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

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 The Sports Mind
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.

Why People May Not Want Your Advice

By Rob Kendall on June 14, 2015 in Blamestorming
Many of us are addicted to offering our solutions and pearls of wisdom at the slightest opportunity. So often our advice is well intended but unwelcome. Over time this can cause our friends, family and colleagues to stop communicating with us.

Creating the Vision of Your Next Best Life

By Angie Hallier on June 12, 2015 in Life After Divorce
Create a vision of the life you want to live after the divorce is over.

Could This Be the One Real Secret to Self Motivation?

By Karl Albrecht Ph.D. on June 11, 2015 in BrainSnacks
Maybe the perpetually cynical, pessimistic individual is simply accessing older evolutionary brain patterns. And maybe the optimistic, “can-do” person has learned to access a newer, more versatile set of brain resources.

The Joy Of Giving

By Allison Carmen on June 05, 2015 in The Gift of Maybe
When we can release our expectations and help another person with the pure intention of just giving, it can be one of the most thrilling aspects of our lives, even when we get nothing in return. As Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”

LeBron James, the Underdog?

By Mark Travers Ph.D. on June 04, 2015 in The Sports Mind
On the eve of the NBA finals, people are finding reason to like LeBron more than ever before.

The Perfect Graduation Gift: A Coat for All Seasons!

What is the one gift that can help your kids to succeed? The best part about it --- it's free!

Five Steps to Improve Your Listening and Empowerment

Five Steps to Improve Your Listening and Empowerment: How to get your direct reports to quickly tell you what they need from you, so both of you feel more effective. The Managers' Misstep and the VIVID tool are both explained.

The #1 Rule for How to Inspire Passion in Others

By Gregg Levoy on May 25, 2015 in Passion!
For anyone in a position of leadership or stewardship—whether you're a parent or teacher, minister or manager, performer or politician, this much is certain: your passion is critical to their engagement.

Conversation with a Mother about Sleep Training her Baby

Dear Dr., I need help! I have a lovely 11 month old baby girl and my husband and I both work full-time… I resorted to sleep coaching recently… I am afraid that we have already done irreparable damage to our sweet baby.

The Long Hot Pressure: Cool it With Micro-Successes

It is hard to stay motivated for the long run but easier if you take this suggestion.

Remembering Frederic Hudson

Entering the Wardrobe and Falling Into a Rabbit Hole: a fortuitous invitation

Are Umpires Racist?

By Mark Travers Ph.D. on May 21, 2015 in The Sports Mind
Umpires call more strikes for pitchers of their own race. Fact or fiction?

The Psychology of Getting Back in the Batter’s Box

Want to learn about building resilience? Developing team values? Developing a positive identity? Little League baseball has got all of this and more.

Back Door Man: Confessions of an Executive Coach

An organization denies a hired Executive Coach access to troubled leader's workplace despite conflict that has resulted in filed grievances, pending lawsuits and threats to the company brand. Can a consultant work with a leader in isolation? Provide diagnosis and treatment separate and apart from his workplace and battlefield? Enter the world of coach as a back door man.

The Three Core Tactics That Result In Better Leadership

“Leadership”…the word conjures up visions of boardrooms, strategies being implemented, and big ideas coming to fruition. Well, the reality for many leaders is much more mundane because they find themselves lacking the time to expand their focus on the bigger picture and opportunities. We have found that three simple actions can free up the critical time...

Digital Weight Loss (Part 1): Diet Apps

There are many apps designed to help people lose weight. The bad news is that it takes more than a cool app to do so. Weight loss is about sustainable behavior change and it requires emotional and cognitive commitment. The good news is that apps are, in fact, very cool tools that can provide motivation, structure and feedback to get you started and keep you on track.

Tom Brady Broke the Rules, But Don't We All?

By Mark Travers Ph.D. on May 14, 2015 in The Sports Mind
Before we tie Tom Brady to the whipping post, perhaps we should think about the times we bent, finessed, or massaged the rules for our own benefit.

Don't Curb Your Enthusiasm

Are you coming home tired and beat? Are you feeling pressure 24/7? Then apply an ET to feel better!