What does 2024 stand for at IOC? A Year of Wisdom.
Happy 2024! How great we get to share 2024 together in the IOC community. Just in case you missed it in the holiday rush, our 2024 Coaching in Leadership & Healthcare conference, back in Boston May 3rd and 4th after five years apart (and two virtual conferences), has the theme of WISDOM.
We will explore the topic of wisdom all year – starting right here right now. We asked Eric Kaufmann, executive coach and IOC thought leader on wisdom in leadership, to get us off to a good, aka wise, start:
Wisdom is a natural capacity, the ability to see below the surface and beyond the obvious about a person, a situation, or idea. It’s both seeing deeply – accessing insight – and seeing broadly – accessing perspective. Wisdom flourishes in the soil of open-mindedness, where the roots of understanding and discernment can penetrate deeply. Wisdom, while broad and deep, is also temporary – it is actively evolving, not static. It’s ever changing with an ever-changing world and our ever-changing selves operating in the world.
A common block to wisdom is when we relax into past insights and perspectives, attached to our past wisdom about a person, situation, or idea. This is in fact pre-judging, aka prejudice – deciding rather than discerning. It’s easier to cut and paste the wisdom of old experiences into the current situation than to broaden and deepen one’s awareness and inquiry in the now.
If you find yourself feeling certain about a client – e.g., they don’t have the executive presence they need to be in the C-suite, or they can’t seem to prioritize their well-being, pause and reflect. Start fresh, with new wonder. What new insights and perspectives are awaiting discovery? What is the wisdom of this moment for my client?
Now. What’s a wisdom practice for our clients and ourselves in January? Set aside past wisdom. Open our minds and explore, wide and deep. Discern the wisdom of this moment and, hold it lightly.
Coaching sessions, and even entire coaching programs, often begin with a client bringing forth a challenge or problem to overcome or resolve. Sometimes the presenting challenge has emerged at work, from 360 feedback, or with one’s boss or team. Is that in fact the best way to begin?
There are approximately 200 million 1:1 meetings a day around the globe. Yet, the research clearly shows that 1) the effectiveness of these meetings is far from optimal; 2) that managers self-ratings of their skills in conducting these meetings is inflated and not aligned with their directs. Hence, an incredible opportunity exists to fill the skills gap and maximize return of a tremendous time investment....
For many coaches, there are universal issues that their clients face: relationships in and out of work that are on the fritz, the affliction of doomscrolling and lack of engagement, navigating major loss and grief, and being held back by past hurts, that extend all the way to childhood. In order to move through these pain points and unleash connection, healing, and personal growth, coaches must find a way to explore topics that elicit BIG feelings in their clients, like fear, anxiety, and discomfort....
Picture this: you, cozy in your office, a cup of hot cocoa in hand, and a grin that stretches from ear to ear. Why? Because you're about to dive headfirst into a 30-minute whirlwind of wisdom and wittiness in Humor Creates Trust: Seriously. In this delightfully upbeat and highly informative session, we'll discuss why laughter is the best medicine, and how coaches can use humor to build trust, resiliency, motivation, and an overall stronger relationship with clients.
There are approximately 200 million 1:1 meetings a day around the globe. Yet, the research clearly shows that 1) the effectiveness of these meetings is far from optimal; 2) that managers self-ratings of their skills in conducting these meetings is inflated and not aligned with their directs. Hence, an incredible opportunity exists to fill the skills gap and maximize return of a tremendous time investment. In this CoachX Conversation, Steven Rogelberg and Jeffrey Hull preview Steven’s book Glad We Met: The Art and Science of 1:1 Meetings and discuss how to realize the full potential of every 1:1 meeting, without feeling like you are just wallowing in wasted meeting time.
Did you know that curiosity is your superpower? It’s no secret that division, loneliness, and polarization are on the rise—to catastrophic impact on our personal lives....
Based on 25 years of research into the specific hurdles facing women in business, In Her Own Voice offers sage advice and empowerment for any woman striving to advance her career—and any organization ready to improve gender equity at every level....
The midlife crisis is the butt of so many jokes, but this long-derided life stage has an upside. What if we could reframe our thinking about the natural transition of midlife not as a crisis, but as a chrysalis—a time when something profound awakens in us, as we shed our skin, spread our wings, and pollinate our wisdom to the world?...
After the Suicide Funeral: Wisdom on the Path to Posttraumatic Growth references the long and painful journey of bereavement that many suicide-loss-survivors experience in the wake of losing their loved one....
To our knowledge nothing with The Suicide Funeral (or Memorial Service): Honoring Their Memory, Comforting Their Survivors' scope and depth has ever been published. This is an aid to anyone who will be called upon to do a funeral for the nearly 43,000 suicides in America each year....
This book lucidly illustrates how a leader can bring out the very best in people by coaching them, and how coaching can unleash creativity as well as innovation while inspiring teams to play to their potential....
There are an estimated 200-500 million 1:1 meetings held each day around the world, but are they run as transformatively as they could be? Or are they just talk?...
Join us on January 3rd as we explore how cultivating curiosity not only directs the purpose of learning but also expands the spectrum of possibilities of coaching responses while benchmarking the learning progress of a coach.
Our current culture is grief and mourning phobic, not inviting people to recognize, honor, and express their grief.
How do we know what we do in coaching is actually working? Coaching is often presented as a primary tool for the transformative process, but there is a research and practice gap in measuring the efficacy of coaching.
Join Jennifer McCollum, former CEO of Linkage (a SHRM company) and author of the book IN HER OWN VOICE: A WOMAN'S RISE TO CEO, to gain access to the latest data on women in the workplace and hear real-life insights from a premier expert on women's leadership.
Chip Conley has spent his past 15 years studying the upsides and downsides of middle age with a particular interest in helping coaches know how to help their clients address their 40s, 50s, and 60s. Be sure to join IOC Executive Director, Jeffrey Hull, as he interviews Chip on this wonderful new book and previews his upcoming keynote address at the Coaching in Leadership and Healthcare Conference sponsored by Harvard Medical School on May 3-4 2024. You don't want to miss this one!
Brimming with enthusiasm and excitement, we invite you to our 15th annual Coaching in Leadership & Coaching conference, a partnership of the Institute of Coaching, McLean Hospital, and Harvard Medical School, titled: Journey from Coaching Comp
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