What executive coaches can learn from the sustainable food movement.

‘Genuine sustainability’ reads the caption on the New York City’s PRINT restaurant website. For PRINT, genuine sustainability features commitment to local produce, seasonal menus, carefully vetted purveyors, quality protocols for each farmer, investment in a healthy work culture, and other conscious efforts to preserve resources, avoid waste, strengthen ecosystems, and protect the environment. I wondered:…

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What does success look like for an executive coach?

An earnest coach asked me: ‘How do I know my coaching is successful?’ Inspired to explore this notion, I realized that many roads to success lie in front of us as we begin a coaching assignment. Sometimes we take one road and merge onto another. Other times we use a map and there are times…

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ROI and Executive Coaching: be brave and measure!

The dials in the photo here tell the story of the B-39 Russian submarine berthed in the San Diego Maritime Museum amidst her former adversaries. The dials, a version of metrics and perhaps a precursor of the balanced scorecard reminded me of the rocky shoals of measuring ROI on executive coaching. However difficult, sponsors and…

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Vulnerability comes in handy: What we can learn about coaching with our teachers of Tai Chi, Pilates, or Yoga (or any exercise type).

The idea of understanding and appreciating our physical sensations as we coach has never appealed to me. My dismissive assumptions about a somatic approach to coaching range from too soft and light, to rarely useful for the demands of executive coaching. Today, after an instructive Pilates class, I experienced a few metaphors for what we…

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Coaching Supervision parallels a Master Class: what we can learn from the arts.

In a previous note, I offered a few examples of experts utilizing coaches of their own. Sports champions and award winning actors rely on guidance from others. I am intrigued by the concept of special coaches or masters outside our field who may offer us new ways of thinking about coaching supervision. A master class…

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Coach supervision has amazing parallels among professionals of every field

1. Great golfers have coaches “…one of the biggest reasons (Tiger) Woods is back on top of golf is that he has finally clicked with new swing coach, Sean Foley, less than three years after they started working together. Foley, originally from Toronto, is a strange guy in the world of golf. In 2010, before…

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3. Group Coaching: Pre-work by Gloria E. Bader, Ed.D.

Sample pre-work for individual participants in a Group Coaching session. This worksheet aids the participant in focusing on a suitable challenge (problem, opportunity, and/or issue on which they want to take action).  It is often difficult to choose between possible challenges (e.g.: resources on a particular project, planning complexities, one’s leadership style and its impact…

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2. Group Coaching: Mechanics of a Session by Gloria E. Bader, Ed.D.

The mechanics of a Group Coaching program vary depending on the number of people in a group and the number of sessions held over a period of time. Five half-day sessions (5 hours in length) over 7-10 months will accommodate five participants. Ideally, an orientation to the methodology of Action Learning launches the Group Coaching…

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1. Group Coaching: Personal and Organizational Benefits by Janet Ratniewski, M.S.

Action learning is one of the fastest growing methodologies used for leadership development in organizations. Group Coaching is one of the methods through which Action Learning takes shape. Through Group Coaching, learning occurs on multiple levels, as group members tackle challenges in the moment while acquiring requisite skills for future problem-solving.  Participants improve valuable communication…

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Group Coaching: an Introduction by Gloria E. Bader, Ed.D.

Join us in a dialogue about Group Coaching. Under the umbrella methodology of Action Learning, Group Coaching is defined as a process in which 4-6 participants address current real work challenges in a simple structured format, problem-solve through guided questioning, and take action based on new insights. Led by a facilitator, each participant receives careful…

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