The Dog Ate My Homework

In a recent post, I talked about using homework assignments to gain traction when coaching a colleague. A while back, a client asked me this question: What do you do when the person you’re coaching hasn’t done their homework? This client of mine is an...

Gaining Traction

Do you ever feel like you’re working harder than the person you’re coaching? Like you thought they were committed to taking an action and somewhere between your conversations, their tires slipped? Don’t despair and don’t give up. Anyone who has...

The Most Powerful Feedback

Judy lives one block from my house. For nearly ten years, I have walked by her house, played with my children in the park across the street from her driveway, and even occasionally greeted her in passing. But until recently, Judy spooked me a little. She is getting...

Get In Position

As a young professional, I got very lucky. My first manager was perhaps the most natural coach I have ever met. Most of anything good I’ve achieved I owe to him – he gave me opportunities, believed in my ability far more than I did, and spent time with me....

Focus, Focus, Focus

So let’s say you’ve gotten started on the right foot in your coaching work. You’ve anticipated questions the colleague you’re coaching might have about this shift in your relationship and you’ve answered them credibly. You’ve...

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