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We all know examples when we want to change something, and it happens smoothly, almost by itself. Other times seemingly reasonable and desirable change doesn’t occur. How come? What conditions are necessary for a change to happen? Let’s say you want to start working on your side project. And you decided that you will spend […]

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16 April

Hypnotherapist Milton Erickson had an ingenious way to induce anesthesia in his patients. He has a patient who was experiencing a lot of physical pain. Naturally, the pain was absorbing all of this patient’s attention. So Milton Erickson would start by asking: “What would happen if you looked over there and a huge hungry tiger […]

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27 March

I once coached a founder who had stepped down from running his company. What he wanted, at first, was to explore how he should build relationships with the executive team. He wasn’t all that happy with their performance. He often had disagreements with them. When people have a problem, many times it is because there […]

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11 March

In one Chinese restaurant, they were passing out postcards with proverbs. One of them said: “A hungry man can’t see right or wrong, he just sees food.” Similarly, when we are consumed by some problem, it’s hard to see anything besides a problem. When we are ‘inside’ the problem, it’s hard to analyze it. It’s […]

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27 February

Sometimes all that is needed is to just change our mental gears. A human mind becomes stuck easily. Our train of thought goes round and round in circles. We all familiar with that. It may be an annoying tune that plays on and on in our heads. But the same thing occurs when we have […]

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6 February

This is the last in the series on coaching principles. You can find previous parts here. Coaching helps clients explore their goal and their situation. To have a deeper impact, this exploration needs to happen in a safe space where the person will be capable of being honest with herself. In coaching, we allow the […]

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23 January

[Previous blogs on the coaching principles can be found here] Coaching starts with this fundamental belief. As coaches, we must believe in the immense potential locked inside our clients. Without that conviction, we won’t be able to help them discover that potential and tap into it. This doesn’t mean that everything client wishes will miraculously […]

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12 December
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