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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Hello, I hope you are well. We at the Center are working hard to be helpful in these difficult times. You should have received a set of resources from us on Thursday, plus a survey so that we have a better idea of what you need. Everyone on staff would be more than happy to help you if you need a thought partner—here is our staff list. You can email our people directly from that […]
This Coaching Letter is about many things, including but not limited to: leadership, decision-making, tacit knowledge, expertise, experience, and trust.
I once heard Meg Wheatley give a keynote speech at a conference in Colorado. I don’t know exactly when it was, but it was probably around 15 years ago, after the birth of Google and Wikipedia, but still a lot harder to find information on the internet than it is now. (It was probably soon after the publication […]
Hello, I hope you’re well. At least two of the events that I was going to attend in the next few days have been canceled because of concerns about covid-19, so I have had a little more time to read and think than I was expecting. One of these events was the gathering this evening to talk about our Reading for Leading book, How To Be An Anti-Racist, which was disappointing but prudent.
I am working on a book […]
This Coaching Letter is about plans, but also about how they connect to small cycles of continuous improvement, as everything seems to do lately. My friend and colleague Bob Villanova suggested that I read 9 Lies About Work, by Marcus Buckingham and Ashley Goodall. I think I’ll be talking and writing about it a lot, as it addresses many of the lies (‘We could call these things “misconceptions,” or “myths,” or even “misunderstandings,” but because they are pushed […]
On Wednesday and Thursday of last week I was at Coaching for Equity training by the New York City Leadership Academy. Personally, it was a very strange experience. My close colleague Kerry and I run Coaching for Equity training, so it was very hard to sit there and participate in someone else’s workshop, and not be the person making the presentation, modeling the coaching, answering the questions. I completely get that a really mature person would be able to […]
Hello, I hope this finds you well. This coaching letter is mostly updates—and of course some links to resources I hope you’ll find interesting. First, welcome to those of you who are receiving this Coaching Letter for the first time—big group of you this month because I add the attendees at most of our institutes.
Second, lots of thank yous. Thanks to those who continue to respond to the recent CLs about small cycles of continuous improvement—still more to […]
Hi, I hope this finds you well! The contents of these coaching letters are a mix of things I’ve wanted to say for a long time, things I feel like I say all the time, and things that I’m just now learning and thinking about. This letter represents a mix of all three. I know it’s a bit out of sequence, because I have so much to say about the last Coaching Letter, #105, given all the […]
Hello, I hope your weekend has been enjoyable. Here in Connecticut the temperature has been in the 60s, which in previous years would have felt like a miraculous respite from the winter weather, but in the context of the fires in Australia, seems merely ominous.
Every time I speak or write lately, I seem to gravitate back to the topic of small cycles of continuous improvement. This week I was going to write about the role of leadership in […]
Happy New Year! Lang may your lum reek—or, in American English, may there always be a fire in your fireplace. New Year is a big holiday in my tradition, and I wish you all the best for 2020.
This Coaching Letter is your encouragement to join with Center staff, colleagues across Connecticut and friends around the world in a conversation about the Center’s latest Reading for Leading book club selection, How to Be An Anti-Racist, by Ibram X. Kendi. […]
Hello, I hope this finds you well. Most schools in Connecticut have had three or four snow days already, so I hope you are warm and dry wherever you are. The last Coaching Letter, #102, was about small cycles of continuous improvement, and so is this one. It also connects to Coaching Letter #94, in which I tried to make the link between strategic planning and small cycles of continuous improvement, and to that end quoted […]