Episode 109: The Role of Your Identity in Responding to Racism

In the first episode of our new, “What to Say When You Hear Something Racist” series, Elena shares the first step you must take if you want to skillfully respond to racism: deepening your understanding of your own identity. 

When you know yourself, you’ll be able to better understand when you are inclined to step up and take action, or when you might be tempted to step away from something challenging. If you understand your identity experiences, you’ll have heightened awareness of your own privilege and responsibility. […]

Read More… from Episode 109: The Role of Your Identity in Responding to Racism

Episode 108: The End-of-Month Routine You Need

If you’ve set a goal or an intention for this year, or if you’ve identified a word to guide you, then you don’t want to miss this episode. Today, as we continue our January series designed to set you up to have a fantastic year, Elena shares the end of month routine you need to help you fulfill those visions. […]

Read More… from Episode 108: The End-of-Month Routine You Need

Episode 107: Three Steps to Better Decision Making

Do you struggle with decision making fatigue? 

Do you want to make decisions with confidence, knowing they are aligned with what matters most and will support your vision and goals for the life you want to live? 

If so, listen in today as Elena shares the three step decision-making process that will help set you up to live with intention and thrive this year.  […]

Read More… from Episode 107: Three Steps to Better Decision Making

Episode 106: What Do You Need to Quit In Order to Stay?

This week we continue our January episodes focused on helping you get set-up to have a fantastic year. Today Bright Morning COO and podcast producer, LesLee Bickford, joins me and we dive into the juiciest question I’m asking and answering so far in 2022. You’ll hear where this question came from, how we’re currently answering it, and how this question will support your transformation. Listen in: you need this question in your rotation! […]

Read More… from Episode 106: What Do You Need to Quit In Order to Stay?

Episode 104: It’s Time to Get Your Needs Met

In this first episode of season 6 of the podcast, we’re focusing on the feelings that come up when you return to work after some time away and how you can get your needs met on a more regular basis. The tools shared will support both your personal transformation and your coaching conversations.  […]

Read More… from Episode 104: It’s Time to Get Your Needs Met

Episode 101: What Do You Need This Winter Break [Coaches’ Corner]

In today’s episode, Elena becomes the coach in your ear, providing some guidance for how you can think about winter break to ensure it serves you and your needs.

The 2021-2022 school year has been a beast for educators everywhere. This is your time to center your needs, and Elena is here to help you do just that. […]

Read More… from Episode 101: What Do You Need This Winter Break [Coaches’ Corner]

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. […]

Read More… from Episode 99: Behind the Design: Planning for Conflict

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.  […]

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

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. […]

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

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.  […]

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