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Podcast with Jeffrey Auerbach

Jeffrey Auerbach on Should Coaches Be Focusing Only On Strengths?

Today’s Guest:

Jeffrey Auerbach designs and delivers executive coaching and emotionally intelligent leadership programs.  He is the founder and President of The College of Executive Coaching, and past Vice President of the International Coach Federation Global Board of Directors.

Do you encourage your clients to tap into their strengths and use them more?  But is this always the best approach?  Listen to this podcast to hear how sometimes you need to encourage others not to rely too much on their strengths, so they know when they are overplaying their strengths, and when they need to learn to do things differently.


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You’ll Learn:

  • [01:45] – Jeffrey will be presenting at the 5th World Congress on Positive Psychology about coaching for executive wellbeing.
  • [03:10] – Jeffrey shares the coaching questions he uses to help people improve their wellbeing.
  • [07:59] – Jeffrey talks about the dangers of over-using strengths. While leaders are hired and promoted because of their strengths, their careers can often fail because they rely on those strengths rather than being an agile learner.
  • [10:50] – Jeffrey shares how he coaches individuals to use their strengths in the right deployment, rather than overplaying them.
  • [14:49] – Jeffrey cites Barbara Fredrickson’s work on the upward spiral of lifestyle change. He shares an example of how positive emotions can broaden and build your intrinsic motivation to make positive and healthy choices.
  • [19:33] – Jeffrey talks about situations where wellbeing or strength-based coaching approaches may not be appropriate.
  • [21:07] – Group coaching situations are becoming more common. Jeffrey explains the benefits of this approach.
  • [25:08] – The Lightning Round with Jeffrey Auerbach

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