Career Check-up

By Lorraine Clemes, TCP Associate

Careers are organic things that need tending. Often we get so busy in our lives that the years fly by and we forget that we started our careers with dreams or goals in mind. How long has it been since you asked yourself, “Is my career on track?” If it’s been awhile, this new decade may be the excuse you need to get going.

Steps to consider

Careers are personal expressions of our skills, values,

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Reflections on a Career

By Sue Griggs, TCP Associate

Ten years ago, my husband asked me when I was going to retire. He became quite frustrated and a bit annoyed when I said that I had absolutely no idea when I was going to ‘retire’. I also mentioned that I hated the whole concept of retirement and that I couldn’t possibly plan that far ahead.

To put this question into a context, it is perhaps worth mentioning that I was slightly ahead of the

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Developing Others

By Susan Wright, TCP President

It is a perfect time of year to think about developing others, how we pass along the gifts given to us so that others can benefit. When we become Leader Coaches, we make a fundamental transition from looking after ourselves to looking beyond ourselves to serve others, appreciating their unique strengths and development edges, and providing the support and challenge necessary for their continued growth.

We do this at work, of course, as we build

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Well-Being: The Ultimate Cross-Training

By Susan Wright, TCP President

Well-Being is not something that just happens for most of us. It takes a conscious intention and persistent effort, like most things that bring us joy and reward in life. Well-Being is not complicated. It emerges simply from intentionally performing a set of integrated practices consisting of disciplined action, repeated custom or regular exercise. It is cross-training in life. By exercising the body, mind, heart and spirit routinely, we get tremendous synergistic benefits.

To begin,

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Employee Engagement Today

By Susan Wright, TCP President

We all read and talk about engagement but what does it really involve? It is known by many names – flow, motivation, involvement, effort, satisfaction. It is a business imperative, resulting in improvements in profitability, quality, productivity, revenue, customer satisfaction, innovation, and retention. It has been defined countless ways, among my favourites the following from Lominger Ltd:

Employee engagement is a mind-set in which individuals take personal responsibility for the success of the organization and

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Engagement During Turbulent Times: A Case Study

By Gillian Buergin, VP Operations & HR, Algonquin Automotive

“You look great! Just one last set! You can do this!” As a part time fitness instructor I am passionate about coaching my group exercise participants to set and achieve their personal goals. During each class I know it is my job to lead the group safely through the journey we will take together and to do it in a way that recognizes individual needs while presenting strong, confident leadership to

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Engagement Through Language Coaching

By Andrea Griggs, TCP Associate

Many new Canadians bring valuable skills to the workplace but sometimes need help to improve their communication abilities. Language coaching, a combination of coaching, communication training and teaching English as a Second Language (ESL), is designed to do just that. In the current economic climate, it’s imperative for organizations to be able to exploit the talent they have in their employee pool. Language coaching is both incredibly empowering for the individual and hugely beneficial for

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Leadership as Co-Creation

By Susan Wright, TCP President

Co-creation has become a buzz word in business in the last while, a term that gets thrown around in all kinds of contexts. For many, it seems like a valuable concept but one that is not terribly useful from a practical point of view. What does it actually mean to co-create? Are we really to give everybody a say in decisions? Let customers and employees set the agenda?

Well, in a word, yes! Many writers

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Co-creating Change in the World

By Sue Griggs, TCP Associate

Two and a half years ago, I heard a radio interview about the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. The focus was on raising awareness and mobilizing support in Canada for Africa’s grandmothers who are raising a generation of children whose parents, their own children, have been killed by AIDS. The campaign has raised money for community-level organizations in 14 sub-Saharan African countries that provide the “GoGo Grannies” with much needed support,

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One World Dialogue: A Call to Social Action

By Lara Masse, Certified Professional Coach

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” ~ MARGARET MEAD~

Provocative… the word I would choose to describe the last session I attended at this year’s International Coach Federation (ICF) Conference. The workshop was titled Coaches as Leaders: A Call to Social Action. An important workshop for me, for the communities in which we live, and for

