Developing a Theory of Action

By Elena Aguilar, President and Founder In Episode 4 of The Bright Morning Podcast, I referenced a theory of action. I coached Jill through the initial steps to create a draft of a theory of action to lead folks in her district towards having conversations about racial inequities. In my coaching and consulting with leaders, […]

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An Analysis of Coaching Strategies used with Kathrina

By Elena Aguilar, President and Founder In Episode 2 of The Bright Morning Podcast, I coached Kathrina on how she can set boundaries. Kathrina was struggling with her relationships with some colleagues. She’d tried being compassionate and understanding with them, but I could hear that what she wasn’t telling me was that some of those […]

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Something’s Got to Give: Conflict-Avoiding Coach and Resistant Client

By Janet Baird, a Bright Morning Senior Associate and contributing blogger I will go out of my way to avoid confrontation, so when I first began coaching what I feared most was the idea of a resistant client. Or even worse, one who wouldn’t meet with me at all. So of course, not soon after […]

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The Friendly Resister

By Lori Cohen, a Bright Morning Associate and contributing blogger Nils was a great conversationalist—and quite a talker. He loved talking about all things teaching, and he openly welcomed me into his classroom. As a department chair, Nils wanted to experience what it was like to be coached so he could be a model for his […]

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Compassion and Curiosity Keep Us in the Conversation

By Janet Baird, a Bright Morning Senior Associate and Contributing Blogger  We talk frequently about the two essential dispositions of a transformational leader: compassion and curiosity. But why are these so essential? What is it about these ways of being that help us continue doing the work that needs to be done to create more […]

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Lessons Learned from a Perfectionist Coach

by LesLee Bickford, Bright Morning Chief Strategy & Program Officer I learned I was a perfectionist when I was 38. Like many perfectionists, I had up until this point rejected the notion, insisting I just had very high standards. It wasn’t until I was introduced to the Enneagram and begrudgingly accepted that I’m a One that […]

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Do No Harm: The Urgency of Bridging Across Difference

By Lori Cohen, a Bright Morning Associate and contributing blogger “[We] see everything fragmentarily…We are being conditioned by society, by the culture in which we live, and that culture is the product of humanity…There is the vast field of the mind, and unless we bring about a radical change in this fragmentation, there can be no […]

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No One Can Learn from You if You Think that They Suck

by Elena Aguilar, Bright Morning President Many years ago, when I was a novice coach overwhelmed by seemingly resistant teachers, my coach, Leslie Plettner, said the wisest and most memorable words a coach has ever spoken: “No one can learn from you if you think that they suck.” I was thunderstruck by the intensity of […]

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Letting People In on the Why

By Janet Baird, a Bright Morning Senior Associate and Contributing Blogger  My least favorite word in the English language is ICEBREAKER. I have sat through countless meetings and professional development sessions that have started with an icebreaker. Now get up, and without talking, lineup by birthday. Great. Thanks. Now head back to your seats and […]

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