coaching

The Many Meanings of the Word “Coaching”

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 06-10-21

Coaching means many different things to different people and within different organizations. Often I find someone believes they are coaching when in fact they are just sharing their experiences and points of view at opportune moments. I remember one executive I was coaching, who is now retired, saying “People can’t

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Becoming a Better Coach: Some Lessons from The Trillion Dollar Coach

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 07-02-20

I recently read the book The Trillion Dollar Coach: The Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley’s Bill Campbell. Besides the fact that he was a coach to Steve Jobs, Eric Schmidt and others of such stature (hence the title), I loved that (a) he connected his sports coaching with his business

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Why coaching?

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 05-27-20

There are so many leadership capabilities that we could tie to effective problem solving, why should we focus on coaching? What makes coaching so important? I believe this comparison will make it clear (and here’s a hint: it’s all about your purpose).  When I’m coaching a soccer game, many instances

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A Survey of Leadership Traits

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 05-20-20

Many of us have spent a little time cleaning out our home offices, ensuring it’s ready for maximum focus while working from home. I’ve technically worked from home for 20 years, but given my travel, it was only a couple days a month most of the time. And while cleaning

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Problem Solving the Whole or the Pieces?

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 05-19-20

I’ve always considered Russell Ackoff one of the most persistent and insightful systems thinkers. While sometimes his ideas are elusive for organizations to grab ahold of (I don’t always agree with his conclusions), he expects better from organizations, and I think those ideas are worth delving into. As I prepare

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Reflections on coaching (from Andy Carlino)

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 12-11-14

My friend and co-author Andy Carlino had a great idea for his blog site. He shares Reflections in 3 columns – What’s good? What’s bad? What do I think? – on different topics. At this time he is covering coaching. I encourage you to visit the home page at AndyCarlino.com

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The self-development of leadership development

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 06-03-14

Leadership development has gone by many names over the last century and has evolved in many ways. It has come in the form of apprenticeships, to purposeful rotational assignments, to training, and executive coaches (which are about as generic today as accountants). But through this entire evolution, leadership development has

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Executives can't do it alone, and must be masters of developing people

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 12-15-13

The world is more complex. Competition is global. Information moves faster. Small aspects of every business require great depth of expertise. The result is that no CEO or Executive has the talent to lead an organization all by themselves. What are your choices? While this oversimplifies it, you either buy

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The failure of "Don't bring me problems, bring me solutions!"

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 02-07-12

I head this approach many times, and in many different forms. Managers say “I don’t want people to bring me problems; I want them to bring me solutions.” Or “I don’t want more questions, I want answers.” I ran across this on the Harvard Business Review Blog in The No

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You CAN teach an old dog new tricks

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 10-11-10

No matter what we do for a living, at some point we are all in the business of learning. Either we are on a learning curve ourselves. Or we are trying to influence others, whether through sales and marketing, or though managing, or through coaching. In any of these cases,

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