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Book Review: Leading Raspberry Jam Visions Women’s Way ~Terrill Welch


I have been following Terrill Welch on her blog Creative Potager.  Welch wanders around Mayne Island, British Columbia with her paints and camera; it is a delight to hike with her step by step along the way and see what she sees.   I so enjoy her posts where the wandering leads one from the back painting right to a finished canvas of her work.  Recently we went with the Study in Blue right to the gallery show and party.

Her snippets of writing are also clear and poignant insights to some idea or vision which has nestled in her thoughts.

In my explorations, I discovered that Welch had worked for the Provincial Government and specifically with empowering women to become leaders and strengthen their communities.  Her workbook is powerfully written and an amazing resource for women who need to lead and to educate; to bring about positive change within their lives.  The book would be consistent with a workbook that accompanied a workshop or a classroom setting, and then becomes a resource as continued reference.

Using examples and words that are useful to the folk one is instructing is an important skill in information sharing.  This workbook does just that and the created coaching session that ends each chapter is very skillfully drawing attention to the harder issues and inner thinking of women as they begin, change, or end projects and evaluate their roles and performance.

The book has a very nice layout which makes it more user friendly.  It is quite pleasant to hold and the print is easy to read.  When I was working at the local college and doing some organizing with students, I would have so enjoyed having a copy of this book to recommend to the reading list.

I believe the chapter titles will help you understand the intentions of the author:
#1 Women’s Way of Leading: A Feminist Between Engagements – the dance
#2 Raspberry Jam Visions:  Coach Farfalla and Sarah: Getting started
#3 Persistence As The Stitches Between Vision and Success: Coach Farfalla and Jean: persistence – the plan!
#4 The Multiplicity of Success: Coach Farfalla and Katie: success- contextualizing!
#5 Understanding through Representation: Coach Farfalla and Janice: Representation-embrace difference!
#6 Waking Up More Than Your Coffee With Unpredicted Change: Coach Farfalla and Rachael: Unpredictable change – predictable!

Terrill Welch is a coach and the book includes a 2 page biography of her many degrees and her working credentials.  She describes herself as – A Woman Behind Women.  It is an apt description.  The book cover states: “Terrill Welch’s life-long learning objective is to facilitate social change through action-oriented opportunities.  Her work is designed and delivered specifically to meet the needs of women with leadership responsibilities.  An executive coaching client once commented that ‘she is this extraordinary powerhouse of a woman wrapped up in the most gentle of spirits.’”

This book is a gem.

Have you found a source of information that you reference all the time and encourages your work? What kind of coaching is important in assisting you in making change?

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I invite you to explore my other sites:  Biking Architect, where we talk about green design and the joy of biking, and WISE EARS which is the link to my Professional Listening Services.

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25 Responses to “Book Review: Leading Raspberry Jam Visions Women’s Way ~Terrill Welch”

  1. Melody | Deliberate Receiving Says:

    Hi Patricia,

    Thanks for sharing another great resource with us. For me, the kind of coaching that I think is most valuable is the kind that empowers people and ultimate has the goal of making the coach irrelevant. The same goes for therapy. No one should become dependent on another person and professionals that facilitate that aren’t doing their clients any favors (actually, I’d go so far as to say they’re unethical…)

    Hugs to you!!!

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    patricia Reply:

    Yes I agree and this book is totally empowering The author was a single parent and day worker for a long time and moved up the ladder of leadership on her own merits…then she comes along again to mentor others.

    I am glad I have this book on my reference shelf and I could share it with others

  2. Jenny Ann Fraser Says:

    mmm, I think I must have this book!
    Thank you for this review of a book that I hadn’t heard of before as well as the blog link! You make it all sound extremely intriguing and I am looking forward to checking it out!
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    patricia Reply:

    I am not sure why the book link and cover are not here…
    So here it is


    patricia Reply:

    Jenny Ann,
    I enjoyed the book very much and think it is a good resource. I did like very much the explanations and then the examples of using the coach for a discussion. Very helpful material.

    Good leadership insights

  3. Talon Says:

    I always love your reviews, Patricia. They’re thoughtful and concise and always leave me intrigued with the book you’re describing.

    She sounds like a remarkable woman!

    patricia Reply:

    Thank you Talon,
    Yes a remarkable woman and very talented – I think you would appreciate her art and pithy posts…
    She has very high energy and tons of talent

    Thank you for your kind words

  4. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. I popped over to Terri’s site – what amazing pictures .. and so creative. Your review shows she’s a talented writer and encourager of women .. and I imagine a huge resource for many .. let alone example of doing what she loves.

