emotional intelligence coaching

There is one thing you need to understand to be a great coach: Emotions drive behavior. Sounds obvious, but many leaders and coaches I work with don’t understand this. Most people try to coach, lead, influence (and parent) behaviors.  As a new leader and coach early in my career, I too was focused on coaching behaviors.

Short-sighted problem solving

During a conversation with a CEO client, he broke into a rant about the small mindedness of his leaders. “The world is rapidly changing,” he said. “If we don’t evolve, we’ll fail. We need a plan that is actionable to continually redefine excellence and be the example for the world.”

I asked him if his leaders weren’t’ acting because they didn’t know how to think strategically or they were resisting, thinking their jobs were to remain effective, efficient and excellent within the world they worked in today.

People don’t remember things just because you told them it was important to remember. Even if they remember, they won’t change their behavior just because they were told it is the right and best thing to do. The most inefficient way of teaching is telling. In order for people to learn, they have to be emotionally engaged in the topic. This post shares what doesn't work as well as tips for what does.

Two ways of learning that don’t work well

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