TCA News & Articles

Sometimes the words “anxious striving” pop out of my mouth, usually when working with someone who’s making a big change in his or her life. “Anxious striving” is often what’s brought them into coaching in the first place. They’re stressed, they’re out of sorts, and they know something’s got to give. And it’s so very […]

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You are the language you speak. If you talk about can’t and don’t, you won’t. If you talk about go and do, you will. You are the language you believe. If you focus on limitations, you’ll operate within and be constrained by the assumptions you have about yourself and others. If you presume that you […]

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Shannon does a great job at work. Everybody says so. Her performance reviews are always “Exceeds Expectations” and she’s been steadily promoted to a position of major responsibility. So, why isn’t she happy? She’ll tell you she’s burned out. She has no personal life. She has no time. She can’t think. She forgets the birthdays […]

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Successful job applicants know how to ask good questions. Good questions let interviewers know that you’re curious; you’ve done your homework; you’re listening to what they’re telling you; and you want to find as good a match as they do. Good questions focus on the future and explore ways that applicants can contribute to the […]

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Some of you will recall the conversation I had with the manager of an Old Navy Store. She had developed a list of more than 50 tasks that she could assign to her employees to make sure they were always occupied with something to do. I told her that she was simply enabling them rather […]

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See this picture?  This was a great day.  A day when I was at my best. A day when I was surrounded by friends, doing something important, using all my skills. And as much as I might like to, I can never go back. The day was January 20, 1989.  The group picture above, from […]

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Just when you thought the three R’s were Reading, wRiting, and ‘Rithmetic, I have three more for you: Resumes, References and Research. Resumes: The key to writing an effective resume is to focus on your objective. When you figure that out, everything else falls into place. What’s your objective? It describes the job you do […]

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“Stop doing that.” “You’re wrong.” “Do what I tell you.” “Because I said so…” If that’s a sampling of what you’re telling your employees and all you’re getting for your effort is turnover, follow your own advice and stop doing that. Times have changed. Back in the day, as they now say, employers ruled and […]

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In a coaching session this past week, I used a tactic that sometimes gets good results. [Sometimes. Whether it did this time remains to be seen.] My client is a very smart, very talented, very successful guy who is in a leadership role in an industry that’s failing, in a company that’s panicked. From the […]

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I’ve long held that the most difficult times of our lives are when are forced in some way to redefine who we are. We go from being a teenaged high school student in June to a nearly adult college kid in September. Then, in a blink of an eye, we go from college kid to […]

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