4 Steps to Better Conflict

In order for teams to be effective, they need to have conflict. Not destructive conflict. Not where people shout or are passive aggressive or where pent up frustrations culminate in some sort of rupture. Teams need healthy conflict—the kind that allows for disagreements, different viewpoints, and a path forward that deepens relationships on a team.  

In order to foster this kind of conflict, you need to plan for it.

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Have You Learned These Three Lessons Yet?

As I planned for our welcome back professional development days this fall, I wanted to create experiences that would leave our staff feeling connected, inspired, empowered and motivated to launch the year. I started the year with hope and optimism; I focused on slowing down and working to create emotionally, intellectually and physically safe environments for adults and for students. Then reality set. Within weeks I could see it  everywhere I looked—educators are not well.

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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 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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Episode 89: REPLAY Virtual Reality: Confronting Self-Doubt

This week we are replaying an earlier coaching conversation with Kathrina Mendez, a teacher in California we first met in episode 2. 

This was the second coaching conversation between Elena and Kathrina. In it Elena uses the ACE framework discussed in last week’s episode as she supported Kathrina in her quest for growing self-compassion and implementing power doses of self-care. 
The ACE framework is one that has been utilized in many of the coaching conversations episodes, including one we will be replaying next week: Virtual Reality: Confronting Self Doubt.  

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