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.
Please sign up here to receive the Coaching Letter in your inbox.
Hello, I hope this finds you well. It is cold, dull and rainy where I am. I don’t know why I write about the weather so much; I guess it’s because where I come from, the weather is an endless source of fascination. When I call my dad, I can rely on giving and receiving a weather report. Anyway, the weather today seems relevant—be warned that this is a heavier Coaching Letter than most.
Over twenty years ago now, […]
We are three fourths of the way through the second Acceleration Workshop; Session 3, for which there were around 450 people registered, was on Tuesday. Our work on Acceleration has certainly garnered a lot of attention—in the last couple of weeks, we have been asked to present to several different groups, including superintendents, professional organizations, and state departments of education. So I’m sure there will be more to say in the coming weeks. And the Acceleration […]
Friends, I hope this finds you well. I am working to get ready for two workshops in March—Acceleration and Coaching for Equity—so I wanted to publish a Coaching Letter before March starts, because I’m not sure I will have time to write much during the next few weeks. I am both excited and daunted—hundreds of people are signed up for the Acceleration Workshop, which is an audience we would never have if it wasn’t for Zoom. […]
Hello, I hope you’re having a quiet, restful weekend. The view out my window is great right now: snow on the ground and along the branches, low winter sun, very Breughel. This Coaching Letter is ostensibly about the projects that I’m working on at the moment—because they are large and overwhelming and I can’t think about much else—but also about what they have in common, so it’s also about strategy, “an informed and intentional set of […]
Hello, I hope you’re doing well. This Coaching Letter is about my day today. But it’s not a diary entry—honest. There are big ideas, including strategy, meaning-making, mental models, and even metaphysics. But it will probably be Thursday by the time you read it…
I started writing this Coaching Letter while watching Dr. Miguel Cardona being questioned by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions. It is a strange and inspiring experience to […]
Friends, I hope this finds you well. I learned this week that my dad has an appointment for his first Covid vaccination, so I’m very happy and relieved about that. Everything else pales in comparison, actually.
Appropriately, then, this Coaching Letter is a follow up to the resources from last week on taking care of self and others, since the resources I included elicited so much comment that I was sorry I hadn’t done a better job of going […]
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 […]