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November 2017

Sneaky Questions

Is there even a sneakin’ chance that you tend to slip in advice by posing a leading question?

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October 2017

Unconventional Solutions

You might find it strange to hear a coach encourage a coachee to “get the job first, do the homework second”.

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September 2017

When the Coach Needs the Coaching

I had to call on every ounce of my professional coach acumen to squash my very needy thoughts in real time.

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August 2017

Listening Sublime!

I began to notice that his rapid speech and (apparent) annoyance with my request to repeat himself had triggered me to wonder whether he was rather junior.

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July 2017

Zippo Listening Going On

How many times have you caught yourself in conversation, but not listening at all?

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April 2017

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...

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March 2017

Is Anyone Really Listening?

In several workshops during the last year, I revealed the profound “Three Layers of Deep Listening Model’

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February 2017

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.

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January 2017

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.

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November 2016

Should I Be Mean Now?

I resisted the temptation to do something mean just to prove him wrong, and thanked him for his feedback.

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June 2016

Bla Bla Bla Bla Bla Bla

 

 realized that I had to actually interrupt him to get a word in edgewise, which would make me feel rude. I broke in anyway, saying…

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May 2016

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.

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April 2016

Cutting Deals Up Front

But what about contracting up front, right at the beginning of the coaching journey?

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March 2016

Cutting Deals!

Have you ever found yourself floundering or a bit lost in a coaching conversation when your coachee goes off on a tangent, or when you're not sure which topic to discuss next?

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February 2016

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.

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January 2016

Can We Please Turn the Video Off?

“Can we please turn the video off?”, she said. I immediately felt intense curiosity shooting...

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October 2015

I'm Not an Idiot

I was caught completely off guard. I had no idea that this had been going on inside him.

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September 2015

No Second Chance!

A couple of years ago I was frustrated with a coaching session that I felt just hadn’t gone well.

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July 2015

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...

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June 2015

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.

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May 2015

Failure!

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...

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February 2015

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?

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January 2015

I am Great

I am frequently asked: “What theme comes up most often in your coaching sessions?”...

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December

I Wonder What That's About

Have you ever been annoyed by a person you were coaching?  I have.  So what’s really going on, and how can we manage ourselves in these situations?

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November 2014

Tell Me More

I think coachees send out ‘invitations’ all the time.  Here’s what it looks like:  During a coaching conversation...

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September 2014

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,

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August 2014

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 differ

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July 2014

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?

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June 2014

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...

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May 2014

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...

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April 2014

What was he THINKING?

“It’s despicable!  I sent Marco an invitation a week beforehand, but never heard a...

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March 2014

Interrupting

Have you ever found yourself interrupting while coaching someone?

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January 2014

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.

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December 2013

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.

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