July 15, 2009
Run Your New Business Idea Through the
Gauntlet: Start Up Success Begins With Simply
Brilliant Ideas with Tom
Date: July 15, 2009
Time: 11:00-11:59 a.m. ET
STOP being LATE with Leslie McKee, CPO
Date: July 15, 2009
Time: 12:00 - 112:45 p.m. ET
Reduce Your Debt, Reduce Your Stress with
Diana Fletcher and Barbara Swartz
Date: July 15, 2009
Time: 1:00-1:45 p.m. ET
Emotional Alignment: The Missing Link to Your
Success with Barbara Schwarck
Date: July 15, 2009
Time: 7:00-8:00 p.m. ET
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Welcome to Coaching in Action - For
news and events from the Pittsburgh Coaches
Association, dedicated to moving you forward
with clarity, action and results. People work
with a coach to produce extraordinary results
in their personal or professional lives. For
more information, and to register for events,
please visit www.PittsburghCoaches.org
Here are upcoming events - join
LUNCH & LEARN MEETING
PCA Planning - All Welcome!
How Can the PCA Better Serve You?
A Pittsburgh Coaches Association Strategy
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Networking
9:30 - 1:00 p.m. Program and Lunch
Waterworks Mall (Fox Chapel)
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
There is no charge for this meeting (lunch is
at your own expense), and it
is open to all members and guests.
Please join us for an update on current
programs and to bring new ideas!
To register just send an e-mail to
The Pittsburgh Coaches Association Monthly
Meetings typically take a break over the
summer months, but this year it was decided
to have a strategy session to talk about the
programs that the PCA currently has in place,
and also to talk with members and guests
about how the PCA can best serve its
membership, guests, clients and the community.
Please join us for a fun, informal and free
meeting. For guests, you are welcome to join
us and will have an opportunity to meet
members of the Pittsburgh Coaches Association.
The meeting will be facilitated by Donna
Billings, PCC using Open Space
Technology. Learn a unique, flexible and
effective process that quickly brings diverse
people to unifying results.
What is Open Space Technology?
Since 1986, Open Space Technology (OST) has
been used throughout the world to enable
groups of four to more than 2,000 people to
address complex issues and achieve meaningful
results in record time. This unique approach
to group dynamics and democratic interaction
is most effective in complex and conflict
ridden settings where more traditional
formats fail. OST has been used in such
diverse situations as designing large
aircraft doors, resolving community conflict
and defining a sustainable inner city jobs
But OST is more than just a meeting
methodology - it is also a philosophy and
life practice. Get a taste of what we mean by
joining us as we simultaneously use, and
experience, OST to address an issue or topic
chosen by attendees. Expect this meeting to
provide a new definition of interactivity -
but don't come if you're not willing to
participate and contribute.
the Facilitator, Donna
Founder of Reach the
Top and 2007 President of the Pittsburgh
Coaches Association, Donna is a professional
certified coach, an educator, a professional
lecturer on leadership training, a consultant
on organizational development and human
resource management. She works with key
leaders, professionals in transition, and
individuals who have been successful in their
life's work and now want satisfaction in
their lives. Trained by Marshall Goldsmith
and certified in relationship systems and
team coaching, she has also participated in
Open Space dialogue around executive
coaching, facilitated by Henry Owen, founder
of the Open Space Technology.
Note the different time and place for our
July meeting. We look forward to seeing you
Teleclass Close-up: FREE TELECLASSES
In addition to coaching and speaking, members
of the Pittsburgh Coaches Association conduct
workshops and seminars and for several years
have also conducted teleclasses on a regular
basis. These teleclasses are now held
monthly, and are an opportunity for
Pittsburgh coaches to share some of their
coaching knowledge and experience with
participants, as well as their passion for
helping others to move forward and reach new
Teleclass topics range from sales and
marketing to creating space, leadership, and
finding your dreams, and can help people to
make important changes and take steps to
reach their potential.
