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3 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Life or Business Coach

Hiring a life or business coach is an important decision that requires an emotional and financial commitment. Before jumping into this relationship, you’ll want to find a coach with the training, background, and skills that fit your goals. You should interview two or three coaches to determine the best fit for your needs.  Most coaches offer...
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What Twinkies Can Teach Us About Resiliency

There is no denying, we’ll make a mistake at some point.  That is something you can’t eliminate.  However, we can always succeed if we know how to bounce back. While sugary snack cakes may not have all the answers to life, the Twinkie can teach us how to make a comeback! You may remember the headlines...
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6 Elements to Assess Your Company’s Culture

The culture of an organization is the driver of decisions, actions, and overall performance.  The culture is representative of the collective preferences, habits, and characteristics of the employees, and can be defined as the values, beliefs, and traditions of the company.  Culture also reflects the collective personality of the employees: how they think, act, and...
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How do I get started with coaching?

The power of coaching occurs through the mutual commitment between the coach and the client.  It is a challenging process that takes place over time (typically several months) and requires a honest look at yourself.  The first step is to determine whether coaching is right fit for you and me.  We do this through an...
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What is private coaching?

Private coaching is working one-on-one with me as a professional coach to help you clarify and surpass your biggest goals.  The goals you set and the time we share is completely personalized and focus on what your immediate needs.  This differs from the e-coaching, which typically has guided activities designed as best practices.  As a...
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How is business coaching different from life coaching?

Typically, the goals related to business coaching and life coaching differ.  Within business coaching the focus is typically on profitability, staff development, and operations.  Whereas, life coaching is typically focused on a personal pursuit such as identifying a new career or field, managing challenging relationships, and personal growth through stress management and fulfillment.  Even though...
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Coming Back from the Back Burner

Do you know what happens when you put yourself on the back burner? You burn! If you’re burned out from taking care of everyone and everything else, now is the time to invest in yourself. I was so used to accommodating everyone else’s needs that I totally lost myself. Then I tried to set boundaries...
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Adjust Your Sails to the Future

“When you can’t change the direction of the wind – adjust your sails,” is a quote from inspirational writer, H. Jackson Brown, Jr, is one that has depth and meaning if there are things going on in your life that you can’t control. The only things you can change are those which you have control...
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Fresh Start: New Beginnings and Final Endings

There has to be endings to create new beginnings. An old year ends and a New Year begins, full of promises of change and new experiences. Mitch Albom, author of “The Five People You Meet in Heaven,” wrote: “All endings are also beginnings. We just don’t know it at the time.” It’s a great way...
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How is coaching different from therapy?

Therapy relies on awareness of past experiences to bring about healing in the present.  Coaching does not aim to cure mental health issues.  Coaching sheds light onto unseen possibilities and strengths, linking awareness to action.  In simple terms, therapy and counseling focus on the past, while coaching focuses on the future.  However, it is not...
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What are the benefits of coaching?

Coaches produce both tangible and intangible outcomes such as increased productivity, employee retention, employee loyalty, a happier workplace, sense of meaning and purpose, meeting and exceeding goals, strengthening the organization, higher client and customer satisfaction, and fulfillment with work and life.
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Confident Introverts and Shy Extraverts are Possible!

People often perceive me as an extravert because of my frequent role as a public speaker.  The assumption is that introverts don’t do well in social situations, especially being front and center of a group.  On the flip side the assumption is that extraverts, with their high energy and easy ability to approach people, must...
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How satisfied are those who have been coached?

Studies have indicated significantly different satisfaction levels depending on the credentials of a coach.  When working with a credentialed coach (yes, I am credentialed!), 92% of clients are satisfied, compared to 36% of those working with a non-credentialed coach. I’ve personally coached hundreds of different professionals and businesses.  My business has been built on word of mouth and referrals, both...
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Safety First: Our Basic Needs Are Required Before Esteem or Actualization

Reflecting on the recent traumatic experience of Hurricane Irma, I remembered learning  in school about Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. At the top of the hierarchy is self-actualization, the point at which a person reaches fulfillment of his or her talents and potential. You may be familiar with the idea of self-actualization; Abraham Maslow proposed this...
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Building Collective Intelligence with LEGO

Often a minority consisting of a few individuals set the tone and culture of a meeting. They speak more frequently, define key concepts more often and conclude with stronger determination. The minority takes up the majority of the time, leaving a large group of participants standing on the side line realising only a small portion...
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Use SWAG to network effectively

As an introvert, attending networking events is not my most favorite thing to do, but if I follow the “SWAG” method, I am more comfortable and consequently more effective.  I recently did a presentation on using SWAG for effective networking and would like to share with you a few highlights from that presentation.   SWAG...
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Emotionally Hungover?

  Hurricane Irma provided a great example of a challenging life experience that leads to a flood of strong emotions and a sense of uncertainty.  What makes a natural disaster, such as a hurricane, so traumatic is the threat to all aspects of your life.  There is fear related to your personal well-being, the well-being...
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How long can I expect to be working with a coach?

According to the Harvard Business Review, the typical length of engagement with a coach is between 7 and 12 months.  I have also found this to be true in my experience over more than a decade of working with clients.  The average duration is 6-9 months, with the shortest time frame being 3 months (it takes at least 21 days of...
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3 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Life or Business Coach
July 3, 2018
What Twinkies Can Teach Us About Resiliency
June 30, 2018
6 Elements to Assess Your Company’s Culture
May 10, 2018

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