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  The International Coach Federation recently announced a change to their list of core competencies. The list and descriptions for each competency help coaches know what’s expected of a coach. The new list has eight competencies while the previous list had eleven. The only somewhat surprising change? The new list drops “Powerful Questioning”. Hmmm. Brian

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  A major mistake a coach can make is agreeing on the topic too soon. At the beginning of a general coaching conversation, the client isn’t completely sure exactly what the topic is. A coach needs to spend time helping the client clarify exactly what the issue is. My analogy for this is the topic

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  You are probably more cynical than you think. Cynicism is the belief that people only act out of their own self-interest. Of course, this is always true to some extent, but the cynic changes their behavior because they don’t believe people will show up at their best. Cynicism is a nasty virus in North

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  Perhaps the most difficult coaching conversation a coach can ever have is the one that lacks focus.  Focus-less conversations go in circles, they skip across the surface of issues, and they bounce around without ever creating any helpful awareness. In other words, they are a waste of time.  They can also be frustrating –

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  I recently started working with a large employer in my area to help them develop leaders throughout the organization.  They do not have a culture of strong commitment, accountability, or results.  Instead, their culture is one that over-does-it when it comes to personal autonomy: nobody can tell anyone else what to do. A major

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  The esteemed 20th-century Baptist preacher John Claypool once preached a sermon titled “God is an Amateur.” He used the word “amateur” in the original sense of the word: not as a novice or inexperienced person, but one who does something for the love of it. God’s only motivation is love. My vision – indeed

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