Excavating my beliefs about emotions

I’m often surprised by how many limiting beliefs I operate from, in spite of having done a lot to surface and shift beliefs. But the limiting ones are masters at camouflaging themselves. That’s how they survive. I’ve recently been excavating my beliefs about emotions and realizing that some that aren’t helpful. These include the beliefs […]

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Learn the skills to invite others to heal

I’ve been learning about how my response to other people’s strong emotions has to do with my comfort with experiencing those emotions. Self-development is foundational for being a Transformational Coach and I encourage you to find support to explore your emotions.  I want to bring this idea into the classroom. Chaz (a pseudonym) was a […]

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Are you working with someone who is struggling?

Many educators are returning from the break feeling refreshed, empowered, and energized. You can continue cultivating and coaching those joyful emotions. This will help.  Some educators are returning from the break feeling stressed, sad, or fearful. You might be tempted to smother those feelings by exuding positivity and repeating sentiments like, “it’s all going to […]

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Release urgency and focus on impact

“Change needed to happen for kids yesterday. There’s no time for this.”  I’ve heard many iterations of this argument when talking to educators about the need to build relationships at the outset of a coaching relationship.  In all of these instances, my response is the same:  I hear your anger and sadness, and yes, kids […]

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An Exercise to Help You Coach For Equity

When we do equity work, the question isn’t if emotions will be present, it’s if we are prepared to skillfully navigate them and support ourselves and others in learning from the wisdom emotions provide.  As with all things Transformational Coaching, you must start with yourself before you can support others. This is why participants engage […]

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Coaching is not therapy

Have you ever been hesitant to coach emotions because you don’t want to overstep your role as a coach or leader? If so, I’m glad you’re thinking critically about the boundaries of your role, and I’m here to tell you that you can coach emotions in an appropriate and responsible way. You just need to […]

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4 Strategies to Increase Your Self-Knowledge

As this school year starts, perhaps you are thinking about how to lead a team differently than you have before. Perhaps in a way that is more energizing, with distributed leadership, with more joy and focus and commitment from everyone. Maybe you are forming a vision from your hopes and the needs of the community […]

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Three Things That Need to Happen in Every Transformational Coaching Conversation

Last week on the podcast, I shared my top considerations for a thriving coaching program. These included the three things that need to happen in every Transformational Coaching conversation:  Trust must be built, deepened or repaired Beliefs must be explored Clients must be solving their own problems  Today, I’m sharing a set of reflection prompts […]

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Managers Can’t Be Coaches

If you’re a manager looking to coach, you need to adjust your expectations. Managers cannot be coaches. Coaching is a vehicle for learning. When we are learning things can get messy. Ideally, when working with a coach, we can completely let our guards down, we can be vulnerable and say every messy thing on our […]

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3 Lessons to Incorporate Into Your PD Planning This Year

Are you thinking about your own professional learning in the year to come? Here are three lessons we learned in 2021, what they mean for us in 2022 and potential implications for your own approach to PD. […]

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