The Coaching Booster
The Coaching Booster
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The Coaching Booster

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Completed on 2015-07-07

About the Book

Change (and adapting to it) needs to become an ingrained habit and this is a simple way to do so with any coaching technique.

Coaching is becoming widely acknowledged and people realize just how effective it can be.

Coaches use various types of tools and methods for life coaching, personal coaching, career coaching and many more…after all, Coaching is about getting the very best out of someone and enabling them to make decisions that will improve their life.

This book is a tool, a booster to use with all of these different coaching methods. It's  a booster for coaching results, to allow every coach in every  field and level of coaching, to take the coaching to a new level, suitable for dealing with a rapidly changing environment.

The world around us is changing, and fast. It is becoming more and more complicated and the pace of technological change is one of the highest in recorded history. Naturally, this new reality creates new challenges. The goals that we want to achieve, for example, can be ever-changing – and therefore seem unachievable. 

To face these challenges, we need strategies that will help us regain a feeling of control over our goals, and help us reach them. We need ideas that will enable us grow and flourish, while at the same time help us face the uncertainties of change. 

The need to develop new strategies and ideas, and adapt to changes, is at the heart of many coaching processes. Why? Because as coaches, we recognize our coachees' universal need to deal with change. They need to understand what needs to be changed, and they need to learn how to both preserve their newfound behavior so that it doesn't dissipate within a week or two, and how to easily change again when needed. 

Based on Lean and Agile methods, our Coaching Booster teaches people how to see change as a habit, and embrace change as a way of life. This book will help people leave their comfort zone, turn dealing with new changes into a habit, and help them change our their habits effectively and quickly, all while demonstrating how it can be repeated in the future.

Lean and Agile methods boost productivity, promote innovation and have been tested (and proven) in real-life situations. They have achieved better results than any other method so far. The Booster also introduces a framework that helps you coach easier, working together with your coachees towards the goals they have developed themselves. 

The Booster is written to be simple and intuitive, showing you how to simplify the complex environment of change in which we live. This makes it easier for us to set goals and establish a vision, as well as cope with changes. 

It's not that the questions we ask, as coaches, are not suitable anymore; it's not that the goals and value we help the customer realize have lost their relevance; it’s the way we manage the flow that leads to achieving these goals that has become unsuitable for rapidly changing environments.

Anyone can use it, anyone can take the framework suggested, follow a few simple principles and apply it to any kind of coaching method.

This book was written out of our experience as Agile coaches, dealing with rapidly changing environments. All we did is merely collect these amazing tools and present them here for your use.

Enjoy :)

About the Editors

Shirly ronen Harel
Shirly Ronen Harel

So who am I?

I am a wife, and a mother of four Boys. I am an Agile coach and lean consultant- Coaching and consulting of agile and lean methods for better productivity. For the past 16 years I have worked in the Israeli Hi-Tech industry. A Social-Work degree from the  University of Tel Aviv combined with a love of psychology drew me to organizational processes.

In my day work My Mission is to help people and organizations realize complex day to day tasks effectively. I provide coaching, training and help to get started with Scrum, agile and lean .

I particularly enjoy working with people, helping them make the most of themselves in their company. I enjoy elevating productivity , innovation, learning and creative thinking .

I am the author of the book ‘Agile Kids’, which is aimed at both parents and children. The book shows parents practical ways of how to get daily chores done, and how to improve family communication in general.

Currently I am a Director of R&D operation at Sisense, responsible for overall operation including quality , DevOps and  Agile implementations. And I enjoy doing that. 

Jens R. Woinowski
Jens R. Woinowski

I’m a husband and dad and work as quality & risk manager at a major IT company. In my job I learned about Lean Management. While emptying the dishwasher one day I discovered that its use is not limited to business. This is why I founded my blog leanself.org.

OK, what happened in the kitchen?

Some time ago, I made an amazing discovery while emptying the dishwasher. I had started to dig into Lean Management principles and was thinking about it while doing housework. I quickly saw that the Lean approach is not only suitable for companies and organizations. The fundamentals of Lean are so natural you can apply them to your whole life, not just to your paid work. Imagine how I stood in front of the dishwasher, musing how to reduce the boring task to empty it. Applying Lean instantly gave me the goal: Reduce running around.

On my blog, I'm trying to transfer this discovery to more than dishwashing.

