Insights from Amanda

Get The Most Out of Your Coaching Sessions

After years of coaching both nonprofit and for‐profit leaders, I’ve witnessed what successful individuals do to get the most out of working with a coach. Perhaps the most important element to your success is the attitude you bring. Coaching is an investment in you –…

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Coaching Aligns Personal and Professional Goals

Lynne Taddeo Kjolso had many reasons for pursuing leadership coaching. She manages a global team and works remotely. She often communicates and make decisions while traveling. Lynne puts her leadership skills to work in a complex environment and receives positive…

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Coaching Gives Your Leadership Some ‘Ooomph!’

I decided to hire a leadership coach because I’m executive director for Westside Baby, a non‐profit company that is rapidly expanding. I’m trained in law, not business management. I found that my background helped me be an excellent boss, but I could learn to be a…

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The Teaching Power of Horses

Steve Cooper, CEO of TrueBlue, had planned a three day offsite retreat at Willows Lodge when he discovered the option to do a leadership workshop with horses.  He was eight months into the re‐branding of his company, pulling several individual companies under one…

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Horses Help Bring a Medical Team Together

After working with Amanda on a governance retreat, I asked her to put together a team building and leadership session with horses. I had a fractured team, made up of both old and new staff members.  They just weren’t jelling. I had recently hired a new medical…

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Transitioning with Grace

I was transitioning out of my position as executive director of Groundwire when my board hired Amanda as a transition coach. I had resigned my position, and planned to spend my last six weeks as executive director working to position the organization for success in…

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My Favorite Leadership Reads

I love books and often fall asleep reading one.  This winter I’ve had the chance to catch up on some of my leadership reading and want to share some of my favorites with you.  They are in no particular order.  While no one book is going to transform your business or…

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Once You’ve Got It, Share It!

There’s no point letting your personal leadership vision (PLV) sit in a drawer.  In fact, research shows the most effective leaders who  have a clear, and compelling PLV share it with others, particularly the people they work with. Your PLV enables you to share…

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