Michael Marx | Finding the Courage to Blaze New Trails

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When we become successful; when we have reached our goals; when we become masters of our trade; when we become leaders…we often tend to try to give advice to those in our sphere of influence. Our guest today, Christian business and life coach and author Michael Marx teaches us that the decision-making parts of the brain actually shut down when one is receiving advice. Alternatively, he sees creativity and courage thrive when team members are presented with several options and asked, “What works best for you?”

Michael teaches us a vital characteristic of a true leader or coach – leading with humility.  He states that the key to building effective relationships is a high level of trust.  This is accomplished with a core value of respect: put the other person first.  Additionally, trust that he or she really can come up with good solutions.

“…no judgment works; any judgment inhibits”Michael Marx

Michael emphasizes two key signs that you are becoming judgmental: you don’t wait your turn to talk and you give unsolicited advice. We need to guard against these behaviors not only as leaders and mentors but also in our relationships with our family and friends.

“It is all about empowering people to believe in themselves. It takes the leader saying ‘I believe in you and what you do is going to be good, and you will not fail because we are here to support you.’ “Michael Marx

Michael has found that an atmosphere of support and trust is paramount in overcoming fears of failure, embarrassment, and loss. We need to be accepting of our own flaws and imperfections so that we can help others accept the imperfect and realize when an outcome is “good enough.”  In these ways, we will help them have the courage to blaze new trails. 

What You Will Learn:

  • How to build trust in order to lead effectively
  •  How to support your team so they are unafraid of failure
  • The role that core values play in moving a person to take action
  • Why coaching must be a “no judgment” zone
  • How to encourage innovation and courage in your team



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Michael J. Marx, EdD is the Founder of Blazing New Trails Coaching. He is a sought-after business and life coach for those who want to explore new directions. Michael’s purpose is to be a catalyst and his greatest joy is seeing people move from having a stalled life to a dynamic one. Michael holds the Professional Certified Coach credential (ICF), the Professional Certified Christian Coach credential (CCNI) as well as being a Certified Professional Life Coach (PCCI). He brings more than two decades of experience in teaching, coaching, and mentoring in an international arena. Michael is also the Immediate Past President of the Christian Coaches Network International and serves as the leader of the International Coaching Federation (ICF) Ethics Community of Practice. In 2016 he published his book, Ethics and Risk Management for Christian Coaches. He lives at 8162 feet in the mountains of Colorado with his wife Joy and a dozen sled dogs.

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