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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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Perception - How You Perceive Yourself

Two different leaders have trouble speaking up when the stakes are high. They each hear a story from their coaching about a man who learned a deep and powerful lesson about speaking his truth.

A well-liked leader suffers an emotional blow from a direct report. She’s thrown badly off balance. Working with her coach to regain her footing, she explores gravitas, what fosters it and endangers it.

Four leaders, wildly different in their styles, must work together to guide a task force. Using the DiSC Behavioral Self-Assessment, they build on their strengths to leverage their differences.

Growing as a leader demands that you learn new behaviors. In this episode, a leader learns the four-step process all of us must pass through in order to create long-lasting, meaningful change.

A leader describes a wide variety of experiences as “frustrating.” Her coach senses she has limited emotional fluency. This episode explores the four building blocks of EQ and two practical tools.

The two factors in the title are at the heart of leadership development. Want to advance? You must build muscle in these two areas. This episode gives examples and tools to grow in both.

After losing her temper with a disruptive direct report, a leader wants to be sure that never happens again. Tom gives her four tools to help her stay balanced and self-managed.

A depleted executive laments she’s taken terrible care of herself. She and her coach explore how leaders – anyone, really – replenish themselves when feeling empty.

Recalling his days as an actor, Tom recounts a time when he felt his confident “adult” self disappeared, only to be replaced by a fearful child. This led to a discovery about our “parts.”

When styles clash, flexing your style can be an uncomfortable stretch. But heart-deep connections can accelerate through matching. This episode explores the mechanics of matching for rapport.

Change creates stress. Stress can manifest physically, emotionally or mentally. As a leader, you may find the person most in need of your compassion during the stress of change is yourself.

If I called you a “seagull” would you take it personally? If I called you a “rat” would you take THAT personally? When we take things personally (and we all do!), is there any benefit?

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