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Executive coaching with backbone and heart : a systems approach to engaging leaders with their challenges
O'Neill, Mary Beth, 1953-
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First edition.
Publication Information:
San Francisco : Jossey-Bass Publishers, [2000]

Physical Description:
xxii, 242 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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HD30.4 .O53 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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If you've been looking for sound direction on how to coach top executives, here it is. In Executive Coaching with Backbone and Heart, Mary Beth O'Neill outlines the dynamic approach to coaching leaders that she's developed over the course of a twenty-year career. Her unique perspective and sage advice, backed by a specific four-phase methodology, gives you the means to successfully manage the coach-client relationship and effect dramatic changes that ensure the business outcomes leaders' want. It's a one-of-a-kind guide for executive coaches--both aspiring and established--that fills a long-standing gap in coaching literature.

To read the preface from this book, click here.

Author Notes

Mary Beth O'Neill is a senior consultant for LIOS Consulting Corporation at the Leadership Institute of Seattle at Bastyr University.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
The Authorp. xxi
Part 1 Core Concepts: The Coach's Stancep. 1
1. An Introduction to Executive Coachingp. 3
2. Developing a Strong Signature Presencep. 17
3. Systems Thinking: Understanding Challenges of the Executive and Coachp. 41
4. The Triangled Coach: Being Effective in the Middlep. 67
Part 2 The Four Phases of Coachingp. 89
5. Phase 1--Contracting: Find a Way to Be a Partnerp. 91
6. Phase 2--Action Planning: Keep Ownership with the Clientp. 115
7. Phase 3--Live-Action Coaching: Strike When the Iron Is Hotp. 133
8. Phase 4--Debriefing: Define a Learning Focusp. 149
Part 3 Special Applicationsp. 171
9. Making a Strategic Transition to the Role of Executive Coachp. 173
10. Helping Leaders Effectively Coach Employeesp. 189
Afterwordp. 207
Appendix 1 Assessing Your Coaching Effectivenessp. 209
Appendix 2 Questions for Clientsp. 215
Appendix 3 Combining Coaching and Consulting for Powerful Resultsp. 221
Notesp. 231
Referencesp. 235
Indexp. 237