The Financial Times Guide to Business Coaching is the book on which many leaders rely

Financial Times Guide to Business Coaching Second Edition

In the ten years since the much-praised first edition, coaching has continued to expand fast, with a slew of new research, publications and methods – but now also faces into serious economic and societal concerns.  And the ability to coach has become a core requirement for leadership. Hence the second edition is fully updated – and includes an entirely new chapter on coaching and diversity.




As in the trusty first edition, the FT Guide to Business Coaching gives you a sure footing in the basics and provides you with a step-by-step overview of all the tools and techniques you need to build your own unique and well-grounded approach as a coach. Ultimately it enables you to take your coaching from good to great. This indispensible guide covers:

  • The business of coaching
  • The coaches
  • Do you have what it takes?
  • Develop your coaching: first steps
  • Building your basic coaching skills: the ‘Big Five’
  • Building coaching skills: the different approaches
  • Deepening your coaching skills: working with individual difference
  • Advanced coaching: coaching and diversity
  • Advanced coaching: from individuals to groups
  • Advanced coaching: coaching for career transitions
  • Advanced coaching: motivation and change
  • Why it works
  • Building a freelance coaching business



Born in New Zealand, Anne Scoular fled at the earliest opportunity to England, where her roots and heart lie. She co-founded Meyler Campbell in 1999 and continues to work tirelessly to promote its activities and Community. She is also an intermittent but happy gardener, and a passionate historian.

Following a successful global career as a diplomat and Citibank-trained international banker Anne retrained mid-career as a psychologist (PG Dip Psych and MSc Organisational Psychology - both with Distinction.) Among her many accolades Anne was named as one of five leading experts in business coaching globally by Harvard Business Review (2009), is the author of The Financial Times Guide to Business Coaching (2011) (a second edition of which is to be published in spring 2020), and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. In 2018, Anne was appointed Visiting Scholar at Oxford Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. Anne is also co-author of "The Leader as Coach" article in the November-December 2019 Issue of the Harvard Business Review.

In March 2020, it was announced that Anne and her co-author Professor Herminia Ibarra had won the Warren Bennis Prize, awarded for the top-rated article ("The Leader As Coach") on leadership in Harvard Business Review.