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“You’re No Bargain”

December 27, 2023

By Dave Bushy, PCC A long time ago one of my favorite newspaper columnists* wrote a piece about a conversation she had with a relative celebrating an anniversary after many years of marriage. She had inquired about how the relationship could survive so long.  The answer that I paraphrase here was amazingly simple: “Walk into […]

The Possibility of Change

December 13, 2023

By Allison Iantosca, ACC Change. Is it really possible? For a person to change? The answer is yes…and no. No, not if they don’t want to. Not if they are so locked into a preserving mindset that anything that nibbles at its corners is too much of a threat. No, definitely no, if you’re trying […]

What’s With the Sigh?

November 29, 2023

By Dave Bushy, PCC I shall be telling this with a sighSomewhere ages and ages hence:Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by,And that has made all the difference.                                                 Robert Frost – “The Road Not Taken” As coaches, in service to our clients, we often use metaphors, […]

Certainty

November 17, 2023

By Dave Bushy, PCC Have you ever been absolutely certain of something, only to learn you were not correct?  Join the club – we’ve all been there. Except for the admonition we’ve all heard about death and taxes, certainty is almost never certain, is it?  As leaders and professionals, the attribute of certainty can support […]

When Was Your Last Physical?

November 2, 2023

By Dave Bushy, PCC Kind of an odd question coming from an executive coach, wouldn’t you say? One time I was speaking with a client about the importance of self-care.  The client was a person who attended to his team, took care of their needs and was always there for them.  He never missed a […]

The In-Between of Leadership

October 19, 2023

By Allison Iantosca, ACC The sound of my alarm took me by surprise. I wasn’t ready. Didn’t want to accept its rude interruption. But it asked for my attention to the day, and I succumbed, albeit with reticence. It didn’t seem to care one way or the other. Before I pulled off the covers, I […]

Take This Job and Shove It – I Ain’t Working Here No More! *

October 2, 2023

By Dave Bushy, PCC This tune sung by Johnny Paycheck in 1977 is at once off-putting and somehow intriguing, especially for those of us who like Country Music.  And whatever musical genre we prefer, there are invariably times that each of us might experience the same emotions – though perhaps a bit less pointed – […]

“I’m Not Working for That Guy!”

September 20, 2023

By Dave Bushy, PCC These words are texted, mumbled or otherwise verbalized nearly every day in a human organization.  And often I get to explore the idea with clients. My own experience on the subject helps inform my dialogue and inquiry with others.   When I was a young officer in the Army, I worked […]

Define the Problem Before Solving It

September 5, 2023

By Dave Bushy, PCC We all see ourselves as seeking solutions in our personal and professional lives, yet so often we move forward with one significant handicap: We fail to define the problem first. In my early professional days, I often wrote business cases.  I framed them much like the military staff studies I learned […]

Protecting Myself from Myself

August 24, 2023

By Dave Bushy, PCC The movie “Austin Powers” has a memorable quote: “Allow myself to introduce myself.” The quote came to mind the other day in a coaching session as a client was exploring his capabilities and strengths.  One of the most powerful strengths he appreciates about himself is a strong sense of ownership and […]

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