The Coaching Project is Transitioning

After a long absence, I am writing with the purpose of providing some context for the changes in me and the world around me that have led to this gap. The Coaching Project has transitioned to new interests and priorities over the past couple of years, reflecting my own transitions in life.

Just as TCP was a pioneer in the field of Leaders Coaching Leaders, we are setting out again to explore the role of leadership and coaching in the final stages of life. Some of the questions I have been pondering that have led to this shift in direction are: How can we share our gifts of wisdom and experience after we leave the workplace? How can we contribute to our imperiled world as elders? How can our own living and dying lead the way for others?

I hope to share some of my own story and a few of the exciting new directions emanating from these changes. This newsletter will now become a blog on an updated website and will focus on these new adventures as they unfold.

I would like to thank the many, many people who have contributed to our success over the last 15 years – clients, colleagues, leaders and managers, students, associates, friends. I am tremendously grateful to all who have supported, mentored, and travelled this path along with me. A deep bow to you all.

A New Beginning

In our coaching and training we have consistently used our three-stage process as shown in the model below. Each stage answers a question: What’s So? So What? What’s Next? I have used these questions to reflect on my recent experience and to give a sense of completion to this chapter in The Coaching Project’s history.

What’s So?

I often say retirement is harder than it looks. I have been working on it for half a dozen years. I began

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The Importance of Coach Education

I recently interviewed Arden Henley, Principal of Canadian Programs at City University, about CityU’s decision to partner with The Coaching Project on coach education. His insights mirror and expand on the results of the ICF study.

Why does CityU see a coaching program as an important addition to its roster of programs?

We see our role as building leadership capacity in the community. Coaching plays an increasingly important role in leadership and we want to respond to that need.

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Coaching: The State of the Art

Reading the International Coach Federation (ICF) research study entitled Building a Coaching Culture*, I am naturally inclined to reflect on the past 17 years of growing The Coaching Project Inc. We began in 1998 to work with organizations who were interested in building coaching cultures in order to develop their leaders and improve performance and engagement in their employees. We had very little to go on in terms of precedent but coming from our organizational development backgrounds, it seemed clear

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Business is Changing!

Wisdom 2.0 tells us there is a revolution occurring in how we view and relate to work.

This new movement is questioning all our assumptions about what it means to develop and operate a business. Elements like mindfulness, wisdom, and compassion are no longer seen as superfluous or useless, but as integral qualities to include in any for- or non-profit endeavor. People are increasingly seeking work that is meaningful, engaged, and where their deeper life purpose is aligned.

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Mindfulness: At Home with the Mind at Work

Mindfulness seems to have emerged out of nowhere to become the latest buzzword in organizational and leadership development. What is going on? Why has this idea gained so much power so quickly? Companies like Google, Twitter, PayPal, LinkedIn, Cisco, and Ford are training managers and executives in mindfulness and meditation techniques. Wisdom 2.0, a gathering where the technology and contemplative communities hash out the best ways to integrate these tools into our lives, had 1700 people attend last year’s

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How Then Do We Live?

The invitation to live mindfully sounds great…and then sounds hard!!! How do we live mindfully? While weeding, while shopping, while doing the dishes? How do we invite a sense of the sacred into the everyday moments of our lives? Here are a few things I’ve found helpful, and I’d love to hear from you about what you find helpful.

WHEN I’M DRIVING: at red lights, I breathe deeply, close my eyes for a few seconds, and check in with where

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The Evolution of Work as Home

Evolutionary perspectives are all the rage at the moment. Carter Phipps in The Evolutionaries says “we are moving” – we can connect the dots from our prehistory through to our present and know that every certainty is about to change. I have been thinking about this evolutionary perspective in relation to work and home. I have a renewed interest in home these days, as I work at home more and combine work life with home life. I

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What Wants to Happen?

Our 14th What Wants to Happen? retreat will be held in Nashville TN in the Spring of 2017. Stay tuned for upcoming information on dates and themes.

Our two 2015 retreats in Phoenix AZ and Vancouver BC with the theme of Coming Home to Spirit provided participants with 5 days of co-created connection, reflection, dialogue and action planning for living into our highest evolutionary consciousness.

The New Edges Learning Community is a member-directed group of practitioners

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The New Face of Corporate Philanthropy

The Governor General recently framed philanthropy as “time, talent and treasure”, noting that two-thirds of the meaning had nothing to do with money. Wait a minute… isn’t philanthropy all about the money? Well, not any more if it ever was. A growing consciousness about global disparities and what is required for our collective wellbeing is altering our worldview. This consciousness is emerging out of a number of social forces shifting the philanthropic plates and creating a new face of giving.

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Meet a Social Entrepreneur

Daphne Nederhorst is the Founder of Sawa World, a nonprofit based in Vancouver and dedicated to eliminating extreme poverty with a new approach. Sawa (meaning ‘equal’ in Swahili) is about to celebrate its fifth anniversary so I asked Daphne to reflect on her experience.

