How is Your Personal Foundation?

Lately there has been increased demand for personal coaching. That said, for any coaching endeavor to be effective, whether it is business or executive or life, it is going to get personal. When I entered Coach U and began my two year professional training, students were to complete a program called Personal Foundation, created by Thomas […] Continue Reading

Talk It Out – And Then Take Action

Yesterday “Bob” called in for his scheduled “Talk It Out” session. Procrastination and lack of focus was a recurring problem, he said. As a senior executive Bob felt unable to get started on a report for his boss that would take him 4 hours to accomplish. It was not a difficult task - for Bob it was a boring task complete with the kind of details […] Continue Reading

Low Self-Esteem or Overly Confident?

People in all levels of the professional (and personal) stratosphere have issues with self-esteem; some too much, some not enough. Low self-esteem appears as lack of confidence, fear, uncertainty, and difficulty making decisions. An overly confident person may come across as arrogant, impatient, and abrasive. A person with low self-esteem can be […] Continue Reading

5 Tips for Dealing with Difficult People

While a popular workshop I give called "Dealing with Difficult People" includes descriptions of typical difficult behavioral types, the thrust of the workshop serves to help participants discover their own hot buttons. Participants are often surprised to discover the workshop focus isn't on “Me good – coworker, family member, partner - bad.” […] Continue Reading

Make Room for Others 2 – Trayvon Martin

Trayvon Martin was not even remotely a topic of consideration when I wrote my last post about making room for others. Yet, in the wake of George Zimmerman's acquittal last night, the topic of making room for others could not be more timely. In listening to both the defense and prosecuting attorneys doing a post mortem of the trial, the final […] Continue Reading

Make Room for Others 1

Yesterday in a very crowded Bikram Yoga class due to the holiday schedule, the teacher reflected on her Teacher Training course in Los Angeles where only one inch separated students' yoga mats on all sides. She remarked it was a lesson in "making room for others." In other areas of life too "making room for others" can be challenging – […] Continue Reading

Relationship Building Tip: Circle Back

Coined in 2010, "circle back" has a variety of connotations in the Urban Dictionary, yet in the context I'm using it here, it's on point. How often does someone (maybe you) ask for an opinion, a suggestion, a referral? How often are you in a conversation where someone makes a recommendation and the other person responds by exclaiming their […] Continue Reading