Blog – Coaching Skills Just Beyond the Basics

  I just got done having breakfast with one of my favorite people in the world. Ken and I have been doing breakfast every other week for over ten years. We share about our lives – the challenges we are facing, the blessings we are experiencing. We bring problems we are facing and talk about

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  Charlene is a good manager, but not great. She knows the business (furniture manufacturing) inside and out, can run pretty much any piece of equipment in the plant, and has an uncanny grasp of materials, costs, and personnel. So what keeps her from being great? Her preferred method of motivating is negative. Charlene is

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A “maybe capacity” allows us not to get too attached to our client’s story or to our own internal responses. There is a discomfort with not forming an attachment to the client’s topic. Without a “maybe capacity”, I’m listening to the client waiting to hear my internal voice exclaim, “Oh, I know exactly what the

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In this post, I’d like to share with you some helpful insights related to issuing a challenge to your client. A challenge is an idea you (the coach) come up with that you suggest to your client. Let me start with a recent example. A few weeks ago I was coaching a young lady on

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Coaching is a profession (or endeavor) based on communication. Coaches employ words effectively in order to support the client as she or he creates new awareness, designs new actions, and thereby generates desired results. Used rightly, words can bring worlds into existence. So coaches exercise wisdom when it comes to words – our own words

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The International Coach Federation has identified “Coaching Presence” as one of the eleven core coaching competencies. It’s core because it’s incredibly important and foundational to any coaching that makes a difference. But what exactly is coaching presence and how do you develop it?

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