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How to Find a Coach

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A coach partners with you in a thought-provoking and creative process to inspire you to maximize your personal Life vison and/or your professional Leadership potential! Explore these questions with a coach: G oals "What do you want?" R eality "What is your current reality?" O ptions "What could you do?" W ill "What will you do?" You drive the proce...
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Be Grateful for Great Employees: Lead 'Stay Conversations'

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Research suggests that the best way a manager can show they care about their employees is to show interest in their career plans. A practical strategy for managers is to conduct frequent, short 'stay interviews'—conversations with questions that can help managers learn more about the people they manage to drive retention, engagement, productivity, ...
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Midwinter transitions and the "fear of letting go"

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Midwinter signals the year is ending and has us face a transition. It gives us pause—to walk in the woods or sit by the fire—to take stock of the past year, rest with a long winter's nap and then begin dreaming for the New Year. We may also have to face our fears of 'letting go'… 'Let Go' by : Closing the Door… end the year by reviewing your high p...
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Your Executive Coach is not your Mother

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  Jude Olson is an accredited, professional coach providing leadership and transition coaching to individuals, teams and organizations—building on strengths for accelerated development. She is certified by the International Coaching Federation and qualified in assessments including Appreciative Coaching, VoicesÒ360°, via EDGE™ and MBTI Step II...
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Leadership Development Coaching

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  Building on Leadership Strengths KEY AREAS OF PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE Changes in role & job scope Leading Change Career development Interpersonal communication Career Transition Design and facilitation of team meetings HOW YOU MIGHT UTILIZE MY SERVICES To gather & deliver clear, concrete feedback from others regarding your performance...
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Timing is everything!

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  You've heard this many times…that Timing is everything! It's true when you start to plan ahead, find the best moment to give feedback to someone—or take time to reflect. You will need to use your senses and intuition to know when the 'time is right'… When you approach: Planning —map out your calendar, by planning your vacations first! Motiva...
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Work your knowledge connections!

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Every smart engineer has a short list of trusted experts in her back pocket—and so should you! Research shows that it is through our social networks that technical knowledge is most often shared. So much of our knowledge is intuitive or tacit—the kind of knowledge that is difficult to transfer to another person by means of writing it down or verbal...
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How to find a coach!

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Isn't it time to give yourself a coach? A coach partners with you in a thought-provoking and creative process to inspire you to maximize your personal Life vison and/or your professional Leadership potential! Explore these questions with a coach: G oals "What do you want?" R eality "What is your current reality?" O ptions "What could you do?" W ill...
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Take Spring Break!

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  Just like our children, we need a Spring Break! The season reminds us of the rhythms of rest and renewal…like the waves. Instead of using your downtime to do cleaning or extra chores, multitasking or getting more efficient, try doing less…or even nothing! When was the last time you took a moment to? Swing in the hammock Go to a Spa Watch a c...
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Assertiveness: It's March... Enter as a lion!

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March is known for weather that comes in 'like a Lion" and offers us a stance that is powerful and effective: Assertiveness! It's all about language and rights and responsibilities—and can easily be learned. First, you begin with self-respect . Identify what you want, what to ask for, and what you'd like to express to others. Here's a model for how...
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