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Exercises, Practices, Exhibits, and Figures. Foreword. Preface to the New and Revised Edition. Introduction: What Is Coaching? A Working Definition of Coaching. Distinguishing Coaching from Other Aspects of Professional Relationships. Contexts for Coaching: Four Dynamics. Chapter Summary. 1 The Being of Coaching: Mindful Service. Placing Oneself in Service. Mindfulness and Self-Awareness. Mindfulness and the Three Levels of Experience. Attachments and Aversions. Conditioning and Habits That Block Mindfulness. Coaching Habits. Chapter Summary. 2 Cultivating Mindfulness. Self-Observation. Practices for Cultivating Mindfulness. Coach as Learner. Accountability in Service. Chapter Summary. 3 The Seven Voices of the Coach. Learning the Voices. The Individual Roles or Voices. The Voices and Their Aspects Placing the Voices in Context. Chapter Summary. 4 The Master. Maintaining Self-Awareness. Listening with Focus and Presence. Modeling Learning and Growth. Embracing the Client with Compassion and Respect. Choosing Which of the Operational Voices to Use at a Given Time. The Mindful Master. Chapter Summary. 5 The Partner. Establishing and Honoring an Explicit Structure for the Coaching Relationship. Helping the Client Articulate Specific Coaching Outcomes. Offering Choice Points and Making Joint Decisions About the Coaching Process. The Mindful Partner. Chapter Summary. 6 The Investigator. Asking Questions That Shift the Client's Understanding of the Situation. Helping the Client to Articulate Desired Outcomes. Asking the Client to Generate Courses of Action. The Mindful Investigator. Chapter Summary. 7 The Reflector. Providing Direct and Honest Feedback. Directing the Client's Attention Toward His or Her Capabilities and Potential. Encouraging Self-Observation and Reflection. The Mindful Reflector. Chapter Summary. 8 The Teacher. Providing New Distinctions, Information, and Knowledge. Challenging and Stimulating the Client's Thinking Process. Explaining the Coaching Process, Theory, and Models Being Used. The Mindful Teacher. Chapter Summary. 9 The Guide. Encouraging the Client to Take Some Action of the Client?s Choosing. Offering Options for Action. Recommending Specific Courses of Action. The Mindful Guide. Chapter Summary. 10 The Contractor. Establishing Clear Agreements About Actions. Exploring and Resolving Client Doubts and Hesitations. Following Up with the Client About Agreed-On Actions. The Mindful Contractor. Chapter Summary. 11 Self-Development Strategies for the Coach. Self-Assessment Tools. Self-Observation as a Coach. Navigating the Model. Learning from Your Reflection. Reviewing Audio Recordings. Obtaining and Listening to Client Feedback. Planning Your Own Development. Chapter Summary. Epilogue: Coaching as a Journey Toward Mastery. About Fluidity and Intuition. Practice as Path. Selected Reading. Notes. Acknowledgments. The Author. Index.

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Doug Silsbee is a thought leader in the field of presence-basedleadership development, coaching, and resilience. He coaches,teaches, and writes in Asheville, North Carolina. A master teacher,Silsbee has worked with leaders on five continents, taught topexecutives from corporations, nonprofits, and government, and is afrequent speaker at major conferences. He is a Master Somatic Coachwith Strozzi Institute and the author of Presence-Based Coachingfrom Jossey-Bass. Silsbee is an outdoor adventurer, grandfather, and owner of acarbon-neutral retreat center on 63 acres in the North Carolinamountains, where he offers courses in his groundbreakingapproaches. He can be reached at

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