Entries by Coach Padraig

Learn from (and Celebrate) Failures

Failing might be embarrassing. It might be painful financially or it could make you worry about your reputation. But you know what? Every failure is an opportunity to learn. If we – and our teams – don’t experience failure, we might not push ourselves to do better. Feeling comfortable almost never gives us an edge […]

“How are you?” “Oh, busy”

If someone asks you how you’re doing, what’s the first word that pops into your mind? I’m going to bet that it’s, “Busy.” Often nowadays, that’s what I hear. Not “fine.” Not “great!” Not even, “okay.” Busy is by far the top response – and I know this isn’t some new and unusual aberration for […]

Six Characteristics of Problem-Solving Team Leaders

A big part of any leadership role is being able to troubleshoot. It might be strategizing to get a project that has derailed back on track, attracting new business or leveraging technology. Whatever the problem, there are four basic steps that problem-solving leaders generally use: Define the problem Generate options Evaluate and choose an option […]

Are you a “boss” or a “leader”?

Would you say you are a boss or a leader? Let’s start with definitions: A boss has a position of authority and can exercise power, but a leader has the ability to manage people well and inspire them to action. We recently discussed signs you’re ready to be a leader (and a few signs you’re […]

Feedforward: what it is and why you should care

This week’s Coach’s Questions Blog is written by Padraig Coach,  Kathleen Cameron. Think back to a time when you were feeling really proud of your work. Now imagine that just as you were flying high on the satisfaction of a job well done, a colleague pointed out something you should do differently next time. While […]