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Confidence is not an Accurate Assessment of Competence

When I’m asked to give talks on confidence I say, sure, but you need to know that I think confidence is irrelevant. They are taken aback—why do I say this?

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. 


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.


Does a coach really need to have done the job, of the leader being coached, in order to be effective? And, if not, how does one change the perceptions of executives and HR accordingly?

the democratization of coaching

Democracy may be in rough shape, but democratization of data, AI, and health care is having a moment – a big moment that is shaking up the coaching market. Already, launching a business to democratize coaching is no longer a distinctive pitch. 

Courageous Coping with Disruption

Effective coping with disruption in our exponentially changing times requires self‐leadership, agility, and the ability to be comfortable with the uncomfortable. Disruption can be like a wake‐up call to full alertness and more awareness.

How to Be a Coach

Many people have a dream or vision for their future, the expression of a deep yearning for self-actualization, oft described as realizing one’s full potential. Getting from here, point A, to the imagined future, point B, is easier said than done.

Coaching for Fit

Ever since McKinsey & Company proposed that successful businesses were always engaged in a 'war for talent’ in the 1990s, we’ve been hoodwinked into believing that the secret to high productivity is talent, and we have become obsessed with finding and keeping talented individuals. The problem is, this approach rarely works. 

Shifting Your Ego to LEGO

Today's age of accelerating external change is calling coaches to help themselves, and others, change faster than ever before. Opportunities for transformational change are not hard to find. They turn up in moments invaded by uncomfortable emotions, such as worry, frustration, or disappointment. 

ontological coaching

In this blog, we share the historical context, origin, emergence, inspiration, and  scholar contributions  to these fundamental coaching concepts. Let’s meet the philosophers and scientists whose concepts gave birth to ontological coaching.