What matters in the First 90 Days

Recently, I was on hand for a CEO’s first day on the job. He steps in to lead a $400+ international consulting firm. He asked a small group of his senior people a very important question: Starting today, what do you think is most important for me to do over the...

What my son taught me in piano lessons

Do you ever wonder why, despite your best efforts, people you coach don’t get any better? I do. My son helped me learn part of the answer in our piano lessons recently. First, some background: I grew up taking piano lessons. I was lucky enough to have a...

Which school should we send them to?

I overheard a conversation this weekend that got me thinking. My wife and I were enjoying a leisurely meal at Julius Meinl, a fantastic Austrian cafe in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago. I didn’t mean to eavesdrop on the two young women next to me, but I...

Getting Unstuck

Coach long enough, and you’ll likely find yourself in a situation like this: You’ve helped someone identify a compelling vision of the future. They say they want to change. They even make faltering steps forward. But when you step back and look at it, you...

Turning the Tables

I was reading a piece by my colleague, Dave Wondra, on coaching recently and it struck a cord. Dave, a master coach, was writing while sitting in his favorite pickup truck, watching his daughter’s soccer team practice. He realized that she has improved at soccer...

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