We often offer clients a number of resources and materials to support understanding and build on the learning from the coaching dialogue. Browse through some of our favorite resources paired with a brief description of what we find beneficial in our work. We have no official relationship with any of these authors or companies. We share these only with the intent that you might find something useful and of value. Check back often as we’re always learning and exploring in order to offer new insights and perspectives.

Title: What Self-Awareness really is and how to cultivate it?
By: Tasha Eurich
Found on: Harvard Business Review
Why it’s important: This is a very interesting article explaining self-awareness and how it contributes to successful leadership.
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Title: What makes a leader?
By: Daniel Goleman
Found on: Harvard Business Review
Why it’s important: Goleman’s definitive article on emotional intelligence explains why it takes more than intelligence and technical competence to be a good leader. Emotional Intelligence – self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skill – is crucial.
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Title: Strategic Leadership-The 3 levels of listening
By: Mark Russell
Found on: Startup
Why it’s important: This is a great article, which concisely describes how to be the kind of listener who inspires and connects deeply with people to inspire trust and commitment.
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Title: Seven transformations of leadership
By: David Rooke and William R. Torbert
Found on: Harvard Business Review
Why it’s important: A clear explanation of Adult Development Theory and how personal growth intersects with and impacts leadership development. Some coaching clients find this article very helpful in explaining changes they are experiencing.
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Title: Want to get great at something? Get a coach
By: Atul Gawande
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Why it’s important: How do we improve in the face of complexity? Atul Gawande has studied this question with a surgeon’s precision. He shares what he’s found to be the key: having a good coach to provide a more accurate picture of our reality, to instill positive habits of thinking, and to break our actions down and then help us build them back up again. “It’s not how good you are now; it’s how good you’re going to be that really matters,” Gawande says.
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Title: How great leaders inspire action
By: Simon Sinek
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Why it’s important: Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership — starting with a golden circle and the question: “Why?”
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Title: All it takes is 10 mindful minutes
By: Andy Puddicombe
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Why it’s important: When is the last time you did absolutely nothing for 10 whole minutes? Not texting, talking or even thinking? Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe describes the transformative power of doing just that: Refreshing your mind for 10 minutes a day, simply by being mindful and experiencing the present moment. (No need for incense or sitting in strange positions.)
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is coaching?

The International Coaching Federation (ICF) defines Coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.
I’ll add, coaching is a personalized and confidential process designed to help clients seek, discover, and create behaviors and skills to achieve outcomes and results that are critical to their long-term success.

How does coaching work?

Coaching can occur in one-on-one conversations or in teams. It typically begins with a personal interview (face-to-face or virtually) meeting to clarify the objectives for the engagement and gain a thorough understanding of the client’s challenges and goals, define the scope of the coaching engagement, identify priorities for action, and establish desired outcomes. Subsequent coaching sessions may be conducted in person or via video conferencing. Between scheduled coaching sessions, you may complete activities or assignments to gain clarity about the way forward.  A mid-point check-in and close-out meeting are used to stay on track with goals. Email and phone support is available between scheduled meetings, as needed.

How is a coach different from a consultant or therapist?

The role of a coach is not to fix or cure. Coaching clients are generally healthy, accomplished, capable, individuals interested in improving outcomes for themselves or their teams. The work is forward-focused so coaches ask the “what” questions not the “why.”

Consultants are typically called in to provide functional or content expertise; they are expected to provide solutions. Therapist focus on uncovering and delving into the past and the genesis of what you are, how you think and feel, and what experiences shaped who you are and how you see the world. Coaches are brought in for their leadership development expertise; they provoke clients’ thinking by asking powerful questions and provide support through the process.

A distinction between a coach and a consultant-a consultant will answer your questions while the coach will question your answers.

Why do people hire a leadership coach?

What I know for certain is that all successful people, Olympians, singers and movie stars, all high performance athletes, share one thing in common; they hired a coach.
Clients seek leadership coaching for myriad reasons, such as to:

  • Build confidence and leadership presence
  • Improve communication skills
  • Increase their Emotional Intelligence
  • Enhance management & team building skills
  • Support emerging leaders
  • Manage Interpersonal relationships
  • Catalyze & support strategic thinking
  • Plan & manage transitions and change
  • Delegating and letting go of control
What to look for in a coach?

Find someone with the training and experience to assist you to achieve the outcomes and results you strive for. Ask yourself, does their experience compliment what you are seeking to uncover, develop or change? Check their references, their LinkedIn profile and website, even their personal Facebook Page (if they have one).

Do your homework and examine the coaching programs/certifications they obtained. Here’s a tip, the International Coaching Federation is the Gold Standard for coaches. Coach training that is accredited by International Coaching Federation (ICF) has gone through a rigorous review process and demonstrated that its curriculum aligns with the ICF definition of coaching, Core Competencies and Code of Ethics. An ICF coach agrees to practice the ICF Core Competencies and pledges accountability to the ICF Code of Ethics.

Once you’ve done your homework you are ready to speak with prospective coaches.

What to ask when selecting a coach for you?

Most coaches offer a free consultation. Take advantage of this great opportunity to gauge your chemistry and verify if they are a great fit. Here are a few questions to help you assess your fit with a particular coach:

    • What kind of connection do you feel with them?
    • Did they truly listened to you?
    • Does their philosophy connect to and align with yours?
    • What’s involved in the coaching process?
    • In a typical coaching engagement, what is expected?
    • What are your fees for coaching and what does it include?
    • How do you feel after speaking with them?

Review the coaching agreement and get ready to move the needle and unlock your full potential! Congratulations and Best Wishes!

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