Understanding Coaching

Behind every successful man or woman is...a coach? While CEOs call the shots that keep the company afloat, executive coaches work to keep the CEOs themselves in seafaring shape. Overstressed managers are increasingly turning to coaches to avoid burnout and maximize their chances of success. Although the investment may pay off, proceed with caution: many coaches don't have a psychology background.

Recent Posts on Coaching

What Do We Love About Sports?

What makes sports so captivating?

Are Athletes Good Role Models?

Being a sport superstar doesn’t automatically qualify a person to be a role model. What are the credentials for the job?

Routine, Grit, and Vision

Establishing simple, repeatable, and mundane routines set you up for a life of adventure in everything. Small steps, big rewards.

Unique Musical "Chairs"

What training opportunities exist for professional musicians who want to incorporate knowledge and skills in performance psychology? Where might they go to augment their expertise, whether as a professor, a licensed mental health practitioner with a specialty niche, or a mental skills coach for other musicians?

"Why Die All Tensed Up?"

The Fighter Weapons School is the Air Force equivalent to the Navy's "Top Gun," of movie fame. A statement posted by one of the instructors on the bulletin board recommended against hypervigilance.

Simple Ways to Be More Present in Our Everyday Lives

By Brad Waters on April 14, 2015 in Design Your Path
Developing a more present-focused life by showing up fully for our everyday routines.

10 Things I Didn't Know About Jackie Robinson

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on April 14, 2015 in Black Belt Brain
No matter how his life is viewed or evaluated, Jackie Robinson had and continues to have a beneficial and tangible impact on baseball, society, and beyond.

Navigating Through Your Divorce

By Angie Hallier on April 14, 2015 in Life After Divorce
Steps towards coping with divorce

Should You Become a Counselor or a Coach?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 12, 2015 in How To Do Life
An internal debate to elucidate the issues.

Alienated Grandparents

Alienated grandparents suffer tremendous loss and emotional suffering.

Selling the Couch: The Business of Psychotherapy

The business side of private practice is something that eludes many, if not most, mental health professionals. As an outgrowth of his practice, Philadelphia-area psychologist Melvin Varghese has created an iTunes podcast called Selling the Couch, which is an on-going series of interviews with thought leaders in practice building, marketing and social media.

You Want Couple’s Counseling But Your Partner Does Not

By Suzanne Gelb Ph.D., J.D. on April 08, 2015 in All Grown Up
“Should I still come to counseling to work on my relationship if my partner won’t come? Maybe I should just give up. We’re doomed, right?” I hear this type of question quite often. It’s unfortunate, but often the partner who really needs counseling refuses to show up. Still, my answer to anyone wondering, “Should I get counseling even if my partner won't come?" is... Yes.

The Monk Chat from Thailand

Sitting with a young monk in Chiang Mai yields eons of wisdom on what holds us back from life and ourselves and what to do about it.

Pressure & The Final Four

If you're going to bet on The Final Four, you best read this first!

Life's a Bitch, Or Is It?

When things appear to be going wrong, it pays to review our hopes and expectations; alternatively to find consolation in an adorable pet - like Dilly!

Social Challenges of Children With ADHD (Part 2)

“Parental friendship coaching” may be an important key to helping children with ADHD address their social challenges.

Success Secrets: How to Get Your Toughest Questions Answered

By Brad Waters on April 01, 2015 in Design Your Path
Unable to move ahead in your career because you can't find the advice you need? Five intriguing new websites put answers to your toughest questions right at your fingertips.

12 Things That Make Bosses Want to Get Rid of an Employee

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 01, 2015 in How To Do Life
Do you do something likely to put you on your employer's chopping block?

Discover the Joy of Missing Out

Turn down the noise from our wired world to reconnect with your true self and your true life.

7 Secrets of Happy Couples

We all want loving and successful relationships but we don't all know how to achieve them! Research shows that certain ways of being together can create the glue that holds your relationship intact for the long haul. Read about some things you can do right now to make your relationship happier and healthier.

Protective Parenting an Adolescent

With all the media attention devoted to adolescents getting in trouble, getting hurt, and getting killed, it's hard for parents not to worry about their teenager and to act restrictively in her or her defense. However, the best protection parents can provide is self-management preparation for safely functioning in a hazardous world.

Looking for a Partner? The Four Buckets, Part 2

Look for like or love in a different way.

9 Warning Signs of Burnout

Burnout has been described as the biggest occupational hazard of the twenty-first century. Educating busy professionals and workplaces about its warning signs is a big first step in reducing its impact.

The Quiet Advocate Behind Thriving Youth

All youth need supportive adult relationships beyond their parents—mentors who believe in them and their potential. Are you a mentor to young people? Learn how to foster their success.

Are You a Free-Range Parent? You Should Be

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on March 23, 2015 in The Power of Prime
Children need to have the freedom to explore their worlds on their own without parents acting like helicopters, always hovering around to "protect" them for the apparently dangerous world in which they now. Yet, our children are fenced in, literally and metaphorically, almost every moment of every day.

Pressure: Meet The Villain

Pressure downgrades your "cognitive success tools," compromises your ethics, makes you a damaging parent, and can destroy your marriage. You'd be wise to learn how to manage pressure.

Adolescent Excellence and Managing High Expectations

When parents either support or encourage their teenager to have high personal performance expectations, they also need to provide guidance about how to manage their feelings when these outcomes are not met, as will sometimes occur.

New Study Suggests Key to Managing Millennials

By Victor Lipman on March 17, 2015 in Mind of the Manager
Research indicates the answer lies in one word: coaching.

Boss: ‘You Suck.’ Now What?

Boss to You: "You Suck." Now What??!!

Refiring Your Organization

Here's how innovative programs for older workers can solve America's executive brain drain.