It is important to keep learning about the craft of coaching so that you keep improving your delivery. There are a range of ways that you can gain information – online through sources such as google and twitter, by watching DVD’s, through observing and talking to other coaches, and by trying things out and then reflecting on the result. An older method is by reading books. Even with the range of technology available to us today, we should not forget the use of a good old-fashioned book for learning about how we can coach.
I am currently putting together a list of books that coaches should read to develop their knowledge (see the list here). I will be splitting these books into two categories – one for books specifically about coaching, and another for books that are of a more general nature. There is a lot of original thinking out there that can be applied to coaching with a bit of reflection and effort. These could cover leadership, decision making, physical or cognitive development, and a whole lot more. The challenge is to read widely and then decide what is relevant and how it can be applied to the coaching that you do.
This will be an ongoing project and once the book list is up I will keep adding to it. Help me out by using the comments section below to suggest books that you have found helpful in making you a better coach.