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matthews houseIn 2017, 6 coaches from the Northern Colorado Coaches Forum provided pro bono coaching services to staff at The Matthews House as a philanthropic project celebrating International Coaching Week.  The idea originated from NCCF’s desire to spread awareness about the benefits of coaching and offer a valuable service to the nonprofit community.

“I found my experience to be very worthwhile and encouraged my coworkers to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.”

The Northern Colorado Coaches Forum is a learning community meeting monthly, with the mission to provide high quality professional development opportunities and collegial support for coaches in Northern Colorado.  Coaches utilize powerful questions and deep-listening to inspire clients to maximize their personal and professional potential.  The Matthews House empowers youth and families by building trusting relationships and providing resources to disrupt the cycles of poverty and abuse.

The six coaches each provided 3 or more coaching sessions to a total of nine Matthews House staff members.  Survey responses from the people who were coached showed that they found the coaching services to be beneficial.  When asked what value they found in the coaching, one respondent said that “meeting with my coach helped me be more objective in making decisions. Coaching helped me establish a process of reacting to situations and coworkers, then putting actionable steps in place to make forward progress. I have already had a handful of opportunities to directly apply what I learned with my coach in my daily operations.”   Another said “I very much appreciated how well [my coach] did in asking reflective questions of me in order for [me] to come up with my own solutions. She also did a very good job observing my body language and sharing her [observations] so that I was made aware of how I was presenting myself.”

Thank you to Jason Veliquette, Debra DeVilbiss, Carl Dierschow, Diana Hutchinson, Abby Veliquette, and Maria Swall for providing this valuable service to our staff.  To learn more about coaching or the Northern Colorado Coaches Forum, contact Maria at maria.swall@gmail.com.

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I was over at a local high school this morning, so I thought I’d share this message!

Sure, my work as a coach is all about helping people.  But how do I balance that with what I do outside my business?  Here’s today’s thought:

Last week was a big intersection of many of my varied communities – family, ICF Colorado, Conscious Capitalism, church, and so on.  So it got me thinking …

Community is important for quite a few reasons:

  • Connecting with customers
  • Getting support
  • Generating ideas and being creative
  • Contributing to the larger world

So who do you count as your communities?

SGCTen years ago, Bo Burlingham wrote a business book named Small Giants which became quite popular. So much so that communities have sprung up around the world to support businesses which are putting these concepts to work.

What’s the new idea?

Bo profiled a number of companies who built powerful organizations by choosing to remain privately held. Read the rest of this entry »

The Athletic Director was fired from the local university a few days ago, which has created all kinds of conjectures about how it affects the building of a new on-campus stadium.  That has been quite the topic of debate for a couple of years now.

But what caught my attention today was the AD’s quote in the paper: “I wasn’t in it for a popularity contest.  That’s not what leadership is.”

Of course he’s right.  But we’ve all seen how this concept gets abused.

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Diversity has been given a bad name. There’s an implication that it’s just about government getting in the way of your business. But really, diversity is a powerful and useful concept.

We all tend to seek out people who are similar to us; that’s part of human nature. So when you’re looking for employees, you tend to be most comfortable with those candidates who share your point of view. You get along.

It’s a dangerous thing.

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I had a bit of a chance to play yesterday.

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It was another great day with Leadership Fort Collins, this time focused on emergency services in the area:  Fire, police, SWAT, dispatch, and so on.  We even had a great panel giving us an update on the hard work that’s being done to implement Amendment 64, the legalization of recreational marijuana in the state.  Boy, that’s much tougher than the voters would ever expect.

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Architect CollaborationI was reading a note from a colleague in Denver who owns an architectural firm: A beautiful start.  This got me thinking about the power of collaboration – primarily the different energy and vitality that it brings.

I have a more personal example right now:  Read the rest of this entry »

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