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Presence-Based Coaching. Cultivating Self-Generative Leaders Through Mind, Body, and Heart

  • ID: 2241295
  • Book
  • November 2008
  • Region: Global
  • 320 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Praise for Presence–Based Coaching"Presence–Based Coaching is a masterful treatise on coaching in the consciousness age. This book brings structure and strategy to accelerating the evolution of leaders."—Richard BarretT, author, Liberating the Corporate Soul and Building a Values–Driven Organization"Silsbee has done it again! Presence–Based Coaching reaches beyond techniques into an exploration of the value inherent in presence itself. Doug′s passion for the territory, combined with insightful exercises and practices, engaged me in a deeply reflective journey about the impact my being—versus my doing—has on the results I seek to create."—Charles Tombazian, vice president, Voice of the Customer Office,Avnet Technology Solutions

"Silsbee′s new book is essential reading for educators at any level. He is exquisitely articulate about how learning is enabled through the interaction between people. It is a gift to us that he has so carefully and precisely written about it."—Robert C. Pianta, dean, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia"As a coach and a Buddhist, I love this! It is hard to help others be mindful, if we aren′t. This book offers great ideas on how to do both and can help leaders—and coaches—have better lives."—Marshall Goldsmith, author, What Got You Here Won′t Get You There

"This is the field guide for the new frontier of work, offering a solid foundation for authentic human connection and accelerated leader development with simple, relevant practices."—Darelyn "DJ" Mitsch, president, The Pyramid Resource Group, and former president, International Coach Federation"Doug Silsbee has written a powerful guide for those who believe that presence has moved to the forefront as one of the most important qualities that leaders need. This is a must–read for anyone doing the work of developing themselves and others."—Alfred L. Cooke, director, Center for Organizational Performance, Federal Executive Institute

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Exercises, Practices, Exhibits, and Figures.



The Author.


Core Assertions.

How to Use This Book.

My Promise.

Reading as Experience.

PART ONE: Presence, Self–Generation, and the Role of Coaching.

1 Presence.

Presence Demystified.

So, What Is Presence?

Implications of Presence.

Presence and the Products of Coaching.

Challenges to Presence.

Chapter Summary.

2 How Humans Change: Conditioning, Identity, and Self–Generation.



Becoming Self–Generative.

How Coaching Supports Self–Generation and Sustainable Change.

Living in Self–Generation.

Chapter Summary.

3 Coach as Development Partner.

Performance Versus Developmental Coaching.

Principles of Developmental Coaching.

Three Integrated Structures for Development.

Presence–Based Coaching: Foundations into Methodology.

Chapter Summary.

PART TWO: Inner Moves for Presence–Based Coaching.

4 Orienting.

A Coaching Model.

Your Client.


Coaching Outcomes.

Expanded Contexts.

Chapter Summary.

5 Holding.

The Relational Field.

Silence and Possibility.

Chapter Summary.

PART THREE: Generative Practices for Presence in Mind, Body, and Heart.

6 Mind.

Building the Observer.

What ’s to Observe?

Working with Habits.

Designing Self–Observations.

Engaging in Self–Observation.

Coaching Implications.

Chapter Summary.

7 Body.

Assertions of Somatic Literacy.


Building Somatic Awareness.

Somatic Self–Obser vation.

Working with Urges.

Body Practices.

Coaching Implications.

Chapter Summary.

8 Heart.

Developing Compassion for Self and Others.

Experiencing the Heart.

Deciding Through the Heart.


Connecting Through the Heart.


Coaching Implications.

Chapter Summary.

PART FOUR: Relational Moves for Presence–Based Coaching.

9 Coach for Self–Observation and Realization.


Invite Internal Awareness.

Focus the Field.

Challenge Identity.

Chapter Summary.

10 Coach for Reorganization.

Shift Perspective.

Reorganize Around Center.

Build Competency in Self–Regulation.

Mobilize Commitment.

Chapter Summary.

11 Coach for Stabilization.

Design Fieldwork.

Work Jointly.

Create New “Facts on the Ground.”

Chapter Summary.

12 Milestones: Entry, Continuation, Completion.



Completion, and Beginning.

Chapter Summary.


Appendix A: Table of Moves and Practices.

Appendix B: Purpose Exercise.

Appendix C: Annotated Bibliography.

Appendix D: Web–Based Resources.



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Doug Silsbee
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