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Why I coach

I was working late one night, my door open as usual. Around 10 pm, he saw the light and came to my doorway, surprised HR was open at that hour. He asked if I had a few minutes to talk. I welcomed him in and asked what was on his mind. He was frustrated with

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Three powerful words

Thought you’d appreciate this – it could help with conversations throughout this holiday season and beyond. I was talking with Josh, a thoughtful, dynamic leader who believes in the power of getting to know people. He considers himself a good listener (most of the time, he says) and interested in what others have to say.

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Thanks to you

As I sit here thinking of you, readers of my Sunday messages, I’m filled with appreciation and respect for you. I know you have very full lives and inboxes. The fact that you read my weekly messages warms my heart. Every week for almost two years, I’ve thought about what to write to you. I

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Every day

We get to start over every day. Listen better. Look at differently. Loosen our grip. Linger instead of escaping. Leave instead of staying. Love more. Learn. Lend. Lift. Lead. Leap. It’s our choice.

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You are more

Do you know what I know about you from my many years of coaching people at all levels? You are braver, stronger, smarter, more creative than you think. Let that sink in. How do I know you are? Because we don’t always see ourselves as others can see us. When I work with my clients,

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Ponder

Something to ponder this week: “If you can visualize it, if you can dream it, there’s some way to do it.” – Walt Disney Whether it relates to your work or a lifelong goal, you can do it!  Get out of your own way and start planning to make it happen.

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Cake List

A friend who is an entrepreneurial thinker said it’s time to make a “Cake List” when I told her I’d talked with a few people in the last week facing major career changes, i.e., job elimination, company restructuring, intentional leaving. “Marilyn” is one of them. She’s debating whether to stay in her current job of

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Her Doubt Demon

“Phyllis” sounded down when we started our coaching call. I asked how things were going. “I’m frustrated with myself and some challenges at work,” she said. She’d recently started a new role in a new city and was learning the company culture. Soon, the underlying frustration surfaced. “My Doubt Demon has been dancing in and

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Trusted delegating

A senior leader I’ve respected for years talked about how he handles delegating. It’s important to Rich that he knows the person before he’ll delegate key tasks. When Rich brings a new team member on board, he’ll schedule 1:1 time to get to know them. In the first meeting, he’ll give an example of something

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Delegate like a pro

Think of a time when someone explained to you what they wanted you to do. You received clear instructions, patient responses to your questions, encouragement to describe how you’d do it to ensure you ‘got it,’ with follow up that worked for both of you toward a successful outcome. If a mental picture of a

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