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 nine 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

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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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Reflect to Create Cards designed to work with the book Reflect to Create The Dance of Reflection For Creative Leadership, Professional Practice and Supervision


Reflect to Create! Dance Cards

These beautiful dance cards have been designed as a companion to my book “Reflect to Create! The Dance of Reflection for Creative Leadership, Professional Practice and Supervision”

A selection of card spreads and quotations are offered as a way into the dance for you and for your clients.

The dance cards are designed for you to mix and match - and for you (and /or your clients) to be guided by your intuition to enter the dance where is needed - and to free flow to choreograph your next steps as your heart, mind, body and soul invites you.

To order a set of dance cards at £20.00 GBP (plus postage & packing), please email me at with your postal address to dance today!

As per my book, all proceeds go towards donating to support the implementation of the 2030 United Nations Development Goal No. 4 Education for All.


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This Reflective Journal and Workbook has been designed to accompany the earlier book Reflect to Create! The Dance of Reflection for Creative Leadership, Professional Practice and Supervision.

Reflect to Create! is a holistic philosophy and a manifesto for creative reflection: this is explored through the metaphor of the dance to choreograph the inner personal journeys needed to craft imaginative change for great work and inspired living in today’s turbulent times. This Reflective Journal has been designed as a companion to the main book to partner with you as you dance with your questions - whatever your context. Because WHO you are, is HOW you reflect and HOW and WHAT you create.

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As a professional who has never worked in this field, I am aware that I am poorly qualified to judge this book, but since retirement has allowed time for long overdue reflection and creativity, there is a lot here that I recognise and can respond to. The author displays both detailed scholarly research and an intense emotional and spiritual awareness that are rarely combined. It is a comprehensive manual of ideas and practical exercises drawn from a vast range of disciplines ranging effortlessly through meditation, Buddhism, poetry, shamanism, neuroscience and modern pyschology - all aimed at improving the person studying it. The book provides a concise, accurate summary of numerous well established practices and an introduction to many that are novel to me...

Chris Chalumeau on Amazon UK

After reading this inspiring book I came away with creative ideas on how to delve deeper into different ways of ‘being’. As a Reflective Practitioner supporting leaders in turbulent times this book is a valuable resource and essential reading. Elaine is an expert in her field and this is clearly shown in the innovative way she has presented the exercises, insights and background research. I love the blend of practical systems thinking with creativity and metaphorical exploration. Highly recommended.

Jackie Arnold

so much good stuff here - highly recommended. a real treasure chest of reflective opportunities.

MS on Amazon UK

A treasure trove for self care, exploration and enhancement, with golden nuggets for coaching, leadership and life, accessible in any moment, brief or bountiful.
I recommend flicking open on a random page and undertaking the exercise which most speaks to you. Do this a few times, then take it from the top to understand how the author intends to offer these most generous gifts to maximise connection, compassion, courage and care. Enjoy, with all your heart.

Lauren Gable on Amazon UK

This is one incredible book – really beautifully designed, with clear sections, quotes, poetry and exercises, it offers a journey on a path less trodden, one that promises fulfilment, joy and creativity. Who of us in this busy world has time to reflect, really? The answer is, all of us – no matter what we are doing – because if we don't, we miss out on the opportunity to learn, evolve and create the life we were meant to lead. If we don't gift ourselves time to reflect and be creative, then we could remain on the treadmill of 'ought, must, and can't' for ever.

LouLou Foxes on Amazon UK

What I loved about this book, besides its beautiful feel as a book to handle and look through and keep discovering, was the fact I could have at my fingertips such a huge variety of approaches, methods and techniques for different ways to go deeper and wider with an inquiry that I might have and that I could use in work with my clients as issues arise. It is so comprehensive that I have the whole book decorated with post-it notes! Also sitting behind the resources themselves is the delicious model of the four movements...

Karyn Fletcher on Amazon UK

I love this book. It is packed full of practices to help you tap into your inner creative self. It's aimed at the coaching market, but even if that is not your speciality the author has written it in such a way as to make it accessible to the average person seeking to improve their life through the use of reflection and creativity. I love the practices that encourage you to stop and reflect and have been created around the theme of dance. By doing them in the order you are learning the "steps of the dance" and eventually they all become one beautiful whole...

Liane Ward-Cleaveley on Amazon UK

...This book is of great value whether one is seeking self-help material and inspiration or one is a ' professional helper ' - coach, counsellor, therapist, supervisor - and focussed on supporting others. Ultimately reflection is both an intensely personal and crucially collective activity. This book imaginatively offers these possibilities, that is, reaching out to oneself and others in the dance of life.

Keri on Amazon UK

Un livre que j’aurais aimé écrire.
Ce livre propose un cheminement de l'être au travers de ses différentes aspirations.Très bien structuré (et beau) si vous cherchez des exercices pour approfondir et élargir votre pratique reflexive, ou le faire avec un groupe, il est très complet. Je recommande.

JF on Amazon France

I had the opportunity to learn some valuable concepts and practices from this fabulous book, written with mastery by Elaine Patterson. Incredible synchronicity was generated in participants by the practice of the 4 Listening Fields (page 98) at a recent conference. What Elaine Patterson presents in this book is absolutely enchanting and proposed in a lively and original way. I super recommend it!

