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Transformational Leadership Coaching for Sustainable Change
By: Elle Allison-Napolitano

Foreword by Rob and Kathy Bocchino

Learn how successful organizational processes, along with empowered “partnership coaching” leads to creative, goal-meeting cultures as well as innovation and improved team interaction.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781452260914
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2013
  • Page Count: 184
  • Publication date: July 02, 2013

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Leadership coaching that moves beyond the status quo

How do leaders who coach their peers and colleagues develop the next generation of leaders? What does it mean to serve as a “thought partner” for colleagues at the helm of meaningful change? How do powerful coaching conversations challenge assumptions and catalyze transformative innovation? How does leadership coaching lift people and programs beyond the demands of the status quo?

Named for a physics term that refers to sustainable energy in the absence of its source, Flywheel offers a comprehensive view of leadership coaching— including tools, coaching dialogues, exercises, and protocols. In Flywheel, Elle Allison-Napolitano draws on her extensive experience as a trainer of leaders who coach and as a practicing leadership coach, to fill a long standing gap in leadership coaching: to support leaders at the helm of the most important work in your organization. Flywheel offers these outcomes:

  • Emerging leaders through meaningful work

  • Deep implementation of your best initiatives

  • Better interactions and relationships through coaching

  • An engaged and committed workforce

  • Increased ownership and accountability

  • Innovative and inspired thinking

Make leadership coaching a movement in your organization and develop leaders capable of meaningful, sustainable change.

“In a world of ever mounting educational challenges, Dr. Allison’s work brings refreshing clarity in understanding transformational leadership coaching. Transformational coaching is the most compelling model in the coaching literature and will sustain the meaningful change needed to improve instruction and provide world-class educational opportunities for students.”
—Debbie Lee, Executive Director of K–12 Curriculum and Instruction
Waterloo Community Schools, IA

Key features

The benefits if this coaching practice are:

  • More leaders growing new leaders on the job, as they accomplish real work
  • More people interacting with each other through coaching
  • An engaged workforce: employees fully participating in the most important initiatives of the organization
  • Ownership and accountability for important work
  • Increased happiness in the workforce through improved relationships, conversations, and interactions on the job
  • More people interacting with each other in ways that spurs innovation and out of the box thinking
  • More people accomplishing meaningful work
  • Wise and timely decisions and solutions to challenges, quandaries, and problems
  • A renewed workforce with energy to do more meaningful work

Readers will leave with a one of a kind Powerful Renewal Coaching Conversation Protocol and Transfer tool.



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Elle Allison-Napolitano

Elle Allison, Founder of Wisdom Out specializes in leadership development and organizational learning. Dr. Allison works with leaders, aspiring leaders, senior leadership teams, school teams and leadership coaches, to teach them the strategies, practices and tools they need to increase their organization’s capacity for sustainable change.

Elle has been a teacher, principal, supervisor of school improvement, assistant superintendent, educational consultant and leadership coach. She earned her PhD. in Organizational Learning, from the University of New Mexico. She is a graduate of the National Staff Development’s Council’s Academy and is a member of the National Speaker’s Association. She is author of several books and articles on leadership renewal and resilience and on leadership coaching, including Flywheel, published by Corwin in 2013.

Elle lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband Len and her 16 year old Vizsla dog named “Ole.’” For customized workshops, leadership academies and boot camps, and keynotes contact Elle at elle@wisdomout.com. To register for the Wisdom Out newsletter and monthly complimentary webinars, please visit www.WisdomOut.com.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword by Rob and Kathy Bocchino



About the Author

Part I. Promise

Chapter 1. The Meaning of Transformational Leadership Coaching

A Story of Transformational Leadership

Transformational Leadership Coaching

The Transformational Leader

From Transformational Leadership to Transformed Organizations

What if Your Leadership Coaching Initiative Played a Bigger Game?

Chapter 2. Coach More, Lead More

Coaching Is Leadership

Opportunities for Leaders to Coach

To Coach or Not to Coach

Portals to Coaching

Answering the Call

On to Part II!

Part II. Projects

Chapter 3. The Greater Good: What Leaders Want You to Coach Them On


The Greater Good

Helping Leaders Select Coaching Projects

What Could You Be Coached On?

Additional Tools Related to This Chapter

Chapter 4. The First 100 Days

What's So Big About the First 100 Days?

The First 100-Day Plan Defined

Descriptions of the Actions in Each Phase

Final Guidelines

Part III. Practice

Chapter 5. The Flywheel System

Flywheel Leadership Coaching Components

Additional Tools Related to This Chapter

Chapter 6. The Powerful Coaching Conversation: An Overview

A Process Engineered for Inspiration

How the Powerful Coaching Conversation Process Works

Step 1. Greetings and Accountability

Step 2. Connect to the Work and Focus This Coaching Session

Step 3. Coachee Tells the Story

Step 4. Question Assumptions and Deepen Understanding

Step 5. Interact Through Thought Leadership Questions (TLQs)

Step 6 and Step 7. Generative Reflection and Brainstorming

Step 8. Wisdom and Commitment to Action

Drawing the Conversation to Closure

"You're Going to Be Great"

A Series of Powerful Conversations Leading to Wisdom and Transformational Change

It Ain't Always Pretty, But You're Going to Be Great

Additional Tools Related to This Chapter

Chapter 7. Listen, Just Listen

What Listening Means to Coaching

What Stops Coaches From Listening?

What Coaches "Do" When They Listen

Listening and Leaders Who Coach

Return to Listening

Listening Is the Gatekeeper to Great Coaching

Chapter 8. Question Assumptions and Deepen Understanding

Transition From Step 3 to Step 4

Communication Skills Used by Coaches in Step 4

The Ladder of Inference

The Coaching Conversation in Step 4

Step 4 Pitfalls

Readiness for Step 5

Chapter 9. Thought Leadership Questions

Inspired Thought

A Coaching Scenario: Meet "Caroline"

Adding Step 5 to the Powerful Coaching Conversation

The Magic of Thought Leadership Questions: How the Mind Works

Using Thought Leadership Questions for Good

Deep Wells of Knowledge

Chapter 10. The Jaunty Walk

The Jaunty Walk

A Coaching Scenario: Meet "Adam"

Part IV. Progress

Chapter 11. Monitoring the Results of Leadership Coaching

Is Leadership Coaching Operating as Expected?

Do Leaders With Coaches Create Results for the Organization?

Here Comes the Tricky Part

Chapter 12. Start a Coaching Movement

Remember When We "Did" Coaching?

Organizational Considerations That Support Leadership Coaching

Final Words

Appendix: Thought Leadership Questions





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