Connection generates a sense of belonging among a group of people who, together, feel safe, heard, and valued. It’s an important, and often overlooked, contributor to organizational success.
The U.S. is seeing record numbers of workers who report feeling lonely or disconnected from their colleagues. Harvard Graduate School of Education reported last year that 36% of adults feel serious loneliness. This sense of disconnection directly impacts an organization’s bottom line leading to higher voluntary turnover, less productivity, more missed days and lower quality work (Cigna 2020).
Acknowledging and re-building a strong sense of connection and belonging is crucial for individual mental health and organizational productivity. As on article in MIT Sloan states: “Quite simply, people who feel lonely cannot do their best work, which means that teams with lonely members are not operating at their peak levels either.”
Some companies have hired coaches to generate better relationships and connections.
That’s why this month at IOC, we dive into the topic of connection and belonging with webinars and LinkedIn Lives that give practical roadmaps for re-connection.
Our two webinars focus on Listening presented by Avraham Natan (Avi) Kluger and Creating a Culture of Connection with Morag Barrett.
In the upcoming CoachXConversations, Douglas Choo will discuss how to mitigate the negative impact when coaching Change at Scale and Jenifer Brown on Evolving an Inclusive Leader Skillset.
For more on the science of connection, let’s look to Maslow’s self-actualization model which positions the need for connection in the basic category of stability, which includes security and safety. Read the research dose: Maslow & self-actualization.
Paul Zak shows how trusting connections release oxytocin which then increases our capacity for empathy resulting not only in a more positive general outlook, but improved collaboration and performance. Read more in the research dose: Trust Matters in Pandemic Time.
Connection comes naturally for coaches, among ourselves and supporting our clients. Let’s connect and thrive!
Vertical leadership development is the idea that we progress to higher and higher stages of vantage point, maturity, and mastery of complexity, and that the pace and progress can be accelerated through skilled coaching.
A few weeks ago, we published a research dose on the stellar work that Scott Barry Kaufman has done in mapping the work of Abraham Maslow to the latest theory and research on well-being and personality. Here, we offer a Research Mini Dose in PowerPoint format that you can download and share with clients and others you support.
"In Maslow’s terms, self-actualization is about living in states of deep acceptance, appreciation, equanimity, compassion, clarity, authenticity, purpose, and creativity along with peak, transcendent experiences of oneness alongside a strong sense of self." ~ Scott Barry Kaufman
How can we improve trust in pandemic time? Enable multiple opportunities for positive social encounters throughout the day to stimulate oxytocin release (which lasts for 30 minutes), which in turn improves trust, teamwork, and performance.
A recent study by The Bowman Foundation for Workplace Equity and Mental Wellness revealed that while most workers admit they struggle with their mental health, disclosing mental health disorders to employers is still an issue.
These findings are not shocking, as most managers don't feel comfortable talking to their employees about their mental health due to the lack of resources and guidance on how to respond. The lack of engagement from their managers often leaves employees feeling unsupported and unheard, which can exasperate their mental health challenges....
The past year has brought significant changes for both companies and employees, as employers balance what worked well during the COVID-19 pandemic with more traditional workplace practices. The resulting hybrid work environment is here to stay, requiring new skill sets and competencies for leaders in the remote realm. Employees want leadership who can empower, encourage, and mentor them, and organizations must evolve and look for ways to help their employees become the best, most creative versions of themselves. According to DDI’s Global Leadership Forecast 2021, only 20% of leaders believe they are effective at leading virtual teams and less than 30% say they have received training in leading virtual teams. ...
Did you know that the CDC (U.S. Center for Disease Control) research shows in 2022 that upwards of 50% of the adult population will be diagnosed with some form of mental illness during their lifetime? In any given year, statistics indicate that 20% of the population suffers from a mental health challenge. In the wake of the pandemic, these numbers have increased exponentially. In light of this situation, the IOC is excited to be introducing a new asynchronous course designed to help coaches become more knowledgeable in this crucial area of well-being: mental health.
