Presence-Based Coaching is built on the foundation of two classic and influential books by the founder, Doug Silsbee. The books, taken together, lay out the core models and teachings of this approach.

The Mindful Coach:
Seven Roles for Facilitating Leader Development

The Mindful Coach digs deeply, offering a lens and structure for the intimate and necessary connection between relationships and human development. No other skill set or awareness is more important than what is presented in this precious volume.

Robert C. Pianta, PhDDean, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia

Summary

Doug Silsbee’s pioneering first book explores the intersection of mindfulness and coaching. It is the first to integrate the practice of self-awareness with a logical and pragmatic approach to developing coaching skills.

The book distinguishes seven “Voices” that a coach uses to catalyze learning in others, and explores how to orient these Voices to the client’s emerging learning, rather than to the unconscious identity needs of the coach.

Lots of exercises, sample dialogues, and practical models for application support a systematic approach for developing your sensitivity and effectiveness as a coach.

Extensive coaching dialogues illustrate a pragmatic roadmap for coaching conversations that work.

With a foreword by Marshall Goldsmith

Table of Contents

The Being of Coaching: Mindful Service

  1. Cultivating Mindfulness
  2. The Seven Voices of the Coach
  3. The Master
  4. The Partner
  5. The Investigator
  6. The Reflector
  7. The Teacher
  8. The Guide
  9. The Contractor
  10. Self-Development Strategies for the Coach

Epilogue: Coaching as a Journey Toward Mastery

What Others Say

The Mindful Coach

Doug Silsbee has written a useful book for anybody facilitating the growth and development of individuals and groups. His approach reaches deeply into human consciousness and experience where meaningful change and growth occurs.

– Harrison Owen
Author, Open Space Technology

Doug has a wonderful way of ‘unpacking’ what coaches do, spotlighting critical elements of this challenging work and shining an even brighter light on the being of coaching. I urge you to jump into this rich, thoughtful book!

– Ann F. Fisher
Managing Director; Integral Coaching International, Shanghai

The Mindful Coach is not just another coaching model. It is a frame of reference for anyone involved in developing people. This highly readable book should serve as a reference for anyone genuinely concerned about helping others. It has had a significant impact on the way I approach coaching and developing others.

– James N. Bassett, M.Ed.
Employee Development, Institute of Nuclear Power Operations

The Mindful Coach captures the very essence of what coaching can be. Silsbee marries the art and science of human dialogue, of compassionate listening and advice giving without creating dependency. He guides the reader gently through the seven distinct roles of a true helping relationship. This is a process to be internalized at a deep level and lived every day.

– Rod Napier, Ph.D.
Consultant, Author, The Courage to Act and ten other books

The tools of coaching that Silsbee outlines, with an emphasis on mindfulness and service, provide the fundamental basis for holistic and integrative physicians to work with patients.

– Patrick Hanaway, M.D.
President, American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine

The Mindful Coach is warm, sensitive and intuitive, while at the same time clearly written by a scientific mind. The book provides a simple and cohesive model for the development process, coupled with practical strategies on how to become a more conscious practitioner. Thank you.

– Alejandro Bolaños, PhD
Consultant, Central America

The Mindful Coach goes far beyond coaching steps and models, offering a path for coaches to work more deeply and authentically to guide their clients to significant new results.

– Marcia Reynolds, PsyD
Author, The Discomfort Zone, and past President, International Coach Federation

Doug delivers frameworks for developing real-world leadership skills, while expanding awareness of what’s possible, even essential. Authentic and thought provoking, I highly recommend this important new work.

– Kelly Durkan Bean
Associate Dean of Executive Education, UCLA Anderson School of Management

Publication and Ordering

2004, 2010 (Jossey-Bass new and revised)
ISBN: 0-0470-54866-5
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Presence-Based Coaching:
Cultivating Self-Generative Leaders Through Mind, Body, and Heart

Presence-Based Coaching is a powerful guide for those who believe that presence is one of the most important qualities that leaders need. This is essential for coaches and leaders doing the work of developing themselves and others.

Alfred L. Cooke, Ph.D.Director, Center for Organizational Performance

Summary

This book builds on the first to explore the essential contribution of presence as a meta-competency for human development.

The book offers a practical map to the territory of working with presence, both within yourself and in your coaching and developing of others. We explore presence as an essential element of human learning and development.

The book maps how presence accelerates and deepens the development process, and offers reliable practices for accessing presence. Extensive coaching moves for bringing presence into coaching are brought to life through illustrative dialogs. Concrete models, extensive references and pragmatic examples ground a robust toolkit for building your own presence and extending it to others.

With a foreword by Richard Strozzi-Heckler

Table of Contents

Part One: Presence, Self-Generation, and Coaching

  1. Presence
  2. How Humans Change: Conditioning, Identity, and Self-Generation
  3. Coach as Development Partner

Part Two: Inner Moves

  1. Orienting
  2. Holding

Part Three: Generative Practices

  1. Mind
  2. Body
  3. Heart

Part Four: Relational Moves

  1. Coach for Self-Observation and Realization
  2. Coach for Re-Organization
  3. Coach for Stabilization

12: Entry, Continuation, Ending

Coda

What Others Say

As a coach and a Buddhist, I love this philosophy! It is hard to help others be mindful – if we aren’t. This book offers great ideas on how to do both. This book can help leaders – and coaches – have better lives.

– Marshall Goldsmith
   New York Times best-selling author of What Got You There Won’t Get You There.

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-the very essence of the educator’s role. It is a gift to us that he has so carefully and precisely written about it.

– Robert C. Pianta, Ph.D
   Dean, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia

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

This book breaks important new ground for coaches, leaders, facilitators and consultants. Doug goes far beyond basics to generously share the wisdom and techniques that built his reputation as a leading coach with over twenty years of success in helping his clients achieve and sustain results.

– Anne S. Davidson
   Associate, Roger Schwarz and Associates, and coauthor, Facilitative Coaching

Presence-Based Coaching is uplifting and practical. It is an essential read for coaches, and for leaders wanting to be professionally effective while living a balanced life. This book radiates presence while offering pragmatic business examples.

– Diana Whitney, Ph.D.
   President, Corporation for Positive Change, and co-author, The Power of Appreciative Inquiry

If intention and authenticity in relationships is of interest, this is for you. Doug offers a supportive and challenging invitation to explore growth and change in ourselves and others.

– Nancy Light
   Senior Associate Director of Philanthropy, The Nature Conservancy


Doug Silsbee nails it, giving us a doorway to experience the power of presence, and to bring it to bear on the development of authentic, purpose-driven leaders. This book is a sensible, grounded must-read!

– Richard J. Leider
Founder, The Inventure Group, and author, The Power of Purpose

Publication and Ordering

2008, Jossey-Bass
ISBN: 0-0470-32509-7
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Finally, two truly great books that develop the being of a coach. Nothing else offers such clear and practical tools. A must read for professional coaches and leaders using a coaching approach.

Henry Kimsey-HouseCo-Founder, CTI