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Using an uncommon blend of storytelling and coaching, Tom Henschel created a unique and influential podcast. Eavesdrop on a monthly coaching conversation and get practical tools you can apply the minute the episode ends..

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Assertiveness

A leader, often reticent to speak up on her own behalf, learns tools to help her ask for what she wants without worrying she’ll incite a battle.

Kindness is killing a leader’s ability to set and hold effective boundaries. She works with her coach to find her voice and along the way discovers an empowering image about boundaries.

A worried leader seeks help finding balance between going with the flow and giving himself a larger voice.

A leader feels she lacks courage. She engages her coach in a conversation about how to use self-awareness and self-management as tools to help her become a little bolder.

A leader’s boss has created a toxic environment. In conversation with his coach, the leader explores what factors he needs to nurture with his own team to assure they feel psychologically safe.

Two executive coaches tackle questions from readers. One is from a manager who never gets a day off and worries he’s too nice. The other is from an employee who wants better feedback.

After finally receiving his promotion, a newly elevated leader worries about two colleagues who will now be his direct reports. They were bad enough to deal with when they were all peers!

A vice president, struggling to control his team of artists, learns a technique from his coach for managing bad behavior. He likes it so much, he uses it with his high performers, too.

A coach refuses a coaching assignment and must explain his reasoning to the chief legal officer. The coach comes to the meeting with a model showing who he thinks is and is not coachable.

A leader worries what will happen if her team doesn’t do what she asks. Where exactly, she wonders, does her authority come from? She and her coach discuss the nature and mindset of authority.

After two team members verbally attack each other personally, the team leader challenges his coach who’d once said, “Conflict is good.” Together they discuss productive conflict.

An executive coach is about to get grilled by a new corporate president. The coach reaches out to insiders who help him prep for the meeting by teaching him three actions to take.

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