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 Exactly Is Well-Being?

Everyone agrees that well-being is important, but what exactly is it? New research has identified the fourteen components that make up the good life.

The Big 3 Myths of Cultural Adaptation

By Andy Molinsky Ph.D. on August 12, 2017 in Adaptation
Why your instincts are so often wrong when crossing cultures -- and what you can do about it

An Impactful Change You Can Successfully Make

By Karen L Smith MSS, LCSW on August 11, 2017 in Full Living
You have a voice inside your head narrating your life and actions. Is it kind and supportive? Unless you have made a conscious effort, it is likely mean and hateful.

You Won’t Believe Who Can Help You Relieve Stress

Is even vacation time grueling? A new way of thinking can reduce stress.

Eyes, Feet, Posture, Power: Look Before You Leap

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on July 30, 2017 in Black Belt Brain
Efficient application of the maxim "eyes, feet, posture, power" goes far beyond physical technique, all the way to improving interpersonal interactions and life ambitions.

The Critical Importance of Mentors in the College Transition

Mentoring relationships are incredibly valuable when done right. Here's a vision for how to be an effective mentor and mentee.

The "Professionalization" of Youth Sports

"It's a disgrace what we're doing. We're asking kids to compete to win. Why not ask them to compete to have fun?" Sparky Anderson, Baseball Hall of Fame manager

How to Nurture Authenticity in Your Children

Parents want their children to lead happy lives, but paradoxically this can lead them to push their children in the wrong directions

Change Is Your Natural State of Being

There is a difference between making change and allowing change. Humans are habitual beings who do not like to feel forced into new patterns and behaviors.

How to Have Breakthrough Ideas

By Mark Batey Ph.D. on July 20, 2017 in Working Creativity
Follow these simple steps to master the art (and science) of breakthrough thinking
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Five Things to Look For in a Life Coach

By John Kim, LMFT on July 18, 2017 in The Angry Therapist
Or if you're a life coach, five traits to possess.

Money, Pride, and Injury Risks in Youth Sports

There are too many people focused on making money off of youth sports in the United States, while putting the health and other interests of young athletes at risk.
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How to Change Your False Beliefs

By John Kim, LMFT on June 20, 2017 in The Angry Therapist
How to life coach someone.

25 Great Songs about Following Your Callings

By Gregg Levoy on June 16, 2017 in Passion!
Some beautiful and compelling songs about the fine and fearsome art of following our callings.

When Coaching, Not Talent, Wins

By Steven Berglas Ph.D. on June 13, 2017 in Executive Ego
The Warriors' win holds lessons for every executive, basketball fan or not.

Lessons From Summer Camp

By Mendi Baron on June 13, 2017 in On the Verge
Got a teen or young adult on your couch? Want it back? Helping them find a purpose can go a long way.
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A State of Organizational Grace

By James Bailey Ph.D. on June 11, 2017 in At the Helm
The two most difficult sentences to utter are "I am sorry" and "You are forgiven."
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The Hardest Type of Sessions and How to Turn Them Around

By John Kim, LMFT on June 09, 2017 in The Angry Therapist
Advice for therapists and life coaches.

The 11 Commandments of Criticism

Criticism is a crucial skill, but most of us are fearful of giving it and inept when we do. Here is how to make yourself a productive critic.

Speaking at the Speed of Trust

By Deborah Grayson Riegel MSW on June 05, 2017 in Speak Easy
Have you ever heard a speaker you didn't trust? Here's why, and what you can do to avoid becoming one.

Is It Possible to Teach Yourself to Read Minds?

Why are some people better at reading minds than others? A few simple techniques can help you develop this capability too.

Being Sweet on Your Fitbit

When your Fitbit becomes part of your identity, you’re on the right path to fitness, weight loss, and eternal bliss.

Gutsy Third Person Self-Talk Utilizes Your Vagus Nerve

Excessive first person "self-talk" can increase egocentric bias. That said, using "non-first-person" pronouns and your own name has been found to promote healthy self-distancing.

The Power of Pilgrimage—Part 2: Designing Rites of Passage

By Gregg Levoy on May 23, 2017 in Passion!
Here are some practical tips for designing spiritual journeys—whether retreats, pilgrimages, or vision quests.

How to Touch Him the Way He Likes

Has your partner told you how he likes to be touched? Do you know? Are you sure?

When Discipline Worsens Performance in Competitive Sports

Harsh parenting behaviour burdens the child, hindering performance.

How to Ace The Interview

Stressing About Your Next Job Interview? Six Tips to Help You Ace It!

Swearing Can Boost Strength and Reduce the Sensation of Pain

New research on the benefits of swearing out loud suggests that Mark Twain was right when he said, "Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer.”

The Pros and Cons of Youth Sports Aren’t Only Physical

Are sports helping or hurting your child’s emotional well-being?

The Devil's Downsizing

By Alan Goldman Ph.D. on May 04, 2017 in Transforming Toxic Leaders
Are all downsizings and divorces inherently nasty? Some leaders pretend. Twenty-First Century Aerospace is a dastardly company with a smiley face. Sound familiar? What's your take?