection and Discussion

 
 
CHAPTER 2 COACHING PRESENCE
Evocative Coaching as a Way of Being

 
The Mindful Coach

 
Fostering Trust and Rapport

 
Holding the Coaching Space

 
Conveying Coaching Presence

 
Creative Energy Check-In

 
Coaching Presence in Lateral and Vertical Relationships

 
The First Coaching Session

 
Key Points in This Chapter

 
Questions for Reflection and Discussion

 
 
INTERLUDE: LOOP I: THE NO-FAULT TURN
 
CHAPTER 3 LISTENING FOR STORIES
The Story of Principal A and Principal B

 
The Power of Story

 
Evoking Coachable Stories

 
Attentive Listening

 
Imaginative Story Listening

 
Key Points in This Chapter

 
Questions for Reflection and Discussion

 
 
CHAPTER 4 EXPRESSING EMPATHY
Understanding Empathy

 
Leading With Heart

 
The Language of Compassion

 
The Golden Sigh

 
Key Points in This Chapter

 
Questions for Reflection and Discussion

 
 
INTERLUDE: LOOP II: THE STRENGTHS-BUILDING TURN
The Learning Brief

 
 
CHAPTER 5 APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY
The Principles of Appreciative Inquiry

 
SOAR: Illuminating the Best of What Is and What Might Be

 
SOARing Into the Future

 
Key Points in This Chapter

 
Questions for Reflection and Discussion

 
 
CHAPTER 6 DESIGN THINKING
Designing SMARTER Experiments

 
Choreographing the Coaching Dance

 
Key Points in This Chapter

 
Questions for Reflection and Discussion

 
 
CHAPTER 7 THE DYNAMIC FLOW OF CHANGE
Getting Into Flow

 
Rolling With Resistance

 
Honoring Ambivalence

 
Getting out of the Way

 
Coaching as a Catalyst for Systems Change

 
Key Points in This Chapter

 
Questions for Reflection and Discussion

 
 
CHAPTER 8 THE REFLECTIVE COACH
Coaching the Self

 
Hearing Our Own Story

 
Self-Empathy

 
Inquiring Into Our Own Professional Practice

 
Designing Our Own SMARTER Experiments

 
Professional Coaching Code of Ethics

 
Conclusion

 
Key Points in This Chapter

 
Questions for Reflection and Discussion

 
 
APPENDIX: EVOCATIVE COACHING PRINCIPLES, QUESTIONS, AND REFLECTIONS
 
REFERENCES
 
INDEX

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1


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