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  • Coaching Report: May 2022

    Age Discrimination and Intergenerational Advocacy

Curated by: The IOC Team

  • This month in the northern hemisphere we see the signs of spring everywhere--abundant greenery, blooming flowers, warming sunshine—as the cold weather recedes. In a word, spring is a time of re-birth.

    Yet, as the southern hemisphere enters fall and winter, we are reminded that nature —and we are part of nature—works in cycles not a straight line upward trajectory. So with nature’s circularity in mind, this month we delve into an important yet less visible issue of diversity and inclusion that organization’s face in today’s post-pandemic period, especially in light of the “great resignation”.

    Statistics show that while younger workers may be quitting in droves and reevaluating their career options, older workers are staying in the workforce longer than ever, remaining healthy and able to contribute long into their 70’s and beyond. The trouble is that many cultures exalt youth —to the detriment of older workers. And emergent talent needs mentorship, which can only be successfully provided across multiple generations.

    This month we are joined for a webinar and CoachX Live event by an expert on the subject of age discrimination and intergenerational advocacy, Adrion Porter, who will share research and practical tips for coaches to raise their awareness of this less studied form of discrimination:

    “We all need to sit back, and think about when we hire people… let’s not exclude someone because of the way they look, or their age. Talent is talent…especially when the benefits of ‘mutual mentorship’ between younger and older generations are a catalyst for overall team performance. We must identify efforts to amplify and accelerate ALL generations within the world of work.”

    The wisdom and gifts of people in all life-stages—young adult through elderhood—are required to solve the most intractable problems of our time: climate change, social inequity, political/economic disruption. So this month let’s commit to honor the cycles of nature by leveraging the talents of all—at every stage.

  • Video Still of Carol Kauffman and Robert Biswas-Diener

    Back by popular demand, Dr Robert Biswas-Diener and Carol Kauffman dive deep into the Ethics Riff. Robert Biswas-Diener is a recognized authority on the application of positive psychology to the coaching endeavor. He retains a small coaching practice and particularly enjoys working with managers, entrepreneurs, and creatives....

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  • Photo of Richard Boyatzis

    A wave of enthusiasm about coaching has fueled rapid growth of the industry, but the future will be determined by the quality of the research we conduct. We need to reinforce beliefs and popular practices with an intellectual foundation – our intellectual integrity. We also need to stretch and improve coaching processes and practices to prepare people for the future. The Thought Leadership Institute of ICF convened three sessions of conversations among 36 of the leading researchers on coaching from around the world. The thoughts and dialogue were synthesized into a Grand Challenge for the Future of Coaching paper which has been published in the Journal of Applied Behavioral Sciences....

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  • Video Still of Haesun Moon

    Learn how you can use ordinary words in extraordinary ways to transform our micro-conversations with ourselves and others. Based on her groundbreaking work in coaching process research, Haesun introduces a simple listening compass that you can use in your very next conversation.  ...

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  • Train night market in Ratchadapisek Bangkok

    Many of our current and future choices about what tools we use in coaching involve new technology (tech) that take us beyond the norm of videoconferencing beefed up with digital whiteboards. The hybrid workplace and emergence of AI (artificial intelligence) in every aspect of our lives will surely impact the coaching profession and change the way we work in myriad ways.  ...

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    IOC members receive discounts on ICL events and training programs. Reach out to ICL for more information at inquiries@contemporaryleadership.com or https://contemporaryleadership.com/institute

     

Director's Corner

  • This month in the northern hemisphere we see the signs of spring everywhere--abundant greenery, blooming flowers, warming sunshine—as the cold weather recedes. In a word, spring is a time of re-birth.

    Yet, as the southern hemisphere enters fall and winter, we are reminded that nature —and we are part of nature—works in cycles not a straight line upward trajectory. So with nature’s circularity in mind, this month we delve into an important yet less visible issue of diversity and inclusion that organization’s face in today’s post-pandemic period, especially in light of the “great resignation”.

    Statistics show that while younger workers may be quitting in droves and reevaluating their career options, older workers are staying in the workforce longer than ever, remaining healthy and able to contribute long into their 70’s and beyond. The trouble is that many cultures exalt youth —to the detriment of older workers. And emergent talent needs mentorship, which can only be successfully provided across multiple generations.

    This month we are joined for a webinar and CoachX Live event by an expert on the subject of age discrimination and intergenerational advocacy, Adrion Porter, who will share research and practical tips for coaches to raise their awareness of this less studied form of discrimination:

    “We all need to sit back, and think about when we hire people… let’s not exclude someone because of the way they look, or their age. Talent is talent…especially when the benefits of ‘mutual mentorship’ between younger and older generations are a catalyst for overall team performance. We must identify efforts to amplify and accelerate ALL generations within the world of work.”

    The wisdom and gifts of people in all life-stages—young adult through elderhood—are required to solve the most intractable problems of our time: climate change, social inequity, political/economic disruption. So this month let’s commit to honor the cycles of nature by leveraging the talents of all—at every stage.

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  • Video Still of Carol Kauffman and Robert Biswas-Diener

    Back by popular demand, Dr Robert Biswas-Diener and Carol Kauffman dive deep into the Ethics Riff. Robert Biswas-Diener is a recognized authority on the application of positive psychology to the coaching endeavor. He retains a small coaching practice and particularly enjoys working with managers, entrepreneurs, and creatives....

    Share
    /
  • Photo of Richard Boyatzis

    A wave of enthusiasm about coaching has fueled rapid growth of the industry, but the future will be determined by the quality of the research we conduct. We need to reinforce beliefs and popular practices with an intellectual foundation – our intellectual integrity. We also need to stretch and improve coaching processes and practices to prepare people for the future. The Thought Leadership Institute of ICF convened three sessions of conversations among 36 of the leading researchers on coaching from around the world. The thoughts and dialogue were synthesized into a Grand Challenge for the Future of Coaching paper which has been published in the Journal of Applied Behavioral Sciences....

    Share
    /
  • Video Still of Haesun Moon

    Learn how you can use ordinary words in extraordinary ways to transform our micro-conversations with ourselves and others. Based on her groundbreaking work in coaching process research, Haesun introduces a simple listening compass that you can use in your very next conversation.  ...

    Share
    /
  • Train night market in Ratchadapisek Bangkok

    Many of our current and future choices about what tools we use in coaching involve new technology (tech) that take us beyond the norm of videoconferencing beefed up with digital whiteboards. The hybrid workplace and emergence of AI (artificial intelligence) in every aspect of our lives will surely impact the coaching profession and change the way we work in myriad ways.  ...

    Share
    /

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  • The Institute for Contemporary Leadership is an applied-research learning center, whose mission is to enable senior leaders to make a step change in their leadership, and have a greater impact in their organizations and beyond. The Institute brings together preeminent thinkers and senior practitioners in human capital and leadership development, to explore the necessary factors for powerful growth in the critical capabilities required for leaders to adapt to the pace of contemporary change. The Institute provides a multifaceted platform for executives to push themselves through catalytic experiences with the intensive ongoing support of a diverse community of other committed leaders.

     

    IOC members receive discounts on ICL events and training programs. Reach out to ICL for more information at inquiries@contemporaryleadership.com or https://contemporaryleadership.com/institute