Book Club – January

For Mentors

The HeART of Laser-Focused Coaching: A Revolutionary Approach to Masterful Coaching 

By: Marion Franklin 

If you’re a coach, this is a book you’ll want to read with a pen and notebook alongside – to jot down the thoughts and ideas you have for your current clients – and more!

There are lots of great examples to illustrate the difference that the Laser Coaching method can make to 1) what the coach focuses on and 2) the outcomes that can be achieved as a result.

We know the client’s mindset is important, but what about ours?

We are encouraged to be more direct (which I love!) and to focus on transformational coaching – as opposed to a pure problem/solution approach. I totally agree that we shouldn’t just “believe the client” and should delve deeper into the story and underlying beliefs and assumptions for the greatest impact. And the author helpfully ALSO shares her method to do just that!

I love that we are asked questions throughout the book to help us reflect on what we’ve personally taken away. And we’re also asked where it could lead if you implement her laser-focused coaching method!

What would it mean for your coaching if you got right to the heart of the matter — every time?

You can. Learn rarely taught tips and concepts that will immediately elevate your coaching while avoiding the common pitfalls.

New and experienced coaches alike will benefit greatly from the detailed strategies and wisdom shared from Marion’s years of experience.

Cheryl Richardson, NYTimes Bestselling author of Take Time for Your Life

Marion Franklin, the Coach’s Coach, has been training and mentoring coaches for more than 20 years. Every student she has mentored or taught who sought ACC, PCC, or MCC has gotten their credential using the material in this book designed for all levels of coaches. No matter where you are in your coaching journey, this book has something for you.

This book is different because it:

  • Includes brilliant tools for beginner-to-seasoned coaches
  • Offers advanced techniques for developing powerful questions without any lists
  • Provides principles of human behavior that help you quickly identify what’s really going on
  • Contains the 25 Themes that underlie every coaching situation and make coaching and questioning much simpler
  • Shares a step-by-step, easy to follow, way to create a shift in perspective
  • Presents 17 strategies that clients unknowingly use that actually work against, not for them

Begin using even one or two of the concepts and principles in this book and notice your coaching immediately elevate to a new level. Your clients will notice the difference!

You will experience this innovative approach to masterful coaching with two full laser-coaching sessions with commentary — much like eavesdropping in on the mind of a master coach.

Marion shares unprecedented concepts that will help new coaches and even the most experienced coaches gain new insights and ideas, including a deeper understanding of what they already know.

  • Automatically improve your coaching by applying one rarely known principle.
  • Never feel stuck around what question to ask.
  • Feel more confident by quickly identifying what’s really going on.
  • Know exactly what to listen for in every conversation.
  • Discover a simple “2 inquiry” approach that instantly enables you to deepen your curiosity.

This book will not only boost your confidence and mastery as a coach, it will enable you to produce sustained results for your clients. I designed this book to not only show you what laser-focused coaching looks, sounds, and feels like, but to show you HOW TO coach for permanent, life-altering change.

When using the Laser-Focused approach, you’ll be able to:

  • avoid getting seduced by the story
  • ask questions that get right to the heart of the matter
  • have the client do all of the summary
  • know how to create the shift and what to do afterwards
  • recognize the client’s underlying pattern and know how to address it and so much more

The HeART of Laser-Focused Coaching –– A revolutionary, unprecedented approach makes coaching easier while also enhancing your ability to help clients create deep and profound change. Transform your coaching into something so powerful and life-changing that your coaching consistently flows and becomes effortless.

For Ages 13-17

I Am Malala Young Readers’ Edition

How One Girl Stood Up For Education And Changed The World

By: Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai was only ten years old when the Taliban took control of her region. They said music was a crime. They said women weren’t allowed to go to the market. They said girls couldn’t go to school.

Raised in a once-peaceful area of Pakistan transformed by terrorism, Malala was taught to stand up for what she believes. So she fought for her right to be educated. And on October 9, 2012, she nearly lost her life for the cause: She was shot point-blank while riding the bus on her way home from school.

Now Malala is an international symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize nominee. In this Young Readers Edition of her bestselling memoir, which includes exclusive photos and material, we hear firsthand the remarkable story of a girl who knew from a young age that she wanted to change the world — and did.

For Ages 9-12

Esperanza Rising

by Pam Munoz Ryan

Esperanza thought she’d always live a privileged life on her family’s ranch in Mexico. She’d always have fancy dresses, a beautiful home filled with servants, and Mama, Papa, and Abuelita to care for her. But a sudden tragedy forces Esperanza and Mama to flee to California and settle in a Mexican farm labor camp.

Esperanza isn’t ready for the hard work, financial struggles brought on by the Great Depression, or lack of acceptance she now faces. When Mama gets sick and a strike for better working conditions threatens to uproot their new life, Esperanza must find a way to rise above her difficult circumstances — because Mama’s life, and her own, depend on it. 




For Ages 6-8

I Like Myself!

By Karen Beaumont

High on energy and imagination, this ode to self-esteem encourages kids to appreciate everything about themselves — inside and out. Messy hair? Beaver breath? So what! Here’s a little girl who knows what really matters.

At once silly and serious, Karen Beaumont’s joyous rhyming text and David Catrow’s wild illustrations unite in a book that is sassy, soulful — and straight from the heart.

“The brightly colored art and rhymes are reminiscent of Dr. Seuss’s work with their quirky absurdity.” — School Library Journal