Monday Morning Business Coach

What is the Monday Morning Business Coach?

For over 12 years and running, every Monday morning we’ve sent out an email containing an executive coaching “nugget”—a simple, practical tip or strategy for you to easily take action on to start off your work week.

We use the situations of our clients (anonymously, of course) as well as what we’re pondering or reading about to write a short post. We keep it short because we know your life is busy and you need the “quick tips” to solve your problems, help you focus, and move you forward. We’re not claiming we can solve every issue, but we aim to give you the knowledge and wisdom to help you find your own power and create the future you want. You can view past posts below.

Input: Use It!

We hate to keep giving those of you who are already members of our community a recap but we’ve had a lot of people joining our online coaching community in recent weeks and we want them to be able to successfully follow the process in this series.  As you will recall, in our December 9th post we gave you an overview of The Engagement Spiral© that we created to help leaders in organizations, communities, and even families create engagement and alignment…

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Take Input to the Relevant Decision-Makers

In our December 9th post we gave you an overview of The Engagement Spiral© that we created to help leaders in organizations, communities, and even families create engagement and alignment behind goals and initiatives.  As you may recall, we believe that in life and work, you and your organization are either spiraling upward or downward and we have seen that effective engagement can accelerate upward spirals.    On December 16th we talked about the first step of The Engagement Spiral©…

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Teach People How to Provide Input

Most of the executives who come in to work with us are bright, well intended individuals who are struggling simply because they haven’t been taught the tools to succeed – especially in the area of engaging others. We created The Engagement Spiral© to teach individuals how to increase engagement and a sense of ownership in others in 6 basic steps.   Step 1 is to Tell People They Matter – And Mean It.  Step 2 is to Teach People How To…

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Tell Them They Matter – And Mean It

Hollow are the words from leaders, managers and supervisors who say that their employees are their greatest assets, yet proceed to operate as if their employees are unable to comprehend the business or worse yet don’t exist.   We once consulted with an organization that was struggling due to low morale and high turnover.  We met with the leadership team and they told us that they were baffled that the staff was so unhappy since they prided themselves in being…

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Creating an Upward Spiral of Engagement

Last week we talked about the difference between Collaboration and Engagement.   Both are important, but engagement is especially important as you think about the culture and tone you want to create in your workplace and in your life.  If you recall, we talked about collaboration as a way of working together to get something done and engagement as a way of aligning people so that they can see and feel that they matter and that they have influence, which leads…

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Collaboration or Engagement?

We were recently talking with a colleague who was saying that her organization was putting energy and resources into creating collaboration among various departments.  We asked if the organization was also talking about and putting resources toward engagement.  She thought for a moment then asked us to explain the difference. When we use the word collaboration, typically we are describing an action or a culture in which people work together on major efforts and initiatives to create innovative approaches to…

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Wisdom from Africa

Today, we want to offer you a powerful African proverb:  If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.  You will notice that this proverb doesn’t say that one or the other is right.  Instead it suggests that the more you can make a conscious choice about how you move in the world, the more likely you are to get where you want to go. There are thousands of books released each year…

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Owning Your Impact When You Make a Mistake

One of the key behaviors in claiming your power is taking responsibility for your actions.  A willingness to stand tall in your missteps, as well as your successes, is central to your ability to be at your strongest.  Often people worry that actions like admitting mistakes, cleaning up damage, and apologizing in relationships will leave them smaller when, in fact, the opposite is true.    Taking responsibility for your words and actions reminds you that you are the person at…

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Creating Empowering Stories

Last week, we talked about the stories we tell ourselves, What’s Your Story, and how those stories influence how we move in the world. We talked about a client of ours who didn’t believe that he could participate fully in his business because he was “a creative” and he held the belief that as “a creative” he didn’t have the capacity to understand the business aspects of his company.  As allies, our role is to help our clients expose their long-held…

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What’s Your Story?

Are you a winner? Lucky? The person to beat?  The responsible one? The go to person? The person everyone takes for granted? Or are your stories about yourself more negative?  We all have an internal story about our lives that we use to set our course of action.  Most of us don’t know our full story, yet we lead with it nonetheless.   For example, we worked with a client who came in saying that he just couldn’t get any…

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