My Coaching Toolkit – 100+ Exercises, Assessments and Resources

Toolkit Updated: Sunday 18th February 2018

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This is a collection of Coaching Exercises, Assessments, Coaching Cards, Resources and Books that are part of my coaching toolkit. All of the items I have personal experience using within my coaching practice. My intention is to help readers find new items they might add to their own toolkit.


Coaching Exercises

Item Good for…..
Career Timeline Exercise Career Coaching
Personal Brand Canvas Career Coaching
Mood Snapshot Exploring Current Situation
Personal SWOT Exploring Current Situation
People in my life audit Exploring Current Situation
Vision Chairs Exploring Current Situation
Wheel of Anything Exploring Current Situation
GROW Exploring Current Situation
Appreciative Inquiry Exploring Current Situation
Inner Cast of Characters Exploring Limiting Beliefs
Symbolic Modelling Exploring Metaphors
Clean Interviewing Exploring Metaphors
Systemic Modeling Exploring Metaphors
12 Clean Questions Exploring Metaphors
Moving Motivators Exploring Motivations and Needs
Perceptual Positions Exploring Perspectives
Ask 5 People – Feedback and Affirmation Exploring Perspectives
Obstacle Analysis Grid Exploring Purpose
Well formed outcomes Exploring Purpose
Marshall Goldsmith Daily Questions Exploring Purpose
Find Your Why – Ask closest friends exercise Exploring Purpose
Hot Seat Questioning/Mastermind Exploring Relationships
Constellations (Systemic Coaching) Exploring Relationships
Peak Experience Exercise Exploring Values
Big Values List Exploring Values
Blob Tree Exploring Visually
Hot Air Baloon Exploring Visually
Derive (Coaching Walks) Other
Intervision Supervision
Anchoring Techniques for Being Present
Mindfulness Techniques for Being Present
Leaves on a stream Techniques for Being Present


Strengths Finder
Myers Briggs
Locus of Control
Emotional Needs Audit
Time Management Assessment
Transactional Analysis Questionnaire
5 Love Languages
Living Forward Life Plan

Coaching Cards

Item Good for…..
Barefoot Picture Coaching Cards Shifting Perspectives
Affirmators Positive re-inforcement
School of LIfe Coaching Cards Coaching Cards
Art Oracles Sparking Creativity

Coaching Resources 

Useful models, approaches and other gems to help your coaching

Item Area
PRO Model Exploring Metaphors
Human Givens Exploring Motivations and Needs
Karpman Drama Triangle Exploring Perspectives
Find Your Why – Golden Circle Exploring Purpose
Transactional Analysis Exploring Relationships
McCelland Social Values Exploring Values
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Theraputic Approaches
ABC Model Theraputic Approaches
Nancy Kline Thinking Environment Active Listening
Cogitive Bias Cheat Sheet Brain Stuff
How to Contract Contracting
Timothy Gallwey Understanding Coaching
Coaching v Mentoring Understanding Coaching
Coaching Ted Talk Understanding Coaching
Iceberg Model Understanding Coaching
Scale of Influence Understanding Coaching
Drive (Daniel Pink) Exploring Motivations and Needs
Therapy v Coaching Therapeutic Approaches

Recommended Coaching Books

Books that i have read around the topic of Coaching. You can view my reading lists on GoodReads where i have over 50 other coaching books on my to-read list!

cover title author my rating
Systemic Coaching and Constellations: The principles, practices and application for individuals, teams and groups


Group and Team Coaching: The secret life of groups (Essential Coaching Skills and Knowledge)


Love's Executioner and Other Tales of Psychotherapy


On Personal Power: Inner Strength and Its Revolutionary Impact


The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down: How to be Calm in a Busy World


Games People Play: The Psychology of Human Relationships


59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot


The Craving Mind: From Cigarettes to Smartphones to Love – Why We Get Hooked and How We Can Break Bad Habits


A Way of Being


The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds


Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want


Human Givens


Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ


Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High


The Skilled Helper: A Problem-Management and Opportunity-Development Approach to Helping


Zen and the Art of Appreciative Inquiry: A Glass Half Full Approach to Organisational Development


Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values


The Art of Coaching: A Handbook of Tips and Tools


The Coaching Manual


Go Put Your Strengths to Work: 6 Powerful Steps to Achieve Outstanding Performance


The Coach's Casebook: Mastering the Twelve Traits That Trap Us


The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More  Change the Way You Lead Forever


Mindset: How You Can Fulfil Your Potential


Coaching for Performance: GROWing Human Potential and Purpose (People Skills for Professionals)


Clean Language:Revealing Metaphors and Opening Minds


Humble Inquiry: The Gentle Art of Asking Instead of Telling


The Chimp Paradox: The Acclaimed Mind Management Programme to Help You Achieve Success, Confidence and Happiness


Time to Think: Listening to Ignite the Human Mind


The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change