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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