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Federal Spotlight Interview: Nathaniel H. Benjamin

Posted by on Jun 21, 2018 in Coaching & Mentoring, Leadership, Workforce Management | 1 comment

Federal Spotlight Interview: Nathaniel H. Benjamin

I’ve been in Federal Service excluding military time for about 15 years and my main responsibility is managing the Human Capital Office for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Under that responsibility, I’m responsible for talent acquisition for general schedule employees.

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Federal Spotlight Interview: Kim Bauhs

Posted by on Apr 18, 2018 in Coaching & Mentoring, Leadership, Workforce Management | 0 comments

Federal Spotlight Interview: Kim Bauhs

I am currently the head of Human Resources (HR) for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an organization of 12,000 dedicated scientists and program administrators who use cutting-edge research and high-tech instrumentation to provide citizens, planners, emergency managers and other decision-makers with the reliable information they need, when they need it.

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Federal Spotlight: Lawrence Gross

Posted by on Feb 7, 2018 in Coaching & Mentoring | 0 comments

Federal Spotlight: Lawrence Gross

Federal Spotlight: Lawrence Gross retired recently from his role as Chief Information Officer, Chief Privacy Officer at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Here is our Federal Spotlight interview:

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Mentoring: A Win-Win Situation

Posted by on Jan 26, 2018 in Coaching & Mentoring, Workforce Management | 0 comments

Mentoring: A Win-Win Situation

As National Mentoring Month comes to an end, let’s reflect on the importance of mentorship and its impact on an individual’s professional development. The support and guidance from well-respected and seasoned executives is instrumental as individuals strive to achieve career ambitions. As Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” Good mentors are more than just successful business people – they offer their time, network, and willingness to help others because they genuinely want to see someone else succeed.

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Growing as a Coach – Tips from a Seasoned Expert

Posted by on Sep 11, 2017 in Coaching & Mentoring, Workforce Management | 0 comments

Growing as a Coach – Tips from a Seasoned Expert

Whether you’re new to your coaching role or have logged countless hours coaching many kinds of professionals, there’s always room to hone your skills. The better you are, the better you can be.

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Coaches Succeed When They Have the Right Mindset

Posted by on Aug 18, 2017 in Coaching & Mentoring, Workforce Management | 0 comments

Coaches Succeed When They Have the Right Mindset

Command and control isn’t the only way to relate to employees, nor is it the best approach when you want to engender staff who are more creative or empowered. Coaching skills also help managers demonstrate their interest in their employees, a key factor for retaining and engaging employees.

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Coaching Is Essential to Your Staff Retention Strategy

Posted by on Jul 19, 2017 in Coaching & Mentoring, Workforce Management | 2 comments

Coaching Is Essential to Your Staff Retention Strategy

Employee retention isn’t just about making sure employees don’t leave. It’s about ensuring employees feel invested in. Not just “productively utilized,” but supported, engaged, heard, trusted—effectively connected to their work by the opportunity to deploy their strengths.

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Coaching Questions that Help Individuals Move Forward

Posted by on Jun 6, 2017 in Coaching & Mentoring | 1 comment

Coaching Questions that Help Individuals Move Forward

One way that coaching stands out from other types of performance focused conversations is its inherent perspective on who has the answers. So, if you’re tired from “coaching” your employees, maybe it’s because you’re working too hard giving answers instead of asking questions that elicit the solutions from employees’ unique experience.

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Federal Spotlight: Georgia A. Thomas

Posted by on Mar 20, 2017 in Coaching & Mentoring, Leadership, Workforce Management | 0 comments

Federal Spotlight: Georgia A. Thomas

Georgia A. Thomas serves at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as the organization’s Southeast and Southwest Area Manager, Communication and Stakeholder Outreach (CSO), Field Operations. Here is our Federal Spotlight interview.

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To Overcome Anxiety in the First 100 Days, Coaching Is Clutch

Posted by on Feb 8, 2017 in Coaching & Mentoring, Workforce Management | 2 comments

To Overcome Anxiety in the First 100 Days, Coaching Is Clutch

As someone’s boss, you likely influence the psychological safety a person experiences, even if you cannot change the objective uncertainty of the present moment. How you demonstrate transparency, trust, and yes, even care, for your employees can influence how they experience a sense of security at work.

Your role is even more critical in steadying your team while they work through fears, anxiety, confusion, apprehension, and other negative emotions that can be brought on by significant transitions in the workplace.

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Presidential Transition Worries? Good Coaching Gets You Through It

Posted by on Jan 12, 2017 in Coaching & Mentoring | 0 comments

Presidential Transition Worries? Good Coaching Gets You Through It

A transition can be like a roller coaster, and even if you’re in front leading the way, or have even finished the ride and are ready to move on, remember that the rest of your team might still be hanging on through loops, corkscrews, twists, and turns behind you. Same as having great internal communication, coaching helps get people through the roller coaster ride.

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How Coaches Overcome Generational Differences

Posted by on Nov 2, 2016 in Coaching & Mentoring | 0 comments

How Coaches Overcome Generational Differences

Increasingly, research is finding that differences we often attribute to someone’s generation have more to do with a person’s age, maturity, and experience than the grouping of years in which a person was born. With a growing number of millennials and later generations taking leadership roles in organizations, it’s important to understand how to more effectively coach these emerging leaders to build the capabilities organizations need to thrive in the future.

