Adding Coaching to the HR Business Partner Role

The HR business partner is a strategic asset to leaders in business units. The HRBP provides advice, solves problems, acts as a sounding board, and more and more often is also called upon to coach the leader. Blanchard has worked with a number of clients who are using this strategy along with external coaching for…

15 Questions to Ask Before Recommending (or Receiving) Coaching

At Blanchard Coaching Services, we work with learning and development professionals in organizations to roll out coaching initiatives. Most of the people who are to chosen to receive coaching are excited about the prospect and immediately enthusiastic; however, some are not. These folks either miss the initial email from their L&D business partners, or they…

Does Phone Coaching Work?

Coaching over the phone? Not texting, but actually talking on the telephone? How quaint! When it comes to interacting with others in today’s digital age, the telephone may seem like a relic from the past.  You may think coaching over the phone would be a poor substitute compared to face-to-face interaction. But the truth is,…

Becoming a Coach: The Making of a Yoda

When I started coaching in organizations 25 years ago, coaching was mostly for people who were causing problems and needed to be fixed, so to speak. In some places, coaching is still perceived as remedial help but I can tell you without a shadow of doubt that no organization is investing in that anymore. Coaching…

What to Expect from a Master Coach: A 28-Point Checklist!

There is a great deal of controversy these days about what mastery in coaching actually looks like. The International Coach Federation has created stringent rules regarding coach competencies that make it simpler to identify the criteria a coach must meet to achieve the Master Certified Coach (MCC) designation. As of May 2017, only six percent…

Biggest Managerial Questions of 2017? Ask Madeleine

Madeleine Homan Blanchard is on vacation this week so we thought it would be fun to take a look at the three most viewed managerial questions Madeleine was asked through the first half of 2017. Here are the top three (with Madeleine’s advice) in ascending order. Click the title or picture to see the complete…

Coaching Yourself—6 Tips from a Professional Coach

Have you ever thought about coaching yourself?  It’s a good skill to have—especially during an unexpected change, transition, or period of uncertainty. Through self-coaching, you can take control of your thoughts and actions. Coaching yourself can be a challenge due to biases and assumed constraints.  However, by increasing your awareness of your thoughts and being…

4 Ways to Develop Your Coaching Presence

Professional coaches know the importance of being skilled at coaching presence—being fully present. This fundamental and powerful skill can make or break a coach/client relationship. The International Coach Federation describes presence as the “ability to be fully conscious and create spontaneous relationship with the client, employing a style that is open, flexible, and confident.” Being…

Coaching Done Right—4 Steps that Set People Up for Success

It’s important to ensure that people who are about to receive coaching are set up for success. When using coaching as a development methodology, an experienced coach will take four steps to make sure the engagement has the best chance to achieve desired outcomes. Here’s what to look for in the coaching interactions you set…