Clenir Streit, Leadership Development, Coach MCC, CMC) & (ACS) on Amazon Brazil

Elaine Patterson is a seasoned coach and coaching
supervisor, and this book reflects a rich professional
lifetime and a generosity of spirit in sharing its fruits.
A cornucopia of tools, gathered and invented no doubt
over many years, in support of her mission: namely to
promote the creative power of reflection in service of, as
she puts it, ‘wise living and working in today’s constantly
changing world’.


I stand in awe at the scale of Patterson’s
enterprise and respect for her achievement in putting
together such an encyclopaedic collection. The ideas,
exercises, models, meditations and inquiries in this book
will serve, inform and enrich – not just our coaching but
also our heart.

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Hetty Einzig

Elaine brings the essence of creativity to spaces where they have classically become devoid of such richness. Executives, leaders, managers, coaches and mentors will all benefit from the multi-faceted book of almost 200 activities to encourage, believe in and draw out your inner resources to uplift and help face you out to the tasks at hand in your life, and the call to be your true self. The book has helpful theoretical philosophical, spiritual, psycho-therapeutic, psychological and practical approaches to engage you in whatever way works for you and your clients. I use this book for my own reflective practise, as well as a resource book for ideas with clients and supervisees. It is a book to acknowledge the whole of your being and to bring joyful and thoughtful answers in new and innovative ways.

Alison Cansdale EMCC Global Accreditation Volunteer and Accreditation Assessor

Our Humanity@Work”

Working with the 7C’s – the 7 Human Capacities – for Insight, Learning and Change

A New Lens for Coaching, Coaching Supervision and Executive Reflection


“Our Humanity@Work” - the 7Cs for Learning, Insight and Change - is a new reflective lens for heart-based Coaching, Coaching Supervision and Executive Reflection in today’s often harsh and complex world.

This Reflective Practice Workbook and Journal invites you, the reader, to touch, discover and explore – for yourself and with your clients – the complementary richness of our innate human qualities of Care, Curiosity, Courage, Compassion, Connection, Creativity and Contemplation for wise heart-based work and humane change in turbulent times.

Each quality is described and defined in detail, together with key inquiries to help bring each quality alive. The journey starts with embracing our own vulnerability and humanity. A reflective self-assessment map is included to help you to identify the capacities and qualities which you would like to invite more of into your life and work.

This Workbook is designed as a resource book, as a guide, as a companion and as a coffee table book, which you can dip and out of it as you need.


“This is simply a gorgeous way to consider reflection-on-practice – such a freshness and such a carefully considered process. Every one of the 7Cs lights up new territory for us to explore. Elaine Patterson is a well informed and capable guide and this imaginative and powerful process is a perfect companion for leaders, supervisors and coaches who want to stay open, stay fresh, enhance their professional skills and work with our shared humanity.”

Edna Murdoch, Founder and Director at the Coaching Supervision Academy Ltd.


“The 7Cs is an inviting portal and a threshold to a deeper and richer connection to who we are when we work. This workbook goes well beyond competencies to help the practitioners and clients alike get to the conversations that make the real difference in touching what is possible and transformative.”

Karyn Prentice, Fletcher Prentice Associates

“The 7Cs form a necklace of precious stones, unique and in absolute harmony.

I have been transformed in each immersion in this necklace!”

Clenir Streit, International Coaching and Consulting, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil


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A New Style of Leadership for our Turbulent VUCA GVD World

Jackie Arnold from Coach4Executives Ltd. and Elaine Patterson from The Centre for Reflection and Creativity Ltd. have co-authored a new book called TOMORROW’S GLOBAL LEADERS TODAY Executive Reflection: Working Wisely in Turbulent Times. 

Leaders now find themselves working globally and virtually with extreme uncertainty, rich diversity and unprecedented complexity (hence our new acronym GVD to work alongside the well known acronym of VUCA).

The book calls for a fresh style of leadership called Executive Reflection – a radical approach for our radical times – which fills the void left by more traditional models and approaches. 

The book is based on new research, interviews and new thinking which enable us to resource, support and encourage the global leader – both in delivering their organisation’s purpose and playing their part in attaining the United Nations 2030 Seventeen Global Goals for Sustainable Development. The book is a call to action - to think globally and to act locally. 

We are now also working with the EMCC (European Coaching & Mentoring Council) Global Accreditation Team to explore implications for practitioner development, supervision and CPD.

Through engaging in the techniques and methods of Executive Reflection, the authors offer leaders a distinct leadership approach and process that invites them to pause, take stock, be still and reflect as integral leadership practices. Rather than allowing the turbulence of today’s world to buffet and churn around them, here Executive Reflection provides leaders with inspiration, maps and resources so that they can choose how to act rather than being tossed from one reactive decision to another

Dr. Alison Hodge, EMCC EIA Accredited Master Coach and EMCC ESIA Accredited Coaching Supervisor

A timely and opportune, highly valuable contribution to the acute and chronic challenges of leadership, both now and tomorrow.  Jackie and Elaine take the latest neuro research and blend this with the tried and tested techniques of reflective practise to create an entirely new approach to leadership, fit for the post-modern world. The researchers have listened hard to the woes of global leaders and created a set of pragmatic tools, customised for, and adaptable to, an environment of systemic, unrelentless change and ambiguity. Accessible for all, I look forward to seeing Executive Reflection on the daily agenda of all managers and leaders, at every level of every organisation.

Carol McLachlan, MA FCA BFP, Chartered Accountant and Executive Business Coach

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Other Books

  • Patterson E. (2019) "Coaching Supervision, Advancing Practice, Changing Landscapes" Edited by Jo Birch and Peter Welch
  • 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.