Food for Thought: Context, Content, Communication

A recent headline captured my attention: "Sting Compromised by Affair." I thought, "Sting had an affair??" For me, Sting is a rock star. In reality, the story was about a deceptive operation by the police designed to catch a criminal, otherwise known as a "sting". After all, I was watching CNN, not "Entertainment Tonight." It was a great reminder that in communications, context is as critical as content. At Thanksgiving dinner, after taking her first bite of stuffing, my mother put her fork down and said, "You know, I have a really great recipe for stuffing." A week or two [...]

By | 2016-06-03T16:24:07+00:00 November 3, 2013|Categories: International Coach Federation, Philadelphia|Tags: , |

Lost and Found

On Friday, November 1, 2013, 7,000 women poured into the Pennsylvania Convention Center to explore the "power of possibilities" at the 10th annual Pennsylvania Conference for Women. The day undulated with questions, the answers some women found, and steps others began to take toward finding their own. Financial wizard Sallie Krawcheck lost her job in a very public manner and found the resilience to say "look at me, I’m on the front page of the New York Times" and move forward. Author Tory Johnson lost 60 pounds and found a happier life. She told conference attendees "Don't underestimate what you [...]

By | 2016-06-03T16:19:43+00:00 November 1, 2013|Categories: International Coach Federation, Philadelphia|Tags: , , |

Mad Man Wants to Change

Coaches are often asked what the difference is between coaching and therapy. Illustrations can illuminate ideas more readily than explanations, and examples are readily found in popular culture. The new season of Mad Men opened on New Year's eve where we find lead character Don Draper sneaking off to cheat on his wife. His lover, who is also married, asks him what he wants in the New Year. "I want to stop doing this," he says. "I want to stop" and "I want to start" are clarion calls for coaches. They are our starting shot, our battle cry. From that [...]

By | 2016-05-27T20:40:54+00:00 April 23, 2013|Categories: Coaching, International Coach Federation, Philadelphia|Tags: , |

A Coach Goes To Court

The intersection of a dual career - coaching and practicing law -was experienced dramatically when I argued a case before the Commonwealth's highest court; the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Lawyers train for argument before this court as athletes prepare for the Olympics. Despite receiving notice of the assignment only a month before the appointed day, like most lawyers, I was essentially training for it throughout the course of my twenty year career in law. I had one month to read the relevant cases, of which there were many, read the briefs, of which there were many, and then craft and rehearse [...]