Reflections

Enjoy this collection of thoughts on core, collective and change leadership.

Playing with Polarities

Playing with Polarities

When you’re asked an either/or question, do you answer automatically or stop to consider more options? It’s easy to fall into the habit of thinking there is just one answer. Old stories tell of us of one path through the darkening woods, one wise leader to point the...

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Stillness at the Centre of Change

Stillness at the Centre of Change

Halycon days of stillness are here. At the time of the winter solstice the halycon, a mythical bird, was said by the ancient writers to charm the wind and waves to calm. For thousands of years, people have paused to celebrate the solstice, which literally means "sun...

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A Change Leader’s Guide to Reflective Practice

A Change Leader’s Guide to Reflective Practice

Leading change isn't for the faint of heart. It demands both sensitivity and grit. Whether you are coaching or leading others, you serve as a mirror for others to see what might be moving them forward or holding them back. You find the courage to illuminate shadows -...

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Exploring the Darkness with Team Coaching Supervision

Exploring the Darkness with Team Coaching Supervision

Are you brave enough to venture into the dark? If you are drawn to become a team coaching supervisor, it may be more comfortable to focus on the brighter aspects of this intensive work. However, it is equally important not to shy away from what is difficult, uncertain...

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10 Best Practices for Change Leadership

10 Best Practices for Change Leadership

Change leadership is complex, and so much more involved than just checking items off a list! If you’ve ever been involved in organizational transformation, you know that change doesn’t follow an exact formula. Rather, it is a style of leadership that involves everyone...

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The Epic Journey of Change Leadership

The Epic Journey of Change Leadership

Do you long to unbutton yourself from the everyday, and travel toward adventure with curiosity and daring? Such is the story of the change leader - those of us drawn toward transformation in an uncharted world. We are the novel ones, leaders and organizations who...

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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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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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