In times like these, using emotion for adaptation instead of being ruled by emotion is crucial. Susan David, PhD is an expert in this topic, which she known as “emotional agility,” and serves as the title to her widely read book. As emotional agility is more useful than ever, Susan is partnering with TED in a new podcast called Checking in with Susan David.

Resilience under fire

We are now living and leading in an invisible firestorm that surrounds us. Some of us have been socially distanced or isolated and are fairly protected. Others of us less so, and many others are in the direct line of fire. All of us need to pull on what is the best in ourselves. Right now.

Pandemic Skills for Pandemic Times

It’s not even the end of the first quarter of 2020, and we have already lived through three distinct times – before pandemic, pandemic awakening, and pandemic times. Few people prepared themselves for these times. Beyond stocking up our pantries, we didn’t think much about taking courses on skills for pandemic times. We are winging it, finding and inventing our way forward together. Here are my thoughts on pandemic skills for pandemic times, to fuel your exploration and conversations.

Developing CEO founders

CEO-Founders are a unique breed. They are generally brilliant entrepreneurs who are looking to solve problems creatively without the burden of status quo solutions that traditional companies are saddled with. Early on, they come up with an amazing innovation, they attract a small group of talented team members, and raise capital. But success sometimes brings unwelcomed change. The hands on leadership approach that worked when the team was small and nimble is now viewed as intrusive or micro managing. The organization becomes dysfunctional. The pressure from investors grows. The impact on these pioneers is sometimes devastating. Coaching is becoming widely accepted as a potent remedy.

Vertical Development

As many of us move quickly to create “social distance” and work from home for what may be a lengthy period, virtual teamwork, which has already become relatively common with international teams, has become an imperative for leaders everywhere.

IOC Award Recipients 2019

The Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate, is honored to present the 2019 Vision of Excellence award to Dr. John Gottman and Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman. The Vision of Excellence award was established to recognize lasting contributions and pioneering work on the scientific foundation of coaching. The award will be presented at the Institute of Coaching Conference, which will also feature a discussion with the Gottmans. Although the Gottmans are known for their work on romantic relationships, their research is invaluable in managing professional relationships and work-life balance, showcasing the behaviors and thoughts that harm relationships and teaching those which foster healthy, lasting relationships. 

Teach Leaders to Navigate Complexity

How can we effectively support leaders who are less capable, because of their level of development and degree of awareness, to act effectively in the face of complexity?  Studies show approximately 20% of managers act from a post-conventional mind-set* and the majority of these leaders do not develop beyond the first post-conventional stage.  Yet, leaders who are not post-conventional in the parlance of developmentalists, are valuable and productive contributors to their organization.     

Start-ups disrupting the coaching market with digital tools are also focused on the intention-action gap. This post takes a look at two platforms - Leader Amp and Saberr - that support individuals and teams in acting on their implementation intentions.  As in my previous (and future!) posts on technology, highlighting a vendor is not an endorsement. Instead, these examples of new technology are intended to spark conversations in our coaching community about.


Having met and gotten to know hundreds of coaches, I’ve come to believe that many of us suck at valuing ourselves. Personally, I find myself alternating, in equal measure, between the belief that I should be charging more and the belief that I’m charging too much already! And the idea of talking to other coaches about how much they charge for coaching just feels so taboo.

How to Get the Most Out of Coaching

If you are fortunate enough to be offered a coach, here are five keys to getting the most out of the experience. It’s not just about getting your money’s worth. It’s about keeping the coach on his or her toes, and truly accelerating your growth.