Category Archives: Coaching

Leading Without Formal Authority

In today’s complex and often matrixed organizations, many leaders find themselves in a now all-too-common predicament: having accountability for an outcome with no authority over those responsible to help bring it to completion. Figuring out which levers to pull to … Continue reading

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A Case for In-Person Coaching

The reality of our modern and connected world is that many coaching sessions happen virtually these days, either by phone or by using extremely effective and affordable technology like Skype and Facetime. Overall, the use of technology in coaching is … Continue reading

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Being the Right Choice in Executive Coaching

A year ago, I found myself on a short list of coaches who had been invited to have a chemistry meeting with an executive (let’s call her “Jane”) who was particular about whom she would work with.  The company Jane … Continue reading

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Top athletes and singers have coaches. Should you?

The surgeon, Atul Gawande, writes about the paradigm shift in sports. What was once a humble, no frills approach to training and play has become a world in which every athlete has a coach to reach optimal performance. What will it take to shave off that last two-hundredths of a second? And where do coaches fit in helping everyone reach their potential if, as a society, we’re routinely expecting “ordinary people to take responsibility for doing extraordinary things?” Continue reading

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What Really Motivates Us? A Coaching Story

In our world, we often find ourselves working with C-suite executives who don’t make the time or effort to give their direct reports regular, meaningful feedback. It’s not because they don’t care. It’s because they often don’t realize that what motivates virtually all of us is fairly simple: we want to know where we fit in and that what we do matters. Continue reading

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All Communication Is a Form of Storytelling

His eyes lit up instantly and he became visibly excited. He told me that 30 years ago he used to write for a local paper on sports and that he loved it. He had never thought about that experience again—until now. Continue reading

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Renewal: The Work of Relaxing

Personal renewal is, well, personal. What increases my resilience might not work for you, and vice versa. For instance, meditation might be a powerful tool for some while exercise might be just as effective for others. Continue reading

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