In the words of W.E.B. DuBois, “Believe in life! Always human beings will progress to greater, broader, and fuller life.” As we enter the month of March, so many of us are struck with a whirlwind of emotions – a deep sorrow for those affected by the turn of events in Ukraine, a sense of relief as the peak of the pandemic begins to wind down, a wave of fear for the uncertainty that lies before us, and a hope that the work we do for change will make a difference. To believe in life means to trust its process, to celebrate its wins, and to live fully. It also means acknowledging the whole of who we are, including the difficult emotions and the mysteries of life we struggle to understand.
The close of black history month and emergence into women’s history month affords us the opportunity to reflect on the powerful voice and presence of past and modern-day agents of change. Both commemorative months represent a roster of women and leaders of color, visible and unseen, whose contributions have shaped the world of coaching and leadership as we now know it. As coaches, we are uniquely positioned to usher in this change through the leaders we serve who have the courage to act, but are unsure of where and how to begin. We begin with compassion. We begin by listening. We begin by honoring the truths of those who are counting on us for change.
It is incumbent upon us as coaches, particularly through what seems to be a continuous cycle of crises, that we remain intentional about learning and sharpening our skills. This month, the IOC team will continue to offer opportunities for exactly this type of growth with content that addresses the art of insubordination, visual leadership, coaching for resilience, and power dynamics in coaching. Our vision, and the call of this profession, is to engage in work that nurtures broader and fuller lives for ourselves and others. We hope you find that these resources provide personal and professional support towards that end.
The IOC Team
Scientific disciplines are uplifted and expanded by unifying themes and theories that can link disparate constructs, research results, scientists, and practitioners. A good example is self-determination theory, a unifying theory and sub-theories for human motivation and personality. Another example is the Big Five personality assessment, which invigorated personality psychology. On the other hand, observers have criticized the field of positive psychology for lacking a unifying meta-theory that brings together the numerous constructs, study results, and scientists.
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
Unfortunately, talking intelligently about race has been overrun by academia -- folks with many degrees, a college or university platform, and publications in traditionally acclaimed journals and books. As academics continue the important work of advancing knowledge about race and systemic oppression, such approaches can repel the very audiences who are seeking simple language to describe very complex lived experiences. Coaches, in varied environments such as leadership, health and career domains, also need to be comfortable discussing these topics in ways that support their own learning, their client's specific context and the goals of the engagement....
The need for leaders to think and act from a Both/And perspective has gained increasing attention during the past decades. Polarities like candor::diplomacy, structure::flexibility, local::global, employee-focus::organization-focus are central to complexity, transformation, and development. Unfortunately, while many talk about the criticality and benefits of Both/And leadership, few offer practical methods to help coaches support their clients as they develop this later-stage muscle. ...
Eddie Turner and Jeff Hull discuss purposeful leadership in this CoachX Conversation.
What do Founders need from Coaches? What are the challenges of moving from a CMO to a CEO? Joy Howard who shares her own journey from CMO to CEO, provides inside information the successful founders she’s worked with, and insights on how coaches can best help with this transition and beyond.
VisuaLeadership [noun]: The art and science of applying visual thinking and visual communication tools, tips, and techniques, in order to turn your vision into reality....
A highly practical and research-based toolbox for anyone who wants to create a world with more justice, creativity, and courage....
Celebrates important people and moments in African American history, including Tony Morrison's winning of the Nobel Prize for Literature and the 1992 election of Nelson Mandela....
Heart-Centered Leadership is a transformational business book, one that is keenly attuned to the growing awareness of the need for more mindful leaders who realize that self-care and authenticity have a deeply significant impact on the satisfaction and well-being of their workforce a...
CoachXConversation with Carol Kauffman and Todd Kashdan on how to dissent and defy effectively.
Join Todd Cherches and Jeff Hull for a discussion on Visual Coaching
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In this fireside chat, IOC’s director of education, Pamela Larde, will be joined by historian and Emmy award-winning journalist, Janus Adams to discuss how imbalanced power dynamics can play out within dyadic relationships such as those that may exist between coach and coachee, leader and team member, or doctor and patient.
This is a public webinar.
Join us Wednesday, March 29th for our next CoachX Conversation with Dr. Shaunna Payne Gold about embracing race. Dr. Shaunna will be talking with the Institute of Coaching’s Director of Education, Pamela Larde as a follow-up to a public webinar with the IOC.
The ADAPT Health Coach Training Program is a robust, 12-month, online certification program created by Chris Kresser, M.S., L.Ac., a globally respected Functional Medicine clinician and thought leader. We offer hands-on, experiential training in core coaching modalities, Functional Health, ancestral diet and lifestyle, and business and professional development. Our program is led by a world-class faculty of experts in fields like Functional Medicine, health coaching, behavior change, motivational interviewing, and evidence-based medicine, and our curriculum is dedicated to the practical application and mastery of the skills and competencies needed to coach. Students receive supervision and mentorship throughout the program, interacting with faculty, mentor coaches, teaching assistants, and their peers through engaging live lectures and demonstrations, roundtable discussions, and Q&As. Graduates can earn our ADAPT-Certified Functional Health Coach (A-CFHC) credential—signaling mastery of our Functional Health, evidence-based approach to health coaching.
We are an Approved Health and Wellness Coach Training & Education Program by the National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching (NBHWC), and an approved provider of continuing education by NBHWC. We are also approved by the Canadian Health Coach Alliance and the UK Health Coaches Association (UKHCA).
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