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Category Archives: Leadership

A Reflection on the Importance of Awareness of Standards

Written on January 16, 2017 at 11:26 am, by

A few weeks ago, I had a startling revelation about awareness of standards over a hamburger with a friend. I had a coupon for a free meal that I redeemed at the cash register and told the cashier, “I don’t want the soda.” She replied, “I can upgrade your fries if you would like. YouContinue Reading

Go Coach Joe

Written on October 29, 2016 at 1:44 pm, by

Do you cringe when you hear a leader tell another to go and coach someone to…? We coaches know what coaching really is and isn’t. The ICF definition of coaching is what we understand so well. And it is not only inspirational, but heartfelt. In case you haven’t read it for a while, here itContinue Reading

What’s service got to do with it?

Written on October 26, 2016 at 10:07 am, by

  It is my distinct privilege to be nominated to the ICF Global Board of Directors. With the election beginning October 27, I want to serve ICF in this role. In these next few days, I’d like to share what’s at my deepest core of why our coaching profession is crucial. The coaching profession hasContinue Reading

A Third Way through Coaching

Written on September 9, 2016 at 9:49 am, by

Many times coaching clients offer either/or solutions to a problem. For example, a client who thinks he either has to be the nice guy or the guy who holds the line. This case illuminates that scenario. Georgia has recently been promoted to nurse manager after working in the same department for five years. She andContinue Reading

Do your kids know what you do for work?

Written on May 11, 2016 at 1:47 pm, by

  Recently I was at the dinner table with my wife, 2-year old daughter, and 5-year old (almost 6) son Jack. My wife asked Jack what daddy did for his job. He said, “He is a coach.” My wife asked, “What does a coach do?” As I waited for his response I wondered what wasContinue Reading

Everything I Need to Know

Written on April 29, 2015 at 1:06 pm, by

It’s not everyday people have the opportunity to meet, let alone know a real pioneer woman. Billee Wheelock Gontrum was just that. A true Fort Collins native, born in 1915 during the tumultuous time of World World One, Billee accomplished things many people only hope to do. Billee attended Colorado State University, but whilst aContinue Reading

What Transformational Coaching has to do with Business

Written on January 7, 2015 at 5:32 pm, by

The word ‘transformational’ is common in business today, and it certainly fits for the state of the world. If you Google the term, you’ll receive over 13 million results. No wonder. Business transformation is a mandate that requires continuous attention from leaders. The definition of transformation is to change form. Change is constant and rapid.Continue Reading

Stories in Diversity and Inclusion: The Importance of Cultural Competency

Written on February 27, 2013 at 2:47 pm, by

A True Story A sweet, pale-skinned little girl is brought to the hospital by her mother, complaining of fatigue and dizziness, trouble breathing and headaches. The doctors run the standard tests and, when they come back normal, they prescribe plenty of fluids and a simple antibiotic. A few days later, when Anna’s parents rush herContinue Reading

Coach Training: A Key Lever in Healthcare Talent Development

Written on February 18, 2013 at 12:47 pm, by

  Coach Training as Leadership Development The testimonials for the effectiveness of coaching at the executive level are extensive and the flourishing of the coaching industry is an indicator of its success and effectiveness. What is less well-publicized is that, with a little creativity, coach training can make a huge difference in any field thatContinue Reading

Business is Personal; How Conflict Can Make You a Better Leader

Written on November 19, 2012 at 2:25 pm, by

“The people to fear are not those who disagree with you, but those who disagree with you and are too cowardly to let you know.” Napoleon Bonaparte We know that conflict isn’t fun. Yet we know that without engaging in productive conflict, the result can be anywhere from the ‘silent treatment’ all the way toContinue Reading