What does Sawa World do that is different from traditional nonprofits?

Sawa looks beyond traditional charity and foreign aid to local leaders who have found their own innovative solutions to alleviating extreme poverty in their

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In Over our Heads?

TCP is currently working with a Canadian university to design a coach training program accredited by the International Coach Federation. Developing the curriculum for this 17-day program has been a wonderful challenge, particularly because it has caused me to revisit coaching from the ground up-the essential principles and processes involved and how they are learned.

One of the themes is, of course, change. Change at the personal, team and organizational levels. Coaching has emerged over the last 15 years or

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Life is Full of a Number of Things

‘Life is full of a number of things…’ That was a saying my mother used to quote quite often. Many of us just finished a year that contained ‘a number of things’: unexpected events, circumstances, obstacles, and other interesting life artifacts.

And for some of us, it has resulted in a good deal of change, some completions, and even some truncations. We find we can’t or aren’t going in the same direction anymore. We can’t do… or be… ‘that’ anymore.

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Branding: Who Am I?

I have recently updated The Coaching Project website. I’ve put it off for a long while as I anticipated it would be an onerous task. The difficulty is that to change the website, I had to ask myself: Who am I now as TCP’s leader? And how can I best tell TCP’s story? These are never easy questions. Although we are in the business of change, none of us is immune to the resistance that inevitably accompanies it.

When I looked

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An Invitation to a Question

If you haven’t reflected on the question, “Who Am I?” lately, here’s an invitation to do so. I know this sounds a little like existential navel-gazing but it is in fact a very practical process of aligning who you are with what you do and say, so your communication is powerful and clear. You are your brand. You shape it every day in every conversation and decision. Walking the talk has long been a leadership injunction because it is a

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Spanish Edition Now Available

Leadership Alchemy in Spanish has just been published by UPC in Lima! See Carol and I talking about the book and its history. Thanks to our Lima Associate Oscar Osorio for making it happen.

Online Leadership Development

Susan Wright, TCP President

Sometimes revolutionary changes take place without us really paying attention. For me, this has happened with online education. A major transition has taken place over the past few years away from traditional classroom and face-to-face leadership training and development. The reasons are easy to see: lowered budgets for attending leadership development programs, fewer in-house resources to deliver the content, and generally less time and capacity to fit into the fixed schedules face-to-face learning requires. Enter online

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TCP’s Becoming a Leader Coach Online Program

TCP’s Becoming a Leader Coach Online Program (Apr 24, 2011)

David Gibson, TCP Associate

We are very excited about our new online program which takes our two-day workshop and translates it into online content with expanded support and coaching. For those who have attended a workshop and want a refresher, or those who are new to a group who have already attended the workshop, the online program is ideal. And for busy managers and executives who are looking for

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What’s Your Story?

By Susan Wright, TCP President

This is the time of year when most people reflect on where they’ve been and where they’re headed. It’s a time to ask, What’s My Story? Stories have always been central to our lives but they seem to be enjoying a particular popularity these days. For example, Fortune recently reported that there were an estimated 728 corporate storytellers in 2010. These are experts who make their living by helping leaders create stories that are

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The Business of Story

An Interview with Dan Petersen, Life and Story Coach

How did you become interested in story?

I first got interested when I read Daniel Pink’s book, A Whole New Mind, where he lists story as one of the three forces nudging us into what he calls ‘the conceptual age’. He describes how organizations like NASA, 3M, Xerox and the World Bank are using story to help understand and manage change for this coming age. He mentions another book by Robert

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Latest News

  • The Coaching Project is Transitioning

    After a long absence, I am writing with the purpose of providing some context for the changes in me and the world around me that have led to this gap. The Coaching Project has transitioned to new interests and priorities over the past couple of years, reflecting my own transitions in life.

    Just as TCP was a pioneer in the field of Leaders Coaching Leaders, we are setting out again to explore the role of leadership and coaching in the

    Learn more…

  • A New Beginning

    In our coaching and training we have consistently used our three-stage process as shown in the model below. Each stage answers a question: What’s So? So What? What’s Next? I have used these questions to reflect on my recent experience and to give a sense of completion to this chapter in The Coaching Project’s history.

    What’s So?

    I often say retirement is harder than it looks. I have been working on it for half a dozen years. I began

    Learn more…

  • The Importance of Coach Education

    I recently interviewed Arden Henley, Principal of Canadian Programs at City University, about CityU’s decision to partner with The Coaching Project on coach education. His insights mirror and expand on the results of the ICF study.

    Why does CityU see a coaching program as an important addition to its roster of programs?

    We see our role as building leadership capacity in the community. Coaching plays an increasingly important role in leadership and we want to respond to that need.

    Learn more…

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Becoming a Leader Coach® Online

We have launched our new video-based Leader Coach program! Here is an introduction to what you will find. For more, visit http://www.tcpleadercoach.com or click on Becoming a Leader Coach Online under the Professional Leadership tab.