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Ellen Melis

Ellen Melis

Ellen Melis is a Certified Executive Coach and Facilitator who delivers her services in English and French. She brings her energy and enthusiasm to her coaching and facilitation. Results-driven, she will ask her clients to step out of their comfort zone to get to where they want to be. She will be a trusted partner along the way, holding clients accountable to their own action planning and growth. Health and Leadership are life-long passions and her personal mission is to empower others to live the life they want to their optimal potential.

Canada lost a charismatic leader in Jack Layton when he died of cancer at the age of 61.

jack laytonAs I listened to the radio and read the personal tributes that come in online – I can piece together his personal leadership legacy. This is not about what he accomplished politically, but who he was as a leader. No matter what your political beliefs, we can learn something from Jack’s personal leadership attributes. Some of these stories and lessons come from his colleagues in government, but many come from the many ordinary Canadians he touched.

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hbrprintlogoGreat leaders develop others. Taking a coach approach with your team changes the way you interact with them and lets you discover what motivates them.

The next time you are looking to empower your staff to move forward, try asking them these great coaching questions to get started:

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barefeet runninShortly after my youngest was born (about 10 years ago), I decided I should try some jogging. After all, it is effective, you can do it anywhere, it’s cheap and 30 minutes packs a real punch (calorie burning-wise). So I went for a little jog around the neighbourhood. My new neighbour saw me, greeted me and asked: “Are you a runner?” I said: “Not really, I just jog bit”. She smiled and said: “Mind if we stretch that?” I was skeptical, but accepted. We started “jogging” together. She suggested we train for a half marathon. I thought she was out of her mind. I did not think I was ever able to do that. “I can’t do that”. I was stuck in my own limiting belief that running a half marathon was for others, for “athletes”. It wasn’t until I decided that I was a “runner “ that I could don the skin of a runner.

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  • Ellen Melis
    Ellen Melis says #
    That is the idea
  • Ellen Melis
    Ellen Melis says #
    Thanks Dominic. You have always been a "runner" to me. That is how you showed up in Victoria and you even made me run those crazy
  • Gary
    Gary says #
    "– I am finishing my first triathlon in June…" You seem to practice what you preach. Nice projection on the 'finishing' statement.

From time to time I will invite guests to write for this blog. I am delighted that my first guest contributor is Bruce Swan, an executive coach with more than 30 years experience as a senior executive. While president and CEO of several health organizations, Bruce used a coach's approach to leadership. Bruce and I team up for the delivery of workshops and coaching services—and on these pages, of course—because different perspectives on leadership allow for more learning and better progress.

By developing coalitions in health care, you can enhance a system’s capacity to integrate services, reduce wait times and increase efficiency.  For such coalitions to work, two ingredients are required:

  1. a common cause or purpose
  2. a trusting relationship among coalition members
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My friend has a very special friendship with her elderly neighbour. While my friend is at work, her neighbour, a spry 87-year old lady, takes her dog on long, happy walks throughout the neighbourhood and parks nearby. The neighbour gets fresh air and exercise, not to mention heaps of canine gratitude. My friend enjoys peace of mind knowing that her dog is in excellent care and she loves hearing about the adventures that her neighbour and dog share.

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  • Cliff Kanto
    Cliff Kanto says #
    This is great stuff, thanks for the excellent reminder Ellen! All the best and be happy! Cliff

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