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Pivoting – a coach’s guide to igniting substantial change: Ann L. Clancy & Jacqueline Binkert (Palgrave MacMillan, 2017)

Pivoting a coachs guide to igniting substantial change

 

As I worked my way through this book, I felt a growing sense of having embarked on a rich journey of discovery. It did not meet with my presupposition that it was going to be a ‘how to’ manual on artful coaching. Yes, it plays the role of a powerful and practical guide on improving one’s coaching skills: however, there is so much more! It takes the reader into a teeming psychological landscape of phenomena that affect coaches, coachees and coaching. It provides some explanation for what might be going on during a coaching engagement and helps the coach to understand what might be playing out ‘behind the scenes’.

It explores issues arising from emotions, cognition, the interaction of body and mind; and much more. It is not for the fainthearted.

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Riding the Leadership Rollercoaster: Manfred F.R. Kets de Vries (Palgrave MacMillan, 2017)

Riding the Leadership Rollercoaster An observers guide

 

Kets de Vries comes with an enviable résumé: as Distinguished Professor of Leadership Development and Organisational Change at INSEAD he combines the application of clinical psychology with the challenges of individual and organisational change. He also edits and writes books, and I have in fact reviewed a couple of his previous works (“The Coaching Kaleidoscope” and “Coach and Couch”). I was therefore hoping once again to be absorbed and enriched with this latest offering, which has an artistic and symbolic front cover that evokes the board game ‘Snakes and Ladders’.

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Employee Engagement – a Little Book of Big Ideas (2nd edition): Jasmine Gartner (Tinybig Books, 2017)

Employee Engagement a little book of Big Ideas

 

In the foreword, Jamie Lawrence suggests that Gartner has written a book about the “wrongness of work”, a phrase that encapsulates the prevailing view that a majority of people in work are not engaged, or even disengaged with what they do. Indeed, the author sets out to identify the reasons behind the low levels of engagement and to provide some tips for re-engaging our workforce. She also tries to link the development of employee engagement with the growth in productivity; understandably, since without this link the case for engagement falters somewhat!

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The Resilience Pocketbook: Waldman & Jackson (Management Pocketbooks Ltd, 2017)

Resilience Pocket Book Management Pocketbooks

 

This book is “crammed full of tips, tools and techniques … to help you bounce back from difficulties”. So say the authors in the introduction to this pocket-sized handbook. And it is no idle claim: each of the 110 bite-sized pages packs a punch, making this a very useful accompaniment for all team leaders and managers striving to guide their colleagues through the high-intensity, device-driven world of work.

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Presence – Bringing your boldest self to your biggest challenges: Amy Cuddy (Orion publishing, 2016)

Presence Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges

AA Milne once wrote that "you're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think". This applies brilliantly to Cuddy’s fascinating, engaging and enlightening book. You may have already heard of the author, or even seen her TEDtalk, since she has quickly become synonymous with the topic of self-confidence and body-mind connectivity.

This circa-300 page tome provides the science, logic and real-life stories to support the overarching concept of personal presence. Described by Cuddy as the sense of “believing in and trusting yourself – your real, honest feelings, values and abilities”, presence is the state of “being attuned to and able to comfortably express our true thoughts, feelings, values and potential”. It is a transitory state of being and is therefore a moment-to-moment phenomenon. Presence is also like power: with it, we can do whatever we want; without it, we feel powerless.

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