Not Only A Program, Coaching Is A Way of Leading

Some leaders think they are too busy to coach. They view coaching only as a new activity or program. Coaching is not only a program, it’s a way of leading. I’ll show you how to integrate coaching into your many leadership roles.

One of the things I love about coaching is that it doesn’t have to be

So You Want To Be An Undercover Coach

Your colleague walks into your office and asks for your advice. You want to use a coaching approach but know that you can’t have a full-on coaching conversation. What do you do? Go undercover. Be an Undercover Coach. Here’s how.

I love the clarity that comes with a well-defined coaching relationship. I know, and the other person knows, we’re coaching. We know I’ll ask probing questions and they’ll do most of reflection and talking.

You are not likely to have a defined coaching relationship with your co-worker, your teenager, or your boss. How do you use coaching skills in your day-to-day

3 Reasons Men Like Coaching to Counseling

Society says men should be strong, independent, and unemotional. When it comes to getting help, men are far less likely than women to turn to a counselor. Yet, guys are willing to engage with a coach. Here’s my take on why. 

Just 25% of counselors* and only 30% of counseling clients are men. That doesn’t mean that women need it more, only that they are more open to counseling than men are. Keep these number in mind and look at how men relate to coaching.

With coaching the percentage of men involved shifts upward. A recent study by

What Are The Best Ways To Practice Coaching?

So you want to become an amazingly effective coach. There’s only one way to get there – practice! The trick is in practicing the right things. I’ll show you the best ways to practice coaching. 

Coaching is a skill. Actually, it’s a set of skills all used at the same time. Learning to coach effectively is like learning any skill, you’ve got to practice.

The hard part is you’ve got to practice the right things. If you practice mistakes, those mistakes will become

An Up-To-Date Picture Of Professional Coaches [Infographic]

What does a professional coach do? This infographic breaks down types of coaches and specialties, how their time is spent, and additional services coach practitioners offer, according to a recent study by the International Coach Federation.

The 2016 ICF Global Coaching Study, based on a 2015 survey commissioned by ICF and conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, uses information and insights from

How To Become An ICF Certified Coach

Coaches with specialized training and a top-level coaching certification will be more effective coaches and more easily attract clients. The gold-standard in coach certifications are from the International Coach Federation (ICF). While famous coaches and schools can and do create their own coach certifications, the ICF, as the world’s largest coaching association, sets the bar high. I’ll share my insider knowledge of how you can become an ICF certified coach.

Coach certifications are confusing to many people. After 8 years on two ICF chapter board of directors, including a period as President of the ICF Washington State Chapter, I’ve fielded a lot of questions about coach training programs and certifications. 

3 Essential Practices of Effective Coaching Training

Coaching gets results. Leaders are looking for the fastest, easiest, and cheapest way to increase their coaching skills. I’ll share the 3 essential practices of effective coaching training. Using these guidelines you can sort through the many choices to find your pathway to coaching excellence. 

If you’re confused by conflicting messages about coaching, you’re not alone! Coaching is an unregulated field. Anyone can call himself or herself a “coach” and lead “How To Coach” workshops.

All coaching training is not the same. Every month, I hear from people who have invested in coaching courses only to find out later

What It Really Means To Be A Coach

A friend of mine met a woman at a party who said she was a Life Coach. My friend ask her, “Where did you train to be a Life Coach?” She answered, “Well, in life!” As a Professional Certified Coach and coach instructor, I groan when I hear this response. 

There’s a lot of buzz out there about the fantastic results of coaching. At the same time, there’s a lot of confusion about what exactly coaching is and how to become an effective coach.

I’ll clear up what a professional coach is and introduce 3 “sets” to define coaching.