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Author Archives: Cathy Liska

Coaching Teams

Coaching is a fabulous tool for individuals and equally fabulous for supporting teams.  Awareness of the potential is increasing rapidly.  Following are some basic insights. What are the reasons for coaching a team? Manage Conflict Improve Relationships Increase Productivity Increase … Read more

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How do I decide if hiring a coach is the right move?

If you are thinking or wondering any of the following: “Sometimes life gets so busy I don’t know if I’m coming or going.” “All my ideas and thoughts jumble together.” “I am unsure which direction I want to take.” “I … Read more

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How do I determine if I will be a good coach?

When people ask this question, my reaction is often that if you care enough to ask the question you care enough to learn how to be a great coach. What are the values and skills of a great coach?  Often … Read more

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How do I listen?

Many perceive themselves good listeners.  At the same time, upon observing themselves and reflecting, many also realize their listening leaves something to be desired.  This is normal and it is also worth noticing and changing. What gets in the way … Read more

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Religious Beliefs versus Sexual Orientation: What do you think? Ethical Challenges Series

A coach and client have been working together for six months with a focus on the client’s business.  The client wants to discuss a challenge they are having with their same-sex partner.  The coach is religious and feels they cannot … Read more

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Conflict of Interest: What do you think? Ethical Challenges Series

A coach has a client who owns their own hair salon.  The coach’s friend decides to start their own business – a hair salon – and will be a competitor of the client.  The coach has completed their coach training … Read more

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Record Keeping: What do you think? Ethical Challenges Series

A coach keeps notes on paper and stores them in a locked file cabinet.  The coach’s house is broken into, the file cabinet is busted open, and the files thrown all over their lawn.  Or, on a similar note, the … Read more

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Confidentiality What do you think? Ethical Challenges Series

A coaching client’s manager wants a full report on what is discussed during coaching sessions.  They threaten to stop paying for the coaching unless they receive it.  The coach has completed their coach training and is a member of the … Read more

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A Gift: What do you think? Ethical Challenges Series

A coaching client offers their box seat tickets to a big game to the coach.  The coach has completed their coach training and is a member of the ICF and accountable to the Code of Ethics. Possible Responses: The coach … Read more

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An Invitation: What do you think? Ethical Challenges Series

A coaching client invites the coach to their wedding.  The coach has completed their coach training and is a member of the ICF and accountable to the Code of Ethics.   Possible Responses: The coach accepts the invitation and attends … Read more

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