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Coaching for Optimal Energy
A Guide for Executive Coaches

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ISBN 9780367515768
July 15, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
166 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

A completely new way of considering energy in executive coaching, the concept of ‘optimal energy’ is based on original research. This fresh insight and its application is a fundamental new approach for use in executive coaching.

Suboptimal energy levels in senior executives, although rarely considered, can negatively impact efficacy, feelings, behaviour and self-awareness both at work and in coaching sessions. But what is optimal energy? This needs to be addressed by executive coaches, but how? Coaching for Optimal Energy: A Guide for Executive Coaches answers these questions and challenges previous thinking on the subject. Written for executive coaches, and appropriate for anyone who works with people, for the first time in coaching literature the book gives a research-based definition of the concept of energy and examines how energy manifests in clients, analyses the influences on energy and offers clear guidance and practical ideas for addressing energy with clients.

This is an essential new resource for coaches and other practitioners who want to effectively address energy and enable clients to take action to optimise their energy in their daily lives.

Table of Contents

Preface  1. The concept of energy and how it manifests in executive coaching  2. Influences on energy  3. Why address energy and the role of the executive coaching in doing so  4. The journey towards a holistic way of addressing energy with the client  5. Addressing physical influences on energy  6. Psychological: Working with emotions in the context of energy  7. Psychological: Working with cognitive influences on energy  Concluding remarks

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Viv Chitty is a highly experienced executive coach, with over twenty years’ experience, a coach supervisor and has a background in consultancy. Amongst other qualifications in psychology and counselling she holds a MA in Coaching and Mentoring. Viv runs a coaching consultancy which works with senior people in a wide variety of sectors. She is passionate about working with senior clients who have multiple challenges to face.


'There are not that many topics that have consistent application in all types of coaching. Optimising energy available to clients to fulfil their tasks is one of them. I would say that this topic is nowadays more often on the table than any of us as coaches would wish it to be. Why? Because this topic is as elusive as energy itself. However, Viv Chitty has taken this big challenge and put it at the centre of her exploration. She does this methodically and intelligently, unravelling complex concepts and offering practical ideas in a way that is clear and immediately applicable for our complex practice. A very important read for coaches and coaching supervisors.'

Prof Tatiana Bachkirova, Professor of Coaching Psychology, Oxford Brookes University

'You know that thing that to grow asparagus, you had to start 3 years ago? Well, Viv Chitty has done more years than that of research on energy, including an award-winning Masters degree. The result is we have this very serious, hugely important, and deeply research-based book, made available to us right when we need it, when the enduring pandemic has exhausted the world. It’s written for executive coaches, and will be required reading for that profession, but it should be core reading for medics, students, and anyone in business. Or health. Or the pro bono sector. Or government – particularly government.'

Catherine Devitt, CEO, Meyler Campbell, Executive Coach, former Director of People and Development at Breakthrough Breastcancer Care and Director of HR HBOS Canada

'This rigorously researched book is a gift to practitioners, clients and organisations; it addresses, in detail, the often ignored territory of "human energy in the context of the workplace".

Viv Chitty asserts that having optimal energy is essential for high performance and she is right. Many aspects of energy are thoroughly addressed here: physiological, emotional and cognitive including stress - all fundamentally important in life and in business.

Bringing appropriate attention to our energy levels has never been more necessary and Coaching for Optimal Energy: A Guide for Executive Coaches could not be more timely. I am delighted that the result of such important research is now available to coaches and their clients.'

Edna Murdoch, Founder/Director of the Coaching Supervision Academy

'This ground-breaking book is engaging from start to finish. Viv has produced a treasure trove of the many interrelated facets of energy; the physical, psychological, emotional, and cognitive. She combines evidence both from published research and lived experience. Her model of energy is the result of a deep dive into the literature on each of the facets and is combined with the results from interviews with her research partners, experienced executive coaches to develop her own unique model of energy. Examples of their work are threaded through each chapter to illustrate their approach to energy management.

She describes three overall categories of energy, optimal, sub-optimal and inappropriately high. These distinctions will resonate with readers who at times have met each of these levels in coaching sessions and who may not always have had the necessary knowledge to work successfully with them. Readers will find clearly presented facts on each of the facets and detailed diagrams of the related parts of the conceptual model. The chapters that follow take the reader into how to work with each aspect of the categories of energy in situ.

As I read each chapter I sensed Viv beside me, guiding me to think widely and deeply about energy, and to continue to develop awareness of my own and others’ levels. So that we can work effectively, and especially if you are new to this topic keep this book by you as a wise companion and guide.'

Fiona Adamson, Executive Coach, Coach Supervisor, Co-Founder of the Coaching Supervision Academy, Author, retired academic and independent researcher