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REVIEW: BECAUSE YOU CAN BY GILL SMITH

Because You Can by Gill Smith Richard Painter, Print Resources ISBN: 978 15272 1483 5 5 out of 5 stars The subtitle of the book sums it up beautifully: Living and Dying with CANcer on Your Own Terms. This is a book that anyone could (and should) read, because it is about courage and using our skills to be proactive in our own lives (and in Gill’s case, treatment). Most of all, it is about living life to the full and remembering what is important. Its relevance is obvious – all of us will have either experienced cancer or another […]

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Coaching and Mentoring: Practical Techniques for Developing Learning and Performance (3rd ed) Eric Parsloe and Melville Leedham Kogan Page 978 07494 7762 2 4 out of 5 stars I found the earlier edition of this text invaluable as a reference for my doctoral research study in executive coaching. This new edition is even more powerful with its re-energising of Part One with the latest developments in the most relevant techniques and models for professional practice in coaching and mentoring. The inclusion of Part Two with offerings from OCM experts in the field is an authoritative addition that reflects current trends […]

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The Advanced Coaching Pocketbook Lynne Walley Management Pocketbooks 978 19066 1088 3 5 stars out of 5 The author’s new model, ‘SPACE’,* gives coaches a clear and comprehensive way to consider and reflect on their personal presence, their overall practice, and with their clients. The SPACE model is thorough and insightful, standing for: S = Concept of Self as a coach; P = the Physicality in which we coach; A = the Attention we give to our coachees; C = the Coaching styles we use, and E = the Ethics and values systems we employ as coaches. The model is […]

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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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Book   Title Leadership Embodiment: How the Way We Sit and Stand Can Change the Way We Think and Speak Authors Wendy Palmer and Janet Crawford Publisher CreateSpace ISBN 978 14929 4669 4 Usefulness *****   In Palmer’s latest book on becoming a more skilful leader, she brings to life methods of leadership and suggests that when we access our body’s natural intelligence we build a way of being that is authentic, compassionate and powerful. In this practical ‘user’s guide’, Palmer focuses on three leadership competencies: inclusiveness – increasing our leadership presence; centred listening – hearing what is said without […]

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Book reviews: Coaching at Work, volume 8, issue 2

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Title: Neuropsychology for Coaches – Understanding the Basics
Author Paul Brown and Virginia Brown
Publisher Open University Press
ISBN 978 0335 24547 5
Usefulness ****

The authors of this book set themselves a big task: “to set out a framework within which an executive coach might systematically start to use the immense power of the knowledge that is pouring out of neuroscience research labs worldwide”.

They launch a detailed approach to tackle this. Basic neuroanatomy and neurochemistry are covered, there are some useful coaching examples, and you are signposted to some other valuable resources, too.

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