Coaching Questions: A Coach’s Guide to Powerful Asking Skills
by Tony Stoltzfus is a great book that strongly recommend to every Coach (Agile Coach or Personal Coach or other types of Coach) because reading this book you will find a great tools to ask powerful questions to your clients.
I use one of the exercises that this amazing book has to demonstrate how helpful would be for your work as Coach.
“Client Exercise: Learning from a Significant Experience
Often we go through important experiences (especially the difficult ones) and learn only a fraction of what we could from the situation. These questions help a client glean the most from a significant experience in their life, past or present.
- WHAT happened? Describe the main events that made up this experience
- WHEN did you first become aware that something significant was going on? Were there clues that something important was happening that you missed? What would help you become aware earlier in the process next time?
- HOW did you actions influence the outcome of this? What actions do you want to celebrate, and what would you like to change next time around?
- WHY did this touch you deeply? What changes in attitudes or beliefs does this experience push you to consider? “
Coaching Questions: A Coach’s Guide to Powerful Asking Skills includes: 1. Dozens of asking tools, models, and strategies. 2. The top ten asking mistakes coaches make, and how to correct each one. 3. Nearly 1200 examples of powerful questions from real coaching situations. 4. Destiny discovery tools organized in a four-part life-purpose model . 5. Overviews of 15 popular coaching niches, with a tool and examples for each. 6. A schedule of training exercises to help you become a “Master of Asking”.
To sum it up, as Agile Coach (or any kind of Coach) you have to observe and listen before asking helpful questions to your clients. This book contains models, strategies and hundreds of questions that you can use or adapt to your personal experiences.