I was once asked this question at a post-seminar dinner at some relatively swanky Midtown NYC restaurant that I wasn't interested in being at. Just prior to this I had given a coaching talk about Sport Psych and motivation and whatnot. I'm not going to name the "FitPro", but it is clear that he read a book or two on the topic and decided to run out and advertise himself as a coach that "does" Motivational Interviewing (MI). At the time I let it slide, as I had just paid over $25 for a … [Read more...] about “Do you do Motivational Interviewing?”
For a minute I pondered writing some bullshit list to commemorate the fact that I have lasted almost four decades without someone killing me, including myself. Perhaps titling it "37 Things I Have Learned From 37 Years of Life" or some other click-bait type headline. I make no qualms about it: I used to do this shit for the sake of, well, I'm not sure why I did it. There was a motive there that I haven't fully fleshed out. SEO? Acceptance? Self-flagellation? But that's not … [Read more...] about Thirty-Seven Years Later
A few times a week I get Supervisors coming into my office to discuss leadership. Specifically, interaction between them and their students. For those of you that don't know, in addition to mindset coaching and massage therapy, I am the Director of Clinical Services at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York City. We are one of the biggest acupuncture, herbs, and massage schools in the country and the clinic I (allegedly) run has over 30,000 patient visits a year. The clinic experience … [Read more...] about Interaction and Leadership – Stop Seeking Perfection
Lately I have been quite vociferous on the topic of "pseudo-spiritualism", having talked about it in a guest post Erica Suter's Blog. I also touched on it during the second episode of the Brooklyn Strong Podcast reboot. Needless to say, it irks me....read on. ******* I'm going to put it out there the the biggest pitfall to coaching or leadership of ANY kind is doing it for the wrong reasons. There are plenty of valid reasons for seeking to lead people, but there are DEFINITELY wrong ones, … [Read more...] about On Pseudo-Spiritualism and Coaching
I've been out of the Social Media and Blogging game for a while, now. I left because I was just nauseated by so many of these so-called “FitPros”, but I have something to say, so I'm going to poke my head up for bit before I go back to being a Clinic Director and focusing my time on improving the workplace, mentoring my staff, and not doing anything dumb enough to get me fired. You see, I gotta be honest about something: Alan Aragon doesn't piss me off half as much as some of you do. … [Read more...] about Where Were You?