Entries by Coach Padraig

How to motivate your team to improve performance

A smooth, dynamic team that delivers results doesn’t happen by coincidence. Even if you already have an awesome team, knowing how to really get the best from them can be a challenge. Here’s a refresher with some helpful tips to make sure that you’re motivating your team without the headache. Step 1: Learn their “why” […]

Do you notice the sound of silence?

How comfortable are you with silence in a conversation? How common is it for you? If you’ve grown up in North American culture, you probably have very little silence when you’re in a conversation with someone and chances are pretty good you’re not really comfortable with it either. Studies have found the North American tolerance […]

How to be an exceptional mentor

I sometimes get asked, “What’s the difference between a coach and a mentor?” My answer is usually something along the lines of, “a lot and they can both be really helpful.” What is a coach? If you read this blog regularly, you probably have a pretty good sense of what a coach is. We help […]

5 daily habits of effective leaders

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.” – Will Durant paraphrasing Aristotle We are what we consistently do. Great leadership is made up of the small habits that we foster and the small habits we’re unaware of. It’s made up of a lot of little things done […]

When your toughest conversations are with yourself

We’ve written a fair bit and worked with a lot of organizations around Essential Conversations — our workshop program that helps leaders have difficult conversations with others (employees, peers, suppliers, etc). The program works well, has a lot of a-ha moments, and helps leaders figure out how to have the conversations they’ve been avoiding. However, […]