Episode 98: When it Feels Like it’s Never Enough [a Coaching Conversation]

Today’s coaching conversation provides you with the opportunity to hear how Elena navigated a trifecta of challenges that emerged when a successful instructional coach recently moved into a dean of students role. While her commitment to her work has never waned, the resulting joy it provides her has. Listen in to hear how Elena and Maria’s conversation unleashes Maria’s inner-wisdom and provides a path forward. 

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Episode 97: The Gifting Episode!

Have a hard-to-shop-for person on your list?

Love hearing about gifts that other people love?

Looking for an escape from it all? 

If so, this episode is for you!

Today Elena and Bright Morning COO and podcast producer, LesLee Bickford, are sharing what they hope to receive and plan to give to others this holiday season. We’re covering gifts for friends, families and co-workers, including the perfect gift for your educator friends! 

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Episode 96: In Conversation with Kimberly L Jones and Gilly Segal

Kimberly L Jones went viral when she brilliantly used a Monopoly analogy to explain how 450 years of breaking the social contract in our country leads to civil unrest. 

But before those 2 million+ YouTube views and appearances on The Daily Show with Trever Noah, she and her co-author, Gilly Segal, were making headlines as best selling authors of I’m Not Dying With You Tonight, and have since released a second YA must-read, Why We Fly. 

On today’s episode, the two join Elena in a conversation around what it takes to build a trusting partnership, how books can be used to forge a more just society, what they’d change in education, and what is giving them hope for a better future. 

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Episode 95: First 5 Minutes: “Who is a fictional character…”

How can we bring some creativity and levity to our coaching conversations? What about helping our clients access their needs? Or connecting them to their power?

In this fourth and final episode of our special four-part First 5 Minutes series, Elena will walk you through how to do just that with one question that opens up your next coaching conversation.

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Episode 94: First 5 Minutes: “Tell me about a challenging moment…”

How do you kindle a sense of power and agency in your coachee when they are feeling deflated or overwhelmed?  

In this third episode of our special four-part First 5 Minutes series, Elena will walk you through how to do just that with one question that opens up your next coaching conversation. 

In addition to providing you with a new question each week, Elena also walks through how to introduce this new type of question, models what that might look like, pulls back the curtain on why this question works and shares some wisdom on how to artfully put this into action. 

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Episode 99: Behind the Design: Planning for Conflict

Are you interested in strengthening your leadership muscles to support your teammates in engaging in healthy conflict? 

Are you conflict averse but want to get better at sharing your needs? 

If so, this episode is for you. 

Listen in to hear Elena and Bright Morning teammate, Lori Cohen, discuss what makes engaging in conflict challenging for many people, how to strengthen your muscles to engage in healthy conflict, and a sentence stem you can try on today to start to do so.

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Episode 93: First 5 Minutes: “Tell me a story…”

How can we instill our clients with confidence in their potential to learn and grow? 

In this second edition of our special four-part First 5 Minutes series, Elena will walk you through how to do just that with one question that opens up your next coaching conversation. 

In addition to providing you with a new question each week, Elena also walks through how to introduce this new type of question, models what that might look like, pulls back the curtain on why this question works and shares some wisdom on how to artfully put this into action. 

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Episode 92: First 5 Minutes: “Tell me about a place…”

Today’s episode is the first in our special four-part First 5 Minutes series. These short episodes will provide you with all you need to know to incorporate one resilience-boosting question to use in your conversations.

In addition to providing you with a new question each week, Elena also walks through how to introduce this new type of question, models what that might look like, pulls back the curtain on why this question works and shares some wisdom on how to artfully put this into action. 

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Episode 91: Journey Into Wanderland

Does your life feel like it’s one checklist after another? Are you feeling unbalanced with your energy being spent on only what must get done and not pursuits that fill you up? If so, this is the episode for you. 

Today we’re kicking off Season 5 of the podcast with some Quarterly Wisdom from Elena. Tune in to hear about an energizing practice that will support you in connecting in meaningful ways with people, places and yourself.

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