When You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know

“There are plenty of obstacles in your path. Don’t allow yourself to become one of them.” — author unknown This quote got my attention when I saw it in another newsletter. It reminded me of a question that often comes up when a coaching client is forming a plan for something they want to accomplish. […]

When Good Coaches Struggle to Get Clients

Whether you make your living from coaching individual clients and groups, or you’re an internal coach waiting for employees to be sent your way, you need to drum up business. It’s not enough to be a great coach; you must promote yourself and show people the value of coaching. Here are four key ways to […]

Do You Have Four Seconds to Be a Better Leader?

I’m learning a lot from my Crossfit workouts – and not just about exercise. The trainer has drilled new ideas into me. He tells me to forget about the amount of weight I’m lifting (really?) and focus on form and breathing. Most guys get form, he says, but few get breathing. He’s teaching me how […]

Every Time I Use Coaching I Am Amazed!

Our Fall Coach Training Programs begin in just a few weeks. Our online classes offer the convenience of learning from your home or office, while our on-site training events provide an intensive in-person classroom experience. If you are wondering whether coaching skills can make a difference, read what one of our recent students has to say: […]

How Good Are You at Saying NO?

If you’re like many of today’s leaders, saying NO is a challenge. I get it. You want to help. You want to make a difference. That’s why you are in leadership. Yet, if you say YES to everything – you become ineffective! What do you do? Learn to say NO! That’s right-saying NO is a learned skill. And […]

Leaders need to unlearn, as well as learn!

I have been noticing a recurring theme from the leaders that I coach.  It’s the need for leaders to unlearn, as well as learn. Several that I am coaching are focusing a significant amount of their time and energy on unlearning. Here are a few examples: One leader recently discovered how much “telling and advising” she had […]

Stop Telling People What to Do

We finally have solid evidence about the problem with telling people what to do. A research project in 2009 reveals brain activity – actually, a lack of brain activity – when we are being told what to do. Here’s the research in a nutshell. When someone is telling us what to do or giving us advice, […]

How to Get in Touch with Your Inner Tortoise

Faster. Sooner. Quicker. It seems like this is what we want. Many of Today’s Leaders believe that success is closely tied to the speed at which things are done. As a result, many leaders pick up the pace for themselves, as well as for those they lead. Consider for a moment the value of slowing things […]

How to Be Less Defensive

The topic during one of our recent coaching classes was how to be less defensive. We had a lot of laughs and came up with lots of ideas. One of the students shared a concept I had never heard before. It’s the concept of imperturbability, which he learned in his martial arts training. Here’s what he told […]

How Do You Lead When You Disagree with the Decision?

Earlier this week I was coaching a group of leaders. In several instances the leaders reported that decision in their organization had been made that they did not agree with. To make matters worse, in their role as leader, it was their job to implement the decision. One leader after another reported the struggle with leading when […]