When I do workshops on Coach-Centric Leadership, we spend a lot of time crafting empowering questions that leaders can use with their teams to empower, engage, and problem solve. The most challenging thing about this is that sometimes the most empowering questions require that you “play dumb.” When I’m doing a 1:1 meeting with the […]
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What Do Coaches Do?
At a recent Central Florida chapter meeting of the International Coaches Federation, our table topic question was, “How do you clearly and succinctly describe what you do, so that others fully understand what coaching is?” The coaches in the room were a diverse group of life or wellness coaches, executive and leadership coaches, business coaches, […]
Accessing your “Mad Genius”
Recently, I was on the phone, doing a debrief on an Energy Leadership assessment and asked the respondent how she was expressing her Level 6 energy–the energy of genius thinking and the creative flow state. She responded, “I know intuitively what to do and say, like I am psychic. I am using my intuition but […]
“That didn’t go as planned…” I was speaking to a colleague about how leaders come to feel the gap between where they are and where they want to be in terms of leadership. They can usually point to one or two incidents when they were not at their best or things got a bit out […]
The Gift of Anger and Sadness
As an executive coach, I help my clients deal with some pretty highly-charged emotional states. And during those times I invite my clients to suspend judgment around certain emotions that they think of as “bad.” Sometimes my clients feel compelled to apologize for emotions like anger and sadness. They want to quickly move through these […]
The Power of the Pause–Just Breathe
I absolutely love this short video on the power of the breath on our emotional state! The way these young children describe how strong emotions mess with their happiness is both sad and touching but it’s delightful to see how they are using what they know about their brains and how they are using simple […]
Don’t Quit Your Day Job!
When I coach around careers, my clients are, understandably, anxious to move on to the next bright, shiny thing. However, as an entrepreneur who has founded three businesses, I know that it takes any where from two to five years to build a business. And even if you are being head hunted for a new […]
Intentional Leadership: Wear your Values on your Sleeve
When I begin a coaching relationship with both teams and individuals, I begin with a values clarification exercise. Why? Because people don’t follow the leader, they follow their values. The best leaders articulate their values and wear them on their sleeve; in fact, they live their values. Everyday. Even when it appears to “hurt” them […]
Pause. Power. Mindfulness for Every One.
Excited about our first Pause Power Retreat coming up in December in beautiful Clearwater Beach, Florida! When I present programs on mindfulness, people always assume I mean meditation. Well, that’s one way to practice mindfulness but it’s not the only way. In fact, when my retreat partner Mickie Brown and I teach mindfulness to our […]
Mindfulness: It’s not just what you do, it’s who you are.
I had the privilege of sharing some of my Every Day Mindfulness tips with the readers of D.I. magazine. It’s sometimes a challenge to explain how to be mindful in 500 works or less because Mindfulness is not just what you do in the moment it is also who you are. In a state of […]