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Executive Coaching with Backbone and Heart

A Systems Approach to Engaging Leaders with Their Challenges, 2nd Edition
Narrated by: Vanessa Hart
Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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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great book. mechanical stilted narration

Book is an excellent & relevant tool. Narration made it at times unbearable to listen to.

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  • Colleen
  • 12-03-2016

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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  • Frank Zehna
  • 11-01-2018

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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  • Daniel
  • 20-04-2017

Super!

Gives you a very complete picture about Executive Coaching from where you can kick off your prep as an EC.

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  • Peter Gandolfo
  • 01-08-2016

Super helpful

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book was truly valuable. I didn't have the time to sit down and read it, but this audio version kept me engaged while on the go. It's useful for anyway that wants to address important topics with clarity, heart and respect. The narrator was easy to listen to.

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  • James R. Benvie
  • 07-02-2014

Poor presentation

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

It required a much better presentation

What was most disappointing about Mary Beth A. O' Neill’s story?

I kept thinking I was listening to an automated voice it was so poor, and stilted

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Vanessa Hart?

Not sure

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Executive Coaching with Backbone and Heart?

The narration was so bad, I just got past the intro/preface section, I was hopping that the narrator in the intro section was not the same as the rest of the book but it was and I just could not focus on the content

Any additional comments?

From the Amazon comments it appears that the written book is good, which was why I bought the audio. Very disappointed - just want my money back.

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  • Sean
  • 11-03-2018

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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