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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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Communication Skills

A senior VP has trouble understanding her new CEO. In discussions with her coach, she discovers the CEO is perhaps a verbal processor. She learns the tool of sorting while listening.

A leader’s team tells him they understand him but results later prove otherwise. In conversation with his coach, the leader explores how he may unwittingly contribute to a poor outcome.

An executive coach asks a fellow coach for help thinking about a client who needs to exude more executive presence. Together they examine three pillars of executive presence.

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 leader dives deeper into the “Conflict House” metaphor she learned from her coach. Using herself and her husband as models, she explores how to have productive, healthy conflict.

Fed up with two bickering direct reports, a leader discusses the nature of conflict with her coach. The analogy is so powerful for her, she decides she wants to try it at home.

Asked if he ever experienced productive one-on-ones, a leader says, “Once, long ago.” In conversation with his coach, he explores how to make one-on-ones valuable for his direct reports.

The look and sound of leadership will be ever-elusive unless you know how to keep your listeners listening. This month, a leader learns surprising techniques to keep people tuned in.

TED Talks are powerful because they are so compact, the ideas so distilled. A leader, prepping for a major event, works with his coach to apply the lessons of TED to his presentation.

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.

Three young executives know they’re going to get peppered with questions from their leadership during an upcoming presentation. Their coach helps them prep so they can shine under scrutiny.

A leader wants to have a hard conversation with her boss but knows how much he hates that kind of talk. With her coach, she explores ways to make hard conversations safe.

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