Summary of Executive Coaching with Backbone and Heart

A Systems Approach to Engaging Leaders and Their Challenges

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Executive Coaching with Backbone and Heart book summary
How do you coach the guy at the top?


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Mary Beth O’Neill describes how executive coaches need to work with executives as partners to help them become better leaders. Coaches need the strength to share the truth with clients in times of crisis, she explains. She discusses the core principles that underlie coaching and the four essential phases of the coaching process: contracting, planning, live-action intervening and debriefing. The book is primarily directed to coaches, including consultants and internal or external trainers, who facilitate processes and projects in organizations. While it has its share of fuzzy and jargon-laden patches, the book is generally clear and to the point. It includes a mix of examples, charts, and step-by-step techniques, plus useful chapter highlights. getAbstract recommends this book to coaches, to executives who are coaching employees and to executives who are being coached.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to coach executives while sticking to your morals
  • How to help the executive without doing his or her job
  • What the four phases of coaching are


The Basics of Executive Coaching
An executive coach is basically an organizational outsider who helps an executive deal with current business challenges more effectively. Typically, these are problems or issues that are holding the executive back from achieving the results he or she wants...
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About the Author

Mary Beth O’Neill is a senior consultant for the LIOS Consulting Corporation at the Leadership Institute of Seattle at Bastry University. She has successfully coached CEOs, senior executives, plant managers, first line supervisors and other leaders for 20 years. She also teaches courses in executive coaching, management of organizational change, change agent and consulting skills, action research, creation of business goals and measures, and systemic intervention in organizations.

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