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Praise for The Self Factor
"This excellent book can help
you create and maintain the kind of relationship with yourself
that you need if you want to be both effective and fulfilled.
It is also an invaluable resource for coaches, therapists, managers
and anyone who uses coaching in their work."
Dina Glouberman, Director of The Skyros Centre,
Author of Life Choices, Life Changes: Develop your personal
vision for the life you want and The Joy of Burnout.
"The Self Factor takes you beyond
success and supports you in living a truly authentic and meaningful
life. It will help you to become your own best friend and to integrate
who and how you are being with what you doing. If you want to
really connect with yourself and live a fulfilling life then buy
this book. And if you are a coach, or someone using coaching,
then this is a 'must have' resource for yourself and for your
Sandy Vilas MCC, CEO CoachInc.com
"The Self Factor is an extraordinarily
inspirational and practical guide on how to fall in love with
your own humanness! If you want to survive and thrive in the 21st
Century -- read this book!"
Suzy Greaves, MD of Big Leap Coaching Company,
author of Making The Big Leap, columnist for New Woman
and GMTV one minute life coach.
"You could change your life with
the help of this book! The author has distilled the wisdom of
almost 30 years of working with people into a practical, easy
to read and well-structured guide to coaching the self. It encourages
the reader to match the author's approach by being positive and
flexible. Charles Handy has recently stressed the importance of
'proper selfishness' not just for individuals but also for organizations
and society. Here is a book that shows us how to attain it. The
author demonstrates how we can develop ourselves as a basis for
relating better to others and achieving personal meaning in life
-- and his methods work! I would rate this book alongside Stephen
Covey's '7 Habits of Highly Effective People' as one
of the best reads for those who are serious about living full,
effective and enjoyable lives."
Professor John Wattis FRCPsych Professor of Psychiatry
of Old Age at the University of Huddersfield, author of Practical
Psychiatry of Old Age, coach, mentor and trainer in the NHS.
"This fine book on self-development
is the culmination of the author’s substantial personal
and professional journey. He has done a great job of pulling together
a real treasure trove of activities for raising personal awareness.
For the person new to this way of being it is a great opportunity
to undertake a self-audit with guidance about how to follow though
with actions that, in my experience, would definitely produce
results. For those, like me, who have experience in this area
it is a great reminder of self development activities that we
have let slip and maybe become complacent about. 'Self-centred'
in the most positive sense."
John Leary Joyce, Founder and CEO of The Academy
of Executive Coaching, Director of the Gestalt Centre.
"Duncan is an incredibly powerful
and experienced coach. He is also a genuine role model for making
the most of potential in a way that is meaningful and aligned
with his personal values. Not only could his book change your
life and your relationship with yourself, but it is also a great
resource for coaches. It can make a dramatic difference to your
coaching skills, your impact and the results for your clients."
Carole Gaskell, International Coach, Author of
Transform Your Life and Founder of the Full Potential
"The Self Factor is THE book to
help you experience more success and fulfillment -- NOW! Written
in a way that is easy to understand and fun to implement, it is
a comprehensive guide to supporting and coaching yourself to a
better life. Duncan's style is very human and motivational and
the book makes me excited and enthusiastic to do the self-work
to improve my life and my business. I have the privilege of personally
knowing Duncan. He is a person who walks his talk and the essence
of Duncan comes out in his book -- honesty, caring, humour, intelligence,
authenticity, creativity, understanding, and a deep commitment
to supporting people on their life's journey. I fully endorse
and recommend his book to everyone who wants to connect with themself
and enjoy more success and meaning in their life and work. "
Celia Hawe, Author of Yoga for Slimmers
and Life Coach
"This book has art and heart in
abundance. Being so powerfully accompanied by the author makes
it a genuinely transformational read. Spiritual intelligence and
clear thinking combine to light up the text and distinguish this
book from a host of others. Read it!"
Edna Murdoch, Founder: Coaching Supervision Academy
"Coaching yourself is often harder
than coaching others, as there is so much we take for granted.
Duncan Coppock has provided us with an excellent book that is
both readable and a very practical guide on how to coach yourself.
This will be a great guidebook for those wanting to explore the
next stages of their own personal development."
Dr. Peter Hawkins, Chairman of Bath Consultancy
Group, author of Wise Fool's Guide to Leadership and,
jointly with Nick Smith, Supervision and Development of Coaches,
Mentors and Consultants -- Open University Press 2006
Read the foreword to the book by Sir John Whitmore, author of
Coaching for Performance
"This book fills an important gap
in the coaching literature. Many of us have advocated self-coaching,
a practice that some coaches often adopt naturally. I go into
self-coaching mode every time I put on my skis; awareness, or
experiencing the now as it happens, is infinitely more rewarding
than the self-instruction and self-criticism with which perfectionists
beat themselves up. Few coaches have examined the process of self-coaching
fully and none as comprehensively as Duncan has in The Self Factor.
However the book goes further than that. There are many instant
self-esteem cookbooks on travel bookshop shelves but even the
word self-esteem does not imply the value of what I call self-belief,
which is what Duncan is referring to. He sets this scene in chapter
one so the reader is left with no doubt about the purpose and
value of the self factor.
Self-Belief is the life-blood of a good life and the foundation
stone on which personal effectiveness stands. It is indispensable
for sports performers if they are to get to the top. In 1966 I
retired from having been a successful professional racing driver,
and paid little attention to the sport thereafter. However in
1990, I was unexpectedly asked to race again and as the big race
of the year loomed a couple of hours ahead I felt extremely nervous.
It seemed that the value of my whole previous reputation was now
to be put to the test. My five year-old son, Jason, scribbled
on the hotel notepad a message for me. This is it:
This was before school had had the chance to get at his natural
wisdom. For him, I would do anything, so I did what he ordered,
confidence filled my being, and I won the race with calm and ease.
It was that experience that convinced me just how important the
self factor is and how, when we attend to it, we can become invincible
-- and I speak less of beating others, than of beating those internal
gremlins that so often sabotage us and hold us back from being
who we really are, and doing what we really can do.
The Self Factor lays out logically and very comprehensively numerous
strategies, coaching questions, exercises and anecdotal examples
to be used for self-coaching. It includes sections on psychological
and physical health, on relationships, on identifying and meeting
our own needs, on meaning, purpose and spirituality and on vision
and goals. While this is, in the main and importantly so, a book
for life and the self, at the end it also touches upon the workplace
applications of coaching on the self-principles.
I have been asked a few times to write about the books of other
authors on the subject for which I am best known. I usually find
in their pages a number of things with which I disagree, at least
in the emphasis or lack of it placed upon certain elements. I
have rarely come across any book with which I can so wholeheartedly
agree. Only its style differs somewhat from mine. Duncan is more
organized and thorough than I am. I am sure that this book will
help you on your journey to your self."
John Whitmore, author of Coaching for Performance
and several other books on learning, development and social change.
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