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

How to Turn the Voice of No into the Voice of Yes

By Gregg Levoy on August 24, 2015 in Passion!
There are just as many reasons to say “No” to passions and personal growth as there are to say “Yes.” Here's how to turn that around.

When Parents and Adolescent Get Stuck in a Hard Place

One trap for parents and teenager when in a hard place with each other is to think hard thoughts and feel hard feelings. By doing so, matters get worse. To make them better it helps to violate negative predictions and disempower feelings from influencing decisions.

Still Procrastinating? Here's Why!

Have you been procrastinating a little too much? Have been putting off your goals for a little too long? Most of us do, and here's why.

Making Things Fun Again

By Bernard L. De Koven on August 17, 2015 in On Having Fun
When people contact me about making their lives fun again, they at least remember fun, but they don't remember how they can make things fun again.

America's Infatuation with Jim Harbaugh

By Billi Gordon Ph.D. on August 16, 2015 in Obesely Speaking
While other college coaches are busy strategizing to win football games, Jim Harbaugh is conquering a nation without trying.

The 7 Habits of Highly Ineffective People

You learned the habits of highly effective people. But are some of your habits making you ineffective?

Eight Questions to Kill the Negative Voice Inside Your Head

Discover why negative self-talk happens and how to overcome it with eight simple questions.

Fun Coaching

By Bernard L. De Koven on August 10, 2015 in On Having Fun
Just talking about fun is fun, and healing.

The Courage to Be Shaken Up

By Gregg Levoy on August 05, 2015 in Passion!
On the path to a passionate life, fear that's not faced will lodge itself between your intentions and your achievements. Here's how to work with it.

47 Tips For Public Speaking

By Judy Carter on August 04, 2015 in Stress Is a Laughing Matter
Want to get paid to speak? Here are 47 tips, ideas, and insights I've compiled from some of the most successful speakers today that will help grow your business...

Tom Brady, Difficult Conversations & Dr Hank

We all have them but none of us like them. Now you have a game plan.

Serving Your Self-Interest for Good

By Kathy Cramer Ph.D. on July 29, 2015 in Lead Positive
Find out from renowned women's success coach why navigating the politics of an organization is critical to getting promoted.

The Missing Link in Personal Growth

By Gregg Levoy on July 20, 2015 in Passion!
Real passion has real staying power. It's not just about exuberance, but stamina. Here's an inside look at the precious commodity of patience, and the role it plays in our unfoldment.

"Team Coaching"—Transforming Aspiration to Inspiration

By Solange Charas on July 20, 2015 in The CEO Whisperer
Does team coaching work? Here's an account of the meteoric rise of the YHS resulting from their team assessment and coaching from Dr. Solange Charas.

Personal Intelligence: Are You Using Yours?

You've heard a lot about emotional intelligence. Now there's a new kid on the block.

Fixing Tiger Woods' Trainwreck

Maybe instead of trying to dominate the world as he one could, Tiger could invoke the image of his father a la Field of Dreams to "have a catch" with him as he's on the course.

What Are the Qualities of Competent Coaches?

“A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment.” John Wooden, legendary UCLA basketball coach

The Power of Questioning in Sport Coaching

The coaching process continues to evolve. It appears that coaches are increasingly incorporating questioning into their training sessions. This article examines some of the potential benefits of such an approach.

10 Best Career Advice Websites

By Brad Waters on July 01, 2015 in Design Your Path
Need career advice? Here are 10 of my favorite career websites for 2015.

Is High Self-Esteem Bad for You?

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on June 28, 2015 in A Sideways View
Research suggests that the belief that bolstering self-esteem leads to many positive psychological and behavioural consequences may be misguided. Indeed it could have seriously unintended consequences and make matters worse

Ways to Push Past Creative Burnout

How to reignite passion when the flame has burned out? Talking to life/career coaches about burnout.

Overinvolved Parent of the Week: P Diddy

By John Tauer Ph.D. on June 23, 2015 in Goal Posts
Sean "Diddy" Combs allegedly attacks UCLA football coach after son's practice

How to Kick Fatigue? Try Science’s New “3-Day” Rule

By Mark Travers Ph.D. on June 23, 2015 in Social Instincts
Three days of post-workout recovery may be the optimal time needed to return to top form.

Where Training Fails

By Donna Flagg on June 23, 2015 in Office Diaries
Behaviors and knowledge need to be separated for training programs to work.

Good Pain, Bad Pain: Can You Tell the Difference?

There comes a day when you realize what you really need is a babysitter, coach, therapist or a bootcamp.

Landing Interviews But Not Job Offers? 20 Possible Problems

By Brad Waters on June 19, 2015 in Design Your Path
"Help, I'm getting interviews but no job offers! What's wrong with me?" What to do when a foot in the door isn't getting you far enough.

Why Your Organization's Problems Need a Story

The solution of a problem is not always the resolution. Using the structure of story highlights when the resolution has been missed even after the planned actions. Resolve to solve your problems to the real 'happy ending.'

Dyslexia Doesn't Have to Hold You Back

Dyslexia doesn't have to hold you back. In our research, we found that adults with dyslexia used their strengths in visual working memory to focus their attention.

Intuitive Decision Making

You make a lot of bad decisions because you don't follow Mother Nature's decision protocol.

Grown-Up Summer Camp

Intensive, immersive programs provide us with the opportunity to increase particular skills over a short period of time. To make full use of these programs, we can prepare intentionally, absorb as much as possible during the program, and take time to reflect and learn afterward.