Coaching For Leaders

I find it inspiring when a leader steps out the boardroom to ask some brave, bold questions.

  • How can I be a better leader?
  • How can I serve the team more effectively?
  • How can I bring out the best in others?

And when confronted with those questions I say, “Hell ya, let’s dig in!”

This past week, the EDGE3 Team spent a glorious day at Gairloch Gardens in Oakville with a variety of leaders for our “Coaching For Leaders” program. Our secret sauce for exploring leadership potential is powerful content and thought provoking questions in a nature-inspired setting. Albert Einstein said it best, “Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better,” and this is exactly what happened with this special group of leaders.

We were surrounded by lush gardens, blue skies and flowing water, and the setting helped take the group’s thinking to a whole new level. Time in nature clears our pre-frontal cortex from the complexity of our day to day lives and unleashes our thinking to newfound possibilities. Yes, there is a science behind our brain on nature, but there is also an unspoken magic that we can’t quite put our finger on. We asked the leaders their thoughts on nature and coaching and here’s what they said…

  • When I am close to water, it reminds me to go with the flow and not be as rigid
  • As I sit under the trees, I feel connected and a more grounded version of myself
  • The sun helps me focus on positive thoughts and illuminates the path ahead
  • Being outdoors somehow activates my altruistic and empathetic side
  • Under the open sky I feel the limitless possibility without feeling the roof over my head
  • Reflecting by the water brings an inner peace and distills the learning from the day

So, it appears that nature can be our greatest teacher and can lead to a greater sense of confidence and clarity; two of the most important components of being a great leader.

Unclear about your next steps as a leader? Coming soon we’ll repeat “Coaching for Leaders” and we’ll be launching Part 2 as well. Location is to be determined, but rest assured it will be a beautiful outdoor setting and they’ll be some tough questions along the way!

Drop us a line to find out more.


David Graham and the EDGE3 Team develop good leaders who want to be great leaders. What growing EDGE would you like to explore to become a more effective leader?


Toronto Leaders Recognized for Coaching Excellence

Check out the press release here!:
Toronto Leaders Recognized for Coaching Excellence



The Prism Award Luncheon at International Coach Federation Toronto Chapter Conference


The Lumency Tribe finds out about The Prism Award at their All Agency Meeting



David Graham works with leaders to build high performing, super-focused teams. What skill would you like to develop with your team?


EDGE3 Book Club – High Performing Habits

Got a High Performing Team? Here’s a great book to elevate their game.

As part of the leadership development package that we offer our clients we design workshops using the best personal development books on the market. It gives teams great new skills and it serves as a bonding experience to create greater team cohesion.

A team that learns together, grows together

The latest book that we have shared with our clients is High Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard, who has been coaching high performers for over 20 years. He explores questions such as: “Why do some people accelerate their success more quickly and are able to sustain it over time? Why are some happier during the journey towards mastery? And what motivates them in the first place?

His findings? High Performance is not linked to a typical type of person, but rather to a specific group of habits—6 as a matter of fact. These are: Clarity, Energy, Necessity, Productivity, Influence, & Courage. Ongoing commitment to each of these habits drives performance and puts us in the right frame of mind to get there.

“Live. Love. Matter.” – Brendan Burchard

If you are asking yourself, “Where do I land in on the scale of High Performers?” go online and take the quiz @

Here are the HP6 and some context from the author:

  • Seek Clarity: “It’s about how you think about tomorrow and what you do to stayed connected with what matters today.”
  • Generate Energy: “To stay on your A game, you’ll need to actively care for your mental stamina, physical energy, and positive emotions in very specific ways.”
  • Raise Necessity: “It’s about always knowing your why and stoking that fire all the time so you feel the needed drive or pressure to get at it.”
  • Increase Productivity: “High performers are more productive and yet also happier, less stressed, and more rewarded over the long term.”
  • Develop Influence: “Influence is not about feeling like you are giving more than others; it’s about feeling like your efforts are making an impact.”
  • Demonstrate Courage: “Express your ideas, take bold actions, and stand up for yourself and others, even in the face of fear, uncertainty, threat or changing conditions.”

Reading these, you may find yourself a little overwhelmed. Our coaches can facilitate a workshop or provide you with a learning guide to help you and your team to focus on one habit a time and break it down into an action plan.

Here’s one final word of advice to high performers. Avoid falling into the “never enough” trap. Burchard reminds us to shift our focus from “How do I achieve more?” to “How would I like to live?”

Strive towards a bigger, bolder version of yourself, but let the joy of the journey
be part of the goal.



David Graham works with leaders to build high performing, super-focused teams. What skill would you like to develop with your team?


Journaling: How to Create Your Own Map for Success

Typically, when we meet with new clients, we provide journals and some thought provokers to help encourage the first step in the self-discovery process. In our EDGE3 blogs, I’ve talked about the journaling I do. I’ve found that not only does journaling help me get my thoughts out and to reflect on things, I also refer back to it for a variety of reasons: for inspiration, when goal setting, and to gain clarity or a shift in perspective. This makes my journal a helpful tool—a map of my thoughts, if you will.

So, how do you get started using a journal as a support tool for your success?

The first step is to pick a time during the day when you won’t feel rushed. It could be before bed or perhaps in the morning – whatever works for YOU.

Next, choose a comfortable location and surround yourself with some of your favourite things; a soft blanket, feel good music, maybe a great cup of coffee, tea or a glass of wine.

And now it’s time to dive in. If success is your focus, take a break from your “To Do” list, and take a look at your “What I’ve Done” list! Examine your what’s worked well in the past, and build on the momentum.

Here are some thought provokers to start your journey:

• What’s my version of success?
• Who are my heroes & role models?
• What are the traits that I admire in the people I respect the most?

• What personal traits make me proud?
• What was my proudest moment?
• What have my big achievements been to date?

• What skills have contributed to my success?
• Where have I been most successful?

• If failing weren’t a possibility, what would I do?
• Where do I want to be in 6 months? 1 year? 5 years?

• What’s holding me back?
• What do I need to let go of to move forward?

• What is one small step that I can take today?

Committing time to check in with yourself and to record your thoughts will help you to fine tune and focus toward the goals you set for yourself.

Need a hand with the process? We have a complimentary EDGE3 journal and a ½ hour coaching session for the first 10 people who contact us.

Happy Journaling!


David Graham works with good leaders who want to become spectacular leaders. He also works with leaders to build high performing, super-focused teams.