How can we help our clients thrive in a post-covid world of disruption and stress? ...
Let’s face it. So many of us have lost friends or gotten just a bit more awkward over these past few years. In this 60-minute lecture, you’ll learn to teach your clients to reverse these tides of disconnection and learn science-backed strategies to make friends. I’ve written a book, Platonic, on making and keeping friends and I will share its secrets....
This compelling and inspiring call to action for leaders at every level helps them find their role and voice in affecting societal and workplace change....
What if we could go beyond the conversation about diversity and take real action?...
Embrace Diversity and Thrive As An Organization...
If contemporary culture were a school, with all the tasks and expectations meted out by modern life as its curriculum, would anyone graduate?...
The IOC is pleased to share books authored by our Fellows and Sponsors. For many of us, selecting the right, highly skilled executive coach is as risky now as it was years ago when John’s first book was released....
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Vertical Leadership Development (VLD), also known as Adult Stage Development or Adult Development Theory, and Ego Construct Development, provides a scaffolding for understanding and working with this profound process of capacity building.
You are invited to join us on November 1, 2022 at 9:00am CET for the EMEA Café Roundtable, a free monthly, one hour, live virtual meeting with the intention to explore our experience and to connect with each other and ourselves. This month, we will explore: Co-Creating a More Impactful Community.
Douglas Choo, IOC Fellow, former Head of Strategy at Metlife Group and a consultant with McKinsey and Deloitte will be sharing a case study of his coaching at a financial institution which is going through changes. He will share his experience coaching executives who are guiding the financial institution through changes. This is a great example of being in both roles: a coach and a consultant.
Today, more than 20% of employees report that they have no friends at work, no one they can turn to in a time of need. How we lead, connect, and inspire others matters. It’s time to look up, show up, and step up in all our relationships to build trust and accelerate our success.
Inclusive leaders operate on a more personal level, building connections to people at all levels and from all identity groups to better understand the problems at hand, and what’s needed to fix them. Those same qualities that were once seen as signs of “weakness” have now emerged as the key attributes of effective leadership. Discover what coaches should know about the evolving inclusive leader journey, to help influence, impact, develop, and support the leaders they coach to engage with and build new and evolving competencies that have taken priority in the existing landscape.
Enrichment’s mission is to become the most trusted advocate and promoter of self-learning teams. It is dedicated to expanding the mindset of leaders, ensuring that what they do is what they know they should do, and supporting leaders in advancing team cohesiveness, igniting team creativity, and promoting continuous organizational development.
Enrichment was established in 2008 in Hong Kong and Shenzhen by Ms Catherine Ng, an MCC since 2005, and a pioneering executive coach and coach trainer in Asia since 1995.
Based on the original coaching model “Dialectical Approach of Team Coaching (DATC)” that integrates both Western & Eastern methodologies, Enrichment flagship coach training program – Professional Coach Program (PCP), is the first Chinese coach training program approved with ACSTH status by ICF to 238 hours. In addition, Enrichment’s consulting and coaching services for its corporate clients focus on team collaboration, research and development, and innovation. Our trainers, coaches, and consultants are all experienced entrepreneurs and executives, who are able to approach issues more comprehensively from the standpoint of our clients, enabling teams to enhance their efficiency and performance, in support of the continued development of the organizations.
Enrichment is one of the certified organisational members of the Association for Coaching (AC), Europe’s largest coaching organization, and also the first and only Chinese sponsor organization of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate, which focuses on scientific research in coaching leadership and health.
The Mental Health Literacy course provides coaches with a baseline understanding on 5 of the most common mental health issues displayed in the population: depression, anxiety, trauma, bipolar disorder, and addiction/substance abuse.
Coaches will learn what is outside the ethical boundaries of coaching, and new information about mental health issues including depression, anxiety, trauma, substance abuse, bipolar disorder. In learning the basics on mental health literacy, you can help reduce stigma around mental health issues, facilitate growth in your clients, and make educated suggestions within the referral process.
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