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My new book “Reflect to Create!  ” The Dance of Reflection, Reflective Practice and Supervision for Creative Leadership and Professional Practice” is out!

…Are you ready to discover how reflection can free your natural creativity…?


“Reflect to Create!  ” is a holistic philosophy and set of practices which are designed to free your innate creativity and humanity to craft wise, compassionate and skilful leadership, professional practice and supervision.

Explored through the metaphor of the dance brought alive by just under 200 practices, this book invites you - the reader - to dance with your own experience to reflect, learn and  create anew for inspired living and great work.

This book is your inspiration and guide as you dance with the rich tapestry of life from your everyday occupations to your search for inspiration and meaning and everything inbetween!

Based on the author’s research, her own story, and the latest thinking in the fields of relational dynamics, mindfulness, adult learning, creativity, and psychology “Reflect to Create!  ” is rooted in learning how we learn to create artful change by first owning your own humanity and then by bringing your shared humanity to work.

Elaine Patterson is an international Executive Coach and Coaching Supervisor, Reflective Thinking Partner and Writer. Her vision is to bring the transformative powers of reflection - and reflective learning - to an international audience of leaders and people professionals.

Reflect toCreate! is a veritable treasure trove of creative resources - a dance  in itself.  Elaine’s depth of knowledge and utterly engaging style entices and encourages the reader to dive deep, to experiment, and to be creative both for themselves and with their clients. This is a book that will travel with me in all weathers of my life as an on-going resource inviting me to reflect and deepen who I am and how I engage with the world.
Karyn Prentice, Fletcher Prentice & Associates
It is not often in my work that I come across an idea that is both original and eminently practical. “Reflect to Create!” is exactly that. Elaine Patterson’s research has clearly thrown up an unexplored area in the current discourse on reflection. I have no doubt that what Elaine is proposing here, is of immense importance. I have known Elaine professionally for many years now and I am always impressed with the keenness of her mind, her humanity, her thoroughness and her considerable gift in enabling her clients and her readers to catch an idea and to employ it. There is a space waiting on all our book shelves for her book!”
Edna Murdoch: Founder and Director of the Coaching Supervision Academy

The book is in three parts.

  • Part 1 The Philosophy: setting the stage, outlining the "Bigger Picture", the imperative for “Reflect to Create! ” and the choreography of Reflect to Create! 
  • Part 2 The Practice: choreographing the “Reflect to Create! ” dance, introducing the Prelude, and the three following core dance sequences - The Opening, The Flow and The Denouement -  (with their nice dance steps and associated practices), to unlock your natural powers for reflective learning and creativity.
  • Part 3 The Resources: signposting you  to additional references and resources

To download the Introduction click here: Introduction to Reflect to Create_Elaine Patterson

To order a signed copy please email:

Print copy available on Amazon. E Book available at Apple Bookstore and Kobo.

Proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to support the implementation of the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goal No. 4 for Quality Education and Lifelong Learning for all.

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Other Books

  • Patterson E. (2017) “Unlocking the Power of Reflection for Transformation in People, Teams and Organisations”. In “Contemporary Leadership Challenges” Edited by Aida Alvinius INTECH Press
  • Forward in “Loving Eric” A Story About Adoption, Attachment, Autism and ADHD” (2017) by Laura Morrissey
  • Patterson, E. (2013) “Reflective Learning and the Reflective Practitioner”. In Full Spectrum Supervision Ed Arnold, J. and Murdoch, E. London, Anoma Press.
  • Patterson, E. (2011) “Presence in Coaching Supervision”. In ‘Supervision in Coaching: Supervision, Ethics and Continuous Professional Development’ Ed. Passmore, J. London, Kogan Page. Available on Amazon
  • Major contributor to Parsloe, E. and Leedham, M. (2009) “Coaching and Mentoring: Practical Conversations to Improve Learning”. London, Kogan Page.