July 2016

Instrumented Coach-Based Consulting

Kurt Lewin wrote many years ago about the three stages of planned change. He noted that change (and learning) occurs only after an “unfreezing” process. For many people who are facing leadership challenges, the processes of self-reflection or of being observed by another person are…

Three Strategies of Coach-Based Consulting

Organizational coaching and consulting come in many forms and are called many names. We propose that three strategies effectively blend organizational coaching and consulting and successfully address the challenges of 21st Century organizations. We propose that one of the three coach-based consulting (CBC) strategies relate…

Soliciting the Pre-Mortem and Riding the Change Curve

Coach-Based Consulting Tools, Strategies and Concepts for Effective Planning The Nobel-prize winning behavioral economist, Daniel Kahneman, has a very interesting relationship with Gary Klein—with whom he both conflicts and collaborates. As Kahneman notes, in alignment with both Frans Johansson (2004) and Scott Page (2011), great…

The Empowerment Pyramid

We propose that individuals and groups move toward empowerment and organizations move toward appreciation by addressing these four functional building blocks in a systematic and sequential fashion. This is a key to the creation of an appreciative organization. Each of these four building blocks rests…

Coach-Based Consulting: An Appreciative Perspective

  We propose that coach-based consulting is most clearly differentiated from counseling and traditional organizational consulting when conducted in an appreciative manner. A short-term focus and a mechanistic, deficit-based view of performance development cause some organizations to utilize coach-based consulting primarily to “fix” perceived performance…