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When Executive Coaching Gets Personal
My client told me a story we have all heard, or even lived ourselves. His relationship was dysfunctional and unhappy...Read more
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Is Anyone Really Listening?
In several workshops during the last year, I revealed the profound “Three Layers of Deep Listening Model’Read more
The Day I Did Not Hold Back
So how honest and direct can a coach get? Well, I really pushed the limit a while back.Read more
No Menu, Please
The thought process created by being asked to choose from a menu of options is very different than that created by a powerful open question.Read more
Should I Be Mean Now?
I resisted the temptation to do something mean just to prove him wrong, and thanked him for his feedback.Read more
Are You Mr. Perfect?
“And secondly, you admitted openly that your career is more important to you than your family. I am very..."Read more
Entitled or Grateful?
An example in point: I have seen a handful of Talent Management programs go down the drain, partly because those selected as ‘having talent’ started to feel that they not only deserved special treatment (based upon hard work, exceptional performance, etc.); but that they were even entitled to it.Read more
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No You Don't!
“I have to exercise more.” “I’ve got to start networking.” “I need to stop planning back-to-back meetings.” “I have to get on top of my Inbox.” “I’ve got to start leaving the office by 18:00.” “I need to spend more time with my team.“ Etcetera etcetera etcetera.Read more
Cutting Deals Up Front
But what about contracting up front, right at the beginning of the coaching journey?Read more
Who Takes the First Shot?
While many say that pure coaching consists of giving no advice at all, I’ve heard many coaches confess that they do give advice from time to time.Read more
Can We Please Turn the Video Off?
“Can we please turn the video off?”, she said. I immediately felt intense curiosity shooting...Read more
I'm Not an Idiot
I was caught completely off guard. I had no idea that this had been going on inside him.Read more
It is Just a Sigh
I’ve heard this so many times. It resembles a sigh, yet it’s different. When a person sighs, they breathe in deeply, and slowly. And then...Read more
You are Fill in the Blank
Then I said, “So it sounds like you are a good communicator.” He winced as if I had stepped on his toe, and I asked him why. He wasn’t sure.Read more
I believe that failure can be celebrated, as long as we learn from it. This is a new perspective for many coaches, and also a gift...Read more
Working Too Hard to Listen
Years ago, I unintentionally fell asleep on my colleague while he was driving both of us home from our very firstRead more
The Conversation Stopper
Then you ask what you think is a great open question, and the conversation comes to a dead halt. Silence. What happens next?Read more
I am Great
I am frequently asked: “What theme comes up most often in your coaching sessions?”...Read more
Tell Me More
I think coachees send out ‘invitations’ all the time. Here’s what it looks like: During a coaching conversation...Read more
So you ask your coachee: “How can you achieve this goal?” Without any hesitation, you receive an answer. What do you do next?Read more
The Power of Pulling It Together
Coaching conversations (and most conversations, actually) are much like two people walking down a road together. When they come to a crossroad,Read more
Are You Taking Note?
Boring? At first glance, the topic of note taking may seem to be one of the more mundane items to cover in a blog post on coaching. I beg to differRead more
Pushing for Solutions
Someone comes to you to discuss an issue they have. You ask some questions, and at a certain point, you feel like you have a pretty good grip of the situation. It is time to move to solutions, right?Read more
The Coaching Trap
It can be so easy to fall into ‘The Coaching Trap’. Imagine that you are coaching someone, and you believe the conversation is going quite well...Read more
Take a Break
Recently I was listening to (what was in my opinion) a very chaotic story. My coachee moved randomly from present, to past, to future, to past, to present, etc...Read more
What was he THINKING?
“It’s despicable! I sent Marco an invitation a week beforehand, but never heard a...Read more
When it comes to coaching, questions are the engine that drives deeper exploration and rich conversations.Read more
Out of my control!
Many of the people I coach are quite ambitious. They set significant goals for themselves that seem to fall into one of two categories.Read more
Your Number One Challenge: Stop Giving Advice!
Here’s a scenario that repeats itself regularly while participants in our coaching programs are practicing their coaching skills.Read more