Book Reviews


Praise for 50 Tips For Terrific Teams

While many leaders and coaches are well intentioned, they are frequently disappointed with their outcomes when trying to create high performing teams. 50 Tips for Terrific Teams has brilliantly integrated the research (which few of us have time to sort through) and translated it into practical suggestions that will absolutely help create the desired shifts. This guide is user friendly and is the closest thing to having your own personal sage. I would recommend this book as an essential tool for anyone who leads a team or works with or on a team.

Denise Still, MSW, RSW PCC, CEC, Manager Organization Development    Calgary Board of Education   

I found reading 50 Tips for Terrific Teams to be more of a journey than a read because as I was walking through it, I was motivated to evaluate my team and where we were at. It is a good leadership guide in the way it is written because it is crisp in the research and leadership principles, not overdone. The addition of practical actions made it easy for me to apply the tips immediately to my new team.

Linda Dalgetty, Chief Information Officer    Agrium   

I love it when someone comes up with a book that is concise, clear, incredibly useful, and easy to work with. We all live and work with other people, and we all need to get better at it. Here is a collection of great ideas that you can put to use almost any day in just about any organization. It is a great resource for anyone working with teams, and every leader and team member should have one on their desk. You can pick an idea to try this week, try another tip the week after, and keep harvesting new insights for months to come.

Dr. Ric Durrant, CEC (Certified Executive Coach), PCC (Professional Certified Coach)    Leadership Specialist and Executive Coach   

50 Tips for Terrific Teams is a treasure chest full of practical tools and wisdom for all Team Leaders and Coaches. We will be drawing upon the practices, tips, and techniques contained in ‘50 Tips’ to help and contribute to the teams in which we are participants, leaders and coaches. ‘50 Tips’ is a great companion resource to the authors’ High Performance Team Coaching book.

Lillas Marie Hatala and Richard Hatala    Co-authors of Integrative Leadership   


Praise for High Performance Team Coaching

In their book, Carr and Peters provide a valuable foundation of the research around high performance teams. Leaders and coaches will find their framework for coaching high performing teams very useful in supporting their work.

Jennifer Britton, MES, CPT, PCC    Author of Effective Group Coaching and From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching   

High Performance Team Coaching advances the field of coaching by filling the gap for a practical, yet thoroughly evidence-based, model to guide team coaching practice. Drawing on the authors’ considerable experience and their recent empirical research this clearly written, well-documented text provides actionable guidelines and practical strategies for working with teams and makes a genuine and important contribution to the field.

Dr Elaine Cox, Editor: International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring    Director of Postgraduate Coaching and Mentoring Programmes, Oxford Brookes University   

Team coaching is gaining momentum as an extremely useful practice for organizations. Unfortunately, most coaches and consultants who claim to do team coaching are just repackaging their old group facilitation and individual coaching services. Finally, we have a truly insightful guide that makes the most of advances in team effectiveness research! This is a great addition to the field. Best of all, it is a short, easy read for anyone wanting to follow a practical path that can turn talk of high performance into reality.

Dr. Ric Durrant, CEC (Certified Executive Coach), PCC (Professional Certified Coach)    Leadership Specialist and Executive Coach   

As an experienced professional coach, facilitator and organizational consultant, I support successful teams and their leaders to move to a higher level of performance in order to achieve business results. I had the privilege of partnering with Jacqueline Peters on a company-wide High Performance Team initiative using the High Performance Team Coaching System. This system truly supported the various teams and their team members to become increasingly aware of their current state, what they needed to do to become a high performance team in the future, and how they needed to get there. Although each team was unique, the various team members became enthusiastic and highly engaged in the process of becoming a high performance team. One team even gave a formal thank you card to the leadership team for initiating the program – a first for this company!

Barb Francis, BA, CEC, PCC    President, Stillwater Coaching Ltd.   

High Performance Team Coaching (HPTC) is a fantastic resource and a ‘must read’ for all Team Leaders and Coaches. The authors demystify the concepts of creating and sustaining high performance teams and how to lead and coach them. Built upon solid research and investigation along with practical and relevant action steps, it is a resource that will help move your team from average or good, to high performance in any context.

Lillas Marie Hatala and Richard Hatala    Co-authors of “Integrative Leadership: Building a Foundation for Personal, Interpersonal, and Org