What a Coach Does

One of our sweet family members recently shared this powerful poem that his grandfather used to motivate him during tough times: When the world says, "Give up," Hope whispers, "Try it one more time." Faith whispers, "You can do it, ignore all those who doubt" Commitment whispers, "Never give up" Success SCREAMS " I TOLD…

Builder or Wrecker?

Healthy leaders are great builders. This poem by Charles Franklin Benvegar offers a powerful perspective... I watched them tear a building down, A gang of folks in a busy town. With a Ho-Heave-Ho and a lusty yell, They swung a beam and a side wall fell. I asked the foreman, "Are these people skilled? The kind…

Positive Coaching Quotes

Enjoy this short, upbeat video of key quotes from our latest release, The Power of Positive Coaching.  “Lee and Julie deliver powerful lessons with simple, concise language. As inspirational as it is practical. A vital tool for leaders at any career stage. An extraordinary book!” Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, The Thinkers50 #1 Leadership Thinker in the…

Teacher and Student

As parents and leaders, we tend to focus on teaching lessons to our teams, whether it is a team of employees at work or a team of children at home. In today’s fast moving and ever-changing world we must also focus on learning new lessons ourselves. We have learned from our children how to: give grace…

A Moment to Invest

In 7 Moments… that Define Excellent Leaders some of my favorite stories appear under a moment to invest.  Here is one of them… In the late 1890s, two young men were working their way through Stanford University when, during the semester, their funds got desperately low, and they came up with the idea of engaging Ignacy Paderewski,…

Are You in Touch with Your FEBA?

A common misperception among leaders is that once you get to a certain level, you should consider only a 30,000-foot perspective (i.e., the big picture) of your business. Although a high-level perspective is necessary for leadership success, it must be accompanied by an in-depth understanding of your team’s operation (e.g., your drivers of cost, profit,…

Parent as Leader – Leader as Parent

The more we lead, the more we work with leaders, and the more we parent, the more we see compelling parallels between leadership and parenting. Leaders are parents, and parents are leaders. They are in different settings with parallel roles. Here is an excerpt from a poem by Dorothy Law Nolte, Ph.D. titled, "Children Learn What They Live." As you…

3 Daily Habits of Great Coaches

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A great leader is a great coach. For years, we have asked clients who the best leader they ever had was. Predictably responses include that "My best leader... pushed me believed in me helped me realize my potential invested time in developing me." In other words, these really good leaders were really great coaches. They also…

Leading from the Eye of the Storm

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Unfortunately, this has been a banner season for hurricane trackers. A hurricane’s outer bands can extend a few hundred miles from the center. Hurricane Andrew's (1992) rainbands reached 100 miles out from the eye, while those in Hurricane Gilbert (1988) stretched over 500 miles. The hurricane's eye is a relatively calm, clear area usually 20 -…

5 C’s of Crisis Communication

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Communication is typically the lowest scoring topic on any climate or culture survey.  It has been that way for decades. During times of crisis or disruptive change like now, leaders are required to elevate their communication game to keep their teams focused, connected and productive.  These 5 C's of crisis communication serve as a checklist for leaders:…