Breakfast and a Book Club -Executive Coaching with Backbone and Heart

  • January 11, 2021
  • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


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Join ICF NYC for its January Breakfast and a Book Club meeting to kick off your week with a mental boost! This month we delve into Mary Beth O’Neill’s Executive Coaching with Backbone and Heart.  

Summary Details

When: January 11, 2021, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Facilitator:  Lora Lebo, MHRM, PCC, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Format:  Virtual - Zoom meeting format, cameras enabled


About The Book

Title: Executive Coaching with Backbone and Heart

Authors: Mary Beth O’Neill

Publication Date: 2000, second edition 2007

Description: Coaching high-powered executives requires something extra. Executive coaches must become partners whose emotional investment in business outcomes equals that of their clients. They must have the strength and courage to face an organizational leader in a time of crisis and speak the unvarnished truth. They must be a force to be reckoned with. They have to have backbone and heart.

When it was first published in 2000, Mary Beth O'Neill's book Executive Coaching with Backbone and Heart helped to define the field of coaching at the senior and executive level. This second edition of O'Neill's groundbreaking book shares the secrets of O'Neill's success and details the techniques she's developed and refined over the course of her exceptional career. This edition has been thoroughly revised and expanded to include

  • Three Key Factors methodology for setting up client goals and the measures for those goals

  • Information about how to involve the client's boss in the coaching contract

  • More extensive material on live action coaching

  • Commentary on the use of assessment tools and instruments

  • A method to work with clients on the systemic patterns they want to change

  • An entirely new chapter devoted solely?to calculating the ROI of coaching work with the client

  • And more illustrative stories

O'Neill teaches coaches how to deal with clients in terms of the "force fields" they create and react to, that is, the political and emotional climates within organizations that can ensnare both executive and coach and make for faulty decision making. O'Neill reinforces her observations on coach self-management and her systems perspective with a sound four-phase methodology for implementing both, a methodology that covers contracting, planning, live action intervening, and debriefing.

Executive Coaching with Backbone and Heart is written for anyone, no matter what their discipline or background, who is interested in helping leaders work through their dilemmas so they can transform their learning directly into results for their organizations.

About the ICF NYC Breakfast and Book Club

Meetings will be held consistently on the second Monday of each month at 8 AM New York time (except where may be otherwise indicated).  Attendance at every meeting is not necessary.  You may participate based upon your preference for the book.  The intended purpose of this offering is to broaden and deepen our knowledge of current practices in the coaching profession and in the business world.

Please register early!  If registration is low, or non-existent, for any specific book, we will revisit the selection and float a poll to the membership to select a replacement book.  We therefore encourage participants to register early for meetings so that we may assess interest at an early stage.

Meeting Guidelines:

  • Please be sure to read at least portions of the book so that meaning, intent and application may be discussed with depth.  

  • As with any virtual call, please be prepared to have your video and audio on, with limited distraction.  Turn off all notifications.  

  • Come in your pajamas! We don’t care about how you look, only the intellectual contribution you bring.


Meet our Breakfast and a Book Club Host


Big Bold Ideas Coaching & Consulting, LLC




Lora is a graduate of the University of Miami, attaining her PCC designation, and has more than twenty-five years of experience in Human Resources working for Fortune 500 Companies.  Lora earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Stockton University, and her Master of Human Resource Management from the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University.  Lora also obtained her EO Investigation certificate from Cornell University and spent many years of her career conducting employment related investigations.  Lora holds her Senior Professional of Human Resources designation through HRCI and her Certified Senior Professional designation through the Society for Human Resource Management and is the founder of Big Bold Ideas Coaching & Consulting, LLC.


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