Everyone makes mistakes, even leaders and coaches. I am uniquely qualified to write this article, as I have made every one of these mistakes, some, embarrassingly, more than once. Here are 10 coaching mistakes and how you can avoid repeating them:
Category: Mastering Leadership
This blog will draw upon the lessons Gregg Thompson has learned over the past 25 years working with some amazing companies and even more amazing leaders. The main overriding objective: to help you gain fresh insight into this very important social dimension we call leadership and incorporate this insight into the next chapter of your career.
Being coached doesn’t always feel good. So, how can you tell if it’s working? You know you are getting great coaching when …
The human brain is an amazing organ. It comprises the same biological matter as the rest of the body, but remarkably, it somehow gives rise to consciousness and self-awareness. Despite years of research, scientists are still mystified by how it actually does this. Nobody really understands how living cells, sorted and connected in just the […]
Our final coaching conversation over coffee quickly turned uncomfortable, at least for me. “I was touched,” said my client. “I was touched in a very special way.” With a quick “thank you” in return, I tried to quickly change the topic to something not so emotionally charged. (My mind raced.… Is he a soccer fan? […]
Leaders who coach effectively understand that it is not about them; it’s all about the other person.
While coaching is a highly effective way of accelerating your development as a leader, it also represents a significant investment of time and money. Here are 14 ways to get the most out of your leadership coaching experience.
The vast majority of articles on leadership are directed at leaders themselves. But what does good leadership look like through the eyes of those being led? For a moment, put yourself in their place.
The difference between stagnant organizations and dynamic ones is clear: In dynamic organizations, ideas are readily surfaced, developed, and implemented—and leadership makes all the difference.
James Kavanaugh once suggested that there are “those too gentle to live among the wolves.” I hope this is no longer true in today’s organization. I believe that the “wolves” have had their day, and we need to make way for a new breed of manager—The Gentle Leader. Today, we need a special brand of […]
This is the third in a series of three articles dedicated to the wonderful men and women who likely have not read the latest bestseller on leadership but still get up every morning committed to making a real difference in the work, careers, and lives of others. This series will explore the universal, timeless principles […]