The power of praise

There's a movement afoot that says year-end performance reviews don't provide the frequency of feedback people require to understand and act on their professional development needs early enough. Ditch the year-end performance review, and instead provide regular, on-the-spot feedback, goes the thinking.  While I ascribe to the idea that feedback should come far more frequently than once or twice per year, I think there's a built-in assumption th...

Why coaching, not gadgets, is key to getting the most out of employees

Forget the gadgets and “lifehacks” to increase productivity, my research with Julia Milner shows that managers need to become coaches to get the best out of their employees. Coaching means many things, from simply listening to staff, to helping them set personal goals or understand the company’s objectives. When employees understand the business goals, they can make their own decisions and not wait for someone to tell them what to do. When employ...

Maximizing Personal Strengths

"What are your personal strengths?"  I asked a client during a coaching conversation a few years ago. He mentioned that he is very analytical, a good communicator and a relationship builder.  Working as a technical director in a large company, he was a consistent achiever with a solid track record. However, he felt that there was something missing in his job and it was not fulfilling. Let’s explore the concept of strengths as the situa...

A Way to Be

A client or prospective client wants to be seen and heard, and to trust their inherent wisdom to bring them to their next action. A coach partners with a client in this process by using presence and communication—a way of being with their client while using coaching skills. ICF has created a powerful set of competencies providing pointers in what to do when coaching, but how does one cultivate the being that facilitates trust and in...

3 Tips for a Happier Holiday

With the holidays round the corner, here's a great article from VIA Institute of Character... What's one of the best things about the VIA Survey?  I’ll tell you. It does not measure weaknesses. Yes, it’s true that your signature strengths, those at the top of your profile (sign in to see your profile), may come most naturally to you, but you have the capacity to express and boost all 24.   Why is this so impor...

The Role of Trust and Intuition in Mentorship

Acting as a coach/mentor is one of the best expressions of leadership and, in particular, mindful leadership. An engaged and connected leader doesn’t see coaching or mentoring as an act to be performed or a checklist to be completed, but rather a way of being in the workplace, leading by example and having the time to offer constructive feedback. I want to share some examples to clarify the coach/mentor relationship and how it might work with an emp...

Knowing Your Emotional Triggers

We are all emotionally activated and agitated by different things and to different degrees. For some, it might be noticing arrogance, for others it might be hearing a particular tone of voice. And, sometimes your trigger might even be something seemingly mundane, such as badly made coffee. Whatever your emotional triggers may be, it is very useful to understand them. There’s often a story Our common humanity means that we share countles...

Millennial Managers? What Coaches can Do to Help Prepare Companies

By 2020 Millennials will make up 50 percent of the global workforce, and every day more of their members are eligible to become supervisors, managers and bosses. The only problem is, they don’t want to. At least, not in the usual sense. Reports show that younger workers are less interested in managing people and more interested in things like job mobility and becoming “knowledge experts.” But in fact, Millennials aren’t unwilling to lead, they...

Change your story, change your life!

Do you want a better life? Do you want a life that is full of zest, happiness and fulfilment? If yes, then just change your story. The life that we live now is a result of the stories that we tell ourselves. That small little voice in our head that speaks to us, either in an empowering or disempowering manner. When we feel happy, that story is a positive one and when we are unhappy, that story is likely not. When we change our stories, we change our li...

Exercising Judgement with Mindfulness

Wow! How time flies! We are coming towards the end of the first quarter and as I reflected on this period, looking for some interesting perspectives to share, the word “judgement” came up. It happened in some of my discussions with clients, in class during training and even in my own reflections as I pondered through the events of the day. A student, in our coach certification class, recently asked, “Can we really be judgement free?” What a great qu...
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