Category Archive: Coaching

How to Confront Excuse Makers

Excuses are an attempt to lower expectations. Excuse makers are explaining why you should accept lackluster performance. It’s dangerous, degrading, and demoralizing. Excuse makers don’t want you to expect too much from them.… Continue reading

A Five Step One-on-One Any Leader Can Do

When you know what’s next you can prepare and perform. Structure provides predictability. Predictability enables preparation. Preparation raises confidence. Confidence is energy. A 5 step one-on-one any leader can do: #1. Provide brag… Continue reading

Picking Scabs and Popping Zits

Mom told me not to pick at scabs and pop zits. “You’ll get scars.” The opposite is true in organizations. The things you don’t say, but should, cause scars.   7 things you… Continue reading

5 Ways to be a Leader Who Turns Heads

  It’s an ego boost to sit in the power chair and see heads turn in your direction. You enjoy it. You come to expect it. The beginning of the leadership journey is… Continue reading

How to Elevate Your Leadership in Surprising Ways

I saw a breathtaking thing of beauty in an executive coaching session. I asked a client, I’ll call him Carl, to take a courageous step and he did. His courage and humility were… Continue reading

The Anatomy of Performance Enhancing Coaching Conversations

Don’t wait for poor performance to discuss high performance. Make ‘getting better’ normal by scheduling bi-monthly coaching conversations.  The anatomy of performance enhancing coaching conversation: (Consider this list a loose structure for a coaching conversation.)… Continue reading