What is mental skills training

Mental skills training is the practice of acquiring and implementing mental skills for the purpose of increasing performance.  Performance increases can be seen in a variety of domains including sport, in a corporate setting and within individuals' personal lives.  The origins of mental skills range from a variety of sources including: psychology, behavior modification, goal [...]

By |2018-09-30T10:56:43+00:00July 2nd, 2015|Corporate, Mental Skills, Sport Performance|0 Comments

Pat Summitt- The embodiment of character

When I think of a coach that embodies the word character, I think of Pat Summitt.  For any that don’t know who she is or may know her by name only, Coach Summitt was a true pioneer and icon in women’s basketball. She is most known for being the fiery head coach of the Tennessee [...]

By |2018-12-27T20:12:43+00:00July 2nd, 2015|Coaching|0 Comments

Why healthy conflict is important in both business and athletics

Healthy conflict occurs when members of a team share their ideas on the best way to solve a challenge.  This can be anything from developing a new team culture and the standards of behavior associated with that culture to the type of event to have for the end of year party.  The critical piece is [...]

By |2018-09-29T21:34:33+00:00July 2nd, 2015|Coaching, Corporate|0 Comments

Why it is important to coach towards mastery rather than outcome

Increased performance. Increased self-efficacy and self-confidence. Greater resiliency in the face of setbacks or obstacles. Decreased anxiety.  What coach doesn't want to see these characteristics in their athletes?  But how exactly do they help facilitate them?  There is ample research and evidence that a focus on mastery will help athletes to experience these positive effective [...]

By |2018-09-30T11:21:22+00:00July 2nd, 2015|Coaching|0 Comments

Positive development in youth sport

A coach of youth sport plays a much larger role in the positive development of a child than just teaching him or her the skills necessary for the sport.  An estimated 45 million children in the United States participate in an organized program or team making it the most popular structured activity (Mahoney, Larson, Eccles & [...]

By |2018-09-30T11:31:13+00:00July 2nd, 2015|Coaching, Youth Sport|0 Comments

Characteristics of effective leadership

A new style of leadership is emerging as there is increased study of both appreciative and positive leadership (Lewis, 2016).  Transformation leadership, the most widely researched leadership theory, is a type of positive leadership with a focus on doing what is right and authentic to the individual (Beauchamp & Eys, 2014).  It is defined as having four [...]

By |2018-09-30T11:47:49+00:00July 2nd, 2015|Coaching, Corporate, Leadership Development|0 Comments