About the Contributors

Table of Contents

  • 1. Foreword
  • 2. About the authors
    • Shirly
    • Jens
  • 3. Dealing with change
    • Boosting Coaching with Lean and Agile methods
    • Our coaching Booster tools
    • Move beyond the limitations of traditional coaching
  • 4. Constant heartbeat
    • So how exactly does this heartbeat work?
    • Are small goals the trick?
    • Why is routine good?
    • Perform the heartbeat action
      • And the beat goes on…
      • When was the last time you stopped to think?
    • When, What, and How?
    • Change gradually
    • Get used to this routine
  • 5. The Coaching Booster framework overview
    • The Booster framework
    • This routine blends into the entire coaching Booster framework
  • 6. Keep It Simple
  • 7. Value driven thinking
    • Placing value at the center
    • Dealing with value
      • Identify and define value
      • Ask WIIFM, or, What’s In It For Me?
      • Think Like a customer - Customers are important – but who are they?
      • Getting priorities straight
      • Using Root Value Analysis
        • Using 5 Whys
        • Working toward gaining value
      • Mapping The Value Stream
  • 8. The personal discovery
    • So how do we ‘discover ourselves’?
  • 9. Taking the GROW model into the Booster framework
    • GROW: Four development stages
    • How we can use the Booster framework with the GROW model.
  • 10. Creative ways to create our vision (“Where”) and our bank
    • Taking SWOT Personally
    • How to make a continuous desirable change in behavior with the E.T.F.B model.
    • Why spiders can help you achieve your goals (or – knowing how far you come?!)
  • 11. Inside the heartbeat – The Doing
    • What is a heartbeat?
    • Planning the heartbeat
      • A short definition of each heartbeat’s vision
      • Planning the current work itself
    • The execution steps
      • Daily activities
    • End of the heartbeat
      • Demonstrate the heartbeat
      • Retrospective
    • Summary
  • 12. Insights about Achieving Goals with the coaching Booster
  • 13. Sizing up our bricks and tasks to complete
    • Why is sizing up our tasks important?
    • Principles for sizing your bricks and tasks
    • And why am I talking about size?
    • Work it small
    • Gradual sizing
    • Ranging
    • Start with the end in mind
    • Experience
    • Practical actions that can be applied to understanding a brick size
  • 14. Failing is Part of it: How to Succeed in Making Mistakes?
    • So how to succeed in making mistakes?
  • 15. The Retrospective Session
    • Why is it one of the greatest ways to deliver feedback?
    • How is it done?
  • 16. Continuous Improvement
    • Learning, the Ability to Change and Agile & Lean
    • Continuous Improvement is a Mindset
      • Kaizen
      • How – Kaizen Events
  • 17. Practical Small Incremental Changes
    • What then is the value derived from small steps?
    • Plan, Do, Check, Act
    • Understanding PDCA
    • The right mindset for Kaizen and PDCA
  • 18. Empowerment – The Secret Ingredient
    • Where does empowerment come from?
      • Internal sources of empowerment
      • External sources of empowerment
    • How to gain power?
      • The mindset: “I am in charge of my own life. I am my own organizer. I can do this by myself.”
      • Know the Limits of Your Coachee -– Take small steps
      • The basic principle of empowerment is to gain control over events.
    • The booster elements of empowerment
      • Which components of the Booster also increase empowerment?
        • Value, waste, and empowerment
        • Constant heartbeat, feedback, failing, small steps and change
        • And what about visibility?
    • Empowerment is not just about being, it’s about being great.
    • Some Simple “Hacks”
  • 19. Personal waste removing
    • 8 Types Of Waste
      • Waiting
      • Inventory
      • Motion
      • Rework
      • Over-production
      • Over-processing
      • Transportation
      • Intellect or Waste of Brainpower or talent (additional)
    • Understand Waste
    • Measuring Waste
      • Activity – Measuring Waste
    • Eliminate Waste
      • Waiting
      • Inventory
      • Motion
      • Rework
      • Over-production
      • Over-processing
      • Transportation
      • Intellect or Waste of Brainpower or talent (additional)
  • 20. Can you live without goals?
    • To set or not to set.
    • So how can we deal with it?
    • Let me tell you my story as an example.
  • 21. Extra – What is a first coaching session anyway?
    • Applying the values, principles and framework from the first meeting.
    • Understanding the first meeting’s Definition of Done (DOD):
    • The first session’s agenda and outline
    • A final word about the mindest of a coach

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