Employee Well-being Support: A Workplace Resource

Title Employee Well-being Support: A Workplace Resource Author Andrew Kinder, Rick Hughes and Cary Cooper Publisher Wiley-Blackwell ISBN 978 0 470 724286 Usefulness 4/5 The overarching theme of this book is that people belong at the heart of organisations, so their well-being should be both supported and enhanced. Each chapter provides a combination of practical and theoretical input from practitioners, academics and business leaders and incorporates checklists and case studies. The focus is on the psychological well-being (PWB) of employees and how this can be enhanced by the employer. It also points to increasing evidence that leaders’ behaviours affect employees’ […]

Relational Coaching: Journeys Towards Mastering One-to-One Learning

Title Relational Coaching: Journeys Towards Mastering One-to-One Learning Author Erik de Haan Publisher Wiley ISBN 978 0 470 724286 Usefulness 5/5 Erik de Haan, director of Ashridge’s Centre for Coaching, has produced a finely assembled case for an emphasis on the whole relationship in coaching. He argues that we need to pay less attention to the school of coaching that the coach has been trained in and more to a general coaching style that builds a relationship. This is bad news for those who rely on techniques to the exclusion of engagement with the other. It seems particularly bad news […]

The Philosophy and Practice of Coaching: Insights and Issues for a New Era

Title The Philosophy and Practice of Coaching: Insights and Issues for a New Era Author David B Drake, Diane Brennan and Kim Gortz Publisher Wiley ISBN 978 0 470 98721 6 Usefulness 5/5 The editors of this book have generated content in their own specialisms and drawn on the expertise of a wide range of international contributors. It is ideal for someone looking for more on the theoretical underpinnings, historical foundations and sources of evidence within the relatively new field of coaching. Topics covered are wide-ranging and shed light on seemingly disparate aspects of coaching, including chapters on moving past […]

A Woman’s Place is in the Boardroom: The Roadmap

Title A Woman’s Place is in the Boardroom: The Roadmap Author Peninah Thomson and Jacey Graham, with Tom Lloyd Publisher Palgrave Macmillan ISBN 978 0 230 53712 5 Usefulness 5/5 I found this book unique and very practical. It uses a “roadmap” framework to identify key issues that women should consider when assessing their readiness for board membership. The FTSE 100 Cross-Company Mentoring Programme (which the authors are associated with) reveals eight main challenges women must confront in their campaigns to become credible candidates.I enjoyed reading how the careers of many of the programme’s clients have developed significantly during or […]

Coaching to the Human Soul: Ontological Coaching and Deep Change (vol 1)

Title Coaching to the Human Soul: Ontological Coaching and Deep Change (vol 1) Author Alan Sieler Publisher Newfield Australia ISBN 978 1 876 677411 Usefulness 5/5 Ontological coaching is huge in many Spanishspeaking countries, yet many in the UK have little grasp of what it means. Put simply, ontology is the study of being. Ontological coaching works with the client’s “way of being” through language, emotions and body posture. Sieler explains that ontological coaches believe the traditional concerns of business cannot be divorced from human behaviour, but that focusing on behaviour is not enough. A holistic approach is required. Ontological […]

Becoming an Executive Coachee: Creating Learning Partnerships

Title Becoming an Executive Coachee: Creating Learning Partnerships Author Michael Carroll and Maria Gilbert Publisher Vukani Publishing ISBN 978 0 955 113918 Usefulness 5/5 This is an excellent guide, full of practical wisdom for getting the most out of coaching. The world is divided into those who find checklists helpful and those who regard them as an inadequate form of prose. As a devotee of practical lists, I responded positively to a sequence of checklists covering themes such as what works best in coaching, different levels of reflection and features of a dialogue that works. There are some particularly thoughtful […]

Starting and Running a Coaching Business: The Complete Guide to Setting up and Managing a Coaching Practice

Title Starting and Running a Coaching Business: The Complete Guide to Setting up and Managing a Coaching Practice Author Aryanne Oade Publisher How To Books ISBN 978 1 845 28332 2 Usefulness 4/5 “The temptation”, writes Aryanne Oade, “to have a beer in the garden on a sunny day or watch a lunchtime news bulletin can result in guilt, lost time and recrimination.”I wouldn’t mind betting that many a newly independent coach has been in that garden at least once. However, this isn’t one of those guiltinducing books that shout instructions at you. Rather, the author takes a pleasingly measured, […]

Brilliant Coaching: How to be a Brilliant Coach in your Workplace

Title Brilliant Coaching: How to be a Brilliant Coach in your Workplace Author Julie Starr Publisher Pearson Education ISBN 978 0 273 71735 5 Usefulness 5/5 Julie Starr writes a short, practical, indexed guide to refresh the experienced and guide those new to coaching. Overall, it is easy to read. A highlight of the book is its contention that a manager might coach to his or her own agenda. This could enable coaching managers to hold a difficult conversation while stimulating experienced coaches to debate the ethical intent of their agenda. Superbly organised for rapid understanding, the book engages in […]

Average to A+: Realising Strengths in Yourself and Others

Title Average to A+: Realising Strengths in Yourself and Others Author Alex Linley Publisher CAPP Press ISBN 978 1 906 366032 Usefulness /5 Coaches spend much of their time helping others be “the best they can be”, and will readily associate with the strengths approach advocated by Linley (founder of the Centre for Applied Positive Psychology). What may not be quite so obvious is what a strength is, less so how to identify one in ourselves. Linley offers guidance while proposing the need for a new language to describe strengths. Some of the writing is quite laboured but this doesn’t […]

Learning from Burnout: Developing Sustainable Leaders and Avoiding Career Derailment

Title Learning from Burnout: Developing Sustainable Leaders and Avoiding Career Derailment Author Tim Casserley and David Megginson Publisher Butterworth Heinemann ISBN 978 0 750 683876 Usefulness /5 Learning from Burnout is an important, well-researched book about a subject that is still taboo in many workplaces. Megginson and Casserley use in-depth interviews to illustrate a thought-provoking study of the characteristics, symptoms, learning opportunities and organisational implications of burnout. They offer a systemic framework within which coaches can hold clients through the experience. The authors restrict their discussion to the experiences of young high-flyers early in their careers. They suggest that individuals […]