Strategies for Making Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick

When I think of a brand new year, I envision a beautiful, tranquil lake, so still that it mirrors everything surrounding it. Nothing has happened yet to disturb or disrupt that peaceful surface. Our actions are like pebbles thrown into the lake that ripple out, changing the reflection in the mirror and rearranging the landscape in expected and surprising ways. The new year is a natural time to reflect. And many people make resolutions. Each January, membership at my gym swells beyond normal limits as new members seek to shrink and tone. The influx of new members, however, is generally [...]

By | 2016-06-03T16:35:36+00:00 January 28, 2016|Categories: Coaching, Life Coaching, The Legal Intelligencer|Tags: , , |

Mad Man Wants to Change

Coaches are often asked what the difference is between coaching and therapy. Illustrations can illuminate ideas more readily than explanations, and examples are readily found in popular culture. The new season of Mad Men opened on New Year's eve where we find lead character Don Draper sneaking off to cheat on his wife. His lover, who is also married, asks him what he wants in the New Year. "I want to stop doing this," he says. "I want to stop" and "I want to start" are clarion calls for coaches. They are our starting shot, our battle cry. From that [...]

By | 2016-05-27T20:40:54+00:00 April 23, 2013|Categories: Coaching, International Coach Federation, Philadelphia|Tags: , |

A Coach Goes To Court

The intersection of a dual career - coaching and practicing law -was experienced dramatically when I argued a case before the Commonwealth's highest court; the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Lawyers train for argument before this court as athletes prepare for the Olympics. Despite receiving notice of the assignment only a month before the appointed day, like most lawyers, I was essentially training for it throughout the course of my twenty year career in law. I had one month to read the relevant cases, of which there were many, read the briefs, of which there were many, and then craft and rehearse [...]