| January 2, 2015
One thing that is fascinating about being a coach, and working with coaches, is the fact that human beings don't make a decision--most of the time--without being nudged.
| September 30, 2014
Do you listen to your coaching sessions? Getting into the habit of reviewing recorded coaching sessions can make more difference in your coaching than any other strategy. Here are some things I've learned from listening back to coaching after the fact.
| September 29, 2014
Sometimes a book that has nothing to do with coaching or leadership will change how you view an important piece of your coaching practice. As I read a book by Skye Jethani, I had that experience.
| September 15, 2014
What do you do as a coach when YOU are discouraged, but your client is looking for words of ENCOURAGEMENT from you? This blog post dives in.
| September 12, 2014
Every coach gets it when the coaching conversation is going well. Every question builds on the last, and your client makes more progress than you could have imagined! But how aware are you when the coaching conversation is NOT going well? Do you recognize when you are a Coach in Trouble? Here are the 7 early warning signs.
| September 10, 2014
What is another way forward for getting to the real issue and not just the presenting issue in coaching? Avoid Why Questions and try out the 7 WHATS.
| September 8, 2014
At a coaching conference a few years ago, I agreed to be coached in a public demo by a very well known coach and author. My mind was clear on what we were going to talk about. What happened next really surprised me.
How to Gain Confidence in Your Coaching and Get More Coaching Relationships-- Or, do you need a personal brand?| September 4, 2014
At a recent conference, a notable--and high profile--Christian leader was heard to comment that he would have to evaluate whether a particular idea would work with "the brand we're trying to create." Wait, what?
| August 28, 2014
How do you help your clients connect what they're doing with where they're going? Could it be that the best strategy you've got is ask THEM to make the connection?
| August 26, 2014
There are right ways and wrong ways to measure effectiveness in a coaching relationship. To do the job right, you'll have to get VERY comfortable talking about change.
| August 25, 2014
How do you know when your coaching is hitting a spiritual target? How do you know when the plans and actions a client is choosing line up with Jesus' plans and actions for the person?
| August 23, 2014
Do You Make This Common Mistake in Coaching? In this post, we’ll explore the single most common mistake new coaches make: Coaching without a clear purpose. Yes, coach and client have to come to a coaching conversation ready to work, but work on what? When I was first involved in denominational coaching more than 10 years ago, we missed this point. Coaching, through Natural Church Development, had been introduced to my denomination.
| August 22, 2014
What makes a coaching conversation really come to life? Maybe even a better question is: What separates a good coaching relationship from an awesome one? This is a question that gets asked ALL THE TIME.
| August 18, 2014
How do you describe coaching to people you meet? It's a complex, organic thing that starts with something very simple: a relationship.
| August 15, 2014
What do you bring into your coaching relationships? If you really don't know, you're making a basic coaching mistake.
| August 12, 2014
A popular system for improving your marriage is building your relationship around the idea of filling the Love Bank you and your spouse share. Coaches, however, operate on a Help Bank which works a little differently.
| August 11, 2014
You have probably heard a line like "This and $4 will get you a cup of coffee." We often say something like that because we're afraid of the cost. How can you get comfortable with the cost that comes with coaching?
| August 9, 2014
A metaphor of a scuba diver can explain what a coach is really trying to accomplish as they work with clients. How do you go deep? It starts with identifying why you're NOT getting there.
| August 6, 2014
A common theme has emerged from my blog posts over the last week: people like the idea of committing their energy/effort toward accomplishing someone else’s agenda. Human beings like to be generous toward other humans.
| August 4, 2014
Be quiet for a minute. What do you hear? Listen closely. It might be a coach you hear!
| August 1, 2014
Based on the feedback I got on my last post, I’ve decided to run with this idea a little bit. These posts are going to be a little bit about coaching, but more about a lifestyle–you know, a way of life. Maybe it’s a lifestyle of coaching, but I’d like to think of it as a life influenced by coaching skills…changed and informed by coaching skills.
| July 30, 2014
I have a dream. I know, it’s not an original line. But I do. I have a significant dream. It’s about change…well, a very specific change. Imagine a world where people stop making statements, and start leading with questions. Think about what this would do for us…our attention would immediately be taken off ourselves and put on the person standing in front of us...
| January 7, 2014
I have a coach. Well, he’s really more of a mentor. But he coaches me. Although, sometimes, it really is mentoring that he’s doing… When my coach–who is a Master Certified Coach–and I talk, I tell him what agenda I want to face. He listens, usually with a few clarifying questions to make sure he really gets what I’m talking about. He’ll ask a few questions get me thinking about some new idea or direction. Sessions almost always end with “What are you going to do?” or “How did we do working on your agenda/goal?”
| January 3, 2014
How can you give yourself the best possible chance to actually change? A simple approach can make all the difference.
| June 18, 2013
Focusing your question on the units can lead to important details in your coaching. Jonathan Reitz explores.
| May 22, 2013
What is the one key question that every effective coach should ask before every coaching session? Jonathan Reitz unpacks.
| May 14, 2013
Here's an overview video that describes what coaching is capable of in an organization like yours.
| May 9, 2013
What is culture? A simple definition can really help!
| May 6, 2013
Motion leads to change...at least it makes it a lot easier!
| May 1, 2013
Where your client is in their larger story will make a difference in how you coach them. Jonathan Reitz explains.
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