The Blog

19 Feb

Coaching as a Game Changer – Tip #4

Act With Intention Next in our ongoing series on ways of BEING coach, we have Tip #4 — act with intention!  Intention is deliberate, magical and in some ways invisible.  But there is also a very practical component to it.  Here is the formula we teach our coaches: Intention = Clear outcome + committed action + magic

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26 Jan

Coaching as a Game Changer – Tip #3

In our ongoing series on ways of BEING coach, we have Tip #3. But first a review: Tip #1 – Meet people where they are (Coaching as a Game Changer – McLaren Coaching) Tip #2 – Approach people with openness (Coaching as a Game Changer – Tip #2 – McLaren Coaching – Capture Your Success)

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01 Jan

Coaching as a Game Changer – Tip #2

In our continuing commitment to bring you “ways of being coach” when you are not a coach, here is tip #2. Meeting People Where They Are Our first tip was about meeting people where they are. We suggested that you pay close attention to people and specifically, to what they may not be saying.  To

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18 Dec

Coaching as A Game Changer – Tip #1

Coaching is quite the buzzword lately.  But what is it? Coaching is many things.  In essence, it is a way of being with people that empowers them to move forward with what they want. There is so much more to it AND it really is this simple.  Imagine where in your life it would be

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04 Dec

Taking the Lead

What does it mean to be a leader? In their book The Art of the Possibility, Rosamund and Benjamin Zander describe a concept that he calls “leading from any chair”.  Benjamin Zander is a conductor, and The Art of Possibility is a book of leadership principles for living life and for working in an organization.  A conductor, like

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08 Oct

Self-Care: The People in Your Head

Note:  In my ongoing series on COVID self-care (see Taking the Stairs and Now More Than Ever), I am addressing an element of self-care that is often overlooked.  Scroll to the bottom to find out where you can learn more about all things self-care. —————- “Your best friend and your worst enemy are right here.” 

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28 Sep

Taking the Stairs

Friday was a good day. Living in Northern California, I have been waiting for clear air (or at least not “unhealthy” air) so I could go outside again. Specifically, my spin studio closed in the last round of gym closures and then, innovatively, took all their bikes up to the roof! I got so excited

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17 Sep

Self-Care – Now, More Than Ever

Today I am fasting. Why? I recently learned about a process called autophagy. This is the process by which the body cleans out toxic and non-useful cells. It supports healthy aging and can be a way to prevent cancer. It is supported by fasting.  (https://www.healthline.com/health/autophagy) A new thing for me to try! Why? Self-care. I

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26 Aug

Secret to Success Number One! Find Your Best Friend

Secret to Success Number 1 – Get an Accountability Partner There are so many “secrets to success.”  But I am going to call this secret number one!  Why? Because if you get yourself an accountability partner and you create a true accountability relationship, you will also be living many other secrets.  Secrets like: Figure out

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03 Jul

The power of coaching. The power of people.

If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.”  —Thomas Edison I fell into coaching.  It was an accident.  Or so I thought.  Once here I had that experience so many people talk about – I found my calling.  I find coaching to be such a powerful practice.  I

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06 May

Mindfully Transitioning to Your New Normal

One of the things I have been hearing recently is what it will be like when we get “back to normal.” I am not always sure what is meant by this when I hear it on TV. But when I hear it in my living room and on my coaching calls, I can ask the

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29 Apr

15 Tips for Navigating This Interesting Time

I love all the resources out there and this is a great collection of tips and tools and practices that we can all use to create and maintain positivity in this time of change. The blog post is quite thorough. It was written by one of the coaches I trained last year in our Transformative

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07 Apr

Tips for These Times – TV and Social Media

“You become what you think about most of the time” ― Brian Tracy I have been so inspired recently by the people reaching out to offer empowering resources and thoughts during these interesting times. I want to do my part and support positivity and abundance. When things change, we have so much opportunity to change

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27 Mar

Uncertainty

“Uncertainty is the only certainty there is, and knowing how to live with insecurity is the only security.” ― John Allen Paulos This might not be super reassuring during this time of “uncertainty,” but allow me to reframe. Certainty is an illusion. I am going to say some things I know you know already, but

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19 Mar

How to Work From Home

One thing new coaches learn is how to meet people where they are. Where are you right now? You may be nervous, anxious, scared. Or somewhere in between. Or maybe you are excited and seeing opportunity. Allow me to normalize. I have talked to a lot of clients in the last week and all these

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04 Mar

Communication – Turns out it’s not About the Nail

Want to learn to be an effective communicator?  This video says it all.  I know you see the problem.  I know it is crystal clear to you and not at all clear to them.  I know you want to help. But…and this is a very important but…in listening it is truly NOT about the nail.  If

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31 Jan

Energy Goes Where Attention Flows

“Energy Flows Where Attention Goes” I first heard this from Lou Dozier (www.sourcepointtraining.com). This may be the most powerful concept I have learned. I used to spend a lot of time focusing on what I did not want, what I did not like, what I wished would change. And you know what I got? What

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21 Dec

Communication Breakdowns, Part IV

Dealing with Communication Breakdowns Part IV:  Problem-Solve This is the final in a four-part series on clearing breakdowns in communication. If you have not read the prior three blog posts, you may want to start there: Communication Breakdowns, Part I Communication Breakdowns, Part II Communication Breakdowns, Part III Once you have managed your feelings and

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02 Dec

Communication Breakdowns, Part III

Dealing with Communication Breakdowns Part III: The Process “The best way out is always through.” ~ Robert Frost Summary of the process: 1. Manage your emotions. 2. Know yourself. 3. Problem solve. Managing Emotion: The first step when you want to clear up a breakdown is to be sure you are in a “resourceful state.”

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07 Nov

Communication Breakdowns, Part II

Dealing with Communication Breakdowns Part II:  What is a Communication Breakdown and How does it Arise? Our last blog post talked about the conversations we avoid, often not even knowing we are avoiding them.  Communications Breakdowns, Part I.  We are in the midst of a series on communication breakdowns, how to recognize them and how

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