Are You Fake News? Be Real.

Merriam-Webster dictionary describes being authentic as being not false or an imitation, true to one’s own personality, spirit or character with no pretensions. A key component of this value is honesty. Honesty is an essential ingredient in feedback. Unless we know what is really going on we cannot respond appropriately. Being honest does not mean […]

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Summary of My Personal Journey Into Growing Awareness

Last year I took the course, Interpersonal Dynamics of Executive Coaching taught by Keith Wilson at Cambridge University UK. This was my first introduction into the world of executive coaching which Keith described as a taster program to help us understand the intricate world of coaching. In that course Keith had us read a paper […]

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Do No Harm

The Ethical Implications Of Coaching Do no harm is a basic rule for anyone who takes on the role as a coach. Coaches need to insure that they are of benefit to their clients, managing conflict and insuring confidentiality. Several professional organizations have established standards for ethical practice in coaching. A few of these are […]

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The Many Faces of Leadership

A leader is a mentor, a visionary, a guide, a supporter, and a communicator. A leader sets clear expectations and assures resources to achieve them. A leader is real, authentic, committed to the growth of the organization and to the growth of those within the organization. A leader understands the value of diverse perspectives, and […]

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The Secret of Change

The ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus who lived between 535 BC and 475 BC is credited with saying that life is flux. Life changes as does a river. To cling to the past is to say “no” to growth. Cultural changes, an intersection of multi-generational and diverse values in the workplace, a barrage of information to […]

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Authenticity

Core Coaching Value: Authenticity Merriam-Webster dictionary describes being authentic as being not false or an imitation, true to one’s own personality, spirit or character with no pretensions. A key component of this value is honesty. Honesty is an essential ingredient in feedback. Unless we know what is really going on we cannot respond appropriately. Being […]

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Innovation or Imagination?

Albert Einstein says “imagination is more important than knowledge, for knowledge is limited while imagination embraces the entire world”. Today’s hospitality world has been taken prisoner by innovation. The Oxford English Dictionary describes innovation as to “make changes in something established, especially by introducing new methods, ideas, or products”. When Bob Burns of Regent Hotels […]

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From Socrates to Artificial Intelligence: The Work of the Future

Socrates was called a gadfly for asking questions in search of a deeper understanding of the world, ethics, and what it means to be human. Socrates’ search for wisdom and holistic well-being dates back to the 5th Century B.C. Known as the Father of Western Philosophy, Socrates created, embraced, and celebrated change. We might also […]

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Innovative leadership: Lessons from Socrates

During the last decades of the 20th century and into the 21st century leaders have been competing to foster innovation within their organizations. While many think of innovation as a recent phenomenon, the roots of innovation date back to Socrates in the 5th century B. C. Well known as a gadfly, Socrates used what is […]

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For Socrates Executive Coaching Led to Death

Socrates lived from 470-399 BC. He was known throughout history as a Greek-philosopher, recognized as the founder of Western philosophy. He described himself as a “gadfly” and a “mid-wife” but you could also make the argument he was one of the first “executive” coaches in history. As a “gadfly” he incessantly asked questions of others. As a “midwife” Socrates […]

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