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About SeattleCoach

I'm a leadership coach for talented people and their systems. And I train some of them to be coaches. Working with me, you can count on creativity, curiosity, humor, optimism and challenge. Our key ingredients are your growing awareness, your willingness to try things, and our relationship.

Two Great Summer Reads

I love learning which is good because my clients, and the coaches I train and mentor are always hot on my heals with their own insights. Two topics are always front-and-center for me: How can we understand and solidly unleash … Continue reading

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I work with people who want to get un-stuck in big and little ways. And I’ve just about concluded that that most of us are stuck on something somewhere in our lives most of the time: Maybe you’re stuck between … Continue reading

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“Striking True”

“Power is revealed not by striking hard and often, but by striking true.” Honore de Balzac Yesterday morning we all woke up to a slight change in the balance of good and evil. Some of us celebrated, some of us … Continue reading


No Surprises

I guess it’s true that we fear what we can’t predict, so businesses and government agencies scramble to promise us “no surprises”. They know that we love predictability–especially when we’re not in control. Neurologically and socially we’re built for paying … Continue reading

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Great appreciation for this quote by Dr King . . .

via Seth Godin . . .”We are now faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing … Continue reading

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Why Coaching Works

Coaching has been defined as a profession for only about fifteen years–but everyone knows that coaches have always been a part of the human experience. Coaches today reflect the spectrum of what they have always been: Sages, story-tellers, ministers, teachers, … Continue reading

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Your Best Gifts

Someone told me this week that she had figured out a good gift for a friend who’s going through a tough time this Christmas. “I made a list of the things I’m good at,” she said, “And I offered it … Continue reading

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Coaching TSA

OK, TSA hasn’t asked my opinion, but if they did, I’d have three coachy hunches for their next round of training. Coachy Hunch #1. Look us in the eye. Watch our body language. Learn about listening to your gut. I … Continue reading

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Defining Grace

Talented people keep showing up in my office on the dock, on their way to and through the big changes in their lives. And word I find myself using with them as they deepen their character, leadership and goals is … Continue reading


I’ve always been intrigued with the idea of getting a horse to like me. Or trust me. Or teach me. Or not bite me. We were horse camping a couple of weeks ago and I tried out some of my … Continue reading


First Coach

Here I am with my first Coach in nineteen-fifty-something. I’m lucky enough to still have this guy in my life, and I still learn things from him. I’ve learned from his example as a solid business success, and as a … Continue reading


Successful “Frauds”

Many of the gifted professionals I work with have this little worried heckler in their heads who accuses them of being frauds. The little worried heckler cleverly uses the first-person and says things like: “If people really knew how I … Continue reading

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Tax Day Hunches

So tonight by midnight, we’ve all got to have something in the mail to the federal government–and by the end of the month, if you’re a small business, the states and cities will expect their payments too. This will be … Continue reading

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A Great Movie and A Great Group

Whether or not you are one of my clients, if you have a sense that you are in a professional transition–or have a hunch that one might be right around the corner–I have two ideas for you this month. First, … Continue reading

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Some “Best Practices” for 2010

When I launched my SeattleCoach Training Program 21 months ago I wasn’t sure what would happen. Now, still in our second year, 23 amazing men and women are members of a great and growing tribe of coaches. Each is unique … Continue reading

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The Magic of Being Acknowledged

When was the last time someone paused, looked you in the eye and acknowledged your grace or courage, or your heart and attention? I.e. the character stuff that anchors your life and work. It’s usually a moment you savor and … Continue reading

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The learnings continue . . .

My return to Russia was put on hold last week, and an unplanned trip to very hip, very poignant Berlin took its place. Still a great week with an old friend, and a chance to join the crowds at the … Continue reading

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The most important thing is what you do next . . .

So I’m waiting for the shuttle to get me to the airport for our fabulous return visit to the Motherland and the phone rings. It’s my traveling companion Mary with the mother of all visa problems and within moments it’s … Continue reading

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How the Soviets made me a better coach

In the 1980s, I made several trips into the former Soviet Union to meet and work with students and professional people, and I was there in 1989 when, unbelievably, the Berlin Wall fell. The lessons and observations I absorbed in those days shaped my convictions as a coach of leaders and entrepreneurs. Continue reading

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Got Goals? Part II

Last month I wondered about what (this fall) you want to create, invent, launch or instigate. I know it’s a theme I share with my favorite clients: always thinking about where the next place is to grow and learn and … Continue reading

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