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Research Digest: Volume 2, Issue 3 (2016)

We continue to offer the Research Digest to our members and associates. The Research Digest is published by the Institute of Coaching, McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School affiliate and is made possible through a generous contribution by Meyler Campbell, who train business leaders to become professional executive coaches. ...

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Alan Graham's picture Submitted by Alan Graham July 19, 2017 - 12:00am

The Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate® Dictionary, Eleventh Edition defines resilience as, “an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.” Reivich and Shatte identify four uses for resilience. Many individuals must call on their reserves of resilience to overcome the negative experiences of their childhood.  Abuse, divorce, poverty, and neglect can weigh heavy on those who have experienced any of them during childhood.  Resilience helps to contain the damage of these experiences and help the individual live the life they want.

2017 July Coaching Report

Coaching the Multiplicity of Mind...

Submitted by David Drake June 30, 2017 - 9:19am

While waiting out a flight delay at the gate recently, the man in the seat next to me struck up a conversation. An older Indian man, he asked about the boarding process. He struggled with his English at times, but his sincerity filled in the gaps such that we had a nice conversation.

John Campbell's picture Submitted by John Campbell June 15, 2017 - 1:02pm

One of the challenges of the coaching world has been the confusion over terminology. Just how is coaching different from or similar to other ‘helping by talking’ approaches like mentoring, training, instructing, consulting and counseling? Quite a lot has been written on this subject; some helpful, and some just create more confusion.

Carol Braddick's picture Submitted by Carol Braddick June 6, 2017 - 10:16am

Are human coaches headed for the same disruption experienced by human travel agents?  Should you start asking for recommendations on coding boot camps or career coaches? Before making any of these leaps, let’s start with how digital coaching may develop and reconfigure today’s coaching market.    

Nancy Glynn's picture Submitted by Nancy Glynn May 17, 2017 - 8:38am

The world is not getting any simpler. We believe we have created modern environments that are somehow within our control. But the truth is that the markets and operating environments in which we perform are as complex as the natural environments from which our ancestors sprung. Our working environments share with the rainforest and other natural systems volatility, ambiguity, diversity and interdependence – all of which are key drivers of complexity. 

Tricia Naddaff's picture Submitted by Tricia Naddaff May 12, 2017 - 11:23am

Early in my career, when I first encountered assessments, I was not impressed. This may seem an unlikely confession from someone who now leads an assessment organization but I think it can largely be explained by the type of assessments I was originally exposed to. While I have learned a great deal in the 30 years that I have been in the learning and development field, even at the start of my career I was aware of how complex (and even contradictory) human beings are.

2017 May Coaching Report

Current developments in health and wellness coaching...

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With great sadness we announce that Sir John Whitmore, coaching pioneer and leader, passed away in late April 2017. As a pre-eminent thinker in leadership and organizational change, John worked globally with leading multinational corporations to establish coaching management cultures and leadership programs. He wrote five books on leadership, coaching and sports, most notably Coaching for Performance, which introduced the world to his transformative GROW (Goal, Reality, Options/Opportunity, Will/What Next) model of coaching.

2017 April Coaching Report

It’s important to understand HOW we work, as human beings and as coaches....

Matthias Ehrhardt's picture Submitted by Matthias Ehrhardt April 12, 2017 - 8:19pm

How important are stories for coaching? Most coaches will no doubt say that the importance of stories for coaching can hardly be overestimated. But, why? And, if they play such a central role in coaching, how can we optimally work with the stories our clients tell us? Here’s a suggestion: use the ABCDE of narrative. 

What is the ABCDE of narrative? It is a model that helps us discern elements of stories and to frame powerful questions around these stories. There are four elements of stories: 

In this video, Dr Jeffrey Hull, Director of Education and Business Development for the IOC discusses the critical importance of emotional intelligence in becoming an effective leader. Interviewed during his recent presentation on Emotional Intelligence and Adaptive Leadership for the Applied Physician Leadership Academy at the Reading Health System in Reading PA, Dr. Hull discusses the four key elements of adaptive or agile leadership and how, together with emotional intelligence, these capabilities can set leaders on a path to success.