Episode 82: Coaching Conversation: Creating Space

Today on the podcast Elena coaches a former principal turned regional administrator in a power packed 30-minute conversation. The two thought they were going to be focusing on navigating conflict but you’ll hear how with one insightful question the focus shifts to providing the space to reflect on the past turbulent year and what is possible when emotions are explored and we root in our individual and collective experiences.   

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Episode 79: Quarterly Wisdom: What Makes a Conversation Transformational

This is a Quarterly Wisdom episode. Today Elena explores two foundational understandings that are essential if you want to have conversations that allow for transformational and deep connection. First, what the phrase “every conversation counts” means and how it is a core belief of every Transformational Coach. Next, what a Transformational Coach must believe about their role relative to their coachee and what we often see getting in the way of that being a reality.

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Episode 75: Freedom Dreaming with Dr. Nicole Evans [An Interview]

In this episode Elena talks with Dr. Nicole Evans, former principal and current Executive Director of Urban Education and Student Engagement at Harris-Stowe State University. The two explore how Dr. Evans pursued a commitment to making equity “the plate” and not an add-on during her time as principal of City Garden Montessori, a public school in St. Louis Missouri.

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Episode 73: Where do you draw a line? [Coaching Conversation]

This is an interview. Today Elena is in conversation with Crystal Echo Hawk. Crystal is an enrolled member of Pawnee Nation in Oklahoma and the founder of IllumiNative, a nonprofit working to increase the visibility of—and “challenge the negative narrative about”—Native Nations. Listen in to learn more about what Crystal believes to be the greatest threat to Native peoples, hear a specific call-in to educators, learn about a tv show you might be missing out on that you don’t want to miss, and much more.

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Episode 74: Creating Boundaries with Cultural Humility [Unpacking a Coaching Conversation]

It is possible to create boundaries with cultural competence and humility, yet too often that doesn’t happen. Oftentimes the approach skews to dominance or things running amock. Both of these are failures of leadership. In this episode, Elena and her Bright Morning teammate LesLee Bickford dive into the challenge of white leaders striving to work against white supremacy culture while still providing the leadership needed to run healthy teams where everyone is able to thrive.

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Episode 72: Coaches’ Corner: Design Your Summer of Learning

Today’s episode is the first of its kind, designed to provide you with some of the benefits of working with your own Transformational Coach. We’re calling these the “Coaches’ Corner,” during which Elena expertly holds the space and provides you with prompts for reflection. 

Grab your notebook and something to write with; today it’s time to design your summer of learning.

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Evaluation, Feedback and Coaching: What You Need to Know

I’ve received a lot of questions about the intersection of managing and coaching. Most often I provide the same answer I will to this one: Maybe.

There are very few things that just will or won’t work. The key is almost always in how they are done. Here’s what matters most: purpose, transparency and readiness.

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