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Title: Resilience: A Practical Guide for Coaches

Author: Dr Carole Pemberton

Series Editor: Jenny Rogers

Publisher: OUP

ISBN: 978 03352 6374 7

Usefulness: 5 stars
Carole Pemberton’s doctoral thesis on resilience coaching and what coaches can do to help their clients develop or regain their resilience, is captured in this elegantly written, no-nonsense book. It approaches the subject with substance and depth.There are clear definitions and examples of what resilience is and is not. The concept of resilience is filtered through different psychological theoretical underpinnings, eg, narrative coaching, cognitive behavioural therapy, solution-focused coaching, positive psychology, acceptance and commitment therapy. Each chapter is structured with practical questions, case studies and summaries. Yet, this is not a dry textbook, but a highly accessible, well-researched study that draws on the author’s own life experiences, mistakes and consequent wisdoms. The book models honest, ego-free self-examination and may encourage others to do the same.

Resilience welcomes the new coach. Yet it is sophisticated enough to invigorate the work of experienced, highly qualified practitioners who want to deepen their awareness of human resilience.

Rachel Ellison MBE is an executive leadership coach

 

 

Title: The Art of Coaching: A Handbook of Tips and Tools

Authors: Jenny Bird and Sarah Gornall

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 978 11388 9186 9

Usefulness: 5 stars

Imagine two very experienced, accredited coaches sitting at a table, asking each other: “Which coaching approaches do you use with your clients every day because they really work?”

Then imagine them distilling their favourites so that only the best remain. And inviting an artist to draw the models so that the insights that are best expressed visually can also be shared. And finally, bringing this together in an attractive and accessible book. That’s The Art of Coaching.

I enjoyed Jenny Bird and Sarah Gornall’s straightforward language and diagrams, their (often humorous) sharing of personal experiences and their clear, jargon-free presentation of the concepts. I appreciated the book’s tone: less ‘sit at my feet and learn’, and more ‘come and listen to us sharing and learning together’.

Some of their approaches are well-documented in other coaching manuals, but plenty more are entirely their own.

This is a coaching book written with the practitioner (not the academic) in mind. It’s a welcome dip-in guide for both the seasoned professional and the newly qualified coach.

Kim Gregory is an executive and team coach and chair of the Guildford Coaches Group

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