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Special FREE Podinar: Unlearning Coaching: Challenging ‘The Rules’ to Do More of What We Love

June 13, 2018

Please join us for a special podinar:

Unlearning Coaching: Challenging ‘the Rules’ to Do More of What We Love,
presented by Alison Whitmire, PCC and President of Learning in Action.

TUES JULY 31, 2018. 

8:00 am  – 9:00 am PT / 11:00-12:00 noon ET

Session will be recorded


How could challenging some of the dogma of coaching actually help you get more coaching clients? How could reframing some of the principles we’ve all been taught as coaches actually allow you to help your clients more? How could asking more of your clients help you create a coaching practice that fully fits your life?


Join us for this engaging podinar (combination podcast/webinar) in which we’ll explore how to create a coaching practice we want, and love the coaching practice we create.

In this Podinar, We’ll Explore:

  • Who you can/should coach
  • How to ‘sell’ your coaching services
  • How to grow your practice
  • How to coach outside the box
  • How to bring more of yourself to your coaching

You will leave with ideas of what you want to rethink or unlearn to grow your practice by tapping more deeply into your own innate uniqueness.


*** Ask your questions when you register or during the live event. We’ll get to as many as we can! ***



Psst…What’s a podinar? A podinar combines the best parts of a podcast and a webinar. You’ll listen in on a fascinating interview with a seasoned coach, be able to engage and interact by asking questions of our presenter and audience.

*** Ask your questions when you register or during the live event. We’ll get to as many as we can. ***


We hope you’ll join us!

Alison Whitmire, PCC

President, Learning in Action


Alison Whitmire is president of Learning in Action. Alison is a PCC, certified and credentialed Executive Coach to CEOs. She is a professional speaker, TEDx organizer, and weekly blogger.


Learning in Action’s podinars are moderated by Alison Whitmire, president of Learning in Action.

The intention of our podinars is to support anyone who works in a coaching role supporting others:

  • To provide the best coaching possible
  • To make a thriving, successful living
  • To embrace their innate uniqueness


We offer individuals, teams, and organizations effective tools and methods for enhancing Emotional Intelligence in relationship, in conflict, in real-time. Serving leadership development professionals and executive coaches worldwide.

YAY! THIS PODINAR WILL BE RECORDED. ONLY REGISTRANTS RECEIVE RECORDING. So REGISTER NOW, whether or not you can attend live. The day following the event, watch for an email with a link to the recorded podinar.

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Posted in: Coaching|Podinar Series

When Talent Isn’t Enough for a Team

May 10, 2018

This week, while Alison Whitmire takes a week off from her blog, we welcome a guest blogger: our own Corrie Weikle*, Learning in Action’s Director of Training.

There were five minutes left on the clock. My ice hockey team was down 2-1 to move on to the national championship. It was the classic “Not enough time left, and my team is down by one point to get to the big game” story. You’ve heard it before. 

The bench where my team sat was a depressing place to be.

Having little emotional literacy at that point in my life, I’d say we were a bunch of doubt-filled, negative Nancy, glass half-empty miserable people. The stakes were high, stress was soaring, and we were consumed by our own risk-driven internal experiences.

If you’ve happened to take the EQ Profile and you recall the dimensions, you’d say my teammates and I were primarily negatively-oriented, and likely over-accessing many of our distressing feelings.  

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Posted in: Coaching|Emotional Intelligence|EQ Assessment

Angry? Who, ME?

April 5, 2018

I didn’t see myself as angry early in my career … and I was.

I accessed higher than ideal levels of anger, but didn’t recognize that within myself. Looking back, I can now understand both why I didn’t see the anger within me, and how my unrecognized anger hurt my working relationships.

This blog post is written with the hopes of opening the eyes of others who have high access to anger, but can’t see it.

Patterns Playing Out

In my early working life, I was acting out a pattern of behavior that had been modeled in my home throughout my childhood. To be clear, I, and only I, am responsible for my behavior. Now and then. And what is true is that I was shaped by my earliest relationships. And anger played a role in the shaping.

I didn’t see my anger because it was my default experience. It’s what was modeled for me and how I was wired to conduct day to day interactions. I didn’t experience myself as angry or not angry. I just was.

We are all shaped by our primary relationships. And not simply metaphorically, but also, neurobiologically. Meaning, the neural wiring of our brains, our mental models, our implicit understanding of what is is and isn’t acceptable are all shaped by our earliest relationships. And it can blind us to certain aspects of ourselves. (more…)

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Posted in: Emotion: Anger|Emotional Intelligence

What is Coaching? (And Who Is to Say?)

March 29, 2018

I have a client who, for a couple of years, I either wanted to, or tried to, fire.

He’s a smart, kind, values-centric guy. He’s always on time and usually quite prepared for our work. And he acts on what he says he’ll do. Sounds like a dream, right? So what’s the problem?

I’ve since determined that the problem was me. And how I was defining coaching.

Failing as a Coach?

My client, Bill, would start out each coaching session with the topics he wanted to focus on. He would move fluidly from one topic to another, sharing what he was concerned about, what he feared would happen, what he wanted, but felt sure couldn’t happen. He would share his aggravations regarding his staff, his frustrations about finding good people, and the opportunities available to the company “if only”…

Bill didn’t believe in setting a vision. “Visions are just fairy dust and pixies. I’ve got to work with reality.” Bill would systematically shoot down every possibility that arose during our sessions that had any hope of moving him forward.

And I would do what coaches do, ask questions, be curious, explore his feelings, assumptions, judgments, beliefs, his relationship to the situation, and mirror what I’m hearing.

At the end of each session, I’d ask the very coachy question, “Where are you now relative to where we began today?”

Most days he’d say, “Pretty much back where I started.” Ugh!

I left those sessions feeling like an utter failure as a coach. (more…)

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Posted in: Coaching