Catherine's article on the 'Diamond Model of Leadership' in Strategic HR Review outlines the crucial psychological and emotional role that leaders must play during periods of change and uncertainty if they are to optimise the morale and performance of their workforce.
This book explains one of the key influences on Catherine’s coaching practice, and that of the Sandler Consulting team. The psychodynamic model emphasises the importance of emotions and the unconscious mind in driving human behaviour. The book is packed with examples and case-studies that describe her proactive, practical approach and illustrate how she helps clients overcome longstanding but unhelpful patterns to transform their leadership effectiveness.
The book has attracted considerable interest in the UK and worldwide as executive coaches increasingly seek to work at greater psychological depth and deliver tangible results for clients and their organisations. The book has sold more copies than any other coaching text in the McGraw-Hill list and is recommended reading on most UK coaching training courses.
In 2016 the book was published in Mandarin, among the first texts on coaching selected for the fast-growing Chinese market. Following its positive reception, Catherine has taught regular coaching training programmes in Beijing and Shanghai. See News & Events. In 2019 the book was also published in Korean.
As an experienced coach, I found this book extremely helpful in developing my coaching practice. It makes the psychodynamic concepts accessible through straightforward explanation and the use of case studies to bring the ideas to life. I would highly recommend this pragmatic and insightful book.
Nicki Hickson, Director of Coaching, Ernst & Young
This book is a must for any coach who wishes to deepen their impact on helping clients create sustainable behavioural change. It brings to life the key assumptions of psychodynamic thinking in an understandable and practically applicable way. You don't have to be an expert to grasp and use the concepts in executive coaching as the author uses such detailed examples. It is as if you are in the session with the coach and learning from her technique. Its hallmark is impeccable clarity. I found it fascinating, illuminating and of immediate benefit to my practice as a coach. Thank you!
Articles by Catherine Sandler
Click here to read Catherine’s article written in response to a high level of work overload among her current coaching clients. This handout contains a practical model which can help anyone who is struggling with their workload to reset their To Do list and escape from the ‘hamster’s wheel’ of endless activities.
‘Can healthcare leaders provide emotional containment for their staff as COVID-19 levels fall?’
Click here to read. Catherine was asked to write a blog for this online journal which addresses issues relating to leadership in the healthcare sector, BMJ Leader, 3rd June 2020
‘The psychological role of the leader in times of crisis’
Click here to read. The original model shared in this article was originally published in the 2009 journal HR Strategic Review during the economic recession. It has been updated to apply to leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic.
‘Developing female leaders: helping women reach the top’
Click here to read this article based on Catherine’s experience of leading Sandler Consulting’s Senior and Talented Women’s Impact Programmes, Journal of Industrial and Commercial Training, 2014
This article received Emerald Publishing’s Literati Outstanding Paper of the year award
‘The new alpha male: working harder than ever, and cracking up’
Click here to read Damian Whitworth’s article featuring Catherine’s coaching of male executives experiencing work-related stress in The Times, 2014
‘Techniques to tackle the workplace bully: understanding the psychology and countering the behaviour’
Click here to read this article, Human Resource Management, 2013
‘Andy Street, the brain behind the rise and rise of John Lewis’
Click here to read profile on Andy Street with comments from Catherine, his executive coach, The Times Magazine, 2013
‘The Emotional Profiles Triangle™: working with leaders under pressure’
Click here to read about Catherine’s model for coaching leaders with different neurological and behavioural responses to stress, Strategic HR Review, 2012
‘Psychodynamics in Practice’
Click here to read this article in Coaching Today, 2012
‘Tackling the explosive bully’
Click here to read this article, HR Magazine, 2012
‘This way out: overcoming unconscious resistance to change’
Click here to read this article in Coaching at Work, 2011
‘How to respond when the truth hurts’
Click here to read Stefan Stern’s column in the Financial Times outlining how John Lewis implemented Catherine’s ‘Diamond Model’ of leadership during the recession of 2009-10
‘How to help leaders manage anxiety’
Click here to read this article, People Management, 2010
‘The psychological role of the leader in turbulent times’
Click here to read this article explaining Catherine’s ‘Diamond Model’ of leadership, Strategic HR Review, 2009
‘Support your leaders in turbulent times’
Click here to read this article in Training & Coaching Today, 2009
‘When the going gets tough, the coach gets going’
Click here to read this article quoting Catherine in Coaching at Work, 2009
‘Give me shelter’
Click here to read this article in Coaching at Work, 2009
Book chapters by Catherine Sandler
‘A psychodynamic approach to coaching’
Chapter in Professional Coaching: Principles and Practice, editors Susan English, Janice Manzi and Philip Brownell, Springer Publishing Company, USA, 2018
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‘The use of psychodynamic theory in coaching supervision’
Chapter in Coaching and Mentoring Supervision: Theory and Practice, editors T. Bachkirova, P. Jackson & D. Clutterbuck, Open University Press, 2011
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‘Resistance vs Acceptance – Managing your Emotional Energy’
Click here to read Rachel Goodwin’s article. Click here for more information about Rachel Goodwin.