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The Power of Systems Coaching

By Linda Sadiq, TCP Associate

Imagine this actual client scenario:

over the past few years new competitors are redefining the marketplace, making much greater, more creative use of the internet to reach a new client base; until this year your veteran leadership team of 8 remained convinced that the company’s reputation and experience meant that any competition would be ineffective, at best; 6 months ago two members of your leadership team suddenly retire, another leaves the sector entirely and a

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Integrative Leadership

By Susan Wright, TCP President

In April, I was privileged to attend and speak on Integrative Leadership at the Integral Without Borders Conference in Istanbul, attended by organization and social sector leaders from around the world. The challenge: how to bring an integrated perspective to the resolution of complex problems.

The philosopher Ken Wilber has written extensively about this integrated view ( and believes there are four necessary perspectives to seeing in a holistic or integrated way. The four perspectives

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Integrating Mind/Heart/Body/Spirit

By Carol MacKinnon, TCP Associate

I’d like to talk about a fundamental form of integration – a quaternity or four-part harmony, one that is essential for Leader Coaches to integrate in coaching, in leading, in living. That is the quaternity of Mind, Heart, Body and Spirit. I bought a little bracelet in Lima, a simple string on which were four little wooden beads on each side of a carved X and I’ve worn it on my right wrist to remind

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Positivity: The Power of Positive Intention

By Susan Wright, TCP President

There is a lot of focus on intention these days as a concept and practice. New science has shown that what we think about actually creates physical matter. For example, the structure and activity of the brain can change in response to experience, an ability called neuroplasticity. We have known that we construct our reality through our own perceptions and beliefs for a long time but now we know that we also construct the actual

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Breakfast Seminar: Senior Leaders Discuss Critical Issues

For each of the four critical issues we present a brief statement of the challenge, a summary of the need and a description of offerings – processes and programs – from The Coaching Project. Finally, we conclude with excerpts from our table conversations with leaders; they describe their current experience of each of the issues and their views on how they are or could be responding.

The Challenge of Employee Engagement The Bursting Boomer Bubble Creating Social Action Linkages The

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The Leader as Coach: Creating High Performance in Change

By Susan Wright, TCP President

“To be an effective leader, one must be an effective coach”

Download PDF: The Leader as Coach: Creating High Performance in Change

Top Ten Books in Human Resources

On June 7th, 2004, The Financial Post Edge announced that Leadership Alchemy: The Magic of the Leader Coach® rated 6th on the Top Ten Books in Human Resources in the Books for Business survey. Our book was the only Canadian entry and the only book on Leadership listed!

Latest News

  • The Coaching Project is Transitioning

    After a long absence, I am writing with the purpose of providing some context for the changes in me and the world around me that have led to this gap. The Coaching Project has transitioned to new interests and priorities over the past couple of years, reflecting my own transitions in life.

    Just as TCP was a pioneer in the field of Leaders Coaching Leaders, we are setting out again to explore the role of leadership and coaching in the

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  • A New Beginning

    In our coaching and training we have consistently used our three-stage process as shown in the model below. Each stage answers a question: What’s So? So What? What’s Next? I have used these questions to reflect on my recent experience and to give a sense of completion to this chapter in The Coaching Project’s history.

    What’s So?

    I often say retirement is harder than it looks. I have been working on it for half a dozen years. I began

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  • The Importance of Coach Education

    I recently interviewed Arden Henley, Principal of Canadian Programs at City University, about CityU’s decision to partner with The Coaching Project on coach education. His insights mirror and expand on the results of the ICF study.

    Why does CityU see a coaching program as an important addition to its roster of programs?

    We see our role as building leadership capacity in the community. Coaching plays an increasingly important role in leadership and we want to respond to that need.

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Becoming a Leader Coach® Online

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