3 Takeaways from our latest Conversions

“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” ~Anthony J. D’Angelo Over 17 years have passed since Gary Markle first sat down and laid the foundations of Catalytic Coaching. In that time, countless companies have made the conversion and embraced employee engagement through Coaching. They haven’t been the only … Continue Reading »

The Clever Coach: Green Sheet Tips

It’s time to make your plans! You’ve finished your Yellow Sheet and identified your accomplishments, disappointments, and what you want to be when you grow up.  Your Blue Sheet meeting went pretty well and your coach had some good feedback on your strengths, areas for improvement, and what they’d like to see in that Development … Continue Reading »

The Good Fortune Effect

by Garold (Gary) Markle Completing my coaching process this year with my top three direct reports revealed an unexpected dividend — a profound feeling of good fortune.  After really digging deep with each person, their strengths and our challenges, my overall feeling is one of both gratitude and optimism. The coaching process has again made … Continue Reading »

Sample of One

#sampleofone #dontjudgeme

by Garold Markle   How many employees do you have to talk to in order to figure out how best to energize and engage a whole company?  To phrase the root question in more scholarly terms, what sample size is optimum to make statistically valid logical inferences about a larger population?  For example, if you’ve … Continue Reading »

Imaginary Dragons

by Garold Markle Sometimes the problem you think you see, is not the problem you actually have. When Carl, the CEO, described to me the difficulties he was having with Theron, his CFO, it sounded pretty bad.  There was no smoking gun, mind you.  Theron was more than competent, having successfully performed his job for … Continue Reading »

The Employee Iceberg

By: Garold (Gary) L. Markle As an HR generalist in a series of Fortune 500 corporations, I was instructed to treat employees more like “resources” than “humans.” We went to great lengths to focus on “the worker” while avoiding as much as possible anything personal.  What I soon discovered, however, is that when you go … Continue Reading »

Customer Quilt

by Garold L. Markle After fourteen hours of planes, trains and automobiles, along with a smooth but still tedious border crossing, I found myself checking into a small hotel in rural Saskatchewan that was managed by the graduate of a course we’d just completed a month previously in Toronto.  Canalta Hotels is an Energage customer … Continue Reading »

Listen First to Coach Better

Coach Dan’s Corner Great coaching rises above one-way communication where knowledge and wisdom continuously flow from the experienced coach to the team member. Great coaching stems from being an excellent communicator and that must include effective listening. Coaches must first seek to understand where the other person wants to go, so that any advice or … Continue Reading »