Coaching with Cultural Awareness

“I started working at a gym in a culturally diverse neighborhood and I am really looking forward to the experience. However, I grew up in a small town without much diversity, and I want to be aware of how my perspectives and experiences could impact my client relationships.” The coaching perspective and skills are invaluable […]


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Coaching Wisdom: Richard Boyatzis

A few years ago I sat with Richard Boyatzis in his office at Case Western. Richard presented at our 2011 and 2012 conferences; our members can access the video of his terrific 2011 presentation. We discussed how coaches might approach the topic of neuroscience and coaching. Richard’s wisdom has endured: Neuroscience discoveries are flooding in […]


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The Most Important Step to Complete Huge Projects

A client recently described the challenges in moving a project forward because many stakeholders were concerned the objective would not be met by their stated deadline in the future. Understandable, since they are working on a statewide initiative that must meet nationally regulated standards—a huge, months-long project. It wasn’t the difficulty of the tasks or […]


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He Lifts You Up, Turns You Around

A few weeks ago, I was sitting on a plane ride home on a Saturday afternoon after delivering a keynote presentation at the MDVIP conference. Ignoring my beckoning email inbox to listen to music,  I came across a Van Morrison song I hadn’t listened to in a long while, called Whenever God Shines His Light. […]


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ACLM Expert Panel Discussion Treat the Cause: Evidence-based Practice

[Editor’s Note: The following Expert Panel discussion was recorded on October 19, 2014 as the opening session for the Annual Meeting of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. The following individuals participated: James M. Rippe, MD is Founder and Director, Rippe Lifestyle Institute and Professor of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Central Florida. He […]


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Working with clients who are post-retirement

“Most of my clients have been in their 20s-30s. Working with clients who are post-retirement age is new for me. What tips do you have for working with this population?” In a fast-paced culture that places a high value on youthfulness, technology, and peak performance, the interests, needs, and perspectives of senior clients are easy […]


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The Value of Wellness Coaching at Hilton Head Health

by Jeffrey Ford Who We Are: Hilton Head Health was founded in 1976 as a 4-week weight-loss spa retreat center. Over the past 30 years, the center has evolved so guests are able to stay and participate in our Healthy Lifestyle™ program for up to 3 months. They can be submerged in the triad of […]


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Welness Coaching at CHS Health Services

CHS Health Services: Putting Wellness Coaches to Work by Debra Reid, Certified Wellcoach Who We Are: CHS Health Services, Inc. (CHS) is a health and wellness organization with employer-dedicated onsite health centers designed to provide meaningful, effective, and higher quality health care to employees and their dependents across the country. We build and staff health […]


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Building Resilience and Motivation in Uncertainty

“My client is moving out of the area in two months and is afraid that she won’t be able to continue her program without me. How do I help her develop the resources to continue and to succeed?” The ideal accomplishment of a personal training relationship is that clients become self-sufficient: they learn to coach […]


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Compassion in Coaching

Today we explore how to work with a client who is an avid runner and competes in many road races and marathons on the weekends. She has sustained a stress fracture and cannot run for 8 to 12 weeks. She is very concerned about maintaining her fitness, being ready for an upcoming marathon, and managing […]


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