Issue 48

UTD Coaching News

From the Director of Executive Coaching

Summer is usually a time to slow down in the academic world, but not for the UT Dallas Organizational Behavior and Coaching program. We are recruiting our fall coaching cohort now and receiving great interest – as usual. Our Healthcare Organization Leadership MS degree is starting another cohort in the Fall with the bulk of the students coming from Texas Health Resources. Finally, we are moving closer to having our online consulting certificate ready to go. It will be a self-paced certificate for those who wish to refine their consulting skills in order to complement their coaching skills. I’ll keep you all informed of the progress and the kickoff date.

I’ve been asked to share a few ideas from a book that I am currently writing titled “Coaching as a Leadership Style.” So from time-to-time I will include a brief idea about coaching, at the risk of sounding somewhat sophomoric due to the brevity of the thought.

As coaches we know that being supportive is a key ingredient in building an effective coaching relationship. But remember that challenge is an equally important element. Challenging a person to self-reflect about what they want, how they’re going to get it, and what they need to commit to in order to achieve their goals is an important role for the coach – even if the client feels a little uncomfortable in the process. However, challenge is not confrontation. Challenge is used to help and encourage, while confrontation is used to dominate.

That’s it for now. We welcome your comments and suggestions for future articles.

Best regards,
Robert Hicks, PhD
Clinical Professor
Director, Organizational Behavior & Coaching Program
University of Texas at Dallas


You cannot consistently perform in a manner which is inconsistent with the way you see yourself.”
― Zig Ziglar

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