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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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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Our Humanity@Work

Utiliser la méthode des 7Cs – les 7 capacités humaines – pour apprendre, comprendre et transformer Une Nouvelle Vision Du Coaching, De La Supervision Du Coaching et de la Reflexion has been translated into French by CSA graduate and Founder of the Nova Terra Coaching School in Brussels, Feryal Hassaïne


As the back cover says in french:

“Our Humanity@Work”, tes 7Cs pour Apprendre, Comprendre et Transformer, est un nouveau prisme de réflexion qui permet d’insuffler de la bienveillance dans les pratiques de Coaching, de Supervision de coaching et de Réflexion, dans le monde souvent rude et complexe qui est le nôtre.

Le présent manuel invite le lecteur à effleurer, à découvrir et à explorer – pour lui-même et avec ses clients – la richesse qu’apportent nos qualités humaines innées de Soin, de Curiosité, de Courage, de Compassion, de Connexion, de Créativité et de Contemplation, pour une transformation humaine et professionnelle bienveillante.

Elaine Patterson est Coach et Superviseuse de coach, partenaire de la Pensée réflexive et écrivaine de renommée internationale. Elle travaille pour le Centre for Reflection and Creativity Ltd. Elle est l’auteure de “Reflect to Create! The Dance of Reflection for Creative Leadership, Professional Practice and Supervision”. Elle veut offrir la force créative de la réflexion – et de l’apprentissage réflexif – à un public international composé de leaders et de professionnels, afin d’opérer une transformation humaine, d’affiner leur travail et d’insuffler du renouveau dans leur mode de vie par ces temps agités. Elaine

fut honorée lorsque Feryal Hassaïne, fondatrice de l’école de coaching Nova Terra, à Bruxelles, s’est proposée de traduire son journal de réflexion et d’exercices, et ainsi contribuer à le transmettre au monde francophone.

“Il s’agit d’une excellente façon d’envisager la pratique réflective, avec fraîcheur et dans un processus mûrement réfléchi. Chaque 7C nous ouvre un nouveau territoire à explorer. Elaine Patterson est une guide qualifiée et compétente;ce processus original et efficace est le compagnon idéal des leaders, des superviseurs et des coachs désireux de rester ouverts, sur la balle, d’améliorer leurs compétences professionnelles et de travailler avec notre humanité partagée”

Edna Murdoch, fondatrice et directrice de la Coaching Supervision Academy Ltd.

“Les 7Cs ouvrent la voie vers une relation plus riche et plus profonde avec notre identité au travail. Le présent manuel ne s’arrête pas aux seules compétences mais aide les praticiens, ainsi que leurs clients, à discuter efficacement de ce qui est possible et transformateur.”

Karyn Prentice, Fletcher Prentice Associates

“Les 7 capacités humaines forment un collier de pierres précieuses, unique et en parfaite harmonie. J’ai été transformé par chacune de mes immersions dans ce collier! ”

Clenir Streit, International Coaching et Consulting, Rio Grande do Sul, Brésil


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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.