The Coaching Letter is written by Center staff member Isobel Stevenson, who has extensive experience as both a leader and a coach. The Coaching Letter’s perspective is that leaders could be a bit more successful if they thought and acted more like coaches, and coaches could be a bit more successful if they thought and acted more like leaders. Isobel draws on research and theory in organizational development, cognitive psychology, and behavioral economics, as well as her own experience, to suggest to leaders and coaches ways to think about their work that push them a little bit beyond their current mental models. The Coaching Letter is rich, thoughtful, personal, and funny.
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Happy New Year! I know a Coaching Letter is way overdue, but I have so many projects on the go at the moment that I haven’t had much time, although what to write in the Coaching Letter is always on my mind. (I talked to someone recently who assumed that writing the Coaching Letter was my full-time job. If only! If you have any leads on a potential patron, feel free to send them my way.) So here’s […]
Good morning, I hope this finds you well. Right now we have about 18 inches of snow at our house. I’m sure there’s a joke to be made about how nice it is to be able to work from home in my pajamas, but maybe not. I’ve been thinking a lot about what we should be doing to prepare for the next phase of life-during-and-after-Covid, but first I need to let you know about my book—which was just […]
Hi, I hope you’re well, I hope you got some rest over Thanksgiving, and I hope that these 9 months since we first closed schools have given you some insight into how powerful you are.
This Coaching Letter is about systems, entropy, and strategy.
At some point yesterday I looked up from my usual seat at the kitchen table and thought to myself, entropy is now visible in my house. Then I had to double check myself to make sure […]
Hello, I hope this finds you well. I’ve been thinking a lot about what to write this Thanksgiving; it feels so much more momentous this year. I decided that I couldn’t do better than to re-post the Coaching Letter that I wrote at Thanksgiving the first year that I started sending it out, partly because I don’t think I can do any better, and partly because it generated a larger response than any other Coaching Letter, even though […]
Good evening, I hope this finds you well. There’s a massive storm over my house at the moment—rain and wind beating at the windows. I’m very much hoping that I don’t lose internet before I finish writing this. Hello to the folks who are receiving the Coaching Letter for the first time—quite a few of you, which is very cool.
So much going on right now that I’m having a hard time holding the thread. I think the best […]
Hello, I hope you are well. It’s chilly and windy where I am, so instead of going to the gym this morning, I wrote this Coaching Letter. I am not sure that those two events are as connected as I make them out to be, but there we are. Anyway, this Coaching Letter is about relationships and trust.
A couple of years ago, my husband took an autobiography (I forget whose) to read on a road trip. (I envy […]
Hello, I hope this finds you well. Amazingly, this newsletter now reaches people on every continent (except Antarctica), so it’s possible that where you are educators are not crazed, stressed or fried. But most of the people I talk to are all three—being an educator during this pandemic presents challenges greater than almost any of us has faced before. I am sorry that I can’t do more to make your lives easier.
This is a follow-up on the interplay […]
Good evening, I hope this find you well. It has been a very busy and tiring week—and I don’t even work in a school. My heart goes out to the educators who are working their tails off all day, many of them with their own small children at home, and then are working many additional hours in the evening, between getting dinner on the table and doing the laundry. It’s a lot, I know.
Hello, I hope you’re doing well. I know you’re busy, so I have held off sending out a Coaching Letter until I was sure I would be sending you something useful. This, I hope, is that letter. It’s about lots of things, actually—perceived self-efficacy, mental models, emotions, self-awareness—but let’s bundle those all together and generalize under the banner of emotional intelligence.
This letter was prompted by several conversations I’ve had recently with leaders who are a bit frustrated by […]
Hello, I hope the weather is good wherever you are, and that you are getting some time to rest and recover after what was, for almost all of you, a very tiring week. But I’m also aware that a sizeable number of readers of the Coaching Letter are on the West Coast, and badly affected by the fires that are devastating huge areas—who would have thought it was possible for so many crises to coincide. I am so […]