Summary of The Sherpa Guide

Process-Driven Executive Coaching

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The Sherpa Guide book summary
Like climbers in the Himalayas, executives these days need a Sherpa – a trained business coach – to reach high goals.


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Pick up any trendy publication and you’re likely to see advertisements for life coaches and business coaches – individuals who promise to lead executives through positive, dramatic personal and professional changes. The trouble is that anyone can hang out a shingle and claim to be a career coach. For a systematic approach, Brenda Corbett and Judith Colemon, both experienced senior managers, suggest a structured, measurable process that coaches can use with their clients. Their system – which is named after the Sherpas, the Nepalese mountaineers who guide climbers up Mt. Everest – is built on a set of specific techniques for helping executives reach the next level in their trek up the career mountain. Business people who wonder if they want coaching will relate to the book’s numerous nicely told, short case histories, plus its instructions and step-by-step solutions. The book also provides coaches with tools, worksheets and sample client-journal pages. If you want to gain a foothold in executive coaching, getAbstract highly recommends that you start climbing – and stash a copy of this book in your backpack.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How the Sherpa system takes a practical approach to executive coaching
  • How coaching can improve executives’ managerial skills
  • How to be a process-driven business coach


Climb Every Mountain
Just as personal-fitness training has exploded during the past 10 years, more companies are also taking advantage of executive coaching. In the next five years, approximately 40,000 new coaches will enter the field. Without a systematic approach, many will improvise...
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About the Authors

Brenda Corbett lectures and writes about leadership development. Judith Colemon has been an image consultant, recruiter, business owner and CEO for start-ups and established companies.

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    Averia Bynum 3 years ago
    This statement is false - "No standards or certifications exist." Standards/competencies and certification criteria for the coaching profession have been established by the International Coach Federation (ICF). Although not yet mandatory, they do exist.

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