How to Use Appreciative Inquiry in Your Coaching Practice

What Is Appreciative Inquiry? Stated simply, Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a method for managing change that emphasizes the strengths rather than the weaknesses of an individual or organization. Developed by David Cooperrider, PhD, and colleagues at Case Western Reserve University’s Weather head School of Management in the 1980s as a leadership tool for organizations, AI […]

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Stages of Change Clients typically consult a coach because there is something or multiple things they want to change in their lives. Often they are seeking help in changing habitual behavior that no longer serves them or may even be destructive to their health, relationships, professional life, or general well-being. Energy Psychology draws from several other schools

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Core Coaching Competencies Coaching is defined in many ways in various books and publications. The common factor in all those definitions is relationship. Coaches are skilled at cultivating relationships that support transformation and learning. They help both clients and their communities define their visions and meet their goals. To facilitate the establishment of effective coaching relationships, the

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The Basics of Coaching Psychology This course on coaching psychology is designed to teach you basic coaching skills. When I use the term “coach,” I’m referring to a wide variety of coaches. There are health coaches, there are fitness coaches, there are wellness coaches. There are also career coaches, money coaches, and relationship coaches. Any one of these coaching

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Peak States and Thriving

Entering the “Zone” Athletes and other peak performers speak of “the zone,” that state in which everything seems to flow perfectly. This state of flow occurs when people have learned to break through limiting set points, regulate their emotions, adopt positive mental states, and choose happiness routinely. Once you have helped a client achieve all

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Set Points and Breakthroughs

We think of ourselves as conscious human beings, making rational choices. Yet a century of experimentation in psychology and physiology has shown that most of our behavior is governed by unconscious triggers. While we can explain the reasons why we’ve taken a certain action, the real reasons often lie deep in our bodies and our

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More Tools for Your Coaching Toolbox – Nonviolent Communication and Motivational Interviewing

Nonviolent Communication Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is a method for communication and conflict resolution developed by clinical psychologist Marshall B. Rosenberg, PhD, beginning in the 1960s. As Dr. Rosenberg (2000b) defines it, Nonviolent Communication is “a way of communicating that leads us to give from the heart.” Based on compassion and empathic listening, the technique promotes

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