The 9 competencies of coaching

The 9 competencies of coaching

Welcome to a blog series on the 9 competencies of coaching. The primary source for this series is Developing Coaching Excellence and the Developing Coaching Excellence Handbook, which spring from a fairly extensive research process. Today’s introductory entry...
Reaping the results

Reaping the results

We are now reaping the results of a more fragmented approach to life. Technology is wonderful—I love technology. But like everything else in a fallen world, it has its dark side if we are not careful. When we leave things on all the time, especially with...
Open vs closed questions

Open vs closed questions

I’ve noticed that people who ask closed questions are most often trying to lead the other person, trying to anticipate the answer, or trying to validate their own perspective. Essentially, they are trying to control or steer the conversation to a predetermined...
Getting there early

Getting there early

One way to practice treating people with respect is by getting to appointments on time or early. When you leave for an appointment, always leave enough margin for the unexpected—which will often happen. By the same token, always bring something with you to do or to...
The emotional tollbooth

The emotional tollbooth

The emotional tollbooth is a term coined by David Nicholson, founding pastor of Open Door Church in Noblesville, Indiana, as his church was going through the Natural Church Development (NCD) process. The first step in the process is taking a survey designed to point...