Book review. Mindful Coaching: How Mindfulness Can Transform Coaching Practice

Title Mindful Coaching: How Mindfulness Can Transform Coaching Practice Author Liz Hall Publisher Kogan Page ISBN 978 0749 46566 7 Usefulness ***** I cursed when I read this book. Why had I let Liz Hall write it first? Mindfulness is about being present to the moment. It has its roots in Eastern, particularly Buddhist, traditions and has been brought into parts of mainstream Western psychology. Hall’s book also explores the convergence between mindfulness and master coaching. She frequently references interesting research: for example, that psychotherapists who bring mindfulness into their practice will achieve better outcomes with their clients, and we […]

Book review: Embodied Leadership: The Somatic Approach to Developing Your Leadership

Title Embodied Leadership: The Somatic Approach to Developing Your Leadership Author Pete Hamill Publisher Kogan Page ISBN 978 0749 46564 3 Usefulness **** Somatics may be new to many leaders, but author Pete Hamill argues that learning through the body is one of the oldest, most effective and generative ways to create great leadership. Embodied Leadership breaks down this complex subject into three parts. The first half of the book is an attempt to change commonly held ideas about leadership development. Hamill draws on neuroscience, philosophy, psychology and ancient teachings in his case for including the body in leadership development. […]

Book review: Coaching Women to Lead

Title Coaching Women to Lead Authors Averil Leimon, François Moscovici and Helen Goodier Publisher Routledge ISBN 978 0415 49106 8 Usefulness **** Based on quantitative and qualitative research, Coaching Women to Lead is an authoritative read that makes a strong case for differential support for women to progress their career into leadership. It is straight-talking and practical in tone and content – no ‘clevering up’ of coaching. It is arguably an essential read for executive coaches, talent managers and equality & diversity personnel. Line managers would also benefit too. The executive coach gleans practical techniques and approaches to use in […]

Book review: Systemic Coaching & Constellations

Title Systemic Coaching & Constellations Author John Whittington Publisher Kogan Page ISBN 978 0749 46537 7 Usefulness **** I read John Whittington’s book after attending a one-day Coaching Constellations workshop. It’s hard to differentiate the exciting learning on that day from my enjoyment of the book. Systemic Coaching & Constellations takes the reader gently and systematically through the principles, practices and application of working with constellations to enhance awareness of the systems we are all part of. He supports this with helpful case studies and opportunities to practise, using the reader’s experience of their own systems. He sums up two […]

Book review: Developing Mental Toughness

Title: Developing Mental Toughness Authors: Peter Clough and Doug Strycharczyk Publisher: Kogan Page ISBN 978 0749 46377 9 Usefulness **** The label ‘mental toughness’ may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but few can argue that these are challenging times in which topics such as resilience are particularly hot. Does resilience, or mental toughness, which the authors see as wider than resilience, really exist? Clough and Strycharczyk believe so. They also believe it’s useful, can be developed and can be measured. To back these assertions, they share plenty of research and case studies, including their own. They have developed the […]

Book Review: Get That Job With NLP

Title: Get That Job With NLP Author: Jackie Arnold Publisher: Teach Yourself ISBN 978 1444 17675 9 Usefulness ***** This book is the next best thing to having your own career coach. Job seekers can read the case studies, do the exercises and be well prepared to find the role they really want. As a career coach myself, this book will also work alongside my own coaching. The book simplifies both NLP and Clean Language in a practical way. The structure works well too, so the job researcher/hunter can focus on the section that matters to them at the right […]


Book One Title: Coaching and Mentoring: A Critical Text Author: Simon Western Publisher: SAGE Publications ISBN 978 1848 60164 2 Usefulness ***** This is a rich tapestry of a book – comparable in complexity to Erik de Haan’s Relational Coaching. Whereas de Haan majors on systematic research, Western’s strength is in the depth of his professional and personal insight. I recommend this book to anyone who thinks they occupy a secure niche in coaching. If you believe your therapeutic model helps you heal the wounded self of your clients, or if you use positive thinking to boost self-esteem, be ready […]

Developmental Coaching: Working with the Self

Book Review Title: Developmental Coaching: Working with the Self Author: Tatiana Bachkirova Publisher Open University Press ISBN 978 0335 23855 2 Usefulness **** This complex, inspiring book is split into two main sections written for two of Dr Bachkirova’s “mini- selves”, the “inquiring one” and the “practical one”. In the first section she takes us through three beautifully researched “stories of the self” that articulate with each other to provide the theoretical material for her comprehensive model of developmental coaching. I was fully engaged with her thinking, although on occasion I found myself hungry for an even more comprehensive range […]

Practicing Positive Psychology Coaching: Assessment, Activities and Strategies for Success

Book Review Title: Practicing Positive Psychology Coaching: Assessment, Activities and Strategies for Success Author: Robert Biswas-Diener Publisher: John Wiley & Sons ISBN 978 0470 53676 4 Usefulness ***** When learning about positive psychology coaching, coaches should learn about the most useful positive psychological research, as well as its best possible application. With Robert Biswas-Diener you get both. In this book you will learn how to use advanced goal-setting strategies effectively with your clients, how to access the hidden power of hope theory to influence how they think about their future, how to work effectively with their strengths, how to increase […]

Book Review: Supervision in Action: A Relational Approach to Coaching and Consulting Supervision

Title: Supervision in Action: A Relational Approach to Coaching and Consulting Supervision Author; Erik de Haan Publisher: Open University Press ISBN 978 03352 4577 2 Usefulness **** In this welcome addition to the literature on coaching supervision, de Haan applies the perspective he took in his earlier Relational Coaching. While other authors focus on the functions of supervision, the attention here is on the importance of transference and parallel processes in the supervision relationship. He uses seven playful metaphors to draw this out. Some may balk at supervision being described as “two rather frightened people, finding out the unknown”, but […]