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Through an uncommon blend of storytelling and personal coaching, Tom Henschel created a unique and influential podcast. Eavesdrop on a monthly coaching conversation and get practical tools you can use as soon as the episode ends.

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In this special episode, Tom tells a story of being onstage one night in front of a packed theatre audience when the show most definitely did NOT go on. He also shares the lesson he learned from that calamity — a lesson he has subsequently…

Building an executive Courtney, an old friend and fellow executive coach, was exploring an interesting topic with one of her clients, a woman named Divya. During their coaching conversations, Divya had wondered what it actually meant to be executive. She wondered, if you took away…

Teams at risk Rafael was two months into running the largest team of his career. He wasn’t certain, but he sensed the CEO was about to pit his new team against another team. If that happened, one team’s business would win out over the other’s….

Confrontation anxiety Estifania was thirty days into leading a large division of scientists and doctors. We were discussing her direct reports. In general, she seemed pleased. “Except for Michael,” she said. “He’s already pressuring me to re-organize the division. Ha! I barely know where the…

Danger in connections Amit was uneasy. He had read article after article saying that, during the pandemic, managers need to connect with their people now more than ever. The articles were urging managers to ask about people’s lives, show interest in them, not just as…

Made to feel stupid Amit was telling me about an upcoming presentation. His boss, Regina, a member of the senior leadership team had asked Amit to present the results of an initiative his team had been working on. Amit was preparing to do battle.

Asking the boss to change Julie wanted to give her boss, Zuwena, some feedback. Knowing Julie’s devotion to Zuwena, I was curious to hear the situation. Julie said, “She has this habit of thinking out loud in meetings. She’ll say something like, ‘We ought to…

Thwarting panic Roddy was telling me about his latest encounter on Zoom with Craig. “Right at the beginning, when he first started in on me, I had my same old reaction. My heart rate jumped, like Craig was right there in the room with me.“

This month’s coaching conversation includes a leader’s story about being buoyed by her team. She and Tom also swap answers to a favorite question of her team’s: “How’re ya coping?” 

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