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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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1 out of 5 stars
By Sean on 11-03-18

Dull, unless you are a professional executive coach and nothing else

This is a niche book aimed at freelance executive coaches.

I bought this book because I wanted a view on coaching in my role within a company. I have a job in a company, I am not a coach. The book focuses on the role of an independent coach working with an executive and consequently it spends too much time talking about “contracting” for a coaching job (i.e. getting the coach the most exposure and input for the minimum accountability). Otherwise it focuses on how an independent coach can add value/take credit for any improvements in a company (delete according to cynicism), and redefined basic concepts to make the author sound innovative - For “backbone and heart” read “stick and carrot” or “standing firm and empathy”. And “Cascading interlocking triangles” is the best example of HR speak I have ever heard.
The narrator sounds like a 60 a day smoker who has inhaled a tank load of helium, and did not make listening a pleasant experience.

In summary- if you are a freelance executive coach, this is absolutely the best book for you. If you are anyone else, spend your credits elsewhere.

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By Colleen on 12-03-16

Great Learnings; Try Before you Buy

The book itself is good, and in my learning process with respect to executive coaching I found the content valuable. Just be warned - There are a fair number of diagrams as she explains systems however and it's more effective to look at these on a page that it is listen to someone describe them.

One should listen for a bit to the narrators voice before purchasing. It is very distinct (deep/gravelly) and not for everyone; if this bothers you, you may be better off purchasing and reading the book.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 11-01-18

I couldn’t get past the voice

I have no idea about the content. I couldn’t listen to the narrator. It sounded like a computer- “or-g an-is-a-tion” -read by an automated text to speech. I will look at the reviews about the content and I might buy the book. I wasted my money.

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