6 Ways to Shake It Up to Achieve Mastery

As a coach, the majority of my coaching sessions with clients focus on achieving mastery in some form. Some topics are very specific, such as delivering presentations or listening. Others are broad, such as being an effective leader, communicating, or managing emotions. What exactly does it take to achieve mastery? It begins with clarity. Identifying…

10 Bad Work Habits to Break in 2018

Coaches have a front row seat to the habits that get in our clients’ way.  One small but insidious bad habit can cost so much more than we realize.  The research shows that the best way to nip a bad habit is to replace it with something else. Here are 10 potential things to stop…

Coaching to Support Learning

Think about the last time you attended a training session. If you are like me, you got excited about the content, fired up about changing things back at work based on what you learned, and ready to be a different and better leader. Then reality hits. Hundreds of emails, 22 meetings, and 17 “I just…

4 Types of Leaders Who Aren’t Ready for Coaching

All over the world, leaders are using coaching to gain a competitive edge. But does coaching solve every problem one might encounter in the workplace? “No. It’s not a panacea,” says coaching expert Patricia Overland in an article for Chief Learning Officer. “Determining when coaching is a good investment can be challenging.” Overland shares a…

3 Steps to Get Out of Leadership Debt

We all make mistakes when leading. It’s part of the process—delayed projects, missed deadlines, communication issues, budget constraints, and an endless list of other possibilities that Murphy’s Law dictates are always around the corner. When you find yourself in a leadership failure or debt, here are a few things you can do to get out…

Are You Addicted to Drama, Obligation, Worry, or Busyness?

We all want our lives to be stimulating, meaningful, and useful to others. It’s satisfying to be able to solve problems, help others, and be productive overall. But for some people, the pursuit of stimulation can become an unhealthy habit, a compulsion—almost an addiction. When someone continually craves a heightened sense of stimulation in this…

How to Bypass Frustration and Lead with Patience

As a leader, you’ve probably encountered situations that can be frustrating. Perhaps your direct report did something wrong or you had too much on your plate. How did you deal with that situation? I was recently asked at a gathering of friends how I remained so positive. Did I have a secret daily ritual of…