At first glance the educational professional might pass over Allen and Reid's -˜How To Coach A Woman'. However as the reader engages with the text they find themselves relating the ideas to their own situation.
Professor Stephen Palmer comments in the Foreword,
'-¦there has been a lack of publications that focus on coaching women-¦..this book -¦which includes various theories, coaching models and frameworks with numerous examples of coach-coachee dialogue -¦-¦.. brings alive the process of coaching' p. vii.
The authors illustrate the TGROW (Topic, Goal, Reality, Options, and Will/When/Why )coaching framework , and their own coaching acronym FEMALE (focussed; empowered; measured; aligned; linked; emotionally).
Although this book does not come out of a school or higher education stable, it has relevance to our work in illustrating how colleagues and educational leaders can develop their understanding of female colleagues, acquire tools and techniques for connecting with female staff, handle difficult conversations, and make use of coaching templates and what they call -˜the wheel of a woman's life' (see p.175-202). The author found himself relating their ideas not only to coaching in schools, but to PSHE and pastoral care. (See e.g. chapter 11 -˜The Values of a Woman Today'; and chapter 12 -˜Beliefs and Their Links With Emotions') So who might want to read this book?
Coaching professionals will find the author's writing insightful in their contacts with female colleagues. It would be valuable to have a reference copy in a School Staff, or pastoral care library that professional tutors could recommend to colleagues. This reviewer would place this book on a recommended reading list for courses in teacher continuing professional development, or graduate level courses in coaching and mentoring.