Taking a step back: the personal audit

Taking a step back: the personal audit

Periodically I find it necessary to take a step back and reflect on my life, my goals, and the direction I’m heading. Over the summer can be a great time to do that. Get away to the woods, the mountains, the ocean, the lakes… wherever is peaceful enough for you to...
The risk of evaluating your coaching relationships

The risk of evaluating your coaching relationships

One of the things coaches least like to do is take stock of how well they are doing in their coaching relationships. The very line of inquiry puts us in a vulnerable position. After all, people would tell us if something was wrong, wouldn’t they? Or we’d sense it,...
Questions to improve team health and communication

Questions to improve team health and communication

The challenges of leading a team are legion: conflicting personalities, getting everyone on the same page, turf wars. Often one of the best ways to avoid some of the negatives is to focus on the positives. Instead of waiting for problems to arise, what constructive...
Investing in those you supervise

Investing in those you supervise

One of the most important characteristics of great leaders is a focus on people development over task accomplishment. It’s more important to develop those God has entrusted to our care to the fullest extent possible. That’s true even when it doesn’t line up with what...
Coaching for dreams and passions

Coaching for dreams and passions

One great use of coaching is helping people identify their dreams and passions. In a sense, that’s the core of coaching: to help people find the direction God is calling them. It’s easy to assume people already know what they want… and deep down that may be true. Most...
New edition of the Coaching 101 Handbook

New edition of the Coaching 101 Handbook

As I look back on the 15 years since the Coaching 101 Handbook was first published, the main attribute I am struck by is its durability. The work Gary Reinecke and I did on the international qualitative research project to determine coaching competencies, micro-skills...