120: Julie Davis-Colan: The Power of Positive Coaching

As coaches, we know the importance of mindset, but do we know the nuts and bolts of achieving the mindset we desire in ourselves and our clients? Today’s show is about the impact of positive psychology on coaching and mindset. We’re diving deep into positivity and sharing some practical tips that you can implement today.

Julie Davis-Colan co-founded The L Group, Inc., with her husband. The L Group is a management consulting firm that’s been serving leaders since 1999. Julie works with executives and leadership teams around positive behavior change. She focuses on organizational health and peak performance. Julie has co-authored six books, including Stick With It, Getting the BEST of Yourself and Others, and her most recent book, The Power of Positive Coaching. This book and its principles are the focus of today’s show. We’re talking about the mindset behind positive coaching, as well as the behaviors that go along with that mindset.

Show HIghlights:

  • Julie’s background of working in corporate settings for positive behavior change and health
  • How she partnered with her husband to found their company, which focuses on leadership with managers and individuals
  • The creation of Julie’s newest book, and why coaches have to start with themselves and work from the inside out
  • Capitalizing on the science of positive psychology
  • The “broaden and build” model of a positive mindset, which allows a wider range of solutions to problems
  • How a positive mindset ties into good business, strengths coaching, and employee performance
  • “Mental virus protection” that is mentioned in Julie’s book, which means controlling what you put into your mind and being intentional about what you put out
  • How Julie’s book teaches organizations how to coach from within, but can also be used as coaches work with their clients
  • The two components of Julie’s work: mindset and behavior (habits)
  • Why Julie’s principles are field tested and time tested
  • Four elements of a positive mindset:
    • Knowing your thoughts: Control your inputs
    • Knowing your purpose: The job of a leader of manager is to serve others
    • Knowing your values: Must be converted into action and observable behaviors
    • Knowing your emotions: Write out your feelings
  • The value in understanding people’s strengths
  • Coaching habits: explain, ask, involve, measure, and appreciate
  • Julie shares accountability tools, debriefing techniques, and how to ask questions–and how to WAIT for answers
  • The value of measurement and keeping score
  • Why appreciation is important and goes a LONG way

Resources:

The L Group  Find out more about Julie, her work, and her books