Leadership versus Management



In a recent training I was asked how leadership differs from management.

Well for a start, it’s personal.


There is little difference between who you are as a person and who you are as a professional.


As a leader you bring your whole self to work and are adept at managing all different aspects of yourself. Leadership is not just a mental challenge, it’s also emotional and physical.


 Do you know what kind of a leader you wish to be?


Are you able to identify what’s going on and distinguish which areas you need to develop?


Do you know your limits and move through your activities with productive energy and enthusiasm, even when you’ re being tested?


Who benefits when you take the time to clarify your leadership role?


How can you best lead change, your stakeholders, your team, yourself?                   




The Art & Science of HAPPINESS




INVEST in your teams, INSPIRE them, INFLAME them… CLICK HERE


“Life can show up no other way than that way in which you perceive it.”
– Neale Donald Walsch

Positive Feedback


Have you considered upgrading your skills with one of our popular workshops?  Consider these comments from our workshop participants:

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“”I think 2 trainers maintain interest and energy. It was a lot of information and a great introduction to the area of coaching.”

“”Great supportive working atmosphere. Really useful.””

“”I really enjoy the pairwork, being able to use the tools and at many times experiencing an “aha” moment.”

“”I particularly liked the trainers and their approach!””

“”The trainers were always willing to spontaneously answer questions or comment on statements they probably didn’t have on their agenda.””

“”I will definitely recommend this course to all trainer friends I want to support.””


Business coaching/Training


Pioneered by the research of Barbara Frederickson, the theory of “Build-and-Broaden” shows that positive emotions increase the number of potential behavioural options. When this is applied in the workplace, it is clear that focusing upon strengths yields much greater performance and results. At The Coach Approach, we encourage you to heed the advice shared by Peter Drucker:

“Waste as little effort as possible on improving areas of low competence. Concentration should be on areas of high competence and high skill. It takes far more energy and far more work to improve from incompetence to low mediocrity than it takes to improve from first-rate performance to excellence. And yet most people, and equally most teachers and most organisations, try to concentrate on making an incompetent person into a low mediocrity. The energy and resources – and time – should instead go into making a competent person into a star performer.”

PCC x 2



In May 2017 we proudly celebrate our double PCC credentialing from the ICF. Valerie has joined Anna with the rank of Professional Certified Coach. Feel free to contact us for your professional workplace needs …

PCC x 2 = an amazingly powerful team to support you in The Coach Approach!!

The Power of HABIT



Want to improve your professional and/or personal life? It all boils down to replacing bad habits with ones that produce a positive result instead. In his book entitled The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg presents us with a simple 3-part equation: Cue (what triggers the old behaviour?); Routine (the actions taken); and Reward (:-)). And to change the outcome we must keep the cue, provide the same reward and insert a new routine. Try this out and let us know your results!

What is better, and what else is better?


Work time                                      Play time

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What is good? Being invited to consult at McGill University, Montreal as they explore how to set up a coaching culture.

What is better? Being invited to be involved in the process.

What else is better? Enjoying both the stimulating work environment and the stunning natural environment.

Question to self-coachers:

  • What is good?
  • What is  better?
  • And what else is better?
  • What did you contribute?
  • Where are you now on a scale from 1-10?
  • How can you support yourself in keeping up with those changes?

Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities.Seize good occasions and make them better, and even better…..

(Anna here, enjoying being back in Montreal, working again with Valerie on amazing projects)





As the sun rises over Montréal …



… so Anna and Valerie rise to the exciting challenge of consulting at McGill University:

  • leadership development
  • interpersonal communication
  • competency development
  • performance enhancement
  • professional goal attainment

The Coach Approach consulting services explores issues from the unique perspective of your personal requirements – contact us!

Montreal, here we come!


imgresOctober 2016 will see us presenting at McGill University.

The Coach Approach currently offers popular workshops on a wide variety of subjects, customized to your needs!

Contact us for further details – and keep the dialogue going on creating the conditions where we can all thrive!

Anna here: am so excited to be back in Montreal with Valerie, this time offering Experiential Workshops at the prestigious McGill University on topics that we know you are passionate about,

  • The Coach Approach – a firm Corporate Favourite for Developing a Feedback Culture
  • Stress Management –  How to Adopt a Stress-Resilient Lifestyle
  • Assertiveness – How to Stand Up for Yourself at Work and in Business
  • Positive Psychology –  A Positive Process for Change

Can you afford to not attend?

Calling all leaders!

Business coaching/Training, Life coaching, Positive Psychology

Science of Happiness

Research has proved it once again: your actions can have a significant effect on your happiness and satisfaction with life. Whether it be in the area of personal mastery and leadership or leading a team at work, here are proven ways to increase your wellness and thrive! Click here to download the poster “10 Things Science Says Will Make You Happy”.