Q: Tell us about the moment you knew you wanted to be a leadership coach:
A: I was having lunch with a man who was struggling in his work. He began to speak passionately about a challenge at work that had him tied in knots for the past several months. I listened to him intensely because I cared about him. I asked a few questions to more fully understand his dilemma and possible options. As we talked through those options, he almost magically discerned what he needed to do. About a month later, he had gotten through the matter and surprisingly credited me with helping. Upon reflection, I realized this was something that came naturally to me. I chose to more fully understand the coaching models and moved into the field.
Q: What is one of the most memorable moments in your coaching career?
A: My client asked if he could query me about a family situation that related to his work (a family business, yet a situation much more family than business). Having studied family systems theory extensively and applied it for about 20 years, I agreed. After listening and asking questions (that illuminated for him a relational triangle), the client saw how he was holding the family system in its current state and realized his role in creating his own problem. The “lights went on” and he immediately acted on his realization. Immediately, his personal health improved (migraine headaches subsided then stopped), his extended family shifted the way they behaved toward my client (lessened their criticism), and the relationship with his wife returned to a joyful condition.
Q: What's your favorite thing about working at Henley Leadership Group?
A: The camaraderie and collaborative spirit that permeates the group. It is palpable from day one and it remains a joy to work with every player!
Q: How are you developing yourself as a leader?
A: I am taking the Leadership Circle Certification in March. I am maintaining a yoga/meditative practice to aid me in remaining calm.
Q: What are you reading right now?
- The Four Disciplines of Execution - Chris McChesney
- Changing Conversations in Organizations – Patricia Shaw
- Theory U – Otto Scharmer
Q: What’s making you happy this week?
- The chance to work with leader groups who want to learn more about group dynamics and collabo
- That I got to build a wooden window frame for a piece of stained glass
- That I was at my home with my wife more than I was gone!
You can learn more about Jon here . . .
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