Thoughts And Observations

 

Fear In The Family

Fear In The Family

By Teen Coach: Melanie Black What teens fear may seem small to adults, but to them it can be huge, to the point that it affects their mental and physical health, which is why parents need to be sensitive to these issues. Sometimes teens are reluctant to express their fears. This is why it vital…
Turning Fear On It’s Ear

Turning Fear On It’s Ear

By Corporate Coach, Michael Steele   Overcoming what frightens you the most strengthens you the most. ~Matshona Dhliwayo For some, it creates action and creativity. For others, fear can create procrastination and stifling inactivity. Which path do you take? Anything we do that is important will usually have some fear attached. When firemen enter a burning…
Why Your Team Is Failing

Why Your Team Is Failing

Today’s educational system, from Kindergarten through college, puts a focus on team work. However, while you may learn who gets their work done versus who is counting on everyone else to get an “A” grade, your scholastic team experience probably did little to prepare you for business teamwork. When you think about it, every business…
Creating Trust Through Conflict

Creating Trust Through Conflict

By Corporate Coach, Michael Steele Work and Conflict. It is always there and always will be. We all want a positive work environment; we all want to enjoy our jobs each day. But, let’s face reality, every workplace has basic conflicts: turf wars, one-upmanship, difficult teammates, and more. While often unpleasant, conflict is part of the…
Dealing With Teen Conflict

Dealing With Teen Conflict

Dealing with it, understanding it, overcoming it By Teen Coach: Melanie Black   “You don’t understand!” “Ugh. I can’t talk to you.” “You don’t know me.” Sound familiar? Conflict between parents and teens is normal. It also makes your head hurt and stresses out the whole family. So how do you deal with it? It…
Empathy And Your Family

Empathy And Your Family

By Teen Coach: Melanie Black The first thing we all need to understand when it comes to the topic of empathy is that it is a skill. It is not something we are born with, but rather something we have to work on and learn how to incorporate into our relationships with people. Empathy is…
Empathic Leadership

Empathic Leadership

“Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt   By Corporate Coach, Michael Steele In today’s workplace, leadership takes on many different roles, and each one requires gaining the trust of your employees. This happens most effectively when leaders listen and show genuine care for their team. Leadership…
How Can You Motivate Your Teen?

How Can You Motivate Your Teen?

By Teen Coach: Melanie Black Do the words, “ whatever,” and “I don’t care” sound familiar? Motivating teens can be challenging and frustrating. In life coaching we discuss three motivation styles. Conditional vs. Intrinsic Motivation away from bad stuff vs. Motivation toward good stuff Motivation for the sake of self vs. other When teens become…
What Happens When A Team Does Not Communicate?

What Happens When A Team Does Not Communicate?

By Corporate Coach, Michael Steele What happens when a team does not communicate effectively?  Weak communication leads to poor execution and productivity. Without clear and positive communication on a team or in the workplace, teammates will not be effective in maximizing their abilities or enjoying what they do each day. “Communication is the real work…
Teen Communication: We Are All On The Same Team

Teen Communication: We Are All On The Same Team

By Teen Coach: Melanie Black Teen communication is often considered an oxymoron, but it doesn’t really have to be that way.  Does this sound like something you have experienced? Your teenage daughter is taking incredibly long to get ready for the day (again), but you need her to hurry because you want to get to…