When Mike Townsend is suddenly thrown into the position of interim CEO of a specialty chemicals company after the death of the founder and owner, he is overwhelmed with the issues in an organization that must make some dramatic changes to survive. He has six months to put the new company on track to success and to decide if he will take on the role as permanent CEO and new owner of the company. Mike hires Sandy Bishop, an executive coach to help him with the business, organizational and personal challenges. Through coaching conversations she guides his growth to become a L.E.A.R.N.E.D Leader, one who Listens using active listening techniques, Examines through Appreciative Inquiry and Powerful Questions, Accepts without judging, Reflects on learning, Navigates the way forward by setting goals and defining success, Engages all the stakeholders, and, Does take action. The story has a major emphasis on the interaction between the leader and the executive coach, demonstrating the impact of an effective coach.