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The HUD Federal Coaching Conference – Our Take

Posted by on Aug 16, 2016 in Coaching & Mentoring | 0 comments

The HUD Federal Coaching Conference – Our Take

For anyone who was still skeptical about the value of coaching in the workplace, the HUD Federal Coaching Conference unabashedly put stakes in the ground, with…

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Value of Peer Coaching

Posted by on Jun 10, 2016 in Coaching & Mentoring | 0 comments

Value of Peer Coaching

Perhaps you have heard of the practice of coaching, where individuals receive coaching from external professional coaches, internal coaches, or managers…

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Democratization of Coaching

Posted by on May 27, 2016 in Coaching & Mentoring | 0 comments

Democratization of Coaching

You name it, it’s being called for. Bringing to the masses what has previously been available to only a few. From leader development, to information and data, to…

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AMA: Mentoring

Posted by on May 6, 2016 in Coaching & Mentoring, Workforce Management | 0 comments

AMA: Mentoring

Whether you’re a millennial, baby boomer, someone who wants a mentor, or thinking about mentoring yourself, this information can be useful throughout your career…

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Is It Coaching or Mentoring?

Posted by on Mar 10, 2016 in Coaching & Mentoring | 0 comments

Is It Coaching or Mentoring?

Have you ever found yourself listening to someone tell you all about how to avoid the pitfalls they experienced in their career, and to heed their advice, when what…

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Providing Difficult Peer Feedback

Posted by on Feb 19, 2016 in Coaching & Mentoring | 0 comments

Providing Difficult Peer Feedback

As organizations move towards cultures of coaching and real-time feedback, the ability of peer groups to provide meaningful performance feedback will need to grow…

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Breaking Up Is Hard to Do

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in Coaching & Mentoring | 0 comments

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do

We all know the value of productive mentoring relationships for career growth and development. But, like any relationship, the relationship between mentor and protégé…

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Making Waves: Observing Yourself and Employee Performance in 2016

Posted by on Jan 6, 2016 in Coaching & Mentoring | 0 comments

Making Waves: Observing Yourself and Employee  Performance in 2016

January is a popular time to reflect on personal and professional change. Creating New Year’s resolutions is a powerful way to implement meaningful change. As a…

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The Art of Coach Matching

Posted by on Dec 14, 2015 in Coaching & Mentoring | 0 comments

The Art of Coach Matching

A strong coaching relationship is based on just that…relationship. While some of the factors that we’d think to be important are meaningful matching criteria, some considerations carry more…

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Coaching’s Impact on Training

Posted by on Oct 19, 2015 in Coaching & Mentoring | 0 comments

Coaching’s Impact on Training

How many times have you left a training program excited to implement newfound skills and ideas, only to get caught up in old habits and fast paced office life, leaving…

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Establishing a Successful IT PM Mentoring Program

Posted by on Sep 8, 2015 in Coaching & Mentoring, Project Management | 0 comments

Establishing a Successful IT PM Mentoring Program

Welcome back and if you did not read my previous blog post for August, you might want to quickly do that as it is background material for this follow-on post…

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Can You Be an Anytime Coach?

Posted by on Aug 19, 2015 in Coaching & Mentoring, Workforce Management | 0 comments

Can You Be an Anytime Coach?

We would all like to create a more encouraging and empowered workplace, and see better performance from our employees, colleagues and leaders. One way to do…

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Thanking My First Mentor

Posted by on Aug 6, 2015 in Coaching & Mentoring | 0 comments

Thanking My First Mentor

I’ve recently begun following the #thankyourmentor series on LinkedIn where various bloggers, some famous and some not, are sharing a letter of thanks to those who…

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How Sponsors Are Different

Posted by on Jul 10, 2015 in Coaching & Mentoring | 0 comments

How Sponsors Are Different

Professional guidance comes in a variety of forms. It is important for leaders to recognize the different roles they may play in others’ professional development…

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Holacracy and Coaching and Being A Manager

Posted by on Apr 22, 2015 in Coaching & Mentoring | 0 comments

Holacracy and Coaching and Being A Manager

This month I had the pleasure of attending and presenting at the Human Capital Institute’s Summit in Orlando. The keynote speaker – David Novak, Executive Chairman of Yum…

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Support Your Mentors

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in Coaching & Mentoring, Workforce Management | 0 comments

Support Your Mentors

Throughout my career, I have had the good fortune of having several excellent mentors. They naturally took me under their wing, took an interest in my development…

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Inside the Minds of Chief Learning Officers

Posted by on Mar 24, 2015 in Coaching & Mentoring, Leadership, Workforce Management | 0 comments

Inside the Minds of Chief Learning Officers

On March 10 Steve Maier, President of Management Concepts moderated a thought-provoking panel discussion at a recent Training Officers Consortium (TOC) luncheon…

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Considerations for Building a Strong Coaching Culture

Posted by on Mar 12, 2015 in Coaching & Mentoring, Human Resources, Leadership | 0 comments

So you’re thinking about bringing coaching into your organization, but not sure where to start. How do you know what kind of coaching is…

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