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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Would you like to help your team members become more effective, and enjoy their work and personal lives more? Daniel Harkavy teaches you how to do just that by becoming an effective coaching leader. The key to his method is modeling the qualities and behaviors you want to instill in others. To be a coaching leader (and not a mere manager), you need conviction, courage and honesty. By embracing listening and learning, and considering what matters in your life, you can successfully coach people to progress by helping them define their own "Core Four" levels. People who develop a life plan and a business vision, and who manage their priorities, can see how their work contributes to their happiness and sense of purpose. Then, based on their vision statements, they can set clear, purposeful goals that are specific enough to be operational. getAbstract applauds Harkavy's systematic approach to coaching employees and ultimately adding value to your business.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Each of us has had bosses of varying ability, approach to their job, and interest in us or the company they work for. Face it; some of them you would work very hard for and others you never want to see or talk to again. Which manager did you enjoy more? Which made you work seem like something special rather than endless drudgery? This book shows you how to become the kind of boss that makes life better for everyone. Daniel Karkavy calls this approach the coaching-leader. He has his own executive coaching practice and shares his approach with his clients in this book.

He presents his material in twelve chapters divided into three parts. First, he explains what he means by "coaching-leader" and what the benefits of the approach are. In part 2 he takes you through his "Core Four" process. Basically, you create your Life Plan first so you are clear what matters to you most. Second, you write a Business Vision so you understand its connection to your Life Plan and what you want to accomplish at work. This is followed by a Business Plan so you structure the vision with a practical approach to work. Now that you have these three parts completed you are ready to deal with the pressing issues of setting priorities and dealing with pressing issues. You will see clearly what needs to be dealt with, what should be delegated, and what is irrelevant. The key is that you also teach this method to each member of your team and coach them through their own implementation of the process.

The third part is about the practical application of this method as teacher and coach including the tools you should use to achieve your aims.

This is a pretty good book. The writing is somewhat clunky at times and a tad repetitive, but the ideas are good, its heart is in a great place, and I think it can help anyone become a better and more effective leader.

Reviewed by Craig Matteson, Ann Arbor, MI
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The methodology in this book will change how you see your work and give you the tools to be a better and more purposeful leader. I'm coached by the author's firm, Building Champions, and their process allows you to take a step back and view your work (and life) in 4 step approach that is really wonderful. Check it out!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 19, 2009
Harkavy skillfully guides his readers through a game plan of how to not only improve the focus and balance of your life, but also for the lives of those around you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 23, 2007
Started out really good but I seemed to get bogged down two-thirds of the way through it (It may be just me). I plan to finish reading it and review previous chapters.
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on May 22, 2014
Most books on coaching start with defining what coaching is all about and then extolling the benefits of being a coach.
I like the approach of Daniel Harkavy at the beginning of the book which is compelling - that is to live out our purpose at work, especially on how leaders must start to lead. I am sold to the principle of coach to lead, not the other way round.
The motive of coaching must be dealt first - not to make money out of developing people through coaching. In the words of Daniel Harkavy, it is "discovering your vocational purpose. I really like the illustration mentioned in the book about the fact that in most organizations, team member development takes a back seat when the organization achieves success - no more time for development of people.
Lastly, the Core Four Success Puzzle provides the strong framework to the book. Without it, this book is incomplete and loses its effective impact.
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on August 21, 2011
I really liked this book and look forward to going through the Life Plan, Business Vision, Business Plan and Perfect Week Time Block with my team. This book really convinced me that my leaving my legacy with my direct reports goes deeper than just work. You have to know the whole person.

One tool that I think you would think very helpful is Michael Hyatt's Life Plan. [...] . It is companion to this book and actually Daniel developed it. It will help you go deeper with your Life Plan.
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on April 17, 2010
This will take your business to the next level by equipping you beyond where you are now. Especially meaningful if you're tired of being the sales force all by yourself. This guides you on how to BUILD a sales force so you can leverage your time and energy, not to mention increasing your income potential.
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on April 2, 2015
If you're looking for strategies to improve the effectiveness of your team and your culture, this is the book for you. I had the privilege of being coached by Daniel's company, Building Champions, for ~10 years. Their coaching program is life-changing. This book was an absolute game-changer for my company.
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on January 14, 2015
Insightful book on leadership. The idea of "coaching" instead of managing I feel is more personal and allows the employee to feel as though you care more about them than the bottom line. I highly recommend reading no matter what area of work you are in.
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