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Get to Know Benjamin Papa, PRA Partner Coach & Former Attorney

Benjamin Papa became an organizational health consultant after 18 years of practicing law and mediation. While working as an attorney, he co-founded a group that led trainings and workshops for lawyers and other professionals across the country. Ben specializes in coaching leadership teams and individual executives. He believes coaching, building high performing teams, and facilitating interactive workshops comprise the “three-legged …

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International Coaching Week Day 5: What is the most significant outcome of coaching?

Coaching, at its best, generates profound transformation. As an ontological coach who studied at Newfield Network, I always start with examining the client’s “Observer,” the way a person fundamentally experiences the world. Ontological coaching uses the “OAR model”, which implies that the kind of Observer we are drives the Actions we take, which leads to our life Results. If we …

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International Coaching Week Day 4: What does team coaching look like?

The demand for quality coaches has never been higher, and leaders who experience the impact of coaching seek the same process for their teams. Team coaching is different from its one-on-one cousin in some fundamental respects, but many elements are the same. Here’s how it’s similar: Contracting is the foundation of impact. Understanding problems the team seeks to address is …

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International Coaching Week Day 3: How should I choose a coach?

Finding the right coach can be fun, and also difficult if you don’t know where to start. The International Coaching Federation (ICF) has a helpful page on its website that addresses how to begin. These are a few of my favorite tips: Know where to go. Because most of my business is built on referrals, I’m a believer in word …

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International Coaching Week Day 2: What can I expect from coaching?

As we continue celebrating International Coaching Week, let’s discuss another frequently asked question: what can clients expect from coaching? One of the fundamental tenets of professional coaching is to approach each engagement, session and question with “the beginner’s mind” – the assumption that the coach knows nothing and is listening with fresh ears every time. We combine this blank slate …

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International Coaching Week Day 1: What is coaching?

Professional coaching is a relatively young field and narrowly understood. This week is International Coaching Week, so it’s the perfect time to answer common coaching questions, including what it is and how it helps leaders reach their full potential.  Coaching is experiencing a moment of great growth, as evidenced by the International Coaching Federation’s (ICF)  2020 Global Coaching Report Executive …

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Get to Know Jackie Hodgins, PRA Partner Coach & Experienced Human Resources Leader

Jackie is an executive coach, organizational development consultant, and facilitator with more than 25 years’ experience helping leaders reach their potential. She has a diverse work history and has held positions in human resources, learning & development, program management, facilitation, and business operations. She is currently an HR leader for a Fortune 500 company. The transformative nature of her experience …

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How Roles and Responsibilities Differ Among Boards for Venture-Capital-Owned, Family-Owned, and Entrepreneur-Owned Companies

Key takeaways from the Nashville Chapter of the Private Directors Association virtual panel   Boards have been on my mind a lot recently. Currently, I serve as a Director of a family-owned company, and have previously served on the boards of a couple of start-ups. Fiduciary board service is both spectacular fun and great responsibility. On the joyful side, you get …