Skillful Question Asking: The Engine of Successful Coaching*

Coaching is a powerful vehicle for optimizing performance, personal mastery, and results.  Because coaching has proven to be so effective, many major corporations invest in internal coaching and mentoring programs, usually for executives, leaders, and managers.  The practices of independent coaches also are flourishing, empowering clients both professionally and personally. In both arenas, skillful question …

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Change Your Mindset, Change Your Life

Change Your Mindset, Change Your Life Most of us believe that change is hard, even when it’s something we want. Unfortunately, the daunting belief about the “inevitable” difficulty of change is why so many of us give up, sometimes even before we start. While change can be challenging, I believe the biggest obstacle is simply …

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Inquiring Mindset Interview With Dr. Marshall Goldsmith

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Hi Everybody! I’m particularly pleased to share today’s blog with you and invite you to listen to my interview with Dr. Marshall Goldsmith about his new book: Triggers (Creating Behavior that Lasts; Becoming the Person You Want to Be). It’s 21 minutes long. Marshall wrote the Foreword to Change Your Questions, Change Your Life.  His …

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QT Makes a Difference with OnStar Advisors and Subscribers

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Nowhere is quality control more important than when the product is service, where failing to satisfy the end-user can’t easily be repaired by replacing a defective widget or offering discounts on future orders. I recently interviewed Charlene Poranganel, who manages emergency call services for all General Motors OnStar Subscribers in North America. She had participated …

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Musings on the “Happy” in “Happy New Year”

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It’s already February 2015, still in the hopeful beginnings of the year. So we at the Inquiry Institute send you warmest wishes for a happy, healthy, prosperous and meaningful New Year. Focusing on the many dimensions and paths of happiness is a wonderful way to move into the fresh possibilities of any new year. Fortunately …

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Answering the Question “How Can I Help?”: The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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Click here to listen to our teleconference entitled Caring for Caregivers of ALS Patients and Their Families.   Today’s blog is accompanied by a YouTube video of Kim Aubry (Executive Director of the Inquiry Institute) and me taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. There are many reasons why we decided to do this, all of which …

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The 8 Costs of Being Self-Critical

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I came up with the distinctions of Learner/Judger mindsets and Learner/Judger questions over 25 years ago and first wrote extensively about them in The Art of the Question, which was published in 1998. Over the years I’ve discovered how deep these distinctions go, how transformative and healing they can be, and how much of a …

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