Insights on Change & Growth

Enjoy this collection of thoughts on coaching, change leadership and personal development.

Spinning with Complexity

Spinning with Complexity

As a child, what fascinated you? Take a moment to reflect, and select one (of no doubt many) fascinations. Where has that same fascination shown up again and again in different forms throughout your life? Explore this, and you’ll uncover a golden thread - perhaps one...

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Holding a Mirror to Complexity

Holding a Mirror to Complexity

My first encounter with coaching supervision felt like being in the desert and suddenly finding water. As in many professions, it’s important that we as coaches don’t fall into the trap of “the cobbler’s children having no shoes,” being too busy developing others to...

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The Role of Internal Coaching Teams in Reimagining the Future

The Role of Internal Coaching Teams in Reimagining the Future

Imagine a world in which the principles of coaching become the norm, a culture in which collaboration, innovation and shared leadership are deeply embedded. Is such a dream possible? What can pioneering leaders, visionaries and leapers do to support this dream in...

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Reflecting on the Bittersweet

Reflecting on the Bittersweet

Although the self-reflection so integral to leadership development may be one of the worthiest endeavours we will ever undertake, it is not a simple journey. As leaders and coaches, we cannot grow in others what we have not first explored in ourselves. Examining what...

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Clarity Amidst Conflict

Clarity Amidst Conflict

With the percolating, disruptive undercurrent of the war in Ukraine, tensions are running high. As coaches and leaders, we recognize that conflict is both natural and necessary for emergence and transformation to occur. However, once conflict becomes toxic and...

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10 Tips for Keeping Your Designed Team Alliance Alive

10 Tips for Keeping Your Designed Team Alliance Alive

Systems work - whether coaching or leading - is about developing more awareness and intention of what’s emerging within and between systems, and so a greater capacity to act from collective intelligence. Coaching a system to gain more awareness and intention in how it...

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Coaching Presence

Coaching Presence

The energy we bring to teams influences the collective energy. As a leader or a coach of a team, what is the emotional weather that will support the work of your team? What energetic presence is required of you? This presence is not about status or basking in the...

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Holding Space for Compassionate Wisdom

Holding Space for Compassionate Wisdom

To lead and coach means to hear, feel, and sense the emotional energy of others, unfolding what lies within. At times, the intensity of this work can make it challenging to maintain healthy boundaries - to keep from drowning in the pain of our clients and those we...

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Dancing with Shadow and Light

Dancing with Shadow and Light

So much of what we do as leaders and coaches begins with our relationship with self. We cannot invite others to travel where we ourselves fear to go. It is a dance with the shadow and light at our core, as we work past our own defences and begin to understand and...

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Inspiring Transformation

Inspiring Transformation

Imagine having the ability to spark a fire in your team that can light up the entire system. Everyone is pulling in the same direction, working toward a common goal and inspired to take action within their own circle of influence. What does it take to develop such...

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Calculating the ROI of Coaching

Calculating the ROI of Coaching

What relationship do you have with measuring the Return on Investment (ROI) of coaching? It takes energy, time and money to go full out on ROI, so we had better know what the ROI of ROI is before going in. One of the most obvious challenges revolves around calculating...

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Erkan Kadir | Unlocking Agility with ORSC

Erkan Kadir | Unlocking Agility with ORSC

"I like to think of ORSC as a different lens to look at the world, one that gives you a richer and wider perspective to understand what's going on between yourself and others." • Erkan Kadir, B.Sc., CEC, ORSCC   Having started out in software development, Erkan...

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Reflecting on Your Coaching Practice

Reflecting on Your Coaching Practice

As a coach, have you ever felt like your client, or perhaps even you are just going through the motions? Maybe the team you are coaching is cycling again - talking about the same old things they’ve discussed many times before, without any energy or commitment to try...

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The Leader As Coach

The Leader As Coach

How do you define the role of a leader?  Is it an expert who has answers? A mentor who trusts team members to be responsible? A champion who connects, supports and challenges teams? An authority who inspires and directs what needs to happen and when? Amid complexity...

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Looking Back & Looking Forward

Looking Back & Looking Forward

At this time of year, nature pauses, as buds of what will be slumber awaiting the call to awaken. Do you also long to pause, to take stock and reflect on the whirlwind of incredible change that has been our experience in 2020? On the threshold of this fresh new year...

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Change Perspectives

Change Perspectives

Change has overtaken us. For some time, global and local forces have been signalling a need for transformation. Now, we find ourselves being pushed to and over the brink of change, with no individual or organization remaining untouched. This brink, which appeared so...

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Signals from Tomorrow

Signals from Tomorrow

Much of this year has been spent meandering in the liminal. The word comes from the Latin limen, meaning threshold or boundary. It is a space of transition. Standing in this threshold, we peer further past the dividing point in an attempt to see tomorrow. What is...

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Expand the Emotional Aperture in Virtual Meetings

Expand the Emotional Aperture in Virtual Meetings

In the dramatic shift to an entirely new way of working, hiccups are to be expected. We are settling in, adjusting to a reality of physical distancing, virtual workplaces, and distributed teams. Still, it feels like something is missing. A certain buzz imbibed from...

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Yearning to Unmask

Yearning to Unmask

 Looking around, it is hard to believe how much has changed since Covid-19 insisted we step apart from one another physically and devise other ways to connect. While literally this has led to masking, metaphorically we are experiencing a collective unmasking. Systemic...

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United in Conflict

United in Conflict

What are you noticing as the world around you shifts? The coronavirus pandemic has revealed a universal truth. We are bounded by our skin, our families, our teams, our organizations, our nations. At the same time, we are without boundaries, forever interdependent. In...

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Reflecting on the Great Pause

Reflecting on the Great Pause

Here we are, in this liminal space. Some have named this time The Great Pause. The Pause itself has been sparked by the coronavirus, itself a liminal being existing at the border between chemistry and life. This space in between. Between sleeping and awake. Between...

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Message in a Bottle

Message in a Bottle

In this strange suspended time, we are physically separated from one another yet long for emotional connection. How can we be here and there, different yet the same, distant yet close - both, at the same time? This ambiguity of ‘both - at the same time’ has been a...

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Seeing Beyond the Surface

Seeing Beyond the Surface

The work that I do in fostering effective team relationships revolves around learning to connect on a heartfelt level – a connection that creates the open, mutually respectful relationships required for effective collaboration. In doing so, we peel away surface layers...

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Evolving Team Energy

Evolving Team Energy

Is there someone in your life who commands energy? Who easily lightens or intensifies the atmosphere in a space, in a positive or negative way? Whether these people bring sunshine or brooding storm, there’s no missing the shift that happens when they arrive on the...

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ORSC in Action

ORSC in Action

We all have moments that profoundly change us. For me, defining experiences have included living and working in a remote Tanzanian village, and birthing my children at home using hypnotherapy. To my delight, the discovery of Organization and Relationship Systems...

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