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9 Mistakes of the Rookie Coach

The Ken Blanchard Companies has hired a lot of coaches since we first opened up our Coaching Services division back in 2000. We currently have 153 coaches in place to work with managers and executives in organizations all over the globe. To assess whether the coach has the level of competence we need, we always…

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Feeling Disillusioned at Work? You Should Celebrate!

Feeling disillusioned at work hardly sounds like something to celebrate. How could anyone feel good about low competence and low commitment? In fact, wouldn’t you want to hide it? In The Ken Blanchard Companies Situational Leadership® II training program, we teach that a Disillusioned Learner (D2) development level is part of the natural progression of…

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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…

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Are You Coachable? 7 Attributes of an Ideal Coaching Participant

Coaching has definitely become mainstream. It seems as if high potential people in senior positions, at the mid-level, and even on the front lines in organizations have access to performance coaches these days.  But does that mean that all high performers are a good fit for coaching? In their book Coaching in Organizations, master certified…

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Could You Be More Coach-like in Your One-on-One Conversations?

Recently I was reading the white paper “Bringing Science to the Art of Coaching.” Authors Jack Zenger and Kathleen Stinnett look at a couple of key questions to explore while examining what research says about the effectiveness of coaching. Consistently, the data shows strong correlations between a leader’s coaching effectiveness and measures of employee commitment…

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What Really Happens When You Work with a Coach?

There is often confusion about not only what goes on during coaching sessions but also how to decide what changes to make or goals to work on when being coached. The lack of clarity in these areas can keep some people from making the commitment to work with a coach. So let’s get everything cleared…

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3 Ways to Help Others Along a Leadership Journey

Blanchard’s Situational Leadership® II model is based on the idea that an individual’s development is goal or task specific.  It also teaches that there are four predictable phases a person goes through as they develop.  In a nutshell when learning something new we often start out as an Enthusiastic Beginner.  Then from there, if we…