Blog – Working as an Executive Coach

  When coaching a leader, there are two immediate aspects to assess. One is organizational direction. The other is the mood of the followers. 1. Where are we going? 2. How do people feel about it? Each question should affect the other. Some leaders decide where the organization is going with little to no input

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  Rita came into a recent coaching session in an emotional low boil. She was frustrated, a bit angry, and somewhat scared. Why? Because the day before she’d experienced an awful meeting with her supervisor – someone fairly new to the organization who’d made it his business to micro-manage her every move. Rita’s supervisor wanted

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We are living through a turbulent period in history. The culture is changing with lightening speed through technology and cultural shifts. In some ways, the culture is moving backward a couple thousand years, and in other ways, we are seeing something totally new. This turbulence is wreaking havoc on today’s leaders. The church in North

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I think it was Mark Twain who said the difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter—it’s the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning.  Sometimes what seems like a small matter is a really big deal.  Such is the case with distinctions in coaching. Distinctions help a

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A few weeks ago I found myself explaining nuclear fusion to my 12 year old son as we drove to a basketball game.  I’m not exactly Bill Nye the science guy.  I don’t carry around that kind of science knowledge in my head, but I had recently read a news article on fusion as a

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“Are you a leader or a manager?” Everyone replied, “I’m more of a leader.” It wasn’t just what they said, it was how they said it. When they said “leader,” their voice rose through the two syllables, crescendoing into energy. And when they said the word “manager,” their voice sloped downward, dying into oblivion. It

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