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 […]


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 […]

Emotional Resilience: Know How to be Agile, Adaptable and Perform at Your Best

Author Geetu Bharwaney Publisher Pearson ISBN978 12920 7366 8 Usefulness  5 Stars   This definitive guide provides a comprehensive framework for handling emotion in a business context and is written by an experienced practitioner with 16 years’ experience in the field of emotional intelligence and over 25 years’ in leadership development. The author defines emotional resilience as “the ability to continually choose thoughts, actions and feelings that enable you to function at your best at individual, team and organisational levels”. The book centres on a practical framework for working with emotion and building both individual and team resilience, which includes […]

Host: Six New ROLES of Engagement

Authors Mark McKergow and Helen Bailey Publisher AoEC Press ISBN 978 09549 7498 5 Usefulness: 5 Stars   This book has given us an interesting, practical and timely new metaphor for leadership. The authors point out that existing metaphors, such as leader as hero or leader as servant, have severe limitations in a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) world. Looking at leadership in the context of leader as host, however, has many advantages. First, the metaphor is collaborative: there can be no hosting without guests. Second, it is communicative: a host is duty bound to relate to and communicate with their […]

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

Title The Coach’s Casebook: Mastering the Twelve Traits That Trap Us Authors Geoff Watts and Kim Morgan Publisher Inspect & Adapt Ltd ISBN978 09575 8744 1 Usefulness  5 stars The moment I opened The Coach’s Casebook I was impressed. And with recommendations from Nancy Kline and a foreword by Julie Starr, I wasn’t alone. This refreshing book is organised around the 12 traits that can trap us: Imposter Syndrome, People Pleasing, Going To Excess, Fierce Independence, Cynicism, Driven By Fear, Ostrich Syndrome, Perfectionism, Procrastination, Performance Anxiety, Searching For Fulfilment and Dealing With Loss. Here, captured in one place, was almost […]

The Fertile Void: Gestalt Coaching at Work

Title The Fertile Void: Gestalt Coaching at Work Author John Leary-Joyce Publisher AoEC Press ISBN 978 09930 7720 3 Usefulness 5 stars To suggest there might be a ‘bible’ for Gestalt Coaching is a bit of a paradox. However,  John Leary-Joyce covers the topic with such depth of understanding that any coach would be hard-pressed to find a more inspirational guide, not only to coaching, but also to living an authentic life. His definitions and explanations make it easy and pleasurable to access the richness of Gestalt philosophy, and he brings a light, yet profound touch to theoretical input, putting it […]

REVIEWS: JournalEngineTM

Online Platform Title: JournalEngineTM Author: Kim Ades Website: Usefulness:  5 Stars   I’ve been keeping a journal for over 26 years and the majority of those entries have been written by hand. I love keeping a paper journal and have written articles evidencing the numerous virtues of writing by hand as having many benefits in our digitalised era. So when I was asked to review Journal Engine (a digitalised online journal-based coaching application) I jumped at the opportunity as I was in the process of re-assessing the benefits of online journaling thanks to my friend Nathan Ohren over at […]

REVIEWS: Mentoring and Coaching for Lawyers: Building Partnerships for Success

Title: Mentoring and Coaching for Lawyers: Building Partnerships for Success Author Rebecca Normand-Hochman Publisher Globe Law and Business ISBN 978 19094 1641 3 Usefulness 5 stars   This book is a compendium of insights on the subject from an eminent array of academics, lawyers, coaches and psychologists, who bring their own unique expertise and experience to bear on issues which affect lawyers and law businesses. In the opening chapter, Rebecca Normand-Hochman says she finds it difficult to talk about the subject “without being either technical or simply uninteresting”. I therefore used this benchmark to measure the usefulness and enjoyability of this book, […]

Book Review – The Mentoring Manual: Your Step By Step Guide to Being a Better Mentor

Title The Mentoring Manual: Your Step By Step Guide to Being a Better Mentor Author Julie Starr Publisher Pearson ISBN 978 12920 1789 1 Usefulness  5 stars   Julie Starr has followed previous successful publications The Coaching Manual and Brilliant Coaching, with a new title focusing on mentoring. As a mentor myself, I like the clear and simple explanations of what it is, how it differs from coaching, consultancy, managing, teaching or any of the activities that commonly confuse this topic. I like Starr’s writing style. It’s simple and clear, yet often challenging. Throughout, Starr uses reflective questions that constantly reminded […]

Book Review – Leading Change: How Successful Leaders Approach Change Management

Title: Leading Change: How Successful Leaders Approach Change Management Author Paul Lawrence Publisher Kogan Page ISBN 978 07494 7168 2 Usefulness 5 stars   A few days ago I was catching up on some TV viewing. My attention was caught by Professor Brian Cox’s BBC series The Human Universe. In the episode, ‘Why Are We Here?’ he talks about how complexity emerges from a set of simple rules – how it can be seen as an outcome of chance constrained within a set of natural laws. He used the analogy of a cricket match. Even though the rules of cricket have […]