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The Cross-Cultural Coaching Kaleidoscope: A Systems Approach to Coaching Amongst Different Cultural Influences Jenny Plaister-Ten Karnac Books (Professional Coaching Series) 978 17804 9096 0 4 out of 5 Coaching is a global phenomenon, but its model of practice was often based on the Western perspective, which may not be appropriate in various cultures. Previous writers who addressed this challenge tended to focus on different attitudes, factors or dimensions of cultures that may impact on coaching. This book is different. It re-models cross-cultural coaching using Kaleidoscope as a metaphor to emphasise its dynamism. It gains credibility on two counts. First, the […]

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Values and Ethics in Coaching Ioanna Iordanou, Rachel Hawley and Christiana Iordanou SAGE 978 14739 1956 3 5 out of 5 The authors have written a book that our profession has needed for some time. I believe it’s essential reading for coaches, mentors, supervisors and their trainers. The book has a clear structure to help us identify and reflect on our taken-for-granted beliefs. The structure facilitates discussion, with boxes throughout depicting activities and pauses for reflection alongside recommended reading, making it invaluable for individual practitioners and as a catalyst in group/classroom settings. Those who want an instant solution to ethical […]

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A Critical Introduction to Coaching & Mentoring by David E Grey, Bob Garvey and David A Lane SAGE Publications ISBN: 978 14462 7228 2 4 out of 5 stars I was pleased to have the opportunity to review this critical exposition of the basic elements of coaching and mentoring theory and practice. The authors demonstrate a critical approach to the different chapters, and the book’s structure is designed to support students and practitioners who want to develop a critical awareness of their coaching and mentoring practice. Critical introductions in each chapter to practice-related issues, are followed by useful case studies. The […]

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BOOKS Coaching for Health: Why It Works and How To Do It Jenny Rogers and Arti Maini Open University Press/McGraw-Hill 978 03352 6230 4 4 out of 5 In Coaching for Health, the authors offer the exciting prospect of improving healthcare practitioner outcomes using coaching approaches. Healthcare practitioners ought to be able to do a better job if they have good interpersonal skills, show they care about their patients (assuming they do) and can devote time to integrating coaching skills in their practice. Not that this makes them coaches – an important distinction. The book also offers a powerful critique […]

REVIEW: EMBODYING AUTHENTICITY

Embodying Authenticity: A Somatic Path to Transforming Self, Team & Organisation by Dr Eunice Aquilina Published by Live It Ventures Ltd, ISBN: 978 19105 6582 7 5 stars out of 5   Dr Eunice Aquilina is an unsung guru of the coaching world. Her book, Embodying Authenticity, is infused with her wisdom, courage, vulnerability and warmth and it opens up somatic learning. She shares her own revealing stories and includes the voices of other practitioners, as well as organisational leaders. “Who we are is how we lead”, is a central theme. It is about enhancing “our capacity to hold a space […]

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The Trusted Executive – Nine Leadership Habits that Inspire Results, Relationships and Reputation By John Blakey Kogan Page 978 07494 7422 5 Usefulness: 5 out of 5   This is a book about “looking forward to a future where trustworthiness defines leadership”, says Blakey in the foreword. What it does so beautifully is to help leaders – and those who work with them – get under the skin of what trust actually means. More than that, it’s a roadmap for building trustworthiness. Blakey identifies three pillars that inspire trust: Ability, Integrity and Benevolence, and nine leadership habits that underpin them. Some […]

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Work With Me: The 8 Blindspots Between Men and Women in Business By Barbara Annis and John Gray Palgrave Macmillan – 978 11372 7911 8 Rating: 3 out of 5 This is a very readable book about understanding, appreciating and valuing gender differences. Work With Me offers a great combination of gender-related facts, anecdotes and case studies around gender differences. The writers (one male, one female) discuss the ways men and women approach conversations. They consider eight gender blind spots, for example, “Do women have to walk on eggshells when they talk to women?” They wonder if women are too emotional. They explore, […]

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Coaching in Times of Crisis & Transformation by Liz Hall Kogan Page 978 07494 6830 9 5 stars out of 5 In my experience, crisis is often what initially brings individuals and organisations to coaching, or indeed to any kind of helping conversation. And yet, both coach and client can be tempted to shy away from recognising it as such, which means we can miss the opportunity for positive transformation in its wake. This book brings together contributions from a wide range of practitioners and researchers under the thoughtful editorship of Liz Hall. This is very much Liz’s book, with […]

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The Neuroscience of Leadership Coaching By Patricia Bossons et al Bloomsbury Information ISBN 978 14729 1112 4 Usefulness 5/5   We are seeing a wave of popularity for neuroscience in the talent industry with many new titles appearing on bookshelves. As someone who uses coaching in a learning design context, I eagerly awaited publication of this book. I found the language incredibly clear on a topic akin to learning a new language: the science behind how our brains function. Even for those with no knowledge of neuroscience, this title adds real weight to and understanding of what is going on […]

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BOOK Coaching for Innovation: Tools and Techniques for Encouraging New Ideas in the Workplace Cristina Bianchi and Maureen Steele Palgrave Macmillan 978 11373 5325 2 4/5 stars This book is a comprehensive resource for managers who want to incorporate coaching techniques in order to encourage new ideas and bigger thinking in the workplace, and for coaches who want to help leaders and managers do so. The first part provides detailed coaching models to spark an innovation mind-set and culture. It includes practical exercises on feedback, powerful questioning as well as mindful listening and coaching models. These include: 6 steps to […]