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Selected Reviews of ‘The Future of Coaching’

The Future of Coaching is an unusual contribution to the coaching literature in that it is a good read: impassioned and challenging. It treats the role of leader not as a vehicle for the personal development of its holder but as an archetype that belongs to all of us. Anyone who steps into the role therefore has responsibilities to the community and must look to horizons that stretch beyond the instrumental aims of their own organisation.

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Endorsements for ‘The Future of Coaching’

This is an important book, not just for coaches but for all of us who care about the future of our world. Hetty Einzig draws on a lifetime of wisdom and knowledge gleaned from many sources, including literature, philosophy and psychology as well as her considerable experience of coaching at the highest levels of organisations. She outlines a vision of how we can extend the scope of coaching to develop better interconnected leadership in these VUCA times. Her ideas are profound and her writing is compelling.

Gill Smithformer UK Chair, Association for Coaching; partner in The Brain@Work

Hetty’s insights are captured in a beautiful and challenging patchwork of coaching essays not only to be intellectually admired. The essays covering a variety of critical issues ranging from leadership, gender, social justice and environment transform into a magic carpet; transporting the coach-leader through our complex world, challenging coaching paradigms of individual success and effectiveness. The book invites us to join a journey in coaching mastery that holds a collective vision for a socially responsible world with the coach as agent for social change.

Dr Stanley ArumugamSenior Leadership Advisor, ActionAid International, South Africa

We live in challenging times which require a shift in human thinking and relating. Hetty has written such a warm, generous and beautifully written book that shows how every coach needs to embrace ‘next generation coaching’ in order to make a greater contribution to organizations, their stakeholders as well as the needed shift in human thinking and relating. Read it, for it will open your thinking and your heart, and change your practice.

Peter HawkinsProfessor of Leadership, Team and Executive Coach, Entrepreneur and author of many best-selling books on Leadership and Coaching, including Leadership Team Coaching (Kogan Page, 2014) and Creating a Coaching Culture (Open University Press, 2012)

This beautifully written and rich collection of essays comes just when we need it- when so many of us feel daunted by these challenging times. Hetty compellingly captures the lay of the current and future landscape in which we operate as coaches and leaders, with all its challenges, and opportunities. And generous wise elder that she is, Hetty then inspires us all to wake up and step up. I dare you not to be stirred, to remain immune to her call to action.

Liz HallEditor of Coaching at Work, Co-Editor of The International Journal for Mindfulness and Compassion at Work, and author of Mindful Coaching (Kogan Page, 2013)

Hetty’s essays invite and challenge us with wisdom and insight into a new generation of coaching that is fit for the times. The book is like a carefully-chosen collection of premium wines. The mix includes exquisite and unique flavors, and connections to the traditions of great winemakers. There is pleasure and learning in the consumption.

Geoffrey Abbott, PhDQUT Business School, Brisbane, Australia

These times are having a profound effect upon the wellbeing of employees across all sectors. This is played out in the rising incidence of depression and anxiety in the workplace. Coaching and the role of coaches have become even more critical. People need someone to speak to as they learn to become more resourceful in the world we confront today. More coaches need to view wellbeing as a key driver of performance and thus develop their skills and knowledge to be able to coach for enhancing the energy of employees and line managers, not just the traditional approach of addressing skills, knowledge and behaviours. Hetty Einzig’s book is a wonderful illustration of the changing role coaches can and must play.

Geoff McDonaldFormer Global VP HR Unilever; Director, Open Minds Health; global advocate and campaigner against stigma towards mental health in the workplace

This book is a beautiful collection of ‘wisdom’ essays that sheds new light on the coaching profession. It challenges coaches to step up to the real challenges facing leaders today and work as thinking partners to engage fully with leaders in the messy VUCA world in which we all struggle. Hetty Einzig has drawn on deep personal experience and a real breadth of theory to produce a must-have book for coaches who want to make a real difference.

Professor Simon WesternCEO Analytic-Network Coaching Ltd; author, Coaching and Mentoring: A Critical Text (SAGE, 2012), and Leadership: A Critical Text, 2nd edition (SAGE, 2013); President Elect, International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organisations

Hetty Einzig’s new book will have a profound impact beyond the coaching community and into political and diplomatic spheres. Why? Because world leaders now need a better understanding of human dynamics, especially our inability to manage anxiety and fear and our alarming tendency to groupthink. This book offers a pragmatic path to deeper understanding to enable us to cultivate joy, Feminine Intelligence and the inner skills for outer action.

Dr Scilla ElworthyFounder, Oxford Research Group; Founder, Peace Direct; Councillor of the World Future Council

I regard Hetty as one of the founders of the coaching profession, with a deep understanding of the evolution, characteristics and practice of purpose-driven coaching in the workplace. With decades of experience coaching and training leaders and their teams, across many countries and cultures, Hetty is a respected authority on developing the consciousness, values and agility required by coaches and leaders in today’s complex world. Hetty’s ideas and insights are important for coaches, HR professionals and leaders everywhere.

Founder of Performance Consultants International and author of Coaching for Performance (Nicholas Brealey, 2010)

The role of coaches in the 21st century is changing significantly; coaches need to be part activists, part councillors and part change agents. When reading The Future of Coaching, reflect on how Hetty’s vision for coaching has matured over decades of mastery. And through these thought provoking essays you will recognise the talent and insight Hetty has for this business-critical profession. Personally, Hetty has been a trusted advisor, provocateur and compass and I have benefited greatly from her wisdom.

Nigel Stansfieldglobal citizen, environmentalist and President of Interface in Europe, Middle East and Africa

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