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Executive Coaching with Backbone and Heart: A Systems Approach to Engaging Leaders with Their Challenges [Hardcover]

Mary Beth A. O'Neill
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24 Aug 2007
Praise for Executive Coaching with Backbone and Heart "In this book, O′Neill brings form and structure to the art of executive coaching. Novices are provided a path while seasoned practitioners will find affirmation." ––Daryl R. Conner, CEO and president, ODR–USA, Inc. "Mary Beth O′Neill′s executive coaching gave me the tools and clarity to become a far more effective leader and change agent. The bottom line was that we succeeded with a monumental organizational turnaround that had seemed impossible to accomplish." ––Eric Stevens, former CEO, Courage Center "O′Neill writes in a way that allows you to see this experienced coach in action. What a wonderful way to learn!" ––Geoff Bellman, consultant and author, The Consultant′s Calling "Mary Beth brings a keen business focus to coaching by not just contributing insights but through helping me and my team gain the insights that we need to solve our own problems. She has the ability to see through the sometimes chaotic dialogue and personalities in order to help a team focus on the real issues and dynamics that can impede organizations from achieving their goals." ––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 coaches and executives to better enable good decisions and good decision–makers." ––Paul D. Purcell, president, Beacon Development Group "With Mary Beth O′Neill′s coaching, I′ve become the kind of leader who balances both the needs to get results and to develop great working relationships.?Since I started working with her, I′ve won accolades as the Top Innovator for my company, and as Professional of the Year for my industry.?More important, I′ve been able to scope my job in a way that allows me to learn and contribute at the same time, all the while delivering great results to the bottom line." ––Lynann Bradbury, vice president, Waggener Edstrom

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey Bass; 2nd Edition edition (24 Aug 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787986399
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787986391
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 16.3 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Executives are tough customers with high expectations. This direct and pragmatic book reveals the importance of the coach′s immediacy and self–awareness in the successful coaching of top leaders." ––Brian Clewes, senior vice president, human resources, TransAlta Corporation "O′Neill writes in a way that allows you to see this experienced coach in action. What a wonderful way to learn!" ––Geoff Bellman, consultant and author, The Consultant′s Calling "This is an important book. Executive coaches will find in Executive Coaching with Backbone and Heart a sensible and sensitive process that leads to guaranteed results." ––Carla J. Murray, general manager, The Westin Seattle "In this book, O′Neill brings form and structure to the art of executive coaching. Novices are provided a path while seasoned practitioners will find affirmation." ––Daryl R. Conner, CEO/President, ODR–USA, Inc. "Effective leaders require courage, compassion, and initiative. O′Neill′s systems–based coaching serves as a guide for both coaches and executives to better enable good decisions and good decision–makers." ––Paul D. Purcell, president, Beacon Development Group --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover 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 investment in business outcomes equals that of their clients. They must have the strength and courage to face an organizational leader in a time of crisis and speak the unvarnished truth. They must be a force to be reckoned with. They have to have backbone and heart. When it was first published in 2000, Mary Beth O′Neill′s book Executive Coaching with Backbone and Heart helped to define the field of coaching at the senior and executive level. This second edition of O′Neill′s groundbreaking book shares the secrets of O′Neill′s success and details the techniques she′s developed and refined over the course of her exceptional career. This edition has been thoroughly revised and expanded to include Three Key Factors methodology for setting up client goals and the measures for those goals Iinformation about how to involve the client′s boss in the coaching 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 want to change An entirely new chapter devoted solely?to calculating the ROI of coaching 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 and emotional climates within organizations that can ensnare both executive and coach and make for faulty decision making. O′Neill reinforces her observations on coach self–management and her systems perspective with a sound four–phase methodology for implementing both, a methodology that covers contracting, planning, live action intervening, and debriefing. Executive Coaching with Backbone and Heart is written for anyone, no matter what their discipline or background, who is interested in helping leaders work through their dilemmas so they can transform their learning directly into results for their organizations.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Commercial Reality in Coaching 19 May 2010
By Brian Carney VINE VOICE
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This is one of the best coaching books that I have read. It has a refreshing commercial reality, which reflects O'Neill's practical experience and applies coaching theories in a sensible and realistic way. She addresses the issue of how to combine 'clean' coaching with mentoring (bordering on consultancy) without compromising the quality of either. She recognises the slightly 'harder edge', which one often needs when coaching busy executives, balancing some tough challenging with an underlying supportive positioning - as per the title of the book. A very good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff 9 Dec 2012
By SHR
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Bit repetitive but that makes sure you've got it. Lots of practical tips will keep it as a reference source for many years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amoebas not allowed! 21 Jun 2012
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In my own training and study of executive coaching Mary Beth O'Neill's book was the first that I came across that was written with a strong focus upon the organisational context of executive coaching. Whereas many other texts have a life coaching bias, this book is rooted firmly in the organisational world and therefore immediately gets stuck into the challenging topics of contracting, adopting a systems perspective and the crucial idea of developing a 'backbone' as well as a 'heart' to our coaching presence. Without a strong 'backbone' a coach working at senior levels in business risks drifting into the 'cosy club' of semi-therapeutic conversations which do not deliver bottom line results. This book greatly helps in avoiding that risk. The writing style is clear, well structured and with plenty of practical examples. The appendices are particularly useful including a self-assessment questionnaire that allows the reader to assess their current coaching style. All in all, this remains an original and thought provoking contribution which I have found myself referring to many times over the years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Executive Coaching with Backbone and Heart 25 Oct 2007
By Frances Davis - Published on Amazon.com
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I found several concepts very helpful, especially the Three Key Factors model for executive coaching and the description of the Client Responsibility Model. Mary Beth O'Neill also shares, with examples, how to help a client identify habitual behavioral patterns that might not be effective and a methodology to recognize those patterns and create new, more effective ones. This book is filled with insightful wisdom...a real gem.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly good 6 Mar 2013
By Marian Hobson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I like Mary Beth's approach. Her examples are great and her organization and philosophies great. I found I could only read it in doses though because it got very dry and repetitive at times.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Prof Louis van der Merwe uses coaching as leadership development 5 Feb 2010
By L. Van Der Merwe - Published on Amazon.com
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This text is both practical and systemic in its approach. It has sound foundations and theory underpinning it. Mary Beth O'Neill has integrated the learning from the groundbreaking Leadership Institute of Seattle (LIOS) Masters Degree neatly into this coaching approach. More valuable resources available from the LIOS faculty.
5.0 out of 5 stars specific examples I can apply 27 July 2013
By Leslie - Published on Amazon.com
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O'Neill provides concrete examples for use with complex issues coaching leaders and helping them with their influence in the workplace.
5.0 out of 5 stars really wise 21 Mar 2013
By Robert K. Landau - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
A great book for the seasoned expert or the novice coach. Clear and consise and an open hearted approach. definately reccomend
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