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Four Steps to Being More Coach-Like in Your Conversations

“How did you do that?” This is a question we hear often from Blanchard clients. In a recent conversation with an organizational sponsor, I was asked to explain how Blanchard coaches were able to consistently help leaders in a high potential coaching program to make changes that stuck. Our client knew all about the skills…

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What Coaching Really Is

A friend called me recently to get some help with a work situation that was driving her crazy.  “Do you want advice or do you want me to coach you?” I asked. “Aren’t they the same thing?” she replied. No.  They aren’t. Coaching—or what you might know as Life, Business, Executive, or Leadership Coaching—has been…

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Graduation Advice? Use a Coach Approach

Graduation is a milestone and marks a new beginning. As a mom to a high school graduate and an aunt to a college graduate, I’ve been thinking about the advice I could share with each—in case they ever ask! Do you have a child, relative or friend embarking on the same journey? My advice as…

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The Secret Quality of a Great Coach

A client of mine is seeking to shift her company from the current hierarchical command-and-control culture to a coaching culture, so I have been working with her to create a Leader as Coach program. During our work together, the learning leaders and several senior leader pilot participants got into a fascinating debate about the qualities…

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Are You Being Clear About Expectations?

Today’s managers play a dual role—balancing their people management tasks along with their own work. Recently one of my clients was discussing this challenge and her specific time constraints. She was particularly frustrated about the number of meetings she needed to have with one of her solid performers to get an important task done. She…