Coach’s Challenge for 1-26-14 “Managing Perceptions”

Good day, team. This week’s challenge is about managing people’s perceptions. The following blog post by Robert Curtiss, actor and psychotherapist, is from www.backstage.com. It got me thinking about how people perceive one another. “How What You Do Affects How You’re Perceived “Behavior is a mirror in which...

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Coach’s Challenge for 1-19-14 “Respond vs. React”

Good day, team. This week’s challenge is about learning to respond rather than react. Here’s how I see the difference: When we respond to a situation, there is an element of thought behind the process. We take some time to think about what we want to...

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Coach’s Challenge for 1-12-14 “Patience”

Good day, team. It’s a new year, which is a great time to think about what changes we might like to make in our behavior. The first word that comes to my mind is “patience.” I’m not very patient. When I begin a project, whether it’s...

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Coach’s Challenge for 12-8-13 “Changing the Story”

Good day, team. This week’s challenge is about how our memories and stories about people and events stay locked in our minds and how we use them to justify current actions and to judge others. I recently read “The Sense of An Ending” by Julian Barnes....

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Coach’s Challenge for 11-24-13 “Bailey”

Good day, team. A few years ago, I wrote a coach's challenge about a young girl named Bailey who I sat next to on an airplane flight. She taught me something fundamental about communication and emotional presence that I think is always worth sharing. ...

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Coach’s Challenge for 11-17-13 “Importance of Alignment”

Good day, team. This week’s challenge is about the importance of alignment in organizations. I’ve been reading an excellent book, “The Work of Leaders: How Vision, Alignment and Execution Will Change the Way You Lead” by Julie Straw, Mark Scullard, Susie Kokkonen and Barry Davis. The...

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Coach’s Challenge for 11-10-13 “Grit”

Good day, team. My husband recently told me about a Ted Talk he saw on the subject of grit. It makes a great topic for this week’s challenge. In the talk, Angela Duckworth outlines why some kids in school do better than others. Interestingly enough, studies show...

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Coach’s Challenge for 11-3-13 “Introverts As Leaders”

Good day, team. This week’s challenge is about introverts and their ability to lead and manage others. Our culture fosters a misconception that people who are introverted by nature do not make good leaders or even know how to manage others. This idea comes from years of...

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