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Product Details

  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: TCP Publications (December 31, 2003)
  • ISBN-10: 097332600X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0973326000
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,292,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"I suggest strongly you have a pen to make notes and a highlighter to mark passages - because you will!" -- Bob Ferchat, former CEO of Bell Mobility and Northern Telecom Canada and author of "Tangled Up in the Past", book cover 2003

"Leadership Alchemy is a masterful blend of context, theory, practice and personal passion." -- Michael McInerney, Founder of the Resonance Consulting Network, Toronto, Canada, book cover 2003.

"This book greatly increased my effectiveness as a coach and leader. Read and study the lessons taught in Leadership Alchemy." -- Debbie Monroe, Sr. VP/General Manager, Findlaw, book cover 2003.

About the Author

DR. SUSAN J. WRIGHT is President of The Coaching Project Inc., a Canadian firm specializing in executive coaching, leadership development and coach education. Susan coaches leaders to discover their unique blend of inner character and outer competence for success in today’s hyper-turbulent organizations. She is also a Program Director of The Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara, where she supervises coach training, and a faculty member in the MBA program of Athabasca University. Her new book, Leadership Alchemy is the basis for Leaders Coaching Leaders, an executive development program in partnership with The Niagara Institute, the Canadian affiliate of The Conference Board. Susan is the former Corporate Vice President, Human Resources, at Ontario Hydro. She has held a number of executive roles in business and consulting, focusing on strategic change and leadership development. Susan has a Doctorate in Education from the University of Toronto and a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University. She has written and spoken extensively in her field, and has worked internationally in Australia, Malaysia, Africa and the Caribbean. The hallmarks of Susan’s style are energy, focus, imagination and strong leadership.

Carol MacKinnon is an associate of The Coaching Project Inc. where she delivers innovative leadership coach training and does individual and team coaching. Carol's coaching practice is focused on supporting leaders eager to increase their personal and organizational effectiveness, starting "from the inside out". Carol is a certified coach from the Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara. Carol also runs her own Human Resources consulting firm, focused on supporting clients seeking to ensure people strategies align with business goals. She has been a consultant, a leader, innovator and teacher in the Compensation, Performance Management and HR strategy field for more than 25 years. In 1998 she was recognized by the Human Resources Management Association with the Award of Merit for her contribution to her clients, her colleagues and her profession. Carol teaches in Athabasca University's MBA Program. She won the first President's Award for Tutoring/ Mentoring Excellence in 2002.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephen McMahon on May 6, 2004
This book provides an excellent historical perspective on the evolution of leadership theory and application. It provides simple but useful models for considering the state of leadership in complex and rapidly changing organizations. The authors not only provide useful information about the subject but add their own personal experience operating in corporate enviroments. The book has an effective balance between theory and practice.
I particularly like the notion of the Leader Coach---a concept that will come of age in the 21st century.
Thank you Carol and Susan for your efforts on behalf of us practitioners in the field of leardership development.
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I read Leadership Alchemy from cover to cover within a few days. That is not normal for me - I usually have 10 good books in progress at any one time and jump all over the place. Leadership Alchemy is just the resource I've been waiting for. Throughout the past two and a half years of my executive coaching, I've resisted doing what I call a 'vanilla' coaching course. After glancing through the workbook of a colleague who had attended such a course (and a major coaching academy at that) I thought "Is that all they think there is to coaching?" So for two and a half years I've just used my intuition and coached from who I am, my leadership experiences, my life experiences and what I stand for - and my clients seem to thrive.
Leadership Alchemy ties leadership practice with coaching practice and will resonate with both leaders and coaches.
When I read a useful tip in a book, I tag it. My copy of Leadership Alchemy is now emblazoned in a sea of green, orange, blue, yellow and pink stickers (I had to go out and buy some more stickers half-way through the book).
I recommend the book to anyone serious about coaching senior executives and anyone in demanding leadership positions.
Barry O'Sullivan, Executive Coach, Brisbane, Australia
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