University of British Columbia
On June 24 and 25 I will support their big vision for coaching in every environment—corporations, not for profits, clubs and religious organizations, communities, and, of course, academia—by offering the keynote to An Eye on Coaching, UBC’s summer symposium at the Ponderosa Centre on the main Vancouver campus. There are still a few places left, so sign up at the Eye on Coaching web page .
I’ll trace my own journey into coaching as a way to highlight one in many different journeys toward this way of helping people and groups define their goals and dreams, and to act effectively toward those dreams. My first dreams of a vocation included the Peace Corps and then the diplomatic corps so that I could educate in the developing world. I did neither of these things but they seem now to be a window into some kind of partnering with people who are different from me so that we both might learn from each other.
After the keynote, I’ll facilitate one of several concurrent workshops on coaching in different environments. My group will look at Coaching to Build Community, a relatively new interest of mine and one I’m excited about—mostly because I expect to participate in a lively discussion and plan for expanding this type of coaching.
Finally, I’ll close the conference with Dreaming of Possibilities for Coaching in which I’ll connect the latest research in neuroscience to the work I’ve done for the last 10 years in positive processes, particularly in Appreciative Coaching. I’ll dream with fellow participants about where this work and other cutting edge work in coaching may take us in the future.
Consider coming to this energizing workshop. If this is not possible, and you’re interested in these topics, consider asking me to come to speak to YOUR organization.
When we ask how leaders succeed in a new situation, new company, or new industry, we might assume that leaders’ needs and requirements are different from anyone else’s when they are in transition. This is the topic of my presentation to the India Chapter of the International Coach Federation Saturday morning June 11 (Friday night for me, with 12.5 hours difference).
One of my Capella University colleagues, Steven V. Manderscheid, has written an excellent article (New Leader Assimilation, available from the Academy of Human Resource Development) about such transitions. Without giving away my presentation, I want to explore what helps or hinders leaders from being successful in any transition and whether these aids are any different from what might help or hinder the rest of us during times of change.
In Steve’s abstract he wrote that “there are few formal interventions, like a leader assimilation, to help them learn, adapt, and build relationships quickly with their new team.” Isn’t this true of life? What formal interventions are in place to help prospective mothers or fathers learn to be nurturing, effective caregivers? Who teaches couples (whether gay or straight) to “honor each other” as the traditional wedding vows suggest? Some clergy offer pre-marital classes, but how does one know, until one is actually inside an intimate relationship what honoring a specific partner might mean?
Manderscheid goes on to say that leaders from the outside have a harder time transitioning into organizations than leaders promoted from within. Can we also say this about many other kinds of relationships, such as transitioning into a spouse’s family, or becoming a step-parent, or coming into an existing study or support group? There is a certain amount of sniffing that goes on by the existing unit, and auditioning by the new arrival.
He suggests a program of leader assimilation—a onetime program that includes preparation of the leader, dialogue between the leader and her new team, coaching of the leader, and finally, a leader-led dialogue with her team. Something like this happens informally in life. When it doesn’t work well, a coach can help both the existing unit (family, organization, and group) and the new entrant to make smoother transitions into new relationships, and therefore, more effective relationships with the outside world.
San Francisco, CA 94110
Live Workshop With Lead Author Of Appreciative Coaching
Come to San Francisco in February for 2.5 days of energizing new research and practice! Put more positive energy into your own life and your coaching with others. Learn to live the 3:1 positivity ratio for yourself and your clients. Appreciative Coaching AND Asset-Based Thinking (2 Books included at a value of $120)
Lively, engaging, participative learning and practice at the low price of $160 per day ($400 for the 2.5 day workshop)
February 25-27, 2011
611 S. Van Ness Ave. (second floor above auto repair shop)
San Francisco, CA 94110
YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST!
Current brain research as described by scholars and writers such as David Rock and Srinivasavan Pillay, MD, tell us that training our minds to see the best in ourselves and others actually helps us achieve our goals. If we want to earn a certain amount of money, achieve a calmer presence with our clients, or engage our partners in a more intimate and loving relationship, we can do this with more ease and enthusiasm.
This workshop uses the neuroscience and organizational research behind Appreciative Coaching and Asset Based Thinking to help YOU train your mind and achieve what you most desire in 2011.