- Publisher: Charles Scribner (1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0684850419
- ISBN-13: 978-0684850412
- Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 2.5 x 24.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 590 g
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #456,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Portable Coach: 28 Sure Fire Strategies For Business And Personal Success Hardcover – 1998
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From Library Journal
We're not talking football here. As a financial adviser, Leonard realized that more than anything else, he was a career counselor, confidant, and therapist to his clients. So he founded a movement to help people attain what they want through special coaching?and an institution called Coach University to provide the coaches. Here's a quick course for interested New Agers.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Richard Brodie Author of Getting Past OK and Virus of the Mind Thomas Leonard is the Vince Lombardi of personal coaching. When you read The Portable Coach, you won't simply be awestruck by the sheer quantity of practical, immediately usable coaching advice -- you'll want to share it with everybody you work with, live with, play with.... --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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Other than that, if you get something from the book, good for you. It felt like a lot of hype to me - similar to a pyramid scheme, aimed more at pulling in students for Leonard's coaching school than at helping the average person get a grip on their life. I bought it because I had come across the list of 28 "Laws of Attraction" and thought they seemed useful, but some of them were rather ambiguous, so I thought I might get clarification from the book. No such luck. For instance, Leonard never really explained the mechanism of becoming utterly selfish (take what you need and don't feel guilty - even if there's not enough left for others) and lovingly generous at the same time, nor how he could claim to be tolerant and non-judgemental, yet ruthlessly cut people out of his life who he deemed unfit according to his personal standards. He also came across as a compulsive man, operating out of fear of the future - all that hording of toilet paper (and underwear!) and hiding money in his car and house, his "fitness" compusion, and implying that frequent health and dental checkups.were somehow necessary to "attract". That's more like a survivalist preparing for the worst than a self-believer expecting the best. (We had a saying in my day - "He wears both a belt and suspenders" - to describe somebody who was secretly neurotic and fearful.) If you followed his advice he said you would find that "you never get sick", yet he died young (to me 48 is very young) of a heart attack.
The text offers 28 strategies in 28 chapters, including numerous tests that help you to reflect on your current state or condition, and simple step-by-step guidelines to change your current condition for the better. The key notion in his strategy is to make oneself more attractive by living a fulfilling life. Rather than 'strive' and 'hard sell' your way to success, his method is more along the lines of taking the path of least resistance - that by being aware and sensitive to oneself and one's environment, you create an attitude of mind where living and success becomes almost effortless. His method more or less has a Zen quality to it - surrendering to the Tao and moving through life in a natural way. In other words, by attaining clarity of mind, one is more in a position to recognize opportunities when they present themselves, and because we have become more ourselves and in-flow with our environment, good things will happen. Put in other terms; remove the physical and emotional clutter in your life, thereby creating the space for success to occur.
It is impossible for a single self-help book to be the answer for everybody. Though Leonard has an approachable method covering general areas that most of us experience and have trouble with from time to time. If anything, it could well bring your attention to areas that you thought were under control and moving smoothly and are not. This book is worth having a look at...
The primary way it is a treasure is that it is exceptionally useful both as a personal growth tool and also as a book to work through with the folks who I am privileged to coach. The writing is conversational and not filled with jargon.
It is destined to be a classic, even moreso with the untimely, way to early death of the author.
However, to be fair, and what earned the book my two stars, the book did remind me that presentation is key. I took a bunch of old clothes to goodwill and upgraded my wardrobe.
As a Life Coach I found this book inspiring and directly to the point. I plan to expand on my own current practices with strategies from this excellent work.
Patrick Rodriguez, Life Coach
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