12 Leadership Qualities, Using Coaching to Develop Leadership, Tools to Help You!

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I’ve noticed an increase in the requests for Leadership Tools over the last 18 months or so. With a challenging economy for so many businesses, more transparency via social media and the internet (disgruntled customers and employees make their thoughts and experiences public!), and more and more reports that prove leadership qualities are good for the bottom line – organizations want leaders!

But what’s interesting is that when I ask what leadership tools people are looking for, or what they want help with – I’m getting a big fat zero. Businesses want leaders, leaders want coaches, and coaches want tools Read More…

How To Use The Cartesian Questions, Plus *New* Tool!

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This month we’re looking at back-to-school, goals and getting refocused. Now, I have loved “The Cartesian Questions” ever since I first came across them on my NLP Training. What prompted me to write about the Cartesian Questions was a powerful coaching experience I had with them last week…

First, What Are “The Cartesian Questions”? (and why you should care!)

In coaching, the Cartesian Questions Tool is a set of 4 questions that help your clients get new perspectives and understanding of what inspires and blocks them in making a decision – or seeking a particular goal. Use this tool Read More…

Your Summer Relaxation Quotes Challenge!

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Quotes can be a powerful tool for personal development. And as most of our clients are taking it easier, why shouldn’t we? Well, if this sounds like something you’d like to do, you might like our “Summer Relaxation Quotes Challenge”!

Also, you may want to read this personal article from me about relaxing and letting go for some inspiration & encouragement…

So here is your “Summer Relaxation Quotes Challenge”

Comment below and let us know how you got on in September!

Read the quotes below. Put on your coach’s “Level 3″ listening hat. Which quote i) most UNSETTLES you Read More…

Want to take the Summer off? Who Do You Want To Be In September Anyway?

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One of my goals this year was to share more of my “self” and tell more of my story. I long to, as cherished and recently departed Maya Angelou put it, “… write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.”

Stories help us connect with others – and they help us learn. We learn from other people’s successes and mistakes. And when someone stands up and shows who they are, we recognize ourselves and also recognize what we are NOT, so stories help people understand who they are too.

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Summer: the Perfect Coaching Tool! Here are 5 Seasonal Coaching Ideas for You & Your Clients

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The seasons (cycles of the earth, moon and sun) are deeply rooted in our lives. In summer nature is growing, flowing and blossoming – the fruits are sweet, fat and deliciously juicy. Vegetable gardens are ripe for picking and vacations come, not a day too soon!

In the Northern hemisphere, summer is a time when we spend more time outdoors, in nature and/or near water. Flowers bloom, birds, butterflies and all forms of nature abound everywhere. Summer gives us many opportunities to be outdoors in nature, to relax and enjoy leisure time, to stop and notice the beauty around us. Read More…

Free Webinar for You From our Sister Company, The Coaching Toys Store!

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A Creative Path To Powerful Coaching!

Artful Ways to Increase Awareness, Shift Perspectives and Play With Possibilities. with Marcy Nelson-Garrison M.A. L.P, C.P.C.C.

The best way to learn about right brain processes is to experience them. “The Coaching Tools Company.com” is teaming up with sister company “The Coaching Toys Store” to help you become a more powerful coach. Marcy Nelson-Garrison will take us for a creative romp that will tap into intuition and non-verbal knowing. Use visual stimulus, metaphor, movement and a sense of play to increase self-awareness, shift perceptions and expand the field of inquiry.

WHEN: Thursday May 8th, Read More…

Celebrating 5 Years: Get Your FREE Business Planning Tool! Our Thank-You to YOU!

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Wow – we made it! To 5 years! The Coaching Tools Company.com is now officially 5 years old.

I want to say a HUGE “Thank-YOU” for all your support, encouragement, sharing, downloading our free tools and – and of course for buying our products! We couldn’t do this without you.

Some 5 Year Business Facts: Did you know that The Coaching Tools Company.com now offers over 100 coaching tools, including 27 completely free coaching tools and templates. We add new content on a regular basis and our blog has over 140 articles geared specifically towards coaches with over 6,250 readers Read More…

3 New Ways For You to Use the Wheel of Life in Relationships!

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The “Wheel of Life” may be ‘old hat’ to many of us, but it’s endlessly flexible. Did you know that the categories we use on the Life Balance Wheel can be used to help make decisions on everything from life partners to new careers? And that a Blank Wheel can be used to help evaluate decisions?

So, with Romance in the Air, Here are Three (3) Ways You Can Use The Wheel of Life in the Relationships Arena: 1. Understanding which Qualities in Another Person Most Positively Impact our Lives

Do you have a client, friend (or yourself!) looking for Read More…

What You Need To Know To Get Your New Team Performing Beautifully!

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I first remember learning about Tuckman’s Team & Group Development Model while a management trainee at a large company. I found it fascinating – because I instantly saw that this model applies to ANY groups. It helps with understanding the stages of development a team goes through at work, but it also applies to groups of friends, networking groups, volunteering organizations – in fact it applies anywhere you interact regularly with others in a group setting.

Learning about this model can help you at work AND at home, and it can also help you help your clients – whatever kind Read More…

Coaching Tools 101: Everything you need to know about SWOT Analysis!

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I am often asked what is a SWOT Analysis? Well, I’ve been doing them for decades and it’s one of my favourite tools! When I started The Coaching Tools Company, the Personal SWOT (for career planning and coaching) was one of the very first tools available on the website. It’s a powerful tool to have in your toolkit – read on to get the lowdown…

So, what is a SWOT analysis?

SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats, and the something being evaluated could be a business, a person, place, product, process or even an industry. Also Read More…