A key conclusion that emerged from our 2021 study of how leaders were impacted by the pandemic, "Leading with Humanity: The Future of Leadership and Coaching," was that mental health and well-being are no longer "nice to have" or solely the responsibility of the individual, but essential to a flourishing, high-performing organization. Leaders can no longer ignore the physical or mental health of themselves or their employees when their top goals are innovation and productivity.
Well-being has always been fundamental to our work as coaches, supported by research showing that high-functioning people cultivate positive emotions, gratitude, meaning, relationships, and self-care.
So it is with great enthusiasm that we welcome the month of May as "mental health awareness" month sponsored by the U.S. Council for Mental Well-Being. Sometimes it easier to either avoid or deny our mental health issues -- but all it takes is a quick glance at the statistics to shock us into recognition of this foundation of human functioning. The following statistics are for the U.S., but international trends are similar:
-1 in 5 adults (52.9 million adults) experienced mental illness in 2020.
- 40.3 million people aged 12 or over had a substance use disorder in 2020.
- 32.1% of adults with mental illness also experienced a substance use disorder in 2020.
- Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among people aged 10-34.
- 1 in 3 young adults (aged 18-25) experienced mental illness in 2020.
-1 in 6 adolescents (aged 12-17) experienced a major depressive episode in 2020.
With this in mind, Our programs this month connect directly with mental health awareness. First, we traverse back into history with a webinar featuring the work of a 20th century giant, French psychoanalyst and writer, Jacques Lacan. Like Jung, Freud and other major figures in analytical psychology, Lacan's approach to working with ill patients was deeply empathic and focused on the unconscious and conscious symbolism embedded in human communication. You will learn in this month's webinar that his "way of listening" was unique and highly relevant today for coaches who wish to deepen and expand their work with clients through language and affect.
On the modern front, we also are committed to expanding our offerings in the growing field of neurodiversity. Our webinar and LinkedIn Live on coaching clients with ADHD are both designed to expand our knowledge and capability to recognize and coach clients with this debilitating illness.
In honor of this month's theme, we are excited to offer a special rate for our recently launched asynchronous Mental Health Literacy course for coaches. The feedback from hundreds of coaches who have graduated from the full class has been stellar. We truly hope this knowledge will become part of every coach's toolkit. We can step up in our roles, not to become therapists, but to do our part in recognizing, supporting, referring, and most importantly, creating a safe space for our clients to share their pain and suffering.
So it is with a "spring in our step" that we wholeheartedly embrace Mental Health Awareness month and wish all of our coach community the best in physical, emotional and mental well-being. After all, it is only if we take care of ourselves that we can be role models for our clients.
In this workshop, Lisa will teach the 3A’s Model for Reaching Your Unstoppable Greatness: Agency, Assessment and Actualization to assist clients in defeating Imposter Syndrome within the context of organizational systems. While your client may have done the individual work from our first book “Own Your Greatness: Overcome Impostor Syndrome, Beat Self-Doubt and Succeed in Life” and be successful in dealing with the internal blocks and behaviors that reinforce the Impostor Syndrome, they can still be constantly challenged by a toxic environment, system or organization that benefits from their Impostor Syndrome....
A crucial aspect of successful coaching is to understand what problem the client is really facing - which is rarely the same problem that the client thinks it is. In this webinar, Harvard Business Press author Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg will share the method from his latest book, "What's Your Problem", showing how you can quickly and effectively work with clients (and yourself) to understand if you are solving the right problems. A key concept is the distinction between analyzing a problem, and then fully reframing it, providing a completely new perspective. The session includes five specific questioning strategies you can use to elicit new framings of a problem, giving you a powerful, systematic process for creating breakthroughs with both clients and your own challenges....
Best-selling author and psychologist Lisa Orbe-Austin will share the new 3A’s Model for Reaching Your Unstoppable Greatness, to assist clients in defeating Imposter Syndrome within the context of organizational systems. While a coaching client may have done individual work and be successful in dealing with the internal blocks and behaviors that reinforce the Impostor Syndrome, they can still be challenged by a toxic environment. In this highly interactive session, Dr. Orbe-Austin will focus how to deal with systemic and organizational contexts that may continue to reinforce Impostor Syndrome in three phases: Agency, Assessment & Actualization....
In this searching examination of the personal and interpersonal practices (rather than events) that fuel breakthrough thinking, Jeremy Utley will share insights from his bestselling book, Ideaflow: The Only Business Metric That Matters (co-written with Perry Klebahn). Having taught the subject of innovation for the last 13+ years at Stanford, he has seen the topic become over-hyped, yet remain an under-nourished capability. This is true not only on the personal level, but also on the team and organizational levels. This dynamic session will set the record straight on some foundational mindsets and practices that fuel not just repeatable innovation, but also drive satisfaction and engagement at work and in life as well....
Resilience is categorically misunderstood. It’s not merely about bouncing back, and it’s so much more than returning to where you began. True resilient “doing” allows us to capitalize on the inescapable challenges of life and become better than we were before....
Are you solving the right problems? Have you or your colleagues ever worked hard on something, only to find out you were focusing on the wrong problem entirely? Most people have. In a survey, 85 percent of companies said they often struggle to solve the right problems. The consequences are severe: Leaders fight the wrong strategic battles....
Resilience is often defined as the ability to “bounce back” after facing difficulty. Yet, drawing on more than two decades of research, executive development roles within Fortune 500 Companies, and personal experience, Dr. Taryn Marie Stejskal has come to a different conclusion: that we are fundamentally and forever changed by our experiences, and instead, “bounce forward”, rather than backward.
Grief is the natural and normal response to life losses. As coaches we work with people to support them through various life stages and understanding fundamental thanatological concepts like grief, bereavement, continuing bonds, ambiguous loss, and so much more can help us better support our clients in the achievement of their big dreams and in companioning them through dark times.
Some workplaces can be challenging, especially when there's a lack of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). The "D" in DEI is not just about visible diversity, but also about invisible and internal forms of (neuro)diversity. Leaders and executives with Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) often suffer in silence and experience the pain of procrastination, perfectionism, imposter syndrome, rejection sensitivity dysphoria, and other obstacles that prevent them from flourishing in the workplace.
This series aims to provide a brief and highly implementable framework for measuring efficacy that coaching practitioners can apply to their own practice and evaluation.
The Academy of Creative Coaching's fundamental purpose is to train coaches to specialize in creative change, equipping them with the ability to develop and implement innovative strategies that bring about transformative change personally, professionally, and in the social landscape of our global community. Through our variety of specializations, we demonstrate creative change can happen within a variety of areas, including the medical field, personal relationships, the executive suite, or college campuses.
The Academy of Creative Coaching has an experienced team of instructors and mentor coaches who represent a prominent group of professionals. They have dedicated their careers to forwarding the important work of coaching and ensure that our students have experiences throughout the program that allow them to engage with professionals, reflect, and apply what they are learning in real-time.
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