What Coaching is Not

With coaching a mountain climber reaches the summit in a sunset

It is often more appealing to try something new if it is a little familiar. This is true even for adrenaline junkies who love trying something new. The familiarity is in feeling the rush. Sometimes familiarity is achieved in part by defining what something is not. For those unfamiliar with the concept and practice of […]

Why Bother with Coaching?

A telescope and compass are a coaching guide to success in sailing

Deciding whether to embark on the voyage of coaching can evoke uncertainty and a flurry of questions. One of them being….why bother? When in such a quandary, contemplating the impact and outcomes of coaching can provide a destination while you navigate through your exploration.  “Each person holds so much power within themselves that needs to […]

What is Coaching?

A professional man explaining what is coaching

One myth about star performers says that some people are just more driven than others. This myth sets organizations on a perennial search to find and hire only these shining stars for key positions. What most people miss, however, is that many of these high-performing individuals were at one point mere diamonds-in-the-rough, eventually coached by […]

Wired for Feedback

Words matter. There is life and death in the power of the tongue. We humans are wired for feedback. Not any kind of feedback, but feedback that is three-fold. According to the author of “Thanks for the Feedback” each of us needs appreciation, coaching and evaluation. Each serves a purpose and satisfies different needs. Each […]

Advantages of Peer Coaching

Experience One of my favorites folk adages is Vernon Sanders Law’s dictum: “Experience is a poor teacher because it gives the test before the lesson.” The truth underlying this humorous proverb is that leaders need to learn the lessons of leadership before they make mistakes that have consequences. Herein lies one of the prime advantages […]