    Thanks Patricia .. good to read .. and I love the raspberry box!! Could do with some for breakfast today!! Cheers – Hilary
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    patricia Reply:

    Thank you for coming by and for your good comments. I have highlighted Terrill’s blog before on this site…I found her because of the title of one of her posts when I googled…I have been rewarded for my connections in many ways

    patricia Reply:

    I had a huge bowl of raspberries for breakfast just this morning :)

  5. suzen Says:

    Hi Patricia! Seems to me YOU have a good bit of talent to find such cool people and great books to always be featuring here!
    Ever think of Public Relations? or Advertising? I enjoyed my visit to Terri’s!

    patricia Reply:

    Thank you for your very nice words – they encourage.

    One of my colleagues when I was working in the public sector described me as a walking, talking human resources librarian…not only to I hear well, and integrate ideas with speed and acuity, but I also connect people and resources.

    I tried advertising but I was not so good at it with all those expectations

  6. Galen Pearl Says:

    Great review, and gorgeous photo of luscious raspberries. Yum!

    Patricia Reply:

    Thank you Galen

  7. Sam Juliano Says:

    There is always a marvelous surprise awaiting anyone who enters these halls, Patricia!

    Terrill Welch of course is a superstar–one of my own absolute favorite bloggers, a woman of warmth and family and an artist of exceeding talent. Her paintings have been selling and her latest visions are a treat for anyone visiting the Creativepotager blog. It’s funny, but I wasn’t aware until now of this book, although I know Terrill cooks and offers up recipes.

    This is utterly fantastic!
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    Patricia Reply:

    This is another of Terrill’s marvelous creations – a recipe for leadership that is just excellent

    I am attempting to keep people on their toes at all times here Sam Juliano…!

    I have a family wedding coming up so I will be a bit sporadic but I promise to catch up – Thank you for the kind words on your post
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  8. 13 Pre-Coders including ‘Public Enemy,’ ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,’ ‘The Mouthpiece,’ ‘Red-Headed Woman,’ ‘Call Her Savage’ and Buster Keaton on Monday Morning Diary (August 1) « Wonders in Says:

    […] And speaking of Terrill Welch, our friend Patricia at Patricia’s Wisdom features the great Mayne Island artist and author in her lead post.  It’s yet another side of Terrill that some don’t know about, and Patricia has framed it beautifully:     http://patriciaswisdom.com/2011/07/book-review-leading-raspberry-jam-visions-women%e2%80%99s-way-ter… […]

  9. Laurie Buchanan Says:

    Patricia – This has been a teaching weekend for me so I’m just now getting caught up. Ohhhhhhh, I love Terrill’s book — I’m a huge fan! Here’s a LINK to the review I gave it out on Amazon:

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    Patricia Reply:

    Hope your teaching went well, I am ducking out and will need to catch up too…went to the ocean this past weekend, and then off to Montana for a wedding next weekend…
    It is part of the top 3 weekends for vacations in the USA so I think I might be missed?

    Terrill’s book is such a good one and my amazon review is right behind yours on Amazon…..Your review is how I discovered her book!!!

    Be over to check out you blog soon….

  10. Brittany Says:

    The book and blog sound very interesting, thanks for sharing about Terrill! There are a lot of books I’m hoping to read soon, and I will have to look into this one too. Hope you have been doing well Patricia!

    Patricia Reply:

    Brittany –
    they are wonderful – check out the blog for awhile and you will be just drawn into her paintings and ideas – very supportive

    I am doing well, just back from an 14 hour drive home from Montana for a family wedding. Nice to get away even if just for a couple of days.

    are you looking forward to school getting started again?
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    Brittany Reply:

    Wow that is a long drive, it’s nice you got to get away for a few days though! I think the longest we’ve driven is from CA to CO, which isn’t too bad but was still quite a long drive. We did exploring on the way though and took a few days.

    I have mixed feelings about school starting, I can’t believe it’s next week! I had no idea it was that close. I’m going to miss summer and being able to hang out with my friends before they leave for college, but it will be good to have new classes, a new school, and meet new people.
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    patricia Reply:

    The day to get there was 16 hours straight because we went by Portland to pick up one of our daughters to attend the wedding also. It was lovely to have all that time in the car with her and talk and share – she helped with the driving too.

    Are you off to college too? or back to a new school in general. I always had mixed feelings about heading back to school – summer seemed too short and I got tired of all the required work.
    I hope it is a great start to a great year.

  11. Terrill Welch Says:

    Patricia there are some disadvantages to going off to play in the sun and paint by the seashore for days at a time – I missed finding your post until today! What a wonderful surprise!!! It is like eavesdropping on a conversation about me and blushing with humble pleasure. Wow.

    My thanks to you Patricia and to all that took the time to comment and add their experiences to your kind words.

    Though there are many, like our good friend Sam, who might be surprised by my book Leading Raspberry Jam: Women’s Way it somehow all fits together for me. They are different parts of my whole being which is solidly connected by the same foundation.

    Thank you again for your lovely surprise Patricia :)
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    patricia Reply:

    You are very welcome – my pleasure

    Those of us in the Pacific NW need to wander the beach and play whenever there is sunshine…no problem :)