Organizational Leadership

Susan Spoelma, MBA, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, DNP (student) Organizational Leadership  In my position as chief nurse executive of a hospital I need to directly manage my employees. I say, “The policy in this situation does not allow for that action.” or “If you do X, then the results will be Y, and that’s not acceptable.” This stance is extremely valuable and lets employees know what’s expected and what’s not allowed. But if I just say don’t do X, that’s only half of the equation. What…

Therapy and Coaching

Estelle Brodeur, MS, PMHCNS-BC, ACC Therapy and Coaching  After working as a nurse in various settings, then as a public mental health therapist, and next as a designer of stress management education groups for corporate health care employees, I wanted to move into a different conversational framework that embraced all of my professional experiences, that was grounded in health and possibility, that would facilitate client choices around positive life changes, and one where I could learn an expanded repertoire of tools to help clients move…

Avatar Association and Behavioral Change

Kate Sadowsky, MA Avatar Association and Behavioral Change I facilitate support groups for a weight loss program called Club One Island that takes place in virtual reality, which requires some explaining. Our participants and instructors, in our self-designed avatar bodies, share in an immersive online environment designed to support their behavior changes around weight loss and movement, together through the Island. We hold support groups in luxury tree houses, sitting underwater on giant crabs, relaxing on clouds in the sky—what better environment to test our…

Coaching in Kindergarten

Ginny Katz, MS, MSS Coaching in Kindergarten   I’m a kindergarten teacher and spend my days with five- and six-year-olds. When they’re in an argument, and really in all aspects of their lives, they’re used to having adults intervene, and to counter this I spend part of my year allowing them to ask powerful questions to learn how to arbitrate their own disagreements.  One way I help them build the coaching skill of asking powerful questions is by having a rotating role that is called…