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Moving From Boss to Coach

My friend Steve Nicol is an accomplished and respected leadership coach who brought his massive experience as a leader in the corporate world into his current role as a coach.

What I admire about Steve is that he didn’t rely on past corporate experience alone to carry him through as a coach (as many former leaders try to do). He became a devoted and enthusiastic student of coaching itself of which he is now a master.

Steve recommended a book to me that I immediately bought called “It’s the Manager: Moving from Boss to Coach” by Jim Clifton and Jim Harter. I bought the book and I’m glad I did.

On a recent call with Steve Nicol he read the following to me from that book in a chapter about the need for coaching in organizations: “The need for disruption in how employees are managed couldn’t be more urgent. Gallup estimates that the cost of poor management and lost productivity from not-engaged or actively disengaged employees in the U.S. alone is between $960 billion and $1.2 trillion per year. Globally, that cost approaches $7 trillion—or 9% to 10% of GDP.”

When people in the company are not engaged or actively disengaged in their work the leader is the problem. But as I have told many a leader that asked me to coach them, “The fact that you are the problem is good news, because if you’re the problem you’re the solution.”

Will Keiper and I wrote our book, The Leader and the Coach, to address this “problem” head-on and turn it into a positive project for leaders and coaches to actively dive into and even learn to enjoy.

Steve Nicol himself is helping leaders upgrade their skills in “moving from boss to coach” by his personal work and also through his simple but powerful Leadership Good Stuff Course which you can find here:

I highly recommend that course, and also the posts Will and I are putting into this blog to further this work and inspire leaders and coaches to do the same. ~Steve Chandler co-author (with Will Keiper) of The Leader and The Coach–The Art of Humanity in Leadership

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The Leader & The Coach by Steve Chandler & Will Keiper
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