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Sir John Whitmore, Coaching for Performance

sir-john-whitmoreSir John Whitmore is one of the giants of the coaching profession. He started his career as a professional, and successful, car racing driver, after which he began working with Tim Gallwey, author of the Inner Game books. John established the field of coaching in the UK. He’s perhaps best known for his book Coaching for Performance, one of the very first coaching books that has sold over half a million copies in seventeen different languages and introduced the world to the “GROW model”. John has been honoured with the President’s Award by the International Coach Federation and rated the number one business coach by the Independent newspaper in the UK. He remains a passionate advocate for coaching, not only as it supports individuals or corporations, but as a way to contribute to society. He is the Chairman of Performance Consultants International.

In this interview we talk about:

  • How to help individual contributors see the bigger picture
  • Trans-personal coaching and how it addresses the “crisis of meaning”
  • The challenge of doing Great Work in an organization
  • How the concepts of ‘high awareness and high responsibility’ can help you and those around you do more Great Work

Listen to the interview with Sir John Whitmore.


0:16 Michael introduces Sir John Whitmore

0:33 John’s book Coaching for Performance

3:55 How to help individual contributors see the bigger picture

10:06 Trans-personal coaching and how it addresses the “crisis of meaning”

11:20 The challenge of doing Great Work in an organization

13:33 How the concepts of ‘high awareness and high responsibility’ can help you and those around you do more Great Work

19:24 John’s important Great Work now

25:20 How to find out more about Sir John Whitmore

26:35 Michael closes the interview

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