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An acknowledgement recognizes the whole of the person, both who they are being and what they are doing. It does so in specific and evocative language that feels true to both the giver and receiver. An acknowledgement is more a statement of a shared reality than a judgement. It focuses slightly more on who the person is being than on what they are doing.

The Power of Acknowledgement - Alison Whitmire

Acknowledgement of the client is every bit as important (maybe more so) as asking powerful questions, active listening, or planning and goal setting. Acknowledgement is a foundational element of the coach/client relationship that builds the trust and intimacy needed to do the rest of the work.

We learned from the Oscar-winning Pixar movie, Inside Out , that multiplicity of mind is natural and normal.

declipse - transform your stress

A strong emotion behaves (metaphorically) like an eclipse, inadvertently creating a blind spot and blocking access to an alternative perspective bringing wisdom or insight. The eclipse generates the tension of something unresolved. The agitated mind yearns for a “declipse,” to get past the stuck place of an eclipse and find resolution and balance. 

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Growth Edge

These agitations are our growth edges. They are messengers telling us we have a blind spot. The blind spot eclipses the wisdom and insights that are on the other side. When the wisdom or insight appears, there is growth, one little shift at a time. 

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Coaching is the New Leadership - Margaret Moore

It’s time for everyone, not just leaders, to grow faster to avoid burnout and keep up, or even get ahead, of external forces of change. That means living and thriving on the growth edge, like what happens in a good coaching session.

Is It Time to Replace the Annual Performance Review with Coaching? by Michael Bungay Stanier

Despite the hype, are organizations actually kicking performance reviews to the curb? Not really. While performance management tactics have evolved, the fact remains that a vast majority of companies continue to conduct the much-dreaded, yearly, traditional appraisals.

The Surprising Formula for Leading a High Growth Company - Suzanne Bates

Every company must find its own path to grow and execute. How do you drive quarter after quarter of sustainable growth?  And, when you fall behind, how do you reestablish your company on a sustainable growth curve? 

Holistic Recovery and The Big Five Behaviors - James Prochaska and Janice Prochaska

Four behaviors account for more than 70% of all chronic diseases, disabilities, and premature deaths. They are smoking, alcohol abuse, unhealthy diet, and inadequate exercise. Why are these Big Four behaviors so crucial to our health and well-being? 

Showing up: Courage, Presence, and Power in Coaching Relationships - Eric Kaufmann

When you show up, you lower your defenses, radiate your uniqueness and brilliance, and meaningfully connect with others. To show up as a leader, lover, coach, or in any situation, is concurrently empowering and vulnerable. If we choose not to show up, we’re doing so from fear.    

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