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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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The Bader Group is pleased to announce our new book!

Group Coaching: Seeing Things Differently is a 150-page Handbook designed for Executive Leadership, Sponsors, Learning and Development Project Managers, Facilitators, and Participants. It contains all the worksheets, forms, descriptions, agendas, and journal pages needed for Group Coaching. (The Handbook is available only to our Group Coaching clients at this time.) Under the umbrella methodology of…

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18. Group Coaching: Facilitator Challenges and Tips

It was the best of times…it was the worst of times.  We pushed boundaries, limits, and possibilities. Veni, Vidi, Vici! Group Coaching Participant Most of us can’t forget entirely about our jobs when we open the door to our home or conversely, leave behind all thoughts of family life and personal commitments when we arrive…

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17. Group Coaching: Orienting Participants

PART 1—Welcome and Introductions (1 hour) The Sponsor, Project Manager, and Facilitators introduce themselves, their roles, and the reasons for implementing Action Learning in support of the organization’s strategic goals. The Sponsor may address specifically the short- and mid-term goals of the organization and how Group Coaching has the potential to impact these goals. The…

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16. Group Coaching: Selecting Set Members

Our main objective was personal development, and thanks to everyone’s feedback and support, I came away with more than I ever expected. –Group Coaching Participant We humans learn continuously: our survival, evolution, and success require it. Throughout our lives, we identify and solve problems, observe others, seek guidance, grapple with new experiences, explore unfamiliar territory…

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