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Category Archives: Communication Skills

Coaching Presence and the Power Differential between Client and Coach

Written on May 22, 2013 at 12:42 pm, by

Coach Power Differential:  What does that mean? It means we coaches have a lot of power… be careful with it. I really do try not to ‘coach’ every second of my day, but sometimes it’s impossible not to notice the obvious red flags in coaching when they’re literally right in front of me. While atContinue Reading

Promises, Promises

Written on January 10, 2012 at 5:21 pm, by

A commitment is a pledge, a bond between two or more people. When you make a commitment, you aren’t just giving your word; you’re agreeing to take action. Every family, every friendship, every community, and certainly every organization is a network of commitments. This is particularly important for leaders. The more rigorous the commitments, theContinue Reading

Mom was right – watch your language!

Written on September 9, 2011 at 10:02 am, by

The power of language – it precedes actions, and if we are not careful, we get what we think about. And most of the things we ‘speak’ are the silent words that happen while we are busy doing other things. We are walking manifestations of our thoughts – whether conscious or unconscious. Consider the linksContinue Reading

The Art of Brevity

Written on July 28, 2011 at 10:30 am, by

“I would have made this letter shorter, but I didn’t have time.” – Mark Twain One of the biggest complaints we hear from executives is that their direct reports cannot deliver a message in a succinct, concise manner. This creates confusion, which is a perfect foundation for making poor decisions. There are many ‘why’s’ asContinue Reading

The power of powerful questions

Written on July 14, 2011 at 6:37 pm, by

The power of powerful questions. Have you ever noticed the impact of a great question? Well-placed questions can enlighten, can generate new possibilities, and profoundly change what we do and how and what we think and feel. What makes for a great question? It starts with the questioner. What is her intention? Is she curiousContinue Reading