Tag Archives: Mentoring

Coaching Theory: Don’t put the cart before the horse

Coaching is all about doing –having conversations, using tools, assessments, making plans, following up and evaluating performance.  It’s not about theory and models and research, right?  Unfortunately, this belief is all too common in coaching and has led many experts to question the validity of the coaching field.   When we put the cart before the horse, with the cart being

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Adjust your expectations and rethink the rubric

Rubrics show great promise as both a way to communicate expectations and to assess performance. In just a few short years, rubrics have become an essential resource in the race to make higher education more accountable. Can it be long before this unpretentious tool, once confined to k-12 classrooms, finds its way to the workplace? How can we best employ

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Birds or Fish? Internal and External Consultants

By Kathleen Iverson Sky and Water, by M.C. Escher, is a tessellated image of birds changing to fish when they sink below the water line.  Depending on whether you see the background or foreground as dominant, you see either fish or birds at the water line. To me, this image represents the relationship between internal and external learning consultants.  Like

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Student PROFILE: Changing Careers Is Simply Reapplying Your Skills

By Adam Kirby When I tell people I’m a grad student studying Training & Development, and that my former career was journalism, I often get a quizzical sideways look. “Wow, that’s quite a change!” they typically say. And on the surface, it is. But go a little deeper and you’ll realize that the core disciplines are actually rather similar. Both

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What is executive coaching? A four-part definition to a growing field

The field of coaching has grown dramatically over the past 20 years. One reason is the high cost of attrition. Research indicates that 35 to 40 percent of new managers fail within the first 18 months (Fisher, 2005). The cost of replacement is estimated at $150,000 for a manager and as much as $750,000 for an executive (McCune, 1999). WHAT

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Keeping Up Made Easy (or, Why You Need to Follow Elliott Masie)

As a hiring manager, one of the questions I always asked candidates was “How do you keep up in the field?”  There is no one right answer to this question, but there are many variations on wrong answers to the question.  Being in graduate school provides you with a ready-made answer: you are learning about foundational theories and models, as

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