REVIEW: THE HEART OF COACHING SUPERVISION

The Heart of Coaching Supervision: Working with Reflection and Self-Care Eve Turner and Stephen Palmer Routledge 978 11387 2977 3 5 stars   This is one of those books that before long will be well-thumbed, and like a dear friend on the shelf, with brightly coloured stickers marking those special gems that you turn to when looking for inspiration. It’s a celebration of the deep love and care that the contributors, all experts in their field, share for the growing area of coaching supervision. Topics include the Thinking Environment (Jane Adshead-Grant, Anne Hathaway, Linda Aspey and Eve Turner), and peer […]

REVIEW: THE ZONE OF CONNECTION – SHIFT YOUR ENERGY TO HAPPINESS, LOVE AND BEYOND

Penny Mallinson and Sue Coyne LID Publishing 978 19125 5519 2 5 out of 5 stars   When a curve ball in life hits you, you either fold or grow. The authors both had life hit them full force unexpectedly, but it became a huge growth opportunity. Their quest to find happiness and a way through to the other side is sensitive, funny and deeply practical. They prove it’s possible to rebuild shattered lives and find joy again. What I didn’t expect was that The Zone of Connection would be so funny. I was laughing out loud at times. Unlike […]

REVIEW – COACHING STORIES: FLOWING AND FALLING OF BEING A COACH

Karen Dean and Sam Humphrey Routledge 978 11383 7010 4 5 out of 5 stars If like me, you don’t feel you need yet another coaching book, then may I politely ask that you nevertheless consider this little one? It has completely new stuff you won’t find anywhere else. I had just finished on the working group for the 2018-19 review of our Mastered programme brochure – months of reviewing new books, articles, TED talks etc, so when yet another book arrived, I gave it the evil eye. But then I opened it. I’m very sorry to tell you that […]

REVIEW: RESILIENCE AT WORK – PRACTICAL TOOLS FOR CAREER SUCCESS

Resilience at Work: Practical Tools for Career Success by Kathryn Jackson Publisher: Routledge ISBN: 978 11383 0512 0 5 out of 5   Much of the literature informing resilience programmes is drawn from experiences outside organisational life. Resilience at work has received far less attention, so this book is welcome. However, its rich value comes from Jackson’s learning after being caught in the devastating 2011 Christchurch, New Zealand earthquake, and from her work as a peak performance coach with the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team. Its remit was to grow resilience to support leaders’ capability to deliver a $2 billion […]

REVIEW: EVOLUTIONARY COACHING: A VALUES-BASED APPROACH TO UNLEASHING HUMAN POTENTIAL

Title   EVOLUTIONARY COACHING: A VALUES-BASED APPROACH TO UNLEASHING HUMAN POTENTIAL   Author   Richard Barrett   Publisher   Lulu Publishing Services   ISBN   978 14834 1178 1     Book review: 4.5 out of 5 A leader recommended this book to me some time ago. I’ve finally found time to read it, and I’m so glad I have. For Barrett, an “evolutionary coach” is one who’s interested in helping others perform “but with a big P” – helping them “emerge”. He argues that the job of such a coach is to make sure clients “don’t stop growing by choosing […]

BOOK REVIEW: THE WORK AND LIFE OF DAVID GROVE

The Work and Life of David Grove Carol Wilson Troubador Publishing 978 17858 9288 2 5 out of 5 stars Everything you might ever want to know about Clean Language and Emergent Knowledge is right here in Carol Wilson’s definitive book, not only about their theory and practice, but also their creator, David Grove, who died recently. Grove was an unusual man and Wilson, through her immersion in his work and personal knowledge of him, has captured beautifully his way of working and being. This book is all-encompassing in its coverage of his body of work, and draws on case […]

BOOK REVIEW: COACHING FOR PERFORMANCE

Coaching for Performance: The Principles and Practice of Coaching and Leadership (25th anniversary edition) Sir John Whitmore Nicholas Brealey Publishing 978 14736 5812 7 5 out of 5 stars The 25th anniversary edition of the late John Whitmore’s Coaching for Performance confirms its position as the indispensable bible for coaches. Globally we’re witnessing the coaching profession unfold, expand, become more standardised and professional. This book is an excellent accompaniment to this evolution, offering fresh knowledge and resources from Performance Consultants’ worldwide coaching experience. It shows organisational leaders the benefits of adopting and leading a coaching culture and provides coaches with […]

REVIEW: THE FUTURE OF COACHING

The Future of Coaching: Vision, Leadership and Responsibility in a Transforming World Hetty Einzig Routledge 978 11388 2932 9 4.5 out of 5 stars Hetty’s book is beautiful, bold and optimistic. Be prepared to be provoked. It is for any coach who takes reflective practice seriously. It is also for leaders. Particularly those confronting the limitations of performance-focused cultures and being challenged by their accompanying reductive, fragmented realities. But this is a hope-filled book too. One that will enable shifts towards different ways of seeing and engaging; and deepened, better connected ways of living. The beauty of this book is […]

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Coaching and Mentoring: Practical Techniques for Developing Learning and Performance (3rd ed) Eric Parsloe and Melville Leedham Kogan Page 978 07494 7762 2 4 out of 5 stars I found the earlier edition of this text invaluable as a reference for my doctoral research study in executive coaching. This new edition is even more powerful with its re-energising of Part One with the latest developments in the most relevant techniques and models for professional practice in coaching and mentoring. The inclusion of Part Two with offerings from OCM experts in the field is an authoritative addition that reflects current trends […]

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The Advanced Coaching Pocketbook Lynne Walley Management Pocketbooks 978 19066 1088 3 5 stars out of 5 The author’s new model, ‘SPACE’,* gives coaches a clear and comprehensive way to consider and reflect on their personal presence, their overall practice, and with their clients. The SPACE model is thorough and insightful, standing for: S = Concept of Self as a coach; P = the Physicality in which we coach; A = the Attention we give to our coachees; C = the Coaching styles we use, and E = the Ethics and values systems we employ as coaches. The model is […]