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Coaching for Leadership: Writings on Leadership from the World's Greatest Coaches, 3rd Edition by Sarah McArthur, Laurence Lyons, Marshall Goldsmith

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CHAPTER TWO

COACHING AT THE HEART OF STRATEGY1

By Laurence S. Lyons

Observing the Coaching Scene

Imagine them, perched at the corner of a highly polished mahogany table in some elegant boardroom. They appear to be business colleagues, come together to clinch a deal. The observer may suppose them to be friends—or perhaps adversaries—working through some evidently complex problem. They take turns at drawing on a whiteboard, one passionately elaborating on a point, the other deep in thought. A fresh pattern of thought sparks insight: highly animated, they evaluate every possible angle, moving toward a considered plan of action.

To the casual observer, the practice of executive coaching may appear to involve little more than holding an animated ...

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