Coaching Report: September 2020

Curated by: The IOC Team

  • The Hero’s or Heroine’s Journey


    “What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.” —T.S. Eliot


    We all have a story that we tell ourselves, about our selves. In coaching, we call this a personal narrative: a story integral to well-being and motivation. Right now many of us find ourselves with an interrupted narrative. Perhaps we are not able to pursue the goals we set or find ourselves working in a way that we previously never imagined, which may leave us feeling a bit lost and unprepared. Even if our goals or agency are not disrupted, most of us are experiencing more stress and uncertainty than ever before.

    Hardships like these forge stronger and wiser people. When we step back then from our own stories, we can see this challenging time as the rod that sharpens the steel. It is a good time to upgrade our mindset and leap into the unknown. We are invited welcome uncertainty and meet it with courage, acceptance, and knowing.

    Our special IOC webinar on October 7: Designing your Life is arriving just in time. Learn a new way of framing our narratives - and our coachees — with the help of Stanford Professor, Dave Evans, co-author of the best-selling book, Designing Your Life. Along with his co-author Bill Burnett, Dave Evans teach us how to use design thinking to create a life that is both meaningful and fulfilling.

    Register for Designing Your Life here

    So what if we step back from our own stories? Could we see this challenging time as the rod that sharpens the steel? Perhaps, it is time to upgrade our mindset and leap into the unknown with the knowledge that adversity makes us better and stronger. We might welcome uncertainty and meet it with courage, acceptance, and knowing.

    Designing your Life

    In keeping with the theme of heroic journeys, in October, we have the opportunity to learn a new way of framing our own - and our coachees-narratives with the help of Stanford Professor, Dave Evans, co-author of the best-selling book, Designing Your Life. Along with Bill Burnett, Dave Evans teaches how to use design thinking to create a life that is both meaningful and fulfilling.

    Coaching Entrepreneurial Leaders

    This month, world-renowned startup coach Alisa Cohn, spoke on coaching entrepreneurial leaders, who are among the heroes and heroines bringing innovations that transform our lives.

    A Good Look at the Illusion of Inclusion

    Dr. Helen Turnbull presents on unconscious bias and its impact on all aspects of Inclusion. Overcoming obstacles is not always external, for what may be unseen or outside of our awareness can trip us up on the journey. Looking inward helps us find opportunities for growth.

    Register for October 22 One-Day Virtual Summit

    All the great narratives in history are not solo treks. A hero needs the help of a partner or a team. Please join us in our upcoming Virtual Summit: Driving Systemic Change Through Coaching & Technology to equip yourself with the tools and community to adapt and thrive in this new landscape.

    Until then, let’s appreciate the opportunity to author our next chapters. We are honored to partner with you as your story unfolds.

    The IOC Team

  • Hand adjusting a rearview mirror

    How are your blind spots and unconscious biases playing a part in the decisions you make and the advice you offer as a Coach? As a leadership coach you are aware of the need to be increasingly mindful of the quality of day to day business decisions made by yourself and your clients. And yet, what are you not seeing? Well intentioned people make decisions every day that favor some individuals or groups more than others; adversely impacting the diverse workforce and talent pipeline. Leaders can make flawed decisions while believing they are doing the right thing because their blind spots can prevent them from seeing crucial information....

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  • Alisa Cohn

    Coaching high velocity leaders – either startup founders or leaders operating inside of fast-growing companies – brings unique challenges. Leaders in these environments have to adapt very quickly in a context of imperfect information and fast moving scenarios. They are (either consciously or unconsciously) managing their own emotions and the nerves of their executives and employees. In light of this, coaches – who provide both safe space to think through ideas and emotions as well as constructive challenges – need to be able to adapt their style to leaders in these situations. And prepare for your own personal growth. Using real-life case studies, you will learn:...

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  • The Coach as a Fellow Human Companion

    Reinhard Stelter makes the case for coaching to evolve to a next level he describes as “Third Generation Coaching.” Here the coach becomes a fellow human companion by moving from facilitator to a co-reflective partner. To engage in third generation coaching (Stelter, 2014; 2019) as a transformative and fruitful dialogue, rather than focusing on reaching goals the dialogue elicits the client’s reflections on core values, which drive personal enthusiasm at work and may be beneficial for the whole organization. Reinhard describes case studies and explores the key relational factors of third generation coaching and their impact on the coach-coachee relationship:...

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  • Helping STEMM Leaders Flourish

    Developing and coaching leaders from STEMM fields has never been more crucial, and yet it can be incredibly challenging. As the 4th Industrial Revolution (4th IR) unfolds, leaders need to harness emerging technologies for greater innovation, productivity, and prosperity. Leaders are also grappling with global risks such as the Covid-19 pandemic, climate change disasters, and large-scale cyberattacks.

