Today is the start of International Coaching Week. You can probably guess what that means: It’s a week when people in the coaching profession step up their efforts to celebrate the coaching profession. What is coaching? Here’s a short video explaining what coaching is. I like it because it indicates how prevalent coaching has become […]

Many people are still marveling at Lady Gaga’s half-time performance at the SuperBowl. There is no doubt she is talented, and it turns out she is also civic-minded. In addition to flexing her musical muscles, she has also joined forces with the Dalai Lama to meet with mayors of cities across the country, encouraging them […]

At the suggestion of a friend, I picked up The Assertiveness Workbook: How to Express Your Ideas and Stand Up for Yourself at Work and in Relationships by Randy J. Paterson, Ph.D. The book describes four different communication styles and argues that assertiveness tends to be the most effective style in terms of clarity and […]

I love horoscopes. Fortune cookies. Tarot cards. Anything that purports to reveal something about my personality and give me insight into my particular brand of insanity—what motivates, inspires, frightens me. I like such things because they increase my self-awareness, or at least remind me that increasing my self-awareness should be one of my ongoing goals. […]

If you saw the 2015 movie Creed, you got a crash course in Philadelphia-ese, in the form of the word “jawn.” “Jawn” is basically synonymous with “noun,” but it is a noun with a bit of Philly sass. Confused about how to use it? Use it in place of literally any person, place, or thing: […]

Before I started studying life coaching, I thought it was cheesy and New-Agey, because I jumped to conclusions based on assumptions rather than evidence. I started to realize I might be wrong about life coaching in recent years, as I took on more leadership roles in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I began to notice that I […]

This weekend I was surrounded by scores of people who are passionate about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. On Saturday, my friends Emily Kwok and Art Keintz threw a grand opening party to celebrate the move of their baby, Princeton Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, into a fantastic new space. On Sunday, I received a warm welcome from Team Link in […]

I had a terrific visit to Revolution BJJ in Richmond, VA, this past weekend, and I am grateful for the hospitality. I got a tour of the beautiful facility, I caught up with old friends and made some new ones, and I did what jiu-jitsu people do: I trained. I also got to participate in another […]