Coaching

  • Listening to the Universe, Part 2

    Back in March, I wrote a post entitled Listening to the Universe. In that post, I shared several examples where the universe had gently guided me to a program it knew was essential to my coaching journey, including the Newfield Network and BEabove Leadership. Today, with a surprising amount of emotion, I’m honoured* to share I am now a…

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  • My Second Year

    Two years ago, I split off from the software executive trail I had trod for thirty years to explore a new path as a leadership and life coach. Today, I celebrate that milestone with some reflections on my second year. You can read about my first year here. Meta-Metaphor I have written several times about my program on…

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  • You’re Not The Leader You Think You Are

    In 1993 I was a software developer fresh out of school. I was determined to be a “Renaissance Programmer.” Someone who could do every aspect of development, not unlike the “Full-Stack Developer” of the current era. I was sure I would have nothing to do with management and “climbing the corporate ladder.” I remember sitting…

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  • Let’s Move

    In my primer on ontological coaching, I noted I had not written many blog posts on somatics (i.e., relating to the body as opposed to the mind) and promised to address this soon. Today I follow through on that commitment. Starting Slow For many of my coaching classmates (and most certainly for me), somatics was…

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  • Coaching Ontologically

    Last week I had a call with a potential coachee. He was talking to multiple coaches to decide which one would be the best fit for his journey. Early in the conversation, he said, “You describe yourself as an ontological coach – what exactly is that?” The question took me by surprise. Although I reference…

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  • My First Year

    When I launched my Arete Pursuits a year ago, I adopted this daily declaration to remain mindful of my motivation for doing so: I am fulfilled, I serve, and I flourish through coaching. Today I invite you to join me in celebrating the successes of my first year. I Am Fulfilled Coaching is my passion.…

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  • Zen and the Art of Feedback

    Last week we examined how to create an environment that encourages feedback. Leading by example paves the way for you to give feedback more effectively to your colleagues. Today we’ll discuss the art of crafting and delivering feedback. Plan Your Feedback If you’ve delivered 10,000 hours of feedback and achieved “Feedback Mastery,” you may be able…

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  • Feedback is a Gift

    One of the most effective leadership tools available to us is feedback. The old saying is, “It is better to give than to receive.” When it comes to feedback, I recommend we turn this adage on its head. By encouraging and gracefully receiving feedback, we create an environment that will make it easier for us…

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  • On the Path

    One of the things I don’t think I do well is taking the time to celebrate my achievements. Over the weekend, I received some fantastic news, so I’m setting aside the blog I had planned and celebrating. I hope you’ll take a few minutes to join me, and I hope this inspires you to celebrate…

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  • Shifting Perspectives

    Today’s blog post explains one of my favorite exercises dating back to my earliest days as a leader and mentor. I now know this exercise foreshadowed more profound techniques I would learn on my journey as an ontological coach. Ontology is the study of being. Ontological coaching examines our Way of Being – how we view the…

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