Archive for March, 2008

The Same And Different

March 27, 2008

his article is the same asthe one in Contribution Coaching.  What makes it different is that it’s here!!!

Coaching Two Point Oh Oh!

You know, I’ve been writing about Coaching 2.0 for a while now.  As I’ve told you, the feedback from my clients has been unvaryingly great.  The problem is that talking about it isn’t it.

So I’ve been wondering how I can give you a taste of it, give you some way of discovering it so you can make use of it in your life, make use of it in your business or, if you’re a coach, make use of it in your practice.

Then I thought – Maybe I can do a teleseminar and really show people how exciting it can be.  Except that would have you hear me talking about it instead of reading about it.  Big deal.  But then I got this idea.

I’ve been on teleseminars where they sometimes let one person from the audience interact with the leader.  Or one person acts as moderator and others interact with the leader.  That’s better, but it’s still not what Coaching 2.0 is, because the flavor is still missing, the dynamism is not there.

Well, I’ve given myself a small research project and I’ll tell you about it on April 3rd, hoping I’m not a fool, because here’s what I’m going to do.

I’m going to schedule a teleseminar in a few weeks.  And I am committing to be able to demonstrate Coaching 2.0 in a way that you will absolutely get it.  Call it a bold experiment.

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Big and Small

March 26, 2008

We are beginning to realize that we need to look at all of it, that everything is interconnected.  It’s not just the knee bone that’s connected to the thigh bone, but probably my right elbow and a taxi cab.  Everything is interconnected. But saying that, even seeing that highlights the essential problem we face.

Because at the same time that we see the complex relationships that exist, we also see that each piece of ‘all of it’ has smaller and smaller components.  And there’s research and development going on in each of these components.  So there are no side effects, there are only effects.

The implications are staggering.  How can we determine anything?  How can we live in this world of best guesses, particularly when some of the consequences can be calamitous?  We cannot even study the relevant documentation, because we first have to determine what is most relevant and then read and digest it.  This is more than formidable.

When butterflies flitting in Shanghai can cause typhoons in Missouri, it’s hard to deal with global warming.  When a sub-chemical of PVCs in toys can cause reduced male genitalia in children, it’s hard to deal with product safety.  And on and on and on.  Our knowledge has led us to the road that’s paved with good intentions and our question is how to drive.

I again recommend the movie Mindwalk – a movie, released in the US in 1991-1992 and still totally current.  It stars Liv Ullman (the holistic physicist), Sam Waterson (the Senator) and John Heard (the Poet) – with extraordinary settings and interesting score.  It’s a movie worth thinking inside of, almost scene by scene
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I will be launching a teleseminar sometime next month – It’s one of my dreams.  I’ve been writing recently about the new kind of coaching I do, that I call Coaching 2.0.  But I realized that writing about it is that and experiencing it is something else – like the difference between watching a game and playing it.  I’ve been researching this and as soon as I figure a few things out, I’ll let you know about it.  Stay tuned.

What’s Important?

March 9, 2008

Global Mindshift, through its website, www.conversationweek.org asked people to submit what we consider the ten most important questions of our time.  One of the facilitators in Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream symposiums had some of her questions selected (I’m also a facilitator:  www.awakeningthedreamer.org)
 I don’t think there’s much to say other than, ‘Here they are”
•         How can we best prepare our children for the future?
•         What does sustainability look like to you? How do we get there? 
•         How do humans need to adapt to survive the changes predicted for this century?
•         How do we shift from “Me” to “We” on both the local and global levels?
•         How can you, as Gandhi said, be the change that you want to see in the world?
•         What kind of economic structures can best support a shift to sustainable living?
•         How should we re-invent the political process so that people feel that they have a voice?
•         What kind of leadership does the world need now?
•          How can we balance our personal needs with the most pressing needs of our community and the larger world?
•          What can we do to reduce or eliminate violence in the world?
Responses came in from 39 countries – from Uganda to Mexico to Singapore to Serbia to India to the US – making Global Conversation Week 2008 truly global.
No.  There is something else to say:  What are your answers?  How can you get your friends to read and answer for themselves?