Coaching

The Center for Corporate and Professional Development

Coaching can be incredibly beneficial for individuals and organizations, but you can only lead a horse to water, you can’t make it drink. For coaching to be successful, the coach, coachee and organization must understand what coaching can do and what it can’t. A coach doesn’t “fix” a passive client. Instead, a coach acts as a guide and...

The Center for Corporate and Professional Development

Organizations are continuously faced with the challenge of retaining top talent. Establishing a mentoring program is one value-add that can extend the longevity – and loyalty – of employees. A mentoring program ensures a win-win-win: The mentee wins. The mentor wins. The organization wins. As I see it, there is no downside to hosting a...

The Center for Corporate and Professional Development

One of the most frequent questions that I am asked as a coach is, “What is the difference between a coach and a mentor?” While the skills required are similar, and both are used as professional development tools, the structure and the outcome are quite different. Definitions The best place to start is a definition of coaching and mentoring. ...

The Center for Corporate and Professional Development

Originally introduced in the 1950’s, the concept of Management by Objectives (MBO) encouraged the involvement of employees in the company’s goal setting process to increase engagement and improve results. By the 1980’s practically every modern Fortune 500 Company had implemented a goal setting process as part of their overall performance...

The Center for Corporate and Professional Development

It seems that in every class I teach, I’m asked, “How can I get my direct reports to do what they are supposed to do?” I hear comments like, “I feel like I’m a babysitter” or “No one takes initiative” or “Everyone comes in and dumps their problems on me and expects me to fix them.” These comments are all too common. So how do we...

The Center for Corporate and Professional Development

Do you ever wish people would just do what you asked and that you could get people to follow through on their part of the project? Maybe you wish you could get your point across better, or perhaps you have trouble saying no? The solution to all of these situations is learning how to influence others well. Luckily, the ability to influence others...