Category Archives: Uncategorized

29 Oct

Leader as Coach

One of my student coaches recently sent me this article from the Harvard Business Review.  If you are a leader, you are going to get great value from this article!  She sums it up better than I can: “The article talks about how management styles have had to change to better respond to a different

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24 Jul

The Importance of Clear Agreements

You may be saying, “I know the importance of clear agreements.”  Even so, there is a good chance you are not getting them. Today I want to give you a simple tool that will transform the culture of your organization and improve the results you produce.  It is called “the Complete Request.”  (I am grateful

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21 May

Dominoes

I saw a speaker once on Buddhism and mindfulness give this demonstration: He set up dominoes – like you did when you were a kid – in a serpentine design on the floor. Then he hit one and it hit the next one and so on until they were cascading their clack clack clack and

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07 May

A Simple Time Management Tip for the Week

Think about it. No really.  Think about it.  This is my tip this week. Effective time management can seem counterintuitive.  I learned something this week from two different clients:  the value in taking time to sit and reflect. We live in a fast-paced world.  We are usually doing seven things at once.  Rarely do we

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12 Apr

What Would Wonder Woman Do?

Sometimes the answer is simpler than it seems.  Sometimes we can find a way to develop that new behavior in an easy way.  I speak frequently about neuro-linguistic programming and some of the techniques it offers.  One of them is called the New Behavior Generator. Let’s imagine you want to do something and you are

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29 Mar

What do you REALLY want?

People come to coaching for a variety of reasons: *make more money *get more clients *learn to communicate better *have better relationships with children or staff *lose weight *and on and on   What is your current goal? The question we always ask our clients is why do you want that?  And they will say “I

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09 Feb

What Kind of a Day Will You Have?

Have you ever had this experience: You run into a co-worker in the hall at 11am and you say, “How are you?” She says, “Man, this day is terrible.” Or, “I am having the worst day.” I hear this a lot. Or on Tuesday, “This is the worst week ever.” I had heard this a

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16 Oct

There is no Such Thing as a “Normal” Week

Sometimes it’s useful to just say what is so. There are stories we tell ourselves that are unexamined and do not contain all the truth. This is one of them. As you know by now if you’ve been reading my blogs, one of the things my clients do on their calls with me is “declare”

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24 May

The REALITY of Enrollment

A Specific Model for Enrollment – REALITY We have been talking about the concept of “enrollment” – communicating with others in a way that they feel heard and that generates cooperation, collaboration and ownership. You cannot enroll if you cannot see reality. You must clearly see the other person’s reality to enroll them in anything.

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16 Nov

The Power of Habit, Part I

I once heard someone say that everything we do – every day, all day – is either part of an old habit or part of a new habit. Last week, I posted this riddle: I am your constant companion. I am your greatest helper or heaviest burden. I will push you onward or drag you

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08 Nov

The Secret to Change

Below is a piece I discovered some time ago.  See what you think the answer might be.  Feel free to comment at the bottom.  I’ll come back with the answer next week: I am your constant companion. I am your greatest helper or heaviest burden. I will push you onward or drag you down to

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15 May

The Voice in Your Head

Here is a topic I talk to my all of my clients about. And yes, this is business coaching. This is a secret known to coaches and others who work with people who want to accomplish something. When we want to accomplish something – in business or elsewhere – we often get stopped or stuck.

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08 May

Mass Exodus – The Downside of Rapport

Have you ever noticed you could be in a large room full of people all participating in the same training, all raising their hands to participate, all laughing at the same time, and then one person gets up to go to the bathroom. And then another person gets up to go to the bathroom. And

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03 May

Guest Blogger – Lessons From Dogs

http://mailchi.mp/758971dba6db/five-life-lessons-from-tucker-geil-summit-register-april-14-2017?e=25c01a74cc Five Life Lessons From Tucker Summit Register – April 14, 2017 It’s hard to believe, but my baby boy (for those of you who don’t know, that’s my miniature poodle, Tucker) turned 13 last week! He is doing well, with the exception of a little arthritis, and a good deal of hearing loss. That’s

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03 May

Guest Blogger – Lessons From Dogs

Five Life Lessons From Tucker Summit Register – April 14, 2017 It’s hard to believe, but my baby boy (for those of you who don’t know, that’s my miniature poodle, Tucker) turned 13 last week! He is doing well, with the exception of a little arthritis, and a good deal of hearing loss. That’s actually

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25 Apr

Guest Blogger – Lessons from Dogs

I recently met a coach who writes a lovely blog. I got the chance to spend some time with her and her pup. I learned a lot. There are lessons everywhere, not the least of which from animals. Click the link and enjoy her post. You will learn some things! Kim Geil, from Coaching Heights

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04 Oct

How to Get What You Want

Q: How do you get what you want? A: You ask! ____ Does this seem simple? Maybe I have oversimplified? It is true though that our comfort zones keep us from asking, often, when to ask would have been the thing that worked. Why don’t we ask? Often we are embarrassed or we make up

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24 Jun

Check out my Podcast on Lawpreneur Radio!

A couple days ago, I was interviewed by Miranda McCroskey for Lawpreneur Radio. “Lawpreneur Radio” comes out of the recognition that lawyers need to learn how to run their practices as a business. Therefore, Lawpreneur Radio is a community where members are both lawpreneurs who’ve figured out how to hang their shingle and thrive, and

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10 May

You Get to Choose (Part II)

You may have read my blog last week about a guy who inspired me with his enthusiasm for holding a sign on a corner in Sacramento. Today I am writing about another man I saw. About 2 blocks away from sign guy, is Fruitridge and Freeport – an intersection I cross every day to pick

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12 Aug

McLaren Coaching Giveaway!

OPEN NOW! Through August 18, we will be conducting a raffle for Cami McLaren & Stephanie Finelli’s book Coaching for Attorneys: Improving Productivity and Achieving Balance, 2014, ABA. You can enter and accrue points through simple actions such as signing up for the McLaren Coaching blog or following McLaren Coaching on Facebook.  In addition to the

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