What Makes A Great Coach? 3 Key Ingredients

According to the 2016 Global Coaching Study by the International Coach Federation and PricewaterhouseCoopers, almost all coach practitioners (99%) reported receiving some form of coach-specific training, with a large majority (89%) receiving training that was accredited or approved by a professional coaching organization. As the availability of coach training programs has increased, so has the…

Get Clear in These Four Areas before Coaching Across Cultures

As I regularly partner with company sponsors, clients, and coaches from various cultures, I’ve realized that people from different country cultures and even organizational cultures can have different expectations of coaching. A client’s belief system and cultural perspective greatly impacts how they not only interact with their coach but also achieve goals. As a result,…

Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall…

Looking in the mirror to see your true self can be scary. You may see behaviors that are not serving you as a leader. And once you are aware of these behaviors, there is always the big question: What are you going to do about it? A leader’s role, while serving as a role model…

Add Some GRIT to Accomplish Your Goals

I have been hearing the word grit a lot lately. It started when I purchased Angela Duckworth’s book GRIT (Scribner, 2016) in an airport bookstore this summer. In it, Angela writes “Grit is about working on something you care about so much that you’re willing to stay loyal to it.” She elaborates on the two…

Have You Planted Yourself in a Container That’s Too Small?

A plant can be limited by a pot that’s too small. In the same way, self-imposed limiting beliefs can restrict your growth and development. People need a big container—a mind that is open—to grow. A small container—limited thinking—inhibits the ability to receive and learn new information. In order to succeed, you must develop the right…

Organizational Change: Coaching Yourself through Six Stages of Concern

Change is inevitable for most organizations—especially in today’s dynamic business environment. For individuals, change may result in new responsibilities, new roles, or new leaders. When coaching clients through organizational change, we see many concerns surface due to people’s feelings of uncertainty as well as the added stress brought about by the change process. So what…

Are You a Serving Leader? A 5-point Checklist

Ken Blanchard believes there is one fundamental question all leaders need to ask themselves:  Is the purpose of my leadership to serve—or is it my expectation to be served?  A leader’s answer is important because it leads to two fundamentally different approaches to leadership. As a professional coach, I work with leaders on various skills…