We love this definition of coaching: “unlocking a person’s potential to maximize their own performance” ~ Sir John Whitmore (a leading figure in executive coaching).

This week we want to share some of the secrets of coaching that can be learned.

Coaching is a partnership that brings forth the ideas, motivation and structure to make positive change in life. Our featured article lists nine leadership coaching skills:


  • listening
  • questioning
  • giving feedback
  • assisting with goal setting
  • showing empathy
  • letting the coachee arrive at their own solution
  • recognizing and pointing out strengths
  • providing structure
  • encouraging a solution-focused approach
Managers are more effective when they ‘coach’ more and ‘tell’ less because it’s more motivating.  The good news is that we can all learn to become more coach-like.

You can learn these leadership coaching skills during our one-on-one coaching sessions.

Email either one of us to book a session at Louann or Stephanie

Here’s to unlocking potential!

Louann and Stephanie

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Most Managers Don’t Know How to Coach People. But They Can Learn

by Julia Milner and Trenton Milner, Harvard Business Review

Are you successful at coaching your employees? In our years studying and working with companies on this topic, we’ve observed that when many executives say “yes,” they’re ill-equipped to answer the question. Why? For one thing, managers tend to think they’re coaching when they’re actually just telling their employees what to do.