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Are you ready for the corner office?

Are you ready for the corner office?
Insights from 25 executive coaching experiences

First Edition
  • Pradipta K. Mohapatra - Co-founder and Chairman, Coaching Foundation India Limited, Co-founder, Chennai Business School Limited
  • Ganesh Chella - Founder, Totus consulting, Coaching Foundation India Ltd, and Totus HR School
Critical Acclaim

August 2014 | 306 pages | SAGE Response
This book is a collection of 25 inspiring stories about the unique and personal developmental journey of 25 senior leaders towards the corner office. Seen through the eyes of their Executive Coaches, each of these stories tell us how they found answers to critical questions such as ‘Am I ready for it?’, ‘How do I prepare to get there?’, ‘How do I learn to succeed once I get there and how can I enjoy the journey while I am at it?’ The term ‘corner office’ is really a metaphor for anything significant that these leaders wanted to achieve in their professional careers and personal lives.

This unique collection of coaching stories is meant to inspire, help and educate many other leaders who are on a similar quest.

Executive Coaching in the Indian context
The Human Side of Leader Development
The Place of Emotional Intelligence in Leader Effectiveness—B J Prashantham
The Importance of the Emotional Side of your Personality
When the Flaw Turns Fatal
Low Self-Esteem Can Derail a Leader’s Career
Why Attitudes and Beliefs Affect a Leader’s Effectiveness—Zahid Ganjee
Transporting the Winning Attitude
What Makes People Miserable
Executives Succeed When They Refuse to Become Victims of Their Circumstances
Celebrating the Feminine Side of a Woman’s Leadership Style
Why Skills, Style and Behaviours Make Such a Huge Difference to a Leader’s Effectiveness—Santrupt Misra
Catching Up on Missed Managerial Learning Milestones
Developing This Mysterious Thing Called Executive Presence
Growing a Business through Disciplined Leadership
Helping the Chosen One Claim his Succession Space
Why Global Competencies Are So Critical Today—Anil Sachdev
When Indian Executives Must Measure up to Global Benchmarks
It Takes Innovation and Effort to Crack the Competency Code
Why Career Transitions are Always Challenging—Aroon Joshi
Waking Up and Smelling the Coffee
The Anxiety of Not Having a Position of Authority
Revisiting Functional Leadership
The Need for a Coach-Mentor Partnership to Facilitate Radical Career Shift
How Do Executives and Entrepreneurs Grapple with Their Compelling Agendas—R Ramaraj
When a Young Entrepreneur Has to Make a Life-Altering Decision
Coaching Principles Applied to Peer to Peer Business Mentoring
The Importance of a Thinking Partner
What Contributes to Coaching Effectiveness—R R Nair
The Power of Public Accountability in Influencing Change
It Takes Trust, Time and Team Work to Succeed
The Pygmalion Effect in Coaching
An Introduction to Typical Coaching Processes and Some of the Frequently Used Terms
Leadership coaching is gaining growing acceptance in India as an important input in preparing senior business leaders for the top jobs. The authors’ unique approach of presenting real-life case studies is very effective in providing insights into common issues that leaders deal with, and how they can be handled.
Roopa Kuduva
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, CRISIL

An engrossing account of real-life cases that highlight the complex situations of leadership development. It is enriched by the fact that it is put together by accomplished professionals who have been on both sides of the table. Told in a narrative that is engaging, the book is a great ally for mentors and aspiring leaders alike.
Harsh Goenka
Chairman, RPG Enterprises

This book is the ‘Panchatantra’ of Executive coaching. The authors, who are pioneers in Executive coaching in India, have developed keen insights into the challenges facing aspirants to the corner office, and have presented real-life case studies to illustrate the core tenets, distilled from their insights. The stories themselves are very absorbing and the underlying truths are even more so.
R. Seshasayee
Executive Vice Chairman, Ashok Leyland

These cases are stories of our everyday professional lives. We see, in each one of them, a bit of our own selves, a slice of our context, and shadows of our colleagues. Leaders aspiring for the ‘Corner Room’ need to be able to style flex, as one dominant style will have limitations.
Santrupt Misra
CEO, Carbon Black Business and Director, Group Human Resources, Aditya Birla Group

When it comes to developing global leadership competencies, our ‘world view’ and what we choose to give attention to, from a contextual intelligence perspective becomes important—how we use language, how we demonstrate nonverbal behaviour, our communication style, our attitudes and values towards groups and community and our time consciousness. All these aspects define and shape our leadership. These cases illustrate how coaches with credibility, senior leadership experience and global exposure are able to help enhance the contextual intelligence of their coachees.
Anil Sachdeva
Founder & CEO, The School of Inspired Leadership-SOIL

This book takes us through twenty-five enriching journeys of personal and professional development. The authors distil very valuable, experiential, insightful and practical insights from these narratives, relating them to the Indian context, and presenting them in a creative and very engaging format. A book with immense value, not just for aspiring leaders, but for all professionals looking to make an impact and a difference.
Anand Nayak
Executive Vice President, Corporate Human Resources and Member, Corporate Management Committee, ITC Limited

A path-breaking book set in the Indian context that wonderfully blends key coaching insights with reinforcing case studies. The authors’ deep understanding of coaching comes alive in this easy-to-read book that distils the essence of typical leadership challenges encountered by persons aiming for the C-Suite. A must-read for coaching practitioners and senior leaders!
A. Krishna
Senior Vice President (HR), Bosch Ltd

Most often, development of leaders is left to chance—but this book shows how transformational changes in behaviour can be obtained by focused coaching inputs. A must-read for all CEOs to understand how they can develop their future leaders. Equally, a must-read for all aspiring CEOs to gain insights into the barriers to realizing their leadership potential and how they could overcome them.

Krish Shankar
Executive Director, Human Resources, Bharti Airtel Ltd

Behaviour is the ‘vehicle’ through which we deliver what we know and can do. These behaviours are shaped by our attitudes and beliefs towards many things we encounter. While these attitudes and beliefs are useful aids in our life journey and allow us to ‘fit in’ and grow, when the world around us or our context changes significantly, these beliefs can become obstacles to effectiveness. The case studies in this book illustrate how leaders’ attitudes and beliefs need to be worked with to bring about sustainable behavioural change for greater effectiveness.
Zahid Ganjee
CEO, Zahid Ganjee & Associates

While more and more leaders seem to be realizing the need to leverage coaching to improve their effectiveness, the cases in this book raise important questions about some of the conditions that need to be present for such coaching interventions to work. This includes searching questions that the coach and coachee need to ask themselves.
R. R. Nair
Independent Director, CEO Coach and leadership development facilitator for leading Global and Indian corporations

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