Coaching, Mentoring & Organizational Consultancy: Supervison & Development

Title Coaching, Mentoring & Organizational Consultancy: Supervison & Development Author Peter Hawkins and Nick Smith Publisher McGraw Hill ISBN 0335 218 156 (pb) 0335 218 164 (hb) Usefulness 4/5 Hawkins and Smith dedicate this book to “all those engaged in cultivating the leaders and leadership necessary for meeting the challenges of our time”. Certainly this book has been written with enthusiasm for the subject. Likening coaching, mentoring and organisational consultancy to core craft skills that enable adult learning, the authors champion the need for agreed underlying principles and methods to assess growth if the ‘craft’ is to become a real-time […]

The Solution Tango: Seven Simple Steps to Solutions In Management

Title The Solution Tango: Seven Simple Steps to Solutions In Management Author Louis Cauffman with Kirsten Dieroff Publisher Marshall Cavendish/Cyan ISBN 978 1 904 87991 6 Usefulness 4/5 Management as a dance? An intriguing idea, and in this engaging book Cauffman shows us just how appropriate the analogy can be. After all, you use many of the same resources – rhythm, improvisation, energy and teamwork. At its heart, the book is about the manager and leader as coach – someone who can use the subtlety of solutions-focus to improve collaboration and working relationships. There’s a useful chapter on the power […]

Leadership Blind Spots and What to Do About Them

Title Leadership Blind Spots and What to Do About Them Author Karen Blakeley Publisher John Wiley and Sons ISBN 978 0 470 03193 3 Usefulness 5/5 A blind spot is defi ned by Blakeley as a “regular tendency to repress, distort, dismiss or fail to notice information, views or ideas in a particular area that results in an individual failing to learn, change or grow in response to changes in that area”. Part one covers “leaders, blind spots and learning”; part two the practicalities of “how to overcome blind spots and accelerate leaders’ learning”. General and academic references and further […]

Inspirational Manager: How to Build Relationships That Deliver Results

Title Inspirational Manager: How to Build Relationships That Deliver Results Author Judith Leary-Joyce Publisher Pearson Prentice Hall Business ISBN 978 0749450823 Usefulness 4/5 Inspirational Manager makes it clear that it is not an academic book. Rather, it is based on the experiences of 12 inspirational managers whose stories, like seasoning, liberally pepper the text. A chapter on the inspirational manager as coach includes good descriptions of different conversations that managers can have with their staff, including coaching conversations. I was disappointed to learn that all 12 of the inspirational managers had equally inspirational managers above them. I would have been […]

Best Practice in Performance Coaching

Title Best Practice in Performance Coaching Author Carol Wilson Publisher Kogan Page ISBN 978 0273712510 Usefulness 5/5 I found this book to be an invaluable point of reference for anyone seeking a clearer understanding of coaching and its associated benefits. The book is rich in international case studies, which, along with the author’s obviously considerable experience, provides a realistic insight into what coaching can and can’t do. The book is divided into two key sections: fundamentals and advanced coaching. What I found particularly helpful were the optional exercises at the end of each chapter, with practical suggestions to help embed […]

Get Your Groove Back: How Spiritual Intelligence (SQ) Can Give You the Work and Life You Really Want

Title Get Your Groove Back: How Spiritual Intelligence (SQ) Can Give You the Work and Life You Really Want Author Jasbindar Singh Publisher Reed Business ISBN 978 0790010557 Usefulness 3/5 Sir John Whitmore welcomes this as a “down-to-earth spiritual book”, and it is indeed that. The book sets the scene, albeit a little superficially, for why businesses and individuals should look into spiritual intelligence (SQ). It is full of case studies of people who have successfully made changes to their lives and of exercises to help identify life purpose. If you are someone who is deeply immersed in developing your […]

Coach and Couch: The Psychology of Making Better Leaders

Title Coach and Couch: The Psychology of Making Better Leaders Author Manfred F R Kets de Vries, Konstantin Korotov and Elizabeth Florent-Treacy Publisher Palgrave Macmillan ISBN 978 0230506381 Usefulness To executive coaches: 2/5 To those running leadership development programmes: 4/5 assumed from the title that this book was about a psychoanalytic approach to leadership coaching. Indeed, I was intrigued in chapter 1 by the authors’ “Clinical paradigm – a way of exploring a person’s inner theatre”. Although these are fairly mainstream psychological principles, further sub-sections on defence mechanisms and narcissism in leadership development indicated they were pushing the boundaries. However, […]

The Coaching Manual: The Definitive Guide to the Process, Principles and Skills of Personal Coaching (2nd ed)

Title The Coaching Manual: The Definitive Guide to the Process, Principles and Skills of Personal Coaching (2nd ed) Author Julie Starr Publisher Pearson Prentice-Hall Business ISBN 978 0273713524 Usefulness 5/5 In common with many books on coaching, The Coaching Manual covers all the necessary skills – and very well too. Some chapters tackle the unexpected: “Coaching principles and beliefs” looks at what coaches share even when they appear to have very different methods (such as holding the belief that the client is capable of generating better solutions that the coach). This second edition also shows how an entire coaching conversation […]

Psychometrics in Coaching: Using Psychological and Psychometric Tools for Development

Title Psychometrics in Coaching: Using Psychological and Psychometric Tools for Development Author Jonathan Passmore Publisher Kogan Page ISBN 978 0749450809 Usefulness 5/5 This book, edited by Jonathan Passmore and with contributions from key practitioners in the coaching and psychometrics fields, is an invaluable addition to the growing number of books on coaching. It offers a detailed overview of the different psychometric tools and questionnaires available, the underpinning psychology that informs psychometric testing and demonstrates how different models can be used in coaching. Part one focuses on psychometrics and feedback, setting out practically how both can be used effectively in coaching.Part […]

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’ […]