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Are you ready for the corner office? (Paperback)

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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.

Table of contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
I: THE CORNER OFFICE SEEN THROUGH THE KEYHOLE OF EXECUTIVE COACHING
Executive Coaching in the Indian context
The Human Side of Leader Development
II: ENHANCING EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE
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
III: SHAPING ATTITUDES AND BELIEFS
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
IV: DEVELOPING NEW SKILLS, STYLES AND BEHAVIOURS
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
V: ACQUIRING GLOBAL COMPETENCIES
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
VI: MANAGING CAREER TRANSITIONS
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
VII: GRAPPLING WITH EMERGING EXECUTIVE AND ENTREPRENEURIAL AGENDAS
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
VIII: ENHANCING COACHING EFFECTIVENESS
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

About the author

\"Pradipta is a business leader with over three decades of experience in managing large Indian businesses as well as British, American, and Japanese Joint Venture companies in India. He pioneered India s foray into modern organized retailing as well as early digital media and e-commerce.
He has experience in managing businesses in IT, Telecom, Entertainment, Pharmaceuticals and Biotech Businesses. He sits in the board of 20 publicly listed as well as private companies in India, Sri Lanka, Japan, China, UK and USA.
Pradipta has led Industry and Businesses of Southern India by Chairing Confederation of Indian Industries (CII). The CII members represent about 50 per cent of India s businesses and industries (www. cii.in). At the national level, Pradipta significantly contributes to assisting industries and government in policy formulation by being members of CII s National Committees on affirmative action, ethics and governance and corporate social responsibility.
Pradipta co-founded Coaching Foundation India Limited (www.cfi. co.in) that pioneers coaching of entrepreneurs and business leaders, as well as Chennai Business School Limited (www.cbs.org.in) that assists young professionals to study management post-graduation in important industry verticals. Pradipta also assists and coaches a large number of first-time CEOs and young entrepreneurs to succeed in their businesses.
He co-authored India s Global Power Houses (2009). He did his under-graduation in Chemical Engineering and Management at Bombay University and Harvard Business School. He was invited to be a Fellow of Chartered Management Institute, UK, and was president of Madras Management Association. Pradipta travels extensively around the world and represents India in many global forums and conferences.

In a career spanning almost three decades, Ganesh has come to be respected and acknowledged for his contributions as a practitioner, consultant, coach and thought leader in the field of Organization Development, Human Resources Management and Executive Coaching.
Ganesh Chella is the founder of totus consulting, a strategic Human Resource Consulting firm that has addressed the Organization Development and HR needs of over 135 clients across 250 clients engagements (www.totusconsulting.com).
He pioneered the use of executive coaching for leader development in India. In his role as co-founder and vice chairman, he has helped Coaching Foundation India Limited (CFI) become a highly respected education, accreditation, research and consulting organization for Executive Coaching in India (www.cfi.co.in).
Ganesh has also pioneered the concept of continuing professional development for HR practitioners in India through the launch of totus HR School (www.totushrschool.com).
His book Creating a Helping Organisation-5 Engaging Ways to Promote Employee Performance Growth and Well-Being provides pathbreaking insights into the helping needs of Indian employees and the place of various helping relationships to address these needs. He has over 100 published articles to his credit.
Ganesh is an alumnus of XLRI, Jamshedpur, and a professional member of the Indian Society for Applied Behavioural Sciences. Go to http://in.linkedin.com/in/ganeshchella for more.\"

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