Direct Communication

I used to think of Direct Communication as being harsh; it felt like an order being barked at me. At least that was within the framework of what I thought direct communication was. By the International Coach Federation definition, Direct Communication is “the ability to communicate effectively during coaching sessions, and to use language that […]

Navigating the Storms in Relationship

Bruce Tuckman identified five stages in team development; Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing, Adjourning [My word is Transforming!]. The Forming stage, I like to call the Honeymoon stage of relationship development where all we see is the good, the sameness in each other. We want proof that we made the right choice, right hire, etc. At […]

Powerful Questioning

When I attended coaching school and was introduced to powerful questioning, I was in the life stage of having 3 teenage sons and my most-used powerful question was “WHAT were you thinking!?!?” It starts with a ‘what’ and it’s short! I have come to learn that perhaps it would have been better received if I […]

The KSA’s of High Performing Teams Through Communications-Getting Clear on Your Values, Culture and Purpose

Team building and team development are two different entities. Team building is focused on establishing a model and systems that support the function of the team. Team Development addresses ‘relationship development’ with the focus on ‘who’ the team is and not ‘what’ the team is about (function). As more and more businesses are seeing the […]

Communicating Effectively: Active Listening

“WAIT!” This word in my coaching circles acts as a trigger and acronym for ‘Why Am I Talking!’ It is a gentle reminder that we, as coaches, serve at a higher level when we are actively listening to our clients. Listening is one of the fundamental skills of a professional coach. Regardless of the coaching […]

Presence….In Coaching, In Business, In Life

In the International Coach Federation’s Core Competencies, Co-Creating the Relationship addresses the 3rd and 4th competency. This month we will explore the 4th competency, “Coaching Presence.” And again, we will explore this core competency through 3 lenses: your Profession (actual coaching), your Business (business practices), and your Life! Profession-Coaching In coaching, one of the greatest […]

Establishing Trust and Intimacy in Relationship

In the International Coach Federations Core Competencies, Co-Creating the Relationship addresses the 3rd and 4th competency. This month we will explore the 3rd competency, “Establishing Trust and Intimacy with the Client.” And again, we will explore this core competency through 3 lenses: your Profession (actual coaching), your Business (business practices), and your Life! Profession In […]

Set Intention…..and Then Pay Attention!

I really learned about setting intention as an athlete. Sure, as athletes we establish goals to achieve a new skill, new score, new win. However, the ‘process’ of being an athlete took more than just knowing what skill I needed to learn. I discovered 90% of being an athlete happened in my mind. This is […]