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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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