Cultivating Talent

My husband Ken and the best leaders have a lot in common. At first glance, one wouldn`t think so. He is a nurseryman, and close to the earth. A somewhat unusual leader, perhaps. He has owned and operated Oikos Tree Crops, a specialty plant nursery for almost thirty years. It took several years from the […]

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Coaching vs. Feedback

So often “coaching” is used as a buzz term for almost any kind of interaction in the workplace (and everywhere else. Who would have thought there would be such a thing as a “knitting coach”?). The term has been confused, misused, misunderstood and blasphemed. This is unfortunate, because coaching is a powerful skill for leaders […]

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Believing

I have a wise friend who has been a community and business leader for a while. She is currently running a successful nonprofit. Even though I`ve known her for a fraction of her working life, I`m sure that she`s had a career full of success. There are many reasons for her successes, including hard work, […]

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What Executive Coaches Want From HR

When I had an idea about a post I wanted to write about what executive coaches want from their HR partners, I thought it would be interesting to get a view from a seasoned HR pro on what HR wants from the executive coaches they contract with. Dan McCarthy is just that guy. He works […]

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Balance and Support

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the sixth annual conference of the Professional Coaches Association of Michigan. For the first time since the start of this organization, I went as a non-board member. It was my time to relax, balance, observe, learn and (most importantly) enjoy the support of my “tribe”. There is […]

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How Can Coaching Synergize a Community?

Our ancestors, in the spirit of community, regularly sat around a fire to have conversations that deepened their own communal connections. This dialog assisted in increasing the quality of life in the places where they lived. In our modern-day communities, there is a longing for shared meaning, connections, and the deep conversation that coaching can […]

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Hello, I'm Here to Change You

From Mary Jo’s monthly column, “Leadership”.Copyright 2009 West Michigan Business Review. Reprinted with permission. Helpful suggestions from others about what we should do to change our behavior aren`t always, well, helpful. This is especially true when they come to us unsolicited. Many leaders have a compulsion to let people know what they are doing wrong […]

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Feedback vs. Coaching as a Leadership Tool

So often, “coaching” is used as a buzz term for almost any kind of interaction in the workplace (and everywhere else. Who would have thought there would be such a thing as a “knitting coach”?). The term has been confused, misused, misunderstood and blasphemed. Yet, coaching is hot in the workplace. Executive coaches work with […]

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