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Product Details

  • Paperback: 211 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (June 13, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071360751
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071360753
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,179,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is D.A. Benton's best book yet. She leverages years of personal CEO coaching experience to help the reader uncover insightful and practical solutions to the everyday leadership challenges encountered in the real world. Bravo Debra!"

­­Douglas R. Conant, President, Nabisco, U.S. Foods Group.

"Secrets of a CEO Coach is a play book for leadership, a practical guide for making sure you're not left on the bench. A must read for anyone who aspires to lead in the information age."­­Sol Trujillo, President and CEO, US West.

"Benton's coaching fine-tunes your best personal qualities. Her book will teach many vital skills that can make you a better leader: how to be stronger, more persuasive, more articulate and in the end, a more effective CEO."

­­Peter A. Georgescu, Chairman and CEO, Young & Rubicam, Inc.

"Benton is one of the best! She now only shows us how it's done; she equips us to do it for ourselves. Such 'secrets' are not only for CEO's, but for all of us who are committed to helping people and institutions to reach the top of their potential."

­­The Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Senior Minister, The Riverside Church.

About the Author

D. A. Benton is founder of Benton Management Resources, Inc., a firm specializing in raising executive performance. She has been featured in Time, BusinessWeek, Fortune, The New York Times, and USA Today, and appears on national television.


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D.A. (Debra) Benton is a globally recognized executive coach, best-selling award-winning business author, and popular conference keynote speaker on leadership and executive effectiveness.

Benton has been a successful business owner for many years, having started her first company at the age of 22. Her parents ran their own businesses and she grew up listening about work related issues around the dinner table from the time she was in kindergarten. She learned from her parents "not only how to make a living, but how to live."

She has developed a reputation with clients all over the world as a practical, insightful, candid and caring professional consultant. She helps people take ownership of their potential, to make positive lasting change in their attitudes, actions, and interactions -- both for themselves and their organization.

Benton is the acclaimed author of ten books on professional development, which have been translated into multiple languages. Selected books have been award-winning and on both The New York Times and Businessweek best-seller lists.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Robert Morris HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 10, 2000
Format: Hardcover
If you have not as yet read Benton's How to Think Like a CEO,I suggest that you read that book first before you read this one. Benton is one of the most highly respected business "coaches." In Chapter 1, she answers the question "What Is Business Coaching?" The titles of the other seven chapters suggest how she organizes the remaining material:
You Know You're ready for Coaching When...
CEO Coaching Techniques You Can Apply Yourself
Using Mental Energy: Attitude Management
Using Physical Energy: Perception Management
Using Emotional Energy: It's What's Behind What you're Saying that Speaks Loudest
Team Time: How to Coach Others
Going All the Way: How to Hire a Coach
Following Chapter 8, Benton provides an Appendix: Your Own Personal Playbook. To a certain extent, the chapter titles could unintentionally mislead someone who is thinking about reading this book. So please allow me to make some reassurances. This book can be of substantial value even if (1) you have no direct contact with a CEO, (2) you have no desire to become a CEO, and/or (3) you have no desire to become a business coach...and especially if (4) you or your organization cannot afford the cost of retaining business coach for you.
It is important to keep in mind that the "secrets" which Benton shares so generously are derived from her wide and deep experiences with thousands of executives at all organizational levels. As the book's subtitle correctly indicates, Benton offers to you "Your Personal Training Guide to Thinking Like a Leader and Acting Like a CEO." So many executives commit hours and dollars to supervised physical fitness programs but invest nothing in a program which will help them to become and then remain "business fit." Don't make that mistake.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Michael Erisman on January 9, 2005
Format: Paperback
I am always trying to absorb as many viewpoints as I can on the important subject of coaching. My role involves coaching of senior leaders and my own team, so the title of this book urged me to pick it up and read it. However, I was surprised to find that despite the title, this book is really geared towards self reflection and self awareness of ones own opportunities.

The book really gets into depth in examining style. For example, the author looks at the FedEx model of leadership and the nine elements of "style". (Page 37) The book looks at case studies, and how our own personal psychology holds us back. Included are dozens of pages of person questions to answer which are designed to allow for self reflection of what in our lives drives us, and may hinder our ability to effectively perform.

Throughout the book are business case studies, tips, and insights too numerous to list. Among the more impactful are the sections on how to improve communications by slowing down, use of silence and pausing for effect. (Page 136) Also, one can always benefit from a better control of the "minutiae of acting" (Page 145). The author examines how the little aspects of posture, dress, and facial expressions, may impact a leader's effectiveness. While much of this is obvious, the book uses some fascinating examples of how these elements of our "presentation" have bigger impacts than we realize. I personally learned a few new things, despite how frequently I have studied this factor of interpersonal relationships.

The latter sections cover emotional intelligence, something very important to all leaders. Not much new here, but the topic itself is vital to effective leadership, and gets more important the higher the level and responsibility of the position.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Green on October 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
I am an Executive Coach with clients in Fortune 50 companies and I've led development efforts both as an internal coach as well as an external consultant. Despite my own experience in coaching, I found Debra Benton's book "Secrets of a CEO Coach" personally insightful and rewarding. After trying several of Debra's questioning techniques with my clients, I could quickly see the value. In an age of speed, this book is well worth your time. It can add value to the coach as well as the client. Thanks Debra. Job well done!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli HALL OF FAME on April 26, 2001
Format: Hardcover
A coach is not just out on the athletic field praising your eight-year-old's big score. Today, coaches are common in executive offices, pumping up professional skills from public speaking to public relations. As a consultant to business leaders and politicians, Debra A. Benton shares her insights into business coaching to hone professional skills. She helps prepare you to hire and work with a professional coach. If you would rather save the money and the time by teaching yourself, you can follow her sections on self-coaching. In these chapters, she delves a little more deeply into both psychological motivation and professional technique. Her book is filled with wit and wisdom on a variety of topics, including attitude, mindset, discipline, achievement, perception, physical cues, and emotional energy. We [...] recommend this book to those who want a boost - whether hired by the hour or self-driven - in their work-related skills.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 24, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Debra Benton has produced another great book full of business insight and career advice. I found the sections on coaching techniques, physical, mental, and emotional energy very useful. The self-review section is well done and a very good life exercise! This book makes the reader truly think, stretch and work at being your best -- something many of us just don't do. I highly recommend it for anyone wanting to improve his or her own personal qualities! Next to her book "How to Think Like a CEO", this is a must have on your bookshelf.
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