How Coaching Works: Appreciative Inquiry

Watch How Coaching Works: A Short Movie Ten years ago, we released a movie titled “How Coaching Works” as a way to explain coaching, using an animated cartoon. Now viewed over 1.5 million times, this blog series aims to share the psychological underpinnings of the cartoon. Tell me about your day yesterday.  Really – take a […]


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Here’s an important question for you…

Does coaching improve health? This is an important question for 160+ million people in the US, and multiples of that number globally, who have a health risk or chronic condition that can be improved by health-giving habits of mind and body. It’s also an important question for doctors and healthcare providers, leaders, employers, healthcare systems, […]


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The Transformational Power of Story

I recently presented at the annual conference of The Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine – held in Auckland (Tāmaki-makau-rau) New Zealand (Aotearoa). It was a brilliant time not just of learning but of connection and friendship with our brother and sister health and wellness professionals. On the morning of the final day of the conference, […]


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How Coaching Works: A Script

Watch HOW COACHING WORKS: A SHORT MOVIE  A decade ago, we released a movie titled “How Coaching Works” as a way to explain coaching using an animated cartoon. This blog series aims to share the psychological underpinnings of the cartoon. This second blog in the series  is a simplified script for the coach and client […]


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How Coaching Works: A Coach’s Commentary

Watch How Coaching Works: A Short Movie Ten years ago, we released a movie titled “How Coaching Works” as a way to explain coaching, using an animated cartoon. Now viewed over 1.5 million times, this blog series aims to share the psychological underpinnings of the cartoon. The first blog provides insight into the approaches used […]


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From Therapist to Coach

by Simon Matthews, DipIBLM FASLM M Hlth Sc Newcastle MAPS, Cert IV Fitness Reflections on the Journey from one discipline to another… So before you read any further, I think it’s only fair to tell you that this process of moving from Therapist to Coach is in train for me – I don’t want you to read […]


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Mirrors: Reflections on Coaching Supervision

by Sam Magill, Wellcoaches Faculty, MCC, MBA When I was ten years old, I was given a 3 inch reflecting telescope. That’s the kind in which a concave mirror focuses light, bounces it into a series of mirrors and ultimately into the eye piece. I could see the moon as if I was holding it […]


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We’ve come a long way baby…

Positive psychology and coaching psychology are growing up together. Let’s flash back 20 years to the birth of Wellcoaches and the launch of the health and wellness coaching industry. That was also the time when a new science of happiness, virtue, and optimal functioning —named positive psychology — was called for by Martin Seligman and […]


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The Road Paved with Good Intentions

This month at the Institute of Coaching we featured a literature meta-analysis and a scientific webinar by Siegfried Greif on the theory and application of “implementation intentions.” Before we discuss the theory and the meta-analysis, let’s consider the nature of “intention.” The wisdom of the inadequacy of intentions goes back a long way – the proverb – the road […]


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Lifestyle and Life Expectancy

Lifestyle and Life Expectancy: Five Factors to Minimize Health Risks An international team of scientists just released an original research article, “Impact of Healthy Lifestyle Factors on Life Expectancies in the US Population” published April 30, 2018 in Circulation1. The abstract for this important paper is available at: http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/early/2018/04/25/CIRCULATIONAHA.117.032047 This international team from the US, […]


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