1st Edition

Coaching for Well-Being, Productivity, and Innovation Using Perception Coaching with Individuals, Teams, and Organizations

By Barbara J. Bengtson Copyright 2024
    202 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    202 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book presents Perception Coaching® as a model that enables coaches to support their clients in understanding the impact of their attitudes in themselves, helping individuals, teams, and organizations reduce their inherent biases to more effectively collaborate, innovate, and support each other.

    Dr. Bengtson approaches coaching through the lens of educational psychology in three parts, starting with understanding self and others, moving on to interactions and teams, and finally culture and organizations. Filled with strategies throughout, the book focuses on examining natural patterns of thinking and acting to uncover perceptual filters so that the unexamined and unexplained may be brought to light and understood. Covering topics such as emotional intelligence and communication styles, the book aims to help coaches support their clients pursue purpose, increase inclusion, and create innovation.

    This book is invaluable reading for current and aspiring coaches and non-profit and corporate leaders, as well as talent development professionals.

    PART 1 Perception Coaching



    Chapter 1 Coaching approach

    Coach perspective



    Coach and client skills

    Tools and strategies

    Fluent and flexible skills

    Chapter 2 Perceptions

    Two people enter a room

    Power and limits

    Process and potential

    Learning and long-term memory

    Chapter 3  Client focus

    Clarify coaching goals

    Topics and development models

    Part 2 Coaching with well-being in mind


    Social-emotional development

    Chapter 4 Self-concept and well-being

    Impactful factors

    Sense of self and direction

    Navigate preferences

    Chapter 5 Navigate life with others

    Sense of self in social situations

    Navigate work with others

    Part 3 Performance coaching

    Productivity and cognitive-behavioral development

    Innovation and opportunity-hypotheses development

    Chapter 6 Productivity and cognitive-behavioral development

    Set up and clarify missions or goals

    Plan the path and start the journey

    Predictable progress

    Working with others

    Chapter 7 Innovation and opportunity-hypotheses development

    Curiosity and seeking opportunities

    Cultivate creativity

    Leading for innovation

    Chapter 8 Implications of Perception Coaching


    Appendix: Client intake forms





    Barbara J. Bengtson, PhD, is a research-informed professional development specialist with over 20 years of experience. She is the developer of Perception Coaching® and is also a performance and career coach based in the USA.

    "Coaching for Well-being, Productivity, and Innovation provides a framework for self-discovery and continual improvement that moves beyond just setting goals. Dr. Bengtson’s process will help you break through stagnation and leverage your preferences and motivations to achieve your most important life goals."

    Dawn M. Johnson, Assistant Professor, The College of St. Scholastica, USA


    "I highly recommend Dr. Bengtson's book as a go-to guide for busy professionals interested in optimizing wellbeing, purpose, and passion."

    Stacy Johnston, Founder, AudacityHR, USA