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5 Coaching Tips For Internal Coaches From Internal Coaches



I asked a team of internal coaches, “What advice would you give aspiring coaches?” These are people who navigate traditional job responsibilities and coach employees as well.

I’ve been working with some of the team for a little over a year. Others have been part of the process for about six months. Many have been internal coaches for several years.

I asked them to reflect on their whole coaching experience and offer advice to internal coaches.

5 coaching tips for internal coaches from internal coaches:

#1. Stay curious.

  1. Sincere forward-facing curiosity drives
  2. ...

The Gift of HR Knowledge

In the new year, HR professionals will—as they always have—face challenges that will call upon their collective knowledge and competencies to keep their organizations thriving in a changing business landscape. Developing your skills in all of the arenas that HR touches will allow you to turn difficult situations into workable opportunities and help you move yourself, and your organization, forward.

To help you do this, we've come up with a brief list of holiday gift ideas for the HR book lovers you know. While there are many titles to choose...


Next Year !!

As 2016 winds down, it’s a great time to reflect on what has transpired over the last twelve months. It’s easy to step back and take sides to argue your point. What I was aiming at was broader and more holistic. I’m sure people had a mix of successes and setbacks. All of those experiences made up where you are today ready to jump into 2017.
So, if you had to reflect where you are as an HR professional, what would you say? Have you moved ahead, taken a step backwards or sideways, or are you stuck...

The Way Forward on Migration



After several weeks abroad, I am happy to be back home for the holidays.  I was in Berlin for the B20 meeting, in Dhaka where I delivered the GFMD’s Business Mechanism’s recommendations on labor migration, and in Mumbai and Delhi where I met with CHROs whose global operations are sometimes hampered by inefficient migration policies and procedures.  The one thing everyone wanted to talk about was “what’s going to happen under Trump,” and, more than a few times I was told that “everyone in the world should get...


#TransformTues from the SHRM Foundation

Every Tuesday in November and December, the SHRM Foundation has shared transformational stories on the SHRM blog…

…stories from Burgandy, Jessica, Andrew, Gwyn, and Corinne shined a light on the impact of scholarships for students and HR professionals who have been able to learn and grow because of the direct support they received from the SHRM Foundation.

…stories of transformation from volunteer leaders at SHRM’s Volunteer Leaders Summit and from online friends during #GivingTuesday reminded us that we have all faced a moment of greatness. Each story inspired us.



SHRM: Demands on New Managers and How HR Can Help - Part 3



What it really means to “manage up,” and how to do it effectively

If there’s one person at work you have to get along with, it’s your boss. But for a new manager, the concept of “managing up” can be daunting. Not only does it require an understanding of what your boss cares about and what style he or she prefers, but you also must take into account the needs of your own direct reports. I asked a few of my favorite experienced managers what advice they would give. Solid,...


Building Fences - The Importance of Boundaries in our Personal and Professional Lives


Philip Humbert reminded me of the importance of building fences. Philip sends a weekly newsletter that is waiting for me each and every Sunday morning. The TIPS Title for October 16 was Good Fences Make Us Rich. He has consistently been creating this weekly newsletter and he always makes me think. He continually asks me a more beautiful question as if he was just across the table enjoying a cup of coffee with me. If you wish to be challenged to think differently each and every week.

13 Ways to Enhance Internal Communications

Do you remember a game that is often played in grade school? The teacher whispers a secret to the child in the first row, and then tells the child to turn around and whisper the same secret to the child behind them – and so on – until the secret makes its way around the entire classroom? Nearly 100% of the time, the secret changes along the way. Words can be misconstrued, or one child may hear or interpret the words differently, which can change the message or the meaning behind...

Future Friday: The new Uber employee may not be one for long

I came across an article called The Rapid Rise of Robots Replacing Workers, written by Edwin Smith in Raconteur. Smith reports that in England a recent court decision has declared that Uber drivers are employees and not independent contractors. This is similar to many court decisions here in the United States. How does this play into the rise of robots replacing workers?

Contract drivers are not the trend
According to Amy Webb, Futurist and author of The Signals are Talking, many

What Does It Mean to Be a Strategic Leader?

Companies love to label or typecast leaders over time. As an executive coach and former CHRO, I wish I had a dollar for every time we labeled a senior leader as not being “strategic” enough to get to the next level. Some consultants often use elaborate assessments to create a false sense of precision of their potential. Often when succession planners and executive assessment pros cannot articulate improvement opportunities, we default to the generic, “he lacks a strategic mindset” excuse. Strategic focus is the most mystical and illusive leadership