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  A few months ago, my mother’s brother died. I told her what we are all taught to say in times of grief: “I’m sorry for your loss.” My mother is one of the kindest and most gracious people I’ve ever known, but her response took me off guard: “I hate when people say that.”

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  What distinguishes a professional-level coach from a beginner?  Several things, but one of the most important is the ability to invite and support self-awareness and self-change.  Sometimes we call self-change “internal shift.”  The idea is that the client realizes he or she is what needs to change. One of my clients recently demonstrated the

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  Here’s one of life’s most important lessons (in my opinion): frustration is the distance between expectation and reality. I first encountered this truth as I conducted research for my doctoral dissertation, which focused on the positive psychology and human flourishing.  Every so often, researchers explore the happiest nations.  The Dutch and other Scandinavian countries

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  James, the brother of Jesus, wrote: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so God can heal you. – James 5:16 The goal of confession is healing, and the means to healing is confessing. This is an intimate interaction that must be handled delicately. While the coach doesn’t formally hear confessions,

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  Can you take a coach approach to preaching? Preaching seems like the epitome of telling. The preacher is the expert who hopes to influence the listener to take a prescribed action. The preacher is letting the listener in on God’s commands, hopes, thoughts and plans. Is this even the right time to take a

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  Perhaps the deepest driving principle for me and the rest of the CAM leadership team is this: coaching is a way of joining God as God works in the lives of other people.  In other words, coaching is ministry. I believe this principle to be true, whether coaching occurs in a ministry setting, a

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