A great question is the key to unlock latent potential.
If coaching is the art of asking great questions to individuals and organizations, research is the art of asking great questions to nature herself.
DIFFERENT COACHING FOR DIFFERENT ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURES?
In this study with with Prof. James Gavin at Concordia University, I am exploring the degree of fit between types of coaching (performance coaching, life coaching, leadership coaching, 3rd generation coaching) and different organizational cultures (market, clan, hierarchy, adhocracy). Are certain forms of coaching more likely to give results in certain types of organizations? If you are a practicing coach, we would be delighted to hear your opinion!
WHAT DO COACHES ACTUALLY DO?
As widespread and popular as professional coaching has become, we have little empirical evidence about what coaches actually do in sessions and how the pattern of coach interventions may shift over the course of a coaching relationship.
In this study with the team of Prof. James Gavin at Concordia University I analyze the verbal exchanges between coaches and their clients over a series of sessions, searching for patterns of interventions over the course of a coaching relationship.
MUSIC INCREASES THE SYNCHRONIZATION OF HEART AND BREATHING BETWEEN LISTENERS
In this live-concert experiment with Prof. Luciano Bernardi from the University of Pavia we show that listening to simple rhythms and melodies, which largely dominate the choice of music during rituals and mass events, brings individuals together in terms of their physiological rhythms.
TONING OPTIMIZES CARDIORESPIRATORY FUNCTION
In this study with Dr. Shelley Snow and Prof. Alexandre Lehmann we show that toning, a form of chanting with roots in mindfulness and sound healing, brings participants to spontaneously adopt a pattern of slow and deep breathing that optimizes respiratory function and increases heart rate variability.
MUSIC ENTRAINS BIOLOGICAL RHYTHMS
In this experiment with Prof. Luciano Bernardi we show that music attracts and modulates physiological rhythms such as blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate and the diameter of the microvessels in the finger. These bodily changes are likely the biological substrate of the emotional response the music.
MINDFULNESS INCREASES PHYSICIANS' WELL BEING AND QUALITY OF CARE
In this experiment with Prof. Patricia Dobkin at McGill University we show that doctors who undergo an 8-week training in mindfulness experience a reduction in stress, a reduction in burnout and are their patients perceive them as being more caring.
MUSIC KEYBOARDS HELP SPACE EXPLORATION IN STROKE PATIENTS
In this experiment with Dr. Giuseppe Vallar at the University of Milano-Bicocca we show that music keyboards help patients with stroke regain awareness of portions of the space around them. The combination of keys and associated music scale sounds prompts patients to push, key after key, the boundary of the space they are able to perceive.