Category Archive: Coaching

7 Smart Things to Do When Your Team is Smarter Than You

Leaders who move up, end up leading people who are smarter than they are. Be thankful, even if it’s stressful. Leaders who need to be the smartest person in the room: Propagate dumb… Continue reading

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