Coaching

July 2, 2014

4 Reasons Not to Coach a Business Like a Sport

  It’s a pretty common occurrence for leaders and managers to compare themselves to sports coaches.  I often hear people describe great leadership by referencing a famous football or basketball coach.  Now I’m a big sports fan and I talk about Coach John Wooden as a great example of helping people focus on reaching their […]
June 4, 2014

4 Reasons You Need a Coach

  Whether you are a newly promoted manager or a seasoned leader, a good coach can take you from where you are today, to where you want to be tomorrow. Coaching should not be reserved for top-level executives or global leaders, it can help move anyone closer to their full potential.  Despite the many benefits […]
February 11, 2014

Teenagers Teaching Us About Responsibility.. Yes, Really

  Ever have one of those moments when you just stop and stare at your kids and time kind of freezes for you? You get to watch them and for some reason, you are fully aware of how they are growing and changing. You watch them learning and making their own choices and the stark […]
December 4, 2012

The Art of Letting Go

  Over the years I have had the great fortune to work with many successful leaders; people who have helped their teams accomplish more and helped individuals make productive, lasting and meaningful changes in their lives.  One trait that every one of those leaders had in common was the art of letting go.  They were […]
November 21, 2012

3 Ways Managers Kill Engagement and Crush Motivation

  Very few managers show up each morning at work thinking: “today I’m going to cause my team to disengage and demotivate them any way I can.”  And yet, many managers spend a great deal of their time doing exactly that.  It may not be their intention but if you observe them, talk to their […]
July 22, 2012

If You Want People to Change, Buy Them a Cup of Coffee

  I visited a Starbucks the other day.  It’s not something I do a lot but I was on my way to work with a client and thought I would grab a cup of coffee for my ride. I chose to use the drive through window and as I pulled up to pay for my […]
July 10, 2012

The 8 Vectors of Organizational Change

  When I was back in college and thought I was smart enough to become an engineer, I remember learning all about vectors in physics class.  A vector is an arrow that represents direction and force.  As I work with organizations to help them manage change, the same concept comes into play.  When a business […]
June 20, 2012

Leaders Must Know the Why

  The question I ask most when I’m working with leaders and managers is “why”.  Managers will say things about their employees like “they just don’t care about the results like I do” and I typically ask…why?  I don’t do it to be contentious or even because I want the answer.  The whole point of […]
May 3, 2012

5 Things a New Manager Should Know

  I often get to work with people who have recently been promoted into management positions for the first time and it’s some of the most rewarding work that I do.  There is no handbook on leadership and many of us struggle tremendously at first. An organization grants us some authority and all of the […]
April 26, 2012

That’s Not Fair

  I often get the question when working with groups of managers or leaders about how important it is to treat everyone fairly in a work environment.  The first question I ask is do you mean fair, or do you mean the same?  These are two very different things. Fairness is a subjective term and […]