Category Archive: Coaching

Solution Saturday: To Coach or Kick Butt

What do you do when the person you’re coaching persists in poor performance or negative behaviors? Energy deflates when you have the same conversation over and over. The belief that coaching is handholding offends… Continue reading

The Simplest Coaching Pattern Imaginable

Coaching closes gaps between current and desired states by tapping strengths. Six leadership styles*: Visionary leaders move people toward shared dreams. They are most useful when organizations need change or clear direction. Affiliative leaders… Continue reading

4 Ways to Make the Past a Platform – Not an Anchor

Memory predicts the future. You are becoming, to some degree, the person you remember. Character and potential are formed, in large part, through rehearsed memories.  Successful leaders make the past a platform, not an… Continue reading

Seven Ways to be Overworked and Under-Appreciated

I’ve been teaching managers to coach employees for about four years. One thing is obvious. Overworked managers pressure themselves in self-defeating ways. Successful managers make others matter more. Seven ways to be overworked… Continue reading

4 Ways to Work Less

Ego causes leaders to over-estimate their own talent and underestimate the talent of others. Ego makes leaders over-manage and under-lead. 4 ways to work less: #1. Who: Don’t ask, “What can I do?” Ask,… Continue reading

Tapping the Power of “For You”

Don’t use “we” when you mean “you”. “We” is at best weak and at worst deceptive when you really mean “you”. When you expect someone else to take ownership and action say “you”.… Continue reading