Leaders—What Are Your Word Choices Saying about You?

Several years ago when I began coaching, I was taught that it was important to focus closely on the language choices made by clients. For example, clients who said they would try to change a behavior, read an email, or follow up on a difficult situation inevitably failed. Clients who said “I will” were much…

Mindfulness and Leadership: Three Easy Ways to Be a Better Leader

In the world of coaching, we’ve long practiced and shared the concepts of mindfulness with clients because we’ve seen and felt the results. Mindfulness as it’s practiced as a part of leadership development can take many forms, from something as simple as NOT multitasking or as intentional as active listening, or regulating self-talk. So, how…

Need More Time? Start Coaching Your People

What’s the number one reason that leaders don’t provide more day-to-day coaching for their people? By an overwhelming margin, it’s “I don’t have the time.” That was the response John, a VP in the high tech industry, gave us when we asked him this question. And from what we could see, he was right. He…

Coaching Tuesday: Learning from Your Mistakes

It’s inevitable: we all make mistakes, hard as it is to admit it. And it’s agonizing when we realize our actions may have had a negative impact on our boss, clients, colleagues, friends, or family. In the world of coaching, we know that how one responds to a mistake is as important as what one…