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This month’s coaching conversation is between Tom Henschel and Mindy Danna who answer questions from our audience. Tom and Mindy have grown up together professionally. He runs Essential Communications where Mindy is a coach. She also works with the cutting-edge global consulting firm Cultivating Leadership.

NOTE: This transcript was heavily edited to fit this format. The unedited conversation can be heard on the podcast.

Agonized high performer Anna knew her pattern, but she couldn’t stop it. Anna was a young executive of amazing achievements. She had created a brand within a multi-million dollar company. She had just thought it up. Along the way, between conception and execution, at every…

Diagnosing pain Jimmy was a division president I had coached. Over the years, he’d brought me in to facilitate offsite events with his team. Together we’d created many agendas and provided his group with a lot of different experiences. Now he felt it was time…

Bigger presence Melinda called asking if she could pick my brain about a woman she was coaching. I admired Melinda. She was a powerful consultant and coach. She and I had collaborated often and loved to talk shop.

Team out of control Bryan had been a vice president of consumer product graphics for six years. A gifted artist himself, he led a team of other gifted artists who supplied images that would adorn millions of products around the globe.

Volumes of confusion Marisol’s organization had rewarded her powerful performance as an individual contributor with the leadership of a small three-person team. They’d also given her a coach to help her begin her leadership journey.

“In Your Own Way” Maxine was going to be a star – if she could just “get out of her own way.” Those were the words on the street about Maxine. They were even her words about herself. During a coaching session, after she’d spoken…

Troubled history. Tough decision. Darryl supported the decision I was making. We didn’t know what Grace would think of it. I was withdrawing myself as the coach for one of Grace’s direct reports, a lawyer named Sterling. Sterling, most agreed, created swirls of difficulty in…

Battling styles Jenna had been my coaching client two years earlier. We’d enjoyed each other immensely and done meaningful work. She told people proudly that the coaching had helped her land her current role. Now, the global non-profit where she worked was rolling out a…

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