Author: Melanie Taylor Consulting

Leadership Tip: To improve your workplace coaching Do More Celebrating small successes Asking questions Listening to understand Supporting critical thinking Creating mutually-agreed upon goals Do Less Blaming and punishing Talking at Interrupting Telling them what they should do Dictating goals

Your Definition of Coaching Impacts Your Results

Admittedly, I sometimes wince when I hear what people are doing in their “coaching” sessions. “We went through all of the tasks and answered their questions.” “We went through the next step of the discipline process.” “I told them what they were doing wrong, what they need to do differently, and what goal they needed…
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Leadership Tip: You can know someone’s going through something without needing to know what someone’s going through.

Caring Doesn’t Have to Be Scary

They let me know they were going through something.  They might not be present.They might not be fully present.They might not contribute today. No details. But enough of a window into their personal life for me to: Be understandingAccommodateCheck-in Care. I advocate for getting results by getting to know, understanding, and supporting people – the whole…
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Leadership tip: the benefits are the goal

Rethinking Goals Can Create Success

Have you ever made a goal, done something else instead, and felt like you were failing? You’re not alone. When we create goals, we always have an underlying reason for the goal – our deeper “why?”  But we don’t always (rarely?) sit down to think about it.  We don’t get clear on our bigger objective.…
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Leadership Tip: It's never too late to pull things out of your "I Should Do That Bag"

Better Late Than Never

I started reading Watership Down this week. A goal at least 30 years in the making. Someone spoke of the book during a leadership development program last week.  The old orange-spined copy that sat for years on the bookshelves in my childhood basement sprang to mind. I’ve always meant to read it.  Have carried the…
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Leadership tip: "Easy" Leadership Goal: Celebrate 1 small victory per day (or week)

Looking For An Easy Leadership Goal?

We are so used to receiving only negative or no feedback. We tend to only get recognition or reward when we’ve accomplished “the big thing” and get little to no recognition for the little efforts and achievements along the way. We often label things as “no big deal” when they actually take a lot of…
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Leadership Tip: Goals Don't Have to Suck

Goals Don’t Have to Suck

Thankfully, the stomach bug didn’t ruin our entire holiday, and I got to see many friends over the last couple of weeks. One thing that stood out was the number of people who talked and complained about goals.  But the thing is, it’s not really goals that suck.  It’s usually the way we think about…
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Leadership tip: As the year ends, ask yourself: What did I learn? What can I celebrate? What am I grateful for? What do I value? What will I focus on in 2024. With a picture of a person sitting cross-legged with a pencil and journal.

Reflection is Hard… and Worth It

If we’re being honest… I don’t love answering the questions that I spend much of my time encouraging other people to answer. They’re HARD!     It’s much easier for me to ask the questions.  Which is part of the reason I love my job.  But in the spirit of not indulging in hypocrisy, and knowing that…
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Leadership Tip: Breathe

Just Breathe

So much to do.Not enough time.Crap, I forgot about that…Oh no, I don’t have time for this…I’m not sure I can handle that today… No matter the season, your role or life situation, things can and often do feel overwhelming. Remember to breathe. Breathing deeply sends a message to your brain to calm down and…
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Text - Leadership Tip: are you plagued with boring, ineffective meetings? Image - cartoon face yawning Text - Meet more and mine for conflict Image - two people facing each other in argument, one holding a sign with the word "yes!" and the other holding a sign with the word "no!"

Meetings Don’t Have to Be Horrible

Dreading that upcoming meeting? In his book Death by Meeting, Patrick Lencioni shares that the answer to terrible meetings isn’t to have less of them. He suggests we should be having more and proposes: ⭐ Daily Check-Ins – a quick 5 minutes with the team to discuss the upcoming day.⭐ Weekly Tacticals – 45 to 90 minutes…
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Leadership tip: Even the best wellness program can't cure an unhealthy culture with a picture of two branches with green leaves on them.

Wellness is About Culture, Not Programs

She was sick and tired of being sick and tired. She’d done the EAP counselling.She’d attended the lunchtime workshops.She used the company gym. And none of it helped her feel better. The lack of trust.The feeling of being in regular battle with her colleagues.The unaddressed performance issues that frequently impacted her and her work. They…
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