Archive: Coaching

3 Questions to Ask Before Assuming Bad Attitude

3 Questions to Ask Before Assuming Bad Attitude   I was coaching a new manager who said she was getting really frustrated with the bad attitudes of her team. She wanted them to deliver better customer service and felt they were being ...

No Bullies Allowed

No Bullies Allowed   Employee retention and patient satisfaction start with culture.  There are no quick fixes for a dysfunctional work environment, but there are some immediate and bold actions required when bullies rear their ugly heads. Not long ago, I began working ...

Culture is Evident at Every Touch Point

Culture is Evident at Every Touch Point   A few years ago, I was coaching a hospital CEO who said, “I know culture is important but honestly I hate talking about it. Culture is an ethereal term. Nobody really can really lay ...

Feedback Isn’t Positive or Negative

Feedback Isn’t Positive or Negative   Have you ever noticed that people tend to preface the word feedback with a qualifier such as positive or negative? The truth is feedback isn’t positive or negative. It’s feedback. Period. The dictionary defines feedback as: information ...

Effective Feedback is a Two-Way Street

Effective Feedback is a Two-Way Street   Over the course of my career, I’ve been on both the sending and receiving sides of feedback. I’ve come to know that continuous improvement requires that you be able to do both well.   Training, preparation, and ...

Leader Fatigue? You May Be the Cause.

One of the most common issues I see when coaching leaders is leader fatigue caused by constant interruptions that prevent them from dedicated “think time” for planning and project completion. They often don’t see that their response is actually enabling ...

Stop Fixing & Start Coaching

There is a phenomenon among newly-minted managers. When someone presents a problem, they often feel the need to fix it because, after all, they are now the manager.  Fixing presents two problems. First, they are adding more responsibility and psychological ...