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Leader: What’s Your Status?

April 15, 2017

I’m a rookie when it comes to improv theatre. Even as a rookie, though, I have already learned a ton. You might be surprised how much of it translates into how I coach and lead. I’ve written before about how the improvised leader is better than you think. In that post, I was focussed on an improv basic called the…

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Signaling a Lane Change

October 3, 2016

You’re driving on a fast highway and a car swerves into your lane without any notice.  Your reaction might range from a gentle head shake (tsk, tsk) to jamming on the brakes to ending up in a car crash if you don’t have enough time to react. Signaling a lane change is the law on our roads. Bad things can…

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Are your racing up the ladder of inference? | Feedback: A Formula to Face and Embrace | Chandler Coaches

Feedback: A Formula to Face and Embrace

September 20, 2016

Is feedback important?  We’d all say a resounding, “Yes!” Yet how many of us ever ask for feedback on our leadership? Or ask what’s expected of us, both the spoken and unspoken? And how many of us make giving/getting feedback part of our everyday? Feedback is merely information that helps us know whether we are on track. Sounds so simple.…

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A Business-run Family

September 3, 2016

In my business, our direction and priorities for the next year are quite clear. We know what we need to do to execute on our plan and commitments.  And we don’t know what we don’t know so we go forward with openness to learning as we go. I find myself longing for a similar framework for my tiny family of…

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Mapping a Healthier World

July 19, 2016

Last Monday, I celebrated my 47th birthday.  As the day approached, I thought of all that has gone right for me over the past year.  I intended to write a post about how I pushed myself to grow and how that has shown up in my business, my relationships and my life overall. I planned to share my wins.  And…

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How to Build a Strong Marketing Foundation

May 1, 2015

Marketing is pointless unless you start with a solid foundation. Mark Maraia calls going to a business lunch unprepared a random act of lunch. Posting a scattered bio on LinkedIn or showing up at a business mixer unable to clearly explain how you help your clients is equally random. Random acts of marketing don’t add up to solid results. Random…

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4 Tips to Win New Work

February 14, 2012

To many professional service providers, the concept of finding new clients and winning work is intimidating. Even the very term “business development (BD)” strikes terror in the hearts of some professionals. Among my coaching clients, the fear often comes from a mistaken assumption that to succeed in BD one has to be an aggressive salesperson.  This couldn’t be less true.…

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Measuring What Makes Life (and Business) Worthwhile

December 16, 2010

In this TED Talk , Chip Conley, owner of Joie de Vive hotels on the US west coast talks about gross national happiness (G.N.H), a concept started in Bhutan and now used by 40 countries.  He encourages businesses (and countries) to place much more emphasis on measuring the intangibles. Measuring the Tangibles in a Coaching Business With a little discipline, it is rather easy…

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The Joy of Conversation (Even at Work)

October 20, 2010

Conversation can be the most sublime of human experiences. This comes from the German poet Goethe.  Many would agree.  To have a real conversation is a great joy. So how do you do it in your day to day interactions? And more particularly how do you do it at work? It being a “have a real conversation” (not the “it”,…

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Are You Telling Yourself Rut Stories or River Stories?

October 12, 2010

You and I do not just have a story, we are our stories. Our stories shape, limit, and define our way of being, the way we think, and the way we interact with others (Masterful Coaching by Hargrove). Often times our stories keep us from reaching for our “impossible future”.  Enter coaching!  In coaching (well, when done masterfully), we help people surface,…

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