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My Interview with Steph Balzer of Cento

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This month, I had a special opportunity to chat with the mission-minded coach, writer, and strategist Steph Balzer as part of her coach interview series. She created a welcoming space for me to share my background and perspective on coaching. The Steph Balzer interview, below, was originally posted on her Substack, Cento, which explores how we shape…

Is Time Management Your Enemy? 4 Ways Coaching is Your Friend

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I frequently hear from leaders like you that time management is one of their biggest challenges. On a normal day, you are in back-to-back meetings, dealing with fire drills, and responding to pings from Outlook, Teams, Slack, your phone, and more. You’re caught in a cycle that you feel you can’t disrupt. You also desperately…

Preparing for an Executive Coaching Session: How to Pick a Session Topic

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One of the most important aspects of a one-on-one executive coaching engagement is that you, the leader, are clear on what the focus of your engagement will be. You and your coach will align on that focus at the start of the engagement. Where are you now, and where are you trying to go? You…

How to Hire an Executive Coach: 7 Steps to Finding a Great Fit

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Hiring an executive coach for one-on-one coaching can be daunting when you’re facing the task alone. What should I look for? Where can I find one? How do I know if a coach is the right fit for me? Asking these questions is a great start. It shows you want to be thoughtful about your…

A Peek into the Coaching Experience, Part 1: Personal Leadership

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Coaching is_____. Every once in a while, I come back to this piece I wrote on LinkedIn three years ago when I was still training as an executive coach.  It reminds me of those first moments of surprise that coaching is not about telling leaders how to tackle their challenges and goals. Instead, it’s about…

A Peek into the Coaching Experience, Part 2: Turning Inward, Together

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How Coaching Works.  I still recall the first time I was coached using the principle I wrote about in Part 1 of this series: coaching as a means of developing self-consciousness.  I felt like someone had suddenly spun me around with my eyes closed. When I opened them, I found myself facing an inner truth…

A Peek into the Coaching Experience, Part 3: Choosing what Resonates

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Crossing the Bridge. Here we are at the final article in this short series about the executive and leadership coaching experience. The intent of this article was, and still is, to answer the question, “What will I get out of coaching?”    The more I worked on this article, the more complicated the draft became. Every…