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Director's Corner

  • The Hero’s or Heroine’s Journey


    “What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.” —T.S. Eliot


    We all have a story that we tell ourselves, about our selves. In coaching, we call this a personal narrative: a story integral to well-being and motivation. Right now many of us find ourselves with an interrupted narrative. Perhaps we are not able to pursue the goals we set or find ourselves working in a way that we previously never imagined, which may leave us feeling a bit lost and unprepared. Even if our goals or agency are not disrupted, most of us are experiencing more stress and uncertainty than ever before.

    Hardships like these forge stronger and wiser people. When we step back then from our own stories, we can see this challenging time as the rod that sharpens the steel. It is a good time to upgrade our mindset and leap into the unknown. We are invited welcome uncertainty and meet it with courage, acceptance, and knowing.

    Our special IOC webinar on October 7: Designing your Life is arriving just in time. Learn a new way of framing our narratives - and our coachees — with the help of Stanford Professor, Dave Evans, co-author of the best-selling book, Designing Your Life. Along with his co-author Bill Burnett, Dave Evans teach us how to use design thinking to create a life that is both meaningful and fulfilling.

    Register for Designing Your Life here

    So what if we step back from our own stories? Could we see this challenging time as the rod that sharpens the steel? Perhaps, it is time to upgrade our mindset and leap into the unknown with the knowledge that adversity makes us better and stronger. We might welcome uncertainty and meet it with courage, acceptance, and knowing.

    Designing your Life

    In keeping with the theme of heroic journeys, in October, we have the opportunity to learn a new way of framing our own - and our coachees-narratives with the help of Stanford Professor, Dave Evans, co-author of the best-selling book, Designing Your Life. Along with Bill Burnett, Dave Evans teaches how to use design thinking to create a life that is both meaningful and fulfilling.

    Coaching Entrepreneurial Leaders

    This month, world-renowned startup coach Alisa Cohn, spoke on coaching entrepreneurial leaders, who are among the heroes and heroines bringing innovations that transform our lives.

    A Good Look at the Illusion of Inclusion

    Dr. Helen Turnbull presents on unconscious bias and its impact on all aspects of Inclusion. Overcoming obstacles is not always external, for what may be unseen or outside of our awareness can trip us up on the journey. Looking inward helps us find opportunities for growth.

    Register for October 22 One-Day Virtual Summit

    All the great narratives in history are not solo treks. A hero needs the help of a partner or a team. Please join us in our upcoming Virtual Summit: Driving Systemic Change Through Coaching & Technology to equip yourself with the tools and community to adapt and thrive in this new landscape.

    Until then, let’s appreciate the opportunity to author our next chapters. We are honored to partner with you as your story unfolds.

    The IOC Team

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  • Hand adjusting a rearview mirror

    How are your blind spots and unconscious biases playing a part in the decisions you make and the advice you offer as a Coach? As a leadership coach you are aware of the need to be increasingly mindful of the quality of day to day business decisions made by yourself and your clients. And yet, what are you not seeing? Well intentioned people make decisions every day that favor some individuals or groups more than others; adversely impacting the diverse workforce and talent pipeline. Leaders can make flawed decisions while believing they are doing the right thing because their blind spots can prevent them from seeing crucial information....

    Share
    /
  • Alisa Cohn

    Coaching high velocity leaders – either startup founders or leaders operating inside of fast-growing companies – brings unique challenges. Leaders in these environments have to adapt very quickly in a context of imperfect information and fast moving scenarios. They are (either consciously or unconsciously) managing their own emotions and the nerves of their executives and employees. In light of this, coaches – who provide both safe space to think through ideas and emotions as well as constructive challenges – need to be able to adapt their style to leaders in these situations. And prepare for your own personal growth. Using real-life case studies, you will learn:...

    Share
    /
  • The Coach as a Fellow Human Companion

    Reinhard Stelter makes the case for coaching to evolve to a next level he describes as “Third Generation Coaching.” Here the coach becomes a fellow human companion by moving from facilitator to a co-reflective partner. To engage in third generation coaching (Stelter, 2014; 2019) as a transformative and fruitful dialogue, rather than focusing on reaching goals the dialogue elicits the client’s reflections on core values, which drive personal enthusiasm at work and may be beneficial for the whole organization. Reinhard describes case studies and explores the key relational factors of third generation coaching and their impact on the coach-coachee relationship:...

    Share
    /
  • Helping STEMM Leaders Flourish

    Developing and coaching leaders from STEMM fields has never been more crucial, and yet it can be incredibly challenging. As the 4th Industrial Revolution (4th IR) unfolds, leaders need to harness emerging technologies for greater innovation, productivity, and prosperity. Leaders are also grappling with global risks such as the Covid-19 pandemic, climate change disasters, and large-scale cyberattacks.

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