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The Portable Coach: 28 Sure-fire Strategies for Business and Personal Success [Hardcover]

Thomas J. Leonard
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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2 Nov 1999
For many years a certified financial advisor with a thriving practice, Thomas Leonard came to realise that he was much more than that to his clients; he was their personal coach, a combination of a career counselor, financial advisor, therapist, and big brother, a person who helps people figure out their goals in life and then works with them to achieve them. Blending profound psychological insights with years of hands-on experience helping people to stop grasping for what they want and start attracting it, Leonard has perfected a programme that enables people to transform their lives in remarkable ways. THE PORTABLE COACH is a vigorous, highly encouraging blueprint for success, filled with inspiring real-life examples as well as Coach University's patented worksheets and checklists. Leonard offers a deceptively simple strategy to help readers build reservoirs of time and energy to devote to attracting abundance in their lives.

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (2 Nov 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684850419
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684850412
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 692,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Brodie"Author of "Getting Past OK" and "Virus of the Mind"Thomas Leonard is the Vince Lombardi of personal coaching. When you read "The Portable Coach," you won't simply be awestruck by the sheer quantity of practical, immediately usable coaching advice -- you'll want to share it with everybody you work with, live with, play with....

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Thomas J. Leonard is the founder of the Coach University. Byron Laursen has coauthored many books, among them Pat Riley's THE WINNER WITHIN.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
This book combines personal evolution with sound business/career sense. As you work on each principle (no more than one a week) you will take small actions to change your mindset /old beliefs about how life is, forever. Even applying one of the principles can make a significant difference - I have clients who have doubled their income, started to love their family, healed relationships, increased their profits, got new jobs from applying the principles of attraction - and, not kill themselves through stress doing it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff, sound advice 8 Jun 2009
This guy is really down to earth, with advice that I think is very sound. Sure everyones different and there is no such thing as a 'right' or 'wrong' opinion, but much of what I have read just makes sense. Simple, straight forward, great advice for people of all ages and all types.

Grab a copy of amazon for a few quid, read the book in your own way (bit by bit or straight through) and I bet at least 1 point (if not many more) will really hit home. A couple in particular were awesome for me, things you forget about the value of and dont appreciate most moments/days. Changing that makes total sense (at least for me) and makes a real difference.

Very happy with the value of this too, and I have much respect and thanks for the author. Great stuff, sound advice.

David, UK
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite book ever! 30 April 2006
This book was my first experience and introduction to coaching. It truly led me along the path I am on now. It has some great checklists and introduces some radical new concepts which really change your thinking, for example being toleration and problem-free and overresponding to events and problems.

Wonderful book and I still refer to it a great deal.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing ideas - difficult to implement 21 Dec 1998
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The 28 principles outlined in these tapes run the gamut from common-sense to slightly insane. Worthwhile, but way-too challenging for most folks. Build a super-reserve in all areas? Sure - where do I sign?? Nice idea - but most of us struggle to get there! Unhook from the future? Great idea - also hard to do!! Take care of yourself - elimnate delay - don't tolerate anything - all interesting ideas, all VERY difficult to accomplish!! I listened twice and found few practical applications or advice on the HOW of these methods. Lots of positive thinking, not a lot of reality-based suggestions!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 1 Jun 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is one of my favourite books. I first read it more than 15 years ago - in an older edition. I still pick it up and re-read it every year or so. There is a huge amount of wisdom in it - yes, it is hidden it its rather US-centric, coach- and sporting metaphor laden approach.

But try to get past that - and the examples many of which now seem very dated - and you will find real gems of wisdom.

As an other reviewer says, these ideas aren't always easy to implement. It is essential a process based on updating the way you think. And "it is much easier to act your way into a new way of thinking than than think you way into a new way of acting".

But with commitment and effort (and maybe enough desperation!) it is possible to implement many of these principles and have a happy, easier, more fulfilling life (blimey I sound a bit like the late Thomas Leonard - or at least the ghost writer!).

All in all well worth the money.
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