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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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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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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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Are you burned out?

Are you burned out? Margaret Moore explores burnout, and physician burnout, in Institute of Coaching July 2016 coaching report: ow.ly/PP3r301ZesS


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The Spirit of Nonviolent Communication

In her article, “Basic Pitfalls of Using NVC,” Miki Kashtan reminds us of the importance of the spirit in this approach to communication. The practice of NVC, or Nonviolent Communication, is less about the “doing” of coaching and more about the “being” of coaching. When we get caught up in the mechanics of doing it, […]


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The Arrogance of Fixing

We’ve all wanted to help friends or family members through a tough situation, right? Our hearts are in the right place; we truly want to make their lives better, easier. That’s a good thing – if we choose to help in a way that actually benefits them. Check out Kate Larsen’s blog on The Arrogance […]


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