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A Reflection on the Importance of Awareness of Standards

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

Feedback-A Gift Best Served with Specificity

This is a wonderful time of year when you may give or receive gifts. My colleague Pat Barlow has said, “Feedback is a gift.” It may sting, but the gift it offers is a chance for development. Also, the more specific the feedback, the more useful it can be. I’ve been thinking about feedback recently asContinue Reading

Coaching Mastery: A Path Best Traveled Together

The faculty of my coach-training program did live coaching demonstrations as part of the training. The directors of this program have been coaching for over 20 years. I watched with fascination, with 18 members of my soon to be learning community, as the co-director sat down with her client. Everything else in the room seemedContinue Reading

A Third Way through Coaching

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?

  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

What to do When a Coaching Client is Stuck

I recently had a conversation with a group of coaches about how to help clients get unstuck. An example of a stuck client is somebody who continually fails to follow through with commitments. Or it could be a client who struggles with coming up with actions. Recently I was coaching someone who was reasonably self-awareContinue Reading

A Necessary Impatience When Coaching

  I’ve heard it said that patience is a virtue. For the most part I agree, except in coaching.  A savvy coach knows when it is time to practice impatience in service of the client. I recently had a coaching session where a client who kept saying, “For example….” and went on and talked forContinue Reading

What Transformational Coaching has to do with Business

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

Gratitude and Thanksgiving- November News

Thanksgiving Around The World  ~as quoted from Thanksgiving.org The concept behind Thanksgiving ceremony celebration, held with a massive zeal in every nook and corner of the United States, is similar to the August Moon Festival in China, Tet Trung Thu in Vietnam, Succoth in the Jewish tradition, Kwanzaa in Africa, Pongal in India and ChusokContinue Reading

Coaching Presence and the Power Differential between Client and Coach

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