- Paperback: 211 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; New edition edition (1 Jun. 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0071360751
- ISBN-13: 978-0071360753
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.2 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 725,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Secrets of a CEO Coach: Your Personal Training Guide to Thinking Like a Leader and Acting Like a CEO (Business Books) Paperback – 1 Jun 2000
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"This is D.A. Benton's best book yet. She leverages years of personal CEO coaching experience to help the reader uncover insightful and practical solutions to the everyday leadership challenges encountered in the real world. Bravo Debra!"
Douglas R. Conant, President, Nabisco, U.S. Foods Group.
"Secrets of a CEO Coach is a play book for leadership, a practical guide for making sure you're not left on the bench. A must read for anyone who aspires to lead in the information age."Sol Trujillo, President and CEO, US West.
"Benton's coaching fine-tunes your best personal qualities. Her book will teach many vital skills that can make you a better leader: how to be stronger, more persuasive, more articulate and in the end, a more effective CEO."
Peter A. Georgescu, Chairman and CEO, Young & Rubicam, Inc.
"Benton is one of the best! She now only shows us how it's done; she equips us to do it for ourselves. Such 'secrets' are not only for CEO's, but for all of us who are committed to helping people and institutions to reach the top of their potential."
The Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Senior Minister, The Riverside Church.
About the Author
D. A. Benton is founder of Benton Management Resources, Inc., a firm specializing in raising executive performance. She has been featured in Time, BusinessWeek, Fortune, The New York Times, and USA Today, and appears on national television.
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The book really gets into depth in examining style. For example, the author looks at the FedEx model of leadership and the nine elements of "style". (Page 37) The book looks at case studies, and how our own personal psychology holds us back. Included are dozens of pages of person questions to answer which are designed to allow for self reflection of what in our lives drives us, and may hinder our ability to effectively perform.
Throughout the book are business case studies, tips, and insights too numerous to list. Among the more impactful are the sections on how to improve communications by slowing down, use of silence and pausing for effect. (Page 136) Also, one can always benefit from a better control of the "minutiae of acting" (Page 145). The author examines how the little aspects of posture, dress, and facial expressions, may impact a leader's effectiveness. While much of this is obvious, the book uses some fascinating examples of how these elements of our "presentation" have bigger impacts than we realize. I personally learned a few new things, despite how frequently I have studied this factor of interpersonal relationships.
The latter sections cover emotional intelligence, something very important to all leaders. Not much new here, but the topic itself is vital to effective leadership, and gets more important the higher the level and responsibility of the position.
Overall, a very useful book. The author uses examples from Pepsi-Co and even names a person I knew while working there. The opportunity for self reflection by completing the pages of questions would be invaluable, and I will go back and complete them myself when time allows. Highly recommended for anyone in a leadership position, or responsible for providing coaching to senior leaders.
You Know You're ready for Coaching When...
CEO Coaching Techniques You Can Apply Yourself
Using Mental Energy: Attitude Management
Using Physical Energy: Perception Management
Using Emotional Energy: It's What's Behind What you're Saying that Speaks Loudest
Team Time: How to Coach Others
Going All the Way: How to Hire a Coach
Following Chapter 8, Benton provides an Appendix: Your Own Personal Playbook. To a certain extent, the chapter titles could unintentionally mislead someone who is thinking about reading this book. So please allow me to make some reassurances. This book can be of substantial value even if (1) you have no direct contact with a CEO, (2) you have no desire to become a CEO, and/or (3) you have no desire to become a business coach...and especially if (4) you or your organization cannot afford the cost of retaining business coach for you.
It is important to keep in mind that the "secrets" which Benton shares so generously are derived from her wide and deep experiences with thousands of executives at all organizational levels. As the book's subtitle correctly indicates, Benton offers to you "Your Personal Training Guide to Thinking Like a Leader and Acting Like a CEO." So many executives commit hours and dollars to supervised physical fitness programs but invest nothing in a program which will help them to become and then remain "business fit." Don't make that mistake.
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