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The Mindful Coach: Seven Roles for Facilitating Leader Development Hardcover – February 15, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0470548660 ISBN-10: 0470548665 Edition: 2nd, New and Revised Edition

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 2nd, New and Revised Edition edition (February 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470548665
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470548660
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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... takes 'coaching' well beyond popular models into a deeply intentional practice of intentionality and professionalism at their highest levels. -- James Burke, PhD; Director, Workplace Initiatives Program, Virginia Commonwealth University

Doug's analysis is clear and intuitive. Its simplicity allows it to be easily used, yet it's rich in detail. -- Chris Dennen, PhD; Director, Adventure of the American Mind

Silsbee's approach is both practical and profound. this is a must-read for everyone concerned with people and learning. -- Arthur Blank; Co-Founder, Home Depot

The Mindful Coach is personal, spiritual, systematic, and insightful. This is Thich Nhat Hahn meets Stephen Covey! -- Barbara Fulmer; Director of Training, Jenny Craig International

The Mindful Coach provides an inspiring and practical roadmap for developing masterful coaching skills on the job. -- Karen Wunderlin; Consultant, Former VP/Marketing, GE

With its pertinent perspective, The Mindful Coach will bring an extra, fruitful dimension to the coaching relationship. -- Henry Berry; The Small Press Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Author

Writing this book has been an enormous pleasure and challenge. Many people have contributed in one way or another. I'm pleased to offer this book, not only to professional coaches, but to all professionals who take their own development, and that of others, seriously.

Coaching and developing people is a critical capability of leaders in any field. This book provides a practical method for doing this more skillfully, based on a proven approach. The reader looking for a set of skills and tools will be happy with the practical tools included here.

The book, however, goes beyond tools and skills. The uniqueness of this book is the particular emphasis on the corresponding development of the coach. The act of coaching itself, when entered into by a thoughtful practitioner, provides a constant invitation to learning.

In my own work with leaders in business, government, and education, I've often felt that I was learning alongside those I was working for. The underlying premise of this book is that we can't truly serve the learning of others unless we are, at the same time, doing our own work. As you coach, you must also be a learner. It's my hope that the book will both inspire and guide you toward this end. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


More About the Author

Doug Silsbee is a pioneer in the field of presence-based leadership development. He is an executive coach, trainer of coaches, presenter at conferences and retreats, and author in Asheville, NC. He combines deep experience in organization and leader development with a number of eclectic influences.


Doug specializes in coaching self-generative leaders in major corporations, small business, and education. His unique Presence-Based Coaching encourages clients to enter into strong commitments and to take meaningful and skillful action to produce results they care about. Along the way, clients cultivate leadership presence, resilience, and aliveness.

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I wish I had written this book!
Darelyn Mitsch
Doug's thoughtfully written book offers experienced and new coaches an important perspective on mindfulness and it's applications for coaching.
Dale R. Schwarz
The majority of the book is dedicated to examining seven different "voices" of a coach.
Larry D. Dressler

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By T. M. Zwierzynski on July 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I love this book because instead of putting coaching into a series of formulas and canned techniques, Doug presents a holistic approach to coaching as a unique human interaction. The seven coaching roles he describes are useful and practical without being prescriptive, and the exercises really invite you to understand and know yourself as a canvas upon which the coaching conversation can happen.
Doug has written an important new perspective on coaching that all coaches, consultants, and managers can learn from. I highly recommend this book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Larry D. Dressler on March 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I've found most books on the topic of coaching to be superficial and mechanical, focused on static methodologies rather than deeper capacities that can serve as a foundation for true mastery. The new edition of The Mindful Coach is a refreshing and inspiring exception to the rule. First, it demands of the reader a commitment to our own curriculum of self-discovery as we work with our clients on theirs. This extremely well written book sheds light on the way our attachments and aversions color our perception and hook us into less-than-helpful actions. The majority of the book is dedicated to examining seven different "voices" of a coach. As I read these chapters I realized that within my work some of these voices are well-honed and others less so. It helped me identify where, through greater self-awareness and practice, I can strengthen myself as an instrument of change. Two important features of the book that I appreciated: 1) The exercises were imaginative and fun. They produced some useful insights and I find myself using some of them on a regular basis. 2) Silsbee encourages us to be gentle and non-judgmental with ourselves as we experiment with new ways of being. This is a book I will return to on a regular basis to measure my development as a coach.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dale R. Schwarz on April 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Doug's thoughtfully written book offers experienced and new coaches an important perspective on mindfulness and it's applications for coaching. In fact this book is valuable for anyone wanting to further develop their awareness and effectiveness in relating with others. In addition to theory, it includes valuable skills, techniques and exercises for you and your clients to practice. Doug's Septet Model is practical and based on ancient truths -what a great combination.

As a seasoned coach, I particularly appreciated the emphasis on being conscious of your own thoughts, emotions and behavior instead of changing others behavior. I highly recommend Doug's book as an excellent resource.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anne S. Davidson on April 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This new edition of The Mindful Coach is a must-read for coaches and leaders serious about guiding the development of others. More than other coaching books, it focuses on how we can build our capacity to serve one another and manifest what we truly care about in the world.

Here Doug distills the wisdom from his many years of coaching and training other coaches and leaders into a readable, compelling book worthy of visiting again and again. The emphasis on the cultivation of self through mindful observation calls us to be accountable for having the integrity to model the very work we ask of our coachees. Doug demonstrates how to be both assertive as a teacher or guide while remaining client-centered and building people's ability to self-coach.

Readers of the 2004 edition of this book will find this new and revised edition worth acquiring. It is much more than a simple update. Doug presents his ideas, models and practices with increased clarity and simplicity. New and more exercises enhance the value of the book for self-guided development. I found especially helpful the separate sections on mindfulness at the conclusion of each of the seven voices (coaching roles) Doug articulates. And the application of the Septet model to leadership development is brought to the fore with links my clients will find compelling. Using this with Doug's excellent Presence-Based Coaching book as a companion will offer any coach or leader rich ground for deep and sustained growth.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By alejandro bolaños d on March 1, 2010
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The Revised Edition of The Mindful Coach is a great resource for coaches who wish to transcend in their capacity to support the development of leaders, executives, and other professionals and simultaneously develop oneself as a coach.

Being mindfully honest, open, straightforward is a necessity in coaching with excellence. Learning to know ones attachments and aversions and letting go of them, and mindfully fading into the background as the coachee assumes his own personal power is a superb gift this New and Revised Edition of The Mindful Coach provides.

The book presents and explores the seven Voices (Master, Partner, Investigator, Reflector, Teacher, Guide and Contractor) or roles through which coaches conduct professional dialogues to support learning and growth. Doug Silsbee provides many sample dialogues of each Voice, and also provides many exercises to self-coach and self observe oneself with increased awareness and mindfulness.

The exercises are very thought provoking and I recommend any coaches that purchase the book to do the exercises mindfully. This way they will have a powerful learning experience.

Doug Silsbee, with his Buddhist training, is perhaps one of the most experienced master teachers in the art of mindfulness applied to coaching. The book is full of wisdom and practical knowledge. Highly recommended.
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