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Presence-Based Coaching: Cultivating Self-Generative Leaders Through Mind, Body, and Heart 1st Edition

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Presence-Based CoachingEffective coaches, like effective leaders, must have the ability to motivate others, grasp complex issues, act with purpose, and provide a compass for others to follow. What is the essential quality that makes coaches and leaders more resilient, resourceful, and authentic?Presence-Based Coaching offers coaches a hands-on resource for developing the capacities and skills needed to be reliably present in all situations, and shows how to let go of habitual—and often ineffective—ways of responding. As author and leadership expert Doug Silsbee explains, once a coach has mastered the inner moves of directing their own attention, they can work to develop the same capability in their clients. The ability of a coach to facilitate lasting, sustainable development in leaders rests on the presence a coach offers to the coach-client relationship.This groundbreaking and practical book shows coaches specifically how to develop the quality of presence within themselves and how to enhance their coaching by cultivating it in others. Silsbee examines presence as an essential element in human learning and development and maps out a comprehensive approach to accelerating and deepening the development process. Step by step, he provides concrete and practical tools for building presence, and includes the tools for accessing and using presence in order to coach leaders to become whole, authentic, and self-generative.Filled with illustrative examples and tested practices organized around mind, body, and heart, Presence-Based Coaching helps to cultivate the capacity to be fully alive, resourceful, and connected to ourselves, our people, and our environment.

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Praise for Presence-Based Coaching"Presence-Based Coaching is a masterful treatise on coaching in the consciousness age. This book brings structure and strategy to accelerating the evolution of leaders."—Richard BarretT, author, Liberating the Corporate Soul and Building a Values-Driven Organization"Silsbee has done it again! Presence-Based Coaching reaches beyond techniques into an exploration of the value inherent in presence itself. Doug's passion for the territory, combined with insightful exercises and practices, engaged me in a deeply reflective journey about the impact my being—versus my doing—has on the results I seek to create."—Charles Tombazian, vice president, Voice of the Customer Office,Avnet Technology Solutions

"Silsbee's new book is essential reading for educators at any level. He is exquisitely articulate about how learning is enabled through the interaction between people. It is a gift to us that he has so carefully and precisely written about it."—Robert C. Pianta, dean, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia"As a coach and a Buddhist, I love this! It is hard to help others be mindful, if we aren't. This book offers great ideas on how to do both and can help leaders—and coaches—have better lives."—Marshall Goldsmith, author, What Got You Here Won't Get You There

"This is the field guide for the new frontier of work, offering a solid foundation for authentic human connection and accelerated leader development with simple, relevant practices."—Darelyn "DJ" Mitsch, president, The Pyramid Resource Group, and former president, International Coach Federation"Doug Silsbee has written a powerful guide for those who believe that presence has moved to the forefront as one of the most important qualities that leaders need. This is a must-read for anyone doing the work of developing themselves and others."—Alfred L. Cooke, director, Center for Organizational Performance, Federal Executive Institute

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (November 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470325097
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470325094
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #468,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In his first book, THE MINDFUL COACH, Doug Silsbee provides an invaluable guide to help the coach focus their active listening and powerful questioning skills in service to their clients. It was and remains an incredibly powerful resource for me in my own practice.

Now Doug has done it again. With PRESENCE-BASED COACHING, Doug has published a must-read for any Professional Coach who wants to take their practice to the next level. Providing simple yet incredibly powerful exercises, Silsbee's coaching moves are powerful tools for your own development as well as your clients'. Doug has written this book to help you, the coach, be more present with your client -- involved, listening on all levels, engaged and authentic. Doug provides guidance to help you, as coach, cultivate this level of engagement in others.

Crazy-busy? Bringing presence into your work and life can help you focus so that you are better able to tap into that rich data pool around you and put it in service to your clients, your family, yourself and others. Doug helps you engage with your whole self--mind, body and heart. If it's time to take your coaching to a deeper level then this book is for you.
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Doug Silsbee's newest book, Presence-based Coaching: Cultivating Self-Generative Leaders Through Mind, Body, and Heart, teaches me that PRESENCE is the key determinant of a coach's success.

More than credentials, related expereience, or even passion, PRESENCE is now a column in my hiring framework. As a manager of corporate and entrepreneurial coaches, I have the good fortune to meet many talented coaches. Together, we develop excellent practices and remain focused on the self-generative needs of leaders, our clients. However, there was something else, something essential that I wanted to attract to our team of great coaches. Now I realize that my focus was too limited.

Now I know that PRESENCE can be developed. And Doug's book teaches me that we need to practice such skills in order to be great coaches. Amid the fast-paced changes in our culture and our relationships, self-generative leaders are essential. We all need to exhale, then focus on our breathing and daily actions, as we serve others.

I strongly recommend this book if you care about developing your influence, leadership skills, or your connection to others.

Respectfully, Doug Gray, PCC,
VP Learning and Development, Rich Campe International, author of Passionate Action: 5 Steps to Creating Extraordinary Success in Life and Work
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I love Doug's book because it provides such a wonderful guide for helping me stay in touch with why I am a coach and consultant. I do this work because I want to help people live more powerful, playful, and passionate lives. In those moments when my own internal dialogue threatens to get in the way of my effectiveness, I now have a way to reconnect with my inner source of power and refocus my attention on making a difference for my clients. Doug's book has actually allowed me to feel more at ease during the coaching process. I do not worry as much about "doing a good job" or "providing value." Instead, I center and let my inner purpose be the source of my contribution. Putting the elements of Presence-Based Coaching into practice will not only help you become a more effective coach or leader, it will help any relationship flourish.
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I have been a full time coach for twenty years. This book has delivered more value for me than any other book on coaching. Presence-Based Coaching is taking me to my next level of mastery as a coach, as a mentor for new, as well- as experienced coaches, and as a human being. I have already utilized some of the practices for myself , and I have applied some practices working with my individual clients and client groups. The practice on page #120 is especially powerful "Sensing the Qualities in the Field," for helping a client raise their self-awareness and stay more connected to themselves in challenging situations. I have facilitated it like a guided visualization. As an ICF Assessor, I recommend this book for any coach applying for their ACC, PCC or MCC exams.
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Doug Silsbee's book Presence-Based Coaching is a significant contribution to the field of coaching and valuable for anyone wanting to enhance their ability to become more present in their life and work. Through simple, yet profound practices Doug guides readers through understanding and most importantly experiencing presence as the book unfolds. He has artfully brought the ancient wisdom of mindfulness, meditation and body awareness and applied these practices to coaching. He carefully describes presence in all it's subtleties through illustrative client examples, showing how connecting with body awareness and meditation practices and other practices can bring us into presence.

As a coach, long time meditator and student of body work, I found this book valuable as a way to fine tune my practices, therefore I think it is a useful for practitioners of all levels, as well as those for whom this approach is new. This is a book that I will refer to time and time again to deepen my work with my clients.

Dale Schwarz, coach and co-author of Facilitative Coaching: A toolkit for expanding your repertoire and achieving lasting results.
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