Abstracts: June 12th, 2003

Coaching styles of leadership could be the key to solving the UK’s low productivity. According to the latest research from Harvard Professor Michael Porter, Britain is less productive in output per hour than Germany, France and the US in sectors such as manufacturing, construction and financial and business services. This book notes that the focus of attention for HR professionals has moved on to boosting personal productivity, giving all employees the scope to organise themselves while still providing the necessary tools and boundaries. Coaching is now firmly established as a major weapon in the manager’s arsenal, and it is of significant benefit to those employees looking to improve their own working efficiency. Combined with the support of effective mentors, this can help organisations to reap real productivity gains.Published by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. ISBN 085292 9587. 22.99 pounds for non-members. http://www.cipd.co.uk/bookstore