solution-focused coaching finding what works video

I had the honor of sharing the SOLVEDmethod solution-focused team and leadership coaching with ATD Buffalo Niagara,  above is an excellent video they made from our time. What Is SOLVED? SOLVED is an acronym for a process of solution-finding. While using the cards, you can choose to use them in the SOLVED order – initially suggested – … Continued

Asking questions is a valuable leadership skill

Asking questions is a valuable leadership skill, and it trips you up. Some challenges that I’ve heard other leaders say about asking questions: What questions do I ask? I’m not sure that they are meaningful enough. But, I know how to solve the problem – why wouldn’t I tell them what to do? I feel … Continued

Managing People is Everyone’s Weakness

Image In a workshop, I was approached by a new manager, and they said, “I am new to managing, and managing people is one of my weaknesses – what can I do?”  I shared that Managing People is Everyone’s Weakness …. and below are 8 ideas I shared for leadership. Managing People is Everyone’s Weakness There … Continued

4 reasons to not announce your goals

In the middle of a meeting with an executive leadership team, the COO yells, “we need to state our companies goals clearly, only then can the staff have the motivation to complete their work.”  This is true and not-true at the same time. Much of the leadership development and planning literature states goal setting as if … Continued

New manager is an idiot What do I do? Managing Up

Managing Up is a leadership skill that you must develop “Contrary to popular legend, subordinates do not, as a rule, rise to position and prominence over the prostrate bodies of incompetent bosses. If their boss is not promoted, they will tend to be bottled up behind him. And if their boss is relieved for incompetence … Continued

WHAT? HOW? WHEN? WHERE? SOLUTION-FOCUSED LEADERSHIP QUESTIONS

Solution-Focused Leadership Coaching – Stop the why ‘Why’ is an instinctive question. Asked 100’s of times every day in organizations, and much of it is helpful. It is essential to understand why a manufacturing process has failed, why a car broke down or why your fire alarm went off. It can be enlightening to see … Continued

Innovation from personal mastery

At any given moment all of us, whether in work, personal relationships, or anywhere else in life, are Rote Copying, Surface Understanding, and Personally Mastering many things and many times at many levels.

6 Truths about leadership

“… why does a subject need a Master to assume their freedom? Does such an assumption amount to the kind of pragmatic paradox wherein the very form (a Master gives me freedom) undermines the content (my freedom)? Should we not rather follow the well-known motto of all emancipatory movements: freedom cannot be handed down to us … Continued

Leadership Coaching questions to the manager

Leadership coaching can have many areas of focus. I feel a significant focus ought to be what the coachee’s direct manager wants to see different and how the manager will know that these differences have happened. You may choose not to involve the coachee’s immediate manager in the coaching; I think that is a waste … Continued

SOLVED solution-focused coaching example

A client who was using the SOLVED solution-focused cards called me and had some questions. He was not sure how to use the cards in coaching himself through a challenge. That presented an opportunity for us to use the SOLVED coaching process and see what happens. The image above is the six SOLVED questions he randomly … Continued