- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 2 edition (July 27, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0787986399
- ISBN-13: 978-0787986391
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.3 x 9.1 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Executive Coaching with Backbone and Heart: A Systems Approach to Engaging Leaders with Their Challenges 2nd Edition
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Executive Coaching with Backbone and Heart
Coaching high-powered executives requires something extra.Executive coaches must become partners whose emotional investmentin business outcomes equals that of their clients. They must havethe strength and courage to face
an organizational leader in a time of crisis and speak theunvarnished truth. They must be a force to be reckoned with. Theyhave to have backbone and heart.
When it was first published in 2000, Mary Beth O'Neill's bookExecutive Coaching with Backbone and Heart helped to define thefield of coaching at the senior and executive level. This secondedition of O'Neill's groundbreaking book shares the secrets ofO'Neill's success and details the techniques she's developed andrefined over the course of her exceptional career. This edition hasbeen thoroughly revised and expanded to include
- Three Key Factors methodology for setting up client goals andthe measures for those goals
Iinformation about how to involve the client's boss in thecoaching contract
More extensive material on live action coaching
Commentary on the use of assessment tools and instruments
A method to work with clients on the systemic patterns they wantto change
An entirely new chapter devoted solely?to calculating the ROI ofcoaching work with the client
And more illustrative stories
O'Neill teaches coaches how to deal with clients in terms of the"force fields" they create and react to, that is, the political andemotional climates within organizations that can ensnare bothexecutive and coach and make for faulty decision making. O'Neillreinforces her observations on coach self-management and hersystems perspective with a sound four-phase methodology forimplementing both, a methodology that covers contracting, planning,live action intervening, and debriefing.
Executive Coaching with Backbone and Heart is written foranyone, no matter what their discipline or background, who isinterested in helping leaders work through their dilemmas so theycan transform their learning directly into results for theirorganizations.
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Praise for Executive Coaching with Backbone and Heart
"In this book, O'Neill brings form and structure to the art ofexecutive coaching. Novices are provided a path while seasonedpractitioners will find affirmation."
Daryl R. Conner, CEO and president, ODR-USA, Inc.
"Mary Beth O'Neill's executive coaching gave me the tools andclarity to become a far more effective leader and change agent. Thebottom line was that we succeeded with a monumental organizationalturnaround that had seemed impossible to accomplish."
Eric Stevens, former CEO, Courage Center
"O'Neill writes in a way that allows you to see this experiencedcoach in action. What a wonderful way to learn!"
Geoff Bellman, consultant and author, The Consultant'sCalling
"Mary Beth brings a keen business focus to coaching by not justcontributing insights but through helping me and my team gain theinsights that we need to solve our own problems. She has theability to see through the sometimes chaotic dialogue andpersonalities in order to help a team focus on the real issues anddynamics that can impede organizations from achieving theirgoals."
John C. Nicol, general manager, MSN Media Network
"Effective leaders require courage, compassion, and initiative.O'Neill's systems-based coaching serves as a guide for both coachesand executives to better enable good decisions and gooddecision-makers."
Paul D. Purcell, president, Beacon Development Group
"With Mary Beth O'Neill's coaching, I've become the kind ofleader who balances both the needs to get results and to developgreat working relationships.?Since I started working with her, I'vewon accolades as the Top Innovator for my company, and asProfessional of the Year for my industry.?More important, I've beenable to scope my job in a way that allows me to learn andcontribute at the same time, all the while delivering great resultsto the bottom line."
Lynann Bradbury, vice president, Waggener Edstrom