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The Case for Inclusiveness

By Jim Selman The idea of creating organizational cultures in which people naturally include other people, particularly those different from themselves, is a laudable social objective. Notwithstanding this, accomplishing this kind of social objective is not and should not be a major priority of business. This statement may seem somewhat radical; however, many organizational leaders…

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Coaches are Not Managers

By Jim Selman We often think of coaching in the areas of sports or the performing arts, like the coach of a team, the director of a play or an orchestra conductor. Only recently have we seen interest and enthusiasm for bringing coaching into business organizations. There is a lot of confusion about what coaching…

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Coaching and the Art of Management

By Jim Selman & Roger D. Evered The “manager” is viewed variously as a team captain, parent, steward, battle commander, fountain of wisdom, poker player, group spokesperson, gatekeeper, minister, drill instructor, facilitator, initiator, mediator, navigator, candystore-keeper, linchpin, umbrella-holder, and everything else between nurse and Attila-the-Hun. We ask you to view the manager as a coach,…

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Commentary on ‘Coaching and the Art of Management’

By Karin Harrington In which coaching is considered as the ‘Heart of the Practice of Management’ WHAT IS MANAGEMENT? Follett: “Management is the art of getting things done through people.” Koontz and O’Donnell: “Art is the most creative of all human pursuits…. Managing is the most important of all the arts. The most productive art…

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Coaching and Ethics

IS THIS ARTICLE FOR YOU? This article is written for three important audiences. First and foremost, the article speaks to professional leaders and coaches, whether you work within organizations or as practitioners providing coaching services on a temporary or contractual basis. Second, it is for those who are new coaches, those on a development track…

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Coaching: Buzzword or Breakthrough?

By Jim Selman In the 10 years since publication of “Coaching and the Art ofManagement”, there has been an explosion of interest and practicesrelated to what some believe is emerging as a “new paradigm”. Mycolleagues have asked me to reflect on what I have observed aboutcoaching in past few years and speak to what I…

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Commitment and Change

By Jim Selman “Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality. It is the words that speak boldly of your intentions. And the actions which speak louder than the words. It is making the time when there is none. Coming through time after time after time, year after year after year. Commitment is the stuff…

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Conversations for No Possibility

“Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil? You’re crazy.”—Drillers whom Edwin L. Drake tried to enlist to his project to drill for oil (1859) “This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us.”—Western…

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Effective Listening

By Shae Hadden Listening is much more than just hearing words or reading body language. We now have the ability to communicate more frequently with more people than ever before. And yet, there is something missing. Something that could help us avoid misunderstandings, resolve conflicts, build trust and increase our effectiveness as leaders. That something…

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Eldering: Wisdom in Action

By Jim Selman <p >“This is the true joy in life: the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of Nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining…

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