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Q & A with Fran Harris

WNBA champion and Home Rules host Fran Harris talks about going from star athlete to life coach.

How long have you been coaching?
Over 15 years. I actually started coaching kids when I was around 15. During my sophomore year in college, I was invited to speak about building championship teams to a group of executives at a Fortune 100 company. I soon realized that I was doing what's now considered executive coaching. My life coaching practice grew out of those experiences and my 20 years as an elite athlete.


You used to go by America's Inpowerment Expert. Now your title is America's No Excuses Coach. Why the change?
I woke up one day and thought about all the things that I perceived to be missing from my own life and asked myself an important question: What's gotten in the way of you getting or having those things? And the answer was simple: I'd been making excuses. I immediately started an "excuses-busting” program called NMEP (No More Excuses, Period), and I've never looked back.


How has this changed the way you empower others?
I'm able to help clients get the results they desire much faster because I don't accept excuses from them; and in turn, they don't make excuses OR accept them from themselves. It's a very powerful way of living, leading and doing business.


Do you consider yourself a counselor?
No, coaching is different from counseling. I'm a peak potential, relationship and teambuilding expert. All three of these elements are essential to healthy families and successful living. ... I've studied everything from psychology to effective communication to conflict resolution, so I'm very well equipped to help people navigate through their challenges to discover the best solutions .... I consider myself a mirror. I simply show people what they're showing me. And then I put them through the paces to help them get where they want to go.


What are some of the biggest challenges facing today's families?
Complacency is huge. We're all prone to the status quo in all areas of our lives: fitness, relationships, career. So I find that in working with families on the show, the first thing I have to bring to their attention is how complacent they've become ... and how it's hurting their families and relationships.


Are people eager to change?
Absolutely not! People are eager to get to the other side of their pain, but they don't necessarily welcome the journey there. So my unique coaching process gets them to focus on what they want, and from there I keep reminding them of their desired outcomes as we do the work together.


You’re asking people to take a hard look at themselves.
... Just honestly. The truth changes everything, so when I walk into a home or a company, I first listen to their stories (and excuses), and then I tell them what I view as their biggest hurdles. From there I prescribe a plan that often includes challenges that stretch them beyond known limits. This always means telling them things they don't want to hear, which never makes me the most popular girl in the room, but honestly, I care so deeply about the work that I do that I'm willing to endure a few stink-eyes and silent treatments if it means these families are transformed. And they always are.


How are you enjoying Home Rules?
I LOVE this show. I really do. It's the perfect fit for my talent, abilities and passion. Every family is different and presents a unique challenge for me as a coach. It's like having to solve a puzzle with a running clock, which feels very organic for me since I'm an athlete. We only have one week to renovate their homes and get them back on track with their lives. What I don't like is that we only have one week to do everything. These families need ongoing training and conditioning to rebuild their lives, and even though the week I'm with them always results in major breakthroughs, I still wish I could work with them for longer periods.


For more on Fran, visit www.FranHarris.com

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