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REVIEW: THE ZONE OF CONNECTION – SHIFT YOUR ENERGY TO HAPPINESS, LOVE AND BEYOND

Penny Mallinson and Sue Coyne LID Publishing 978 19125 5519 2 5 out of 5 stars   When a curve ball in life hits you, you either fold or grow. The authors both had life hit them full force unexpectedly, but it became a huge growth opportunity. Their quest to find happiness and a way through to the other side is sensitive, funny and deeply practical. They prove it’s possible to rebuild shattered lives and find joy again. What I didn’t expect was that The Zone of Connection would be so funny. I was laughing out loud at times. Unlike […]

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REVIEW – COACHING STORIES: FLOWING AND FALLING OF BEING A COACH

Karen Dean and Sam Humphrey Routledge 978 11383 7010 4 5 out of 5 stars If like me, you don’t feel you need yet another coaching book, then may I politely ask that you nevertheless consider this little one? It has completely new stuff you won’t find anywhere else. I had just finished on the working group for the 2018-19 review of our Mastered programme brochure – months of reviewing new books, articles, TED talks etc, so when yet another book arrived, I gave it the evil eye. But then I opened it. I’m very sorry to tell you that […]

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REVIEW: RESILIENCE AT WORK – PRACTICAL TOOLS FOR CAREER SUCCESS

Resilience at Work: Practical Tools for Career Success by Kathryn Jackson Publisher: Routledge ISBN: 978 11383 0512 0 5 out of 5   Much of the literature informing resilience programmes is drawn from experiences outside organisational life. Resilience at work has received far less attention, so this book is welcome. However, its rich value comes from Jackson’s learning after being caught in the devastating 2011 Christchurch, New Zealand earthquake, and from her work as a peak performance coach with the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team. Its remit was to grow resilience to support leaders’ capability to deliver a $2 billion […]

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REVIEW: EVOLUTIONARY COACHING: A VALUES-BASED APPROACH TO UNLEASHING HUMAN POTENTIAL

Title   EVOLUTIONARY COACHING: A VALUES-BASED APPROACH TO UNLEASHING HUMAN POTENTIAL   Author   Richard Barrett   Publisher   Lulu Publishing Services   ISBN   978 14834 1178 1     Book review: 4.5 out of 5 A leader recommended this book to me some time ago. I’ve finally found time to read it, and I’m so glad I have. For Barrett, an “evolutionary coach” is one who’s interested in helping others perform “but with a big P” – helping them “emerge”. He argues that the job of such a coach is to make sure clients “don’t stop growing by choosing […]

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REVIEW – COACHING IN ISLAMIC CULTURE: THE PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF ERSHAD

Christian Van Nieuwerburgh and Raja’a Allaho Routledge ISBN: 978 17822 0199 1 5 out of 5 stars   The coaching profession has long called for culturally appropriate approaches, with few solutions available. This book is an attempt to build a model consistent with specific cultural values, beliefs, traditions or religions. Ershad means guidance. According to the principles of Ershad this refers to self-guidance to learn and find the right pathway for the learner (the client) who is supported by a Murshid, a guide or facilitator (the coach). According to the practice of Ershad, the stages of the coaching conversation consist […]

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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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REVIEW: THE FUTURE OF COACHING

The Future of Coaching: Vision, Leadership and Responsibility in a Transforming World Hetty Einzig Routledge 978 11388 2932 9 4.5 out of 5 stars Hetty’s book is beautiful, bold and optimistic. Be prepared to be provoked. It is for any coach who takes reflective practice seriously. It is also for leaders. Particularly those confronting the limitations of performance-focused cultures and being challenged by their accompanying reductive, fragmented realities. But this is a hope-filled book too. One that will enable shifts towards different ways of seeing and engaging; and deepened, better connected ways of living. The beauty of this book is […]

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GEORGIA O’KEEFFE: THE HIDDEN ART OF THE COACHING CONVERSATION

True to her coaching philosophy that learning can be gained in all contexts, including in art galleries, leadership coach Rachel Ellison’s visit to the late artist Georgia O’Keeffe’s exhibition in London sparked insights for herself and others By Rachel Ellison MBE   What surrounds you in your office? A framed photograph, a decorative calendar, an ethnic wall hanging, a painting? You probably know why you chose it and what it represents on the journey that is your life, your career, your way of coaching. What we see or what we sense, affects us, as coaches, as clients, as people going […]

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REVIEW

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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BOOK REVIEW

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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