My story is typical: I started as a mediator, consultant, and conflict resolution educator. Where I first taught conflict resolution at the grad level we used a coaching approach to help new mediators master their craft. When I prepared my clients for mediations during intake, I naturally included coaching of all parties in bringing their best selves to the table. When I mediated, I sometimes hybridized my mediations by doing mini-coaching sessions with all the parties before, during, or after the mediation. Somewhere along the line about a decade ago, clients started requesting one-on-one coaching as a discrete service.
It sounds so obvious and simple now, but what’s invisible is the volume of hours I put into developing my coaching approach and figuring out how and when to mesh effective coaching with effective conflict resolution. I wish I’d had a Cinnie Noble back then. But you don’t have to wish…you do.
Cinnie Noble is widely – and deservedly – recognized as a pioneer in conflict management coaching. Cinnie took little-known segments of the coaching and conflict resolution fields and developed them into an integrated whole long before most of our colleagues even noticed the need. Cinnie’s an innovative thinker, a generous soul, and a very smart businesswoman.
And now, Cinnie’s organized her wealth of coaching knowledge and experience into a coherent, relevant, and highly informative book, Conflict Management Coaching: The CINERGY™ Model (affiliate link). If you’re a conflict resolution professional interested in adding conflict management coaching to your mix of services, or already do and realize you could use some help filling in the gaps, or you just want to know what this coaching thing is all about, then Cinnie’s book is must-have reading.
From an explanation of conflict coaching, to a clear discernment of coaching from counseling and mentoring, to a framework for approaching this type of coaching, to sample forms and contracts, Cinnie’s book spans the theoretical and the practical. I think it’s going to become the new bible for conflict management coaches and those who want to be.
Cinnie was kind enough to send me two copies of her book – one a review copy and one to give away if I liked the book. I like! Here’s how to enter my random drawing:
- Post a comment on this article and say why you want the book. Be sure to include your real email address (it won’t be visible to others) so I can contact you if you’re the winner. If you’re reading this post in your email, you’ll need to click on the article title to be taken to the blog page with the comment form at the bottom.
- Alternatively, tweet your reason for wanting the book. Be sure to include both @tammylenski and the URL for this post so I’ll know you’ve done it.
- I’ll randomly pick a winner in three days and notify you by email or twitter.
And if you don’t win, don’t let that stop you from getting Cinnie’s book. Isn’t it about time to give your loved ones your holiday reading wish list?