Judith A. DePalma, PhD, RN
Judy's coaching has centered on academia and
healthcare settings. In academia her focus is
on junior faculty, doctoral students and
department chairs. She coaches junior faculty
towards the goals of promotion and tenure,
centered on focus, planning and scholarly
activities, especially related to research.
She coaches doctoral students who are having
difficulty progressing in the dissertation
process. She has just begun a focus
Susan M. English, OSB, EdD, CPCC, and Susan
M. English, OSB, EdD, CPCC, on leadership
coaching for academic department chairs and
Another aspect of Judy's coaching is
promotion of the use of evidence as a basis
for decision making for clinicians,
administrators, and educators. The
Evidence-Based Decision Making extends beyond
healthcare with administrators and educators
across all disciplines. She was invited to be
a member of the Evidence-Based Management
Collaboration formed and sponsored by the
Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of
Business and the Heinz School of Public
Policy and Management, Pittsburgh, PA. This
international group is promoting the use of
evidence in the teaching of management and
the decisions made by managers.
Judy earned her PhD in Nursing/Research from
Duquesne University. She has held several
research positions, which include directing a
collaborative research center, managing grant
funding for a non-profit, and coordinating
evidence-based research for a health system.
In all these positions her approach has been
coaching in developing her employees and her
clients. She is currently a tenured Professor
at Slippery Rock University and the Chair of
the Nursing Department.
Judy can be reached at
email@example.com and (412) 498-5417.
Musings - Relationships, by Sharon Eakes
The quality of our relationships
determines the quality of our life.?
Think of three people in your life with whom
you'd like to improve your relationship. Now
ask yourself honestly, "How do I cause
trouble for (each of them)?" That was the
question we started with in a course I took
recently from The Arbinger Institute. And to
me it was a shocking question! I had thought
a lot about how each of them troubled me, but
very little about how I troubled them.
Thinking seriously about this was an
eye-opener. I could actually imagine how my
judgments and sense of superiority probably
The Arbinger model maintains that it's our
"way of being" with people that determines
the quality of the relationship. "Way of
being" is deeper than behavior. Here's what
that means. If we are angry with someone but
act sweet, they are not fooled. If someone
is indifferent to us but feigns interest, we
feel their disinterest.
The recommendation is that we see people -
all people - as people instead of objects.
This includes people we love, people we don't
care for, and people we meet casually, like
clerks or flight attendants.
The Arbinger model suggests that the three
most common ways we treat people like objects
are to see them as:
If we're seeing people as people, we're
recognizing they have hopes and dreams and
burdens of their own, that what they do makes
some kind of sense to them, even if we don't
see it. It means taking the time and making
the effort to listen to them openly, with a
"heart of peace" instead of a "heart of war."
When we have a "heart of peace" toward
someone, we respond to them instead of
resisting or reacting. Relationships in
which we maintain a "heart of peace" are good
even if there are significant differences
between us or we need to say things that are
Our relationship with ourselves is one of the
relationships that helps determine the
quality of our life. If we are always mad at
ourselves or repeatedly do things that are
unhealthy, we are probably seeing ourselves
as objects instead of a person. It seems to
me that seeing our self as a person means
taking care of our self physically,
emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.
Developing and maintaining a "heart of peace"
toward ourselves is important.
The remarkable thing I've noticed is that
when people prioritize relationships, work to
maintain a "heart of peace," when they see
people as people, the rest of their lives
take care of themselves. They are often
highly successful at whatever they do.
(To learn more about the Arbinger model,
read Leadership and Self Deception and
The Anatomy of Peace, books written by
The Arbinger Institute.)
Do you generally see people as objects or as
Name three people with whom you'd like to
improve your relationship
How are you trouble to each of these people?
Do you see any of these people as objects?
Obstacles, vehicles, irrelevancies?
What do you see if you look carefully at each
of them as a person? What are their hopes
and dreams? Their burdens?
What would it mean to have a "heart of peace"
toward each of these people?
What would it mean to have a "heart of peace"
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