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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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Coaching is the new leadership

Executive or leadership coaching is now an every-day activity in the life of many leaders, helping them grow and develop beyond what they can do without an expert facilitator of change. The now-common experience of coaching impact on leaders is igniting interest in learning coaching skills, pioneered in the book Leader as Coach twenty years […]


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A+ by Wellcoaches in National Examination

In September, 345 Wellcoaches coaches walked into computer testing sites nationwide and completed the national board certification examination for health and wellness coaches (NBC-HWC). All had studied diligently, pouring in their best efforts. Some weathered hurricanes or their aftermath to be there. Most completed a Wellcoaches exam preparation course steeped in our love of coaching […]


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Gratitude When Values Clash

Every four years, families sit down together after a presidential election. They set aside their political differences to appreciate each other and feel gratitude for the gifts of family, and the wonders of being alive. Political divisions are as old as democratic societies that make room for diverse and opposing views. At least now we […]


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Emotional Health Hacks

Originally printed in Family Circle, October 2016 If you’re arguing with your partner… Take a step back and consider what needs your mate may believe are not being met. It’s likely one of you is feeling a little controlled or neglected. Talk things out with compassion to address what requires more attention. When you have […]


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Is there a solar system in the mind’s sky?

Our understanding of the human mind, including where it came from, it’s true nature, and how it works and evolves, is primitive. In the absence of scientific understanding, the lexicons for mindfulness and meditation are rich with evocative metaphors. We search for perfect images or words to describe or evoke various experiences and brain states that free us even for a few moments from […]


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A Coach’s Mind: Inside Out

We learned from the Oscar-winning Pixar movie, Inside Out , that multiplicity of mind is natural and normal. In my 2013 paper: Coaching the Multiplicity of Mind, a Strengths-Based Approach, I proposed a new model of the human psyche that is an adult version of Inside Out , positing that the human psyche has nine internal […]


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Ten Coaching Tips for Health Professionals

While your environment may not allow the time for a full coaching conversation, utilizing all of the tools and theories related to behavior change, you can take the “coach approach”, even in a short patient visit, with these tips in mind: 1. Be a Role Model. Engage in upgrading your personal health behaviors in order […]


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Rebooting healthy activity with the coach-approach

Your client shares: “I had a terrific summer! I visited my favorite summer place every weekend and over vacation, enjoying everything to the fullest – including the food. We ate out with friends and family most nights – enjoying some good food with great company. Well, I wish I could say I exercised most days […]


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