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Knowing Your Range, Growing Your Range

One of the thing I love most about the work I do (coaching, training, therapy) is that it requires tremendous range. Each client, each session, each course, each moment requires something different from me, and I must be fully open, awake, present, and flexible. There is no one-size-fits-all possible in the work of digging deep with human beings, of being in the space of the now with other.

It is the best use of someone like me, good at a little bit of this and a little bit of that, a dabbler, a dilettante. One very generous descriptor I read […]

Begin with Failure

Several times a year, I teach a course called Fundamentals, the first of five 3-day, in-person, experiential workshops that train participants in the method and model known as Co-Active Coaching.

Coaching is a particular way of communicating that involves deep listening, asking questions, lots of curiosity, and other skills that most people believe should come naturally and easily. However, for the majority of people coming through the door, they don’t. They are high-level, complex skills that must be learned and practiced and practiced some more.

By the middle of day 2, there is inevitably some frustration, some self-judgement, some despair from […]

Uprooting Creativity

Creativity has always been a loaded word for me. Being creative was something that I aspired to, but it somehow felt like it was only the purview of the naturally talented.

I made bad grades in art. I was too uncoordinated and rotund for dance. I was lauded as a good writer and even won some awards for short-story writing as a kid. I loved retreating to my room and letting the pen fly and the words flow. I read and wrote poetry daily in middle and high school.

When I went to college, I took my first poetry-writing course and […]