As a CPCC I spread the message that self-development is a responsibility, not a luxury. I advocate making a positive difference in the world, by prioritizing your own self-care and self-discovery journey. I think real change happens in the world when people are being authentic, and are honoring their values even when the terrain is unknown and dark. Most often that authenticity and value alignment comes from many months, or years even of personal work.
We live busy, full and noisy lives. For many of us, every day can be getting through to-do lists, meetings, eating, connecting with loved ones, catching up on the news. While we are moving through the day, we get lost in the sea of our mind and the noise of everything around us. Further, today’s non-stop news (especially with the 2016 election) and constant information streams can create sensory overload. With all the things going on in the world, it is easy to lose touch with the present moment. We can start to forget about all the good things that are happening and start to focus on what is going wrong.
Several weekends ago in London I assisted on a three day Balance course, one of the intermediate modules in the Co-Active coaching curriculum. Sitting at the back of the classroom ‘holding space’, one of the key roles as an assistant, was just as powerful and life affirming as when seated in the circle as a student.
We’ve all experienced bullying in our lives, whether it be personally or vicariously. Subjects of bullies are targeted and taunted, which could potentially leave them feeling insecure and vulnerable. The next thing you know the bully gets off feeling powerful and in control. But what happens when the bully is no longer in gym class with us, and becomes a part of our inner world?
August lives in my body in a special, visceral way. The days are still long but I sense they are shortening. I imagine the perfect spiral notebook and anticipate the learning around the bend. New school years no longer begin for me, but August continues to foreshadow new wisdom and growth, especially as Co-Director of CTI’s Coach Training Program and with individual coaching clients.
Last year, the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) published a position statement identifying a lack of awareness and understanding of sustainability in the business arena that will hold the UK back from being internationally competitive.
I’ve been a Co-Active coach for sixteen years now, and one of the things I love most about this profession is how it grows and changes its practitioners—generally for the better. Some of this change comes from being coached ourselves as part of the process, some of it comes from the other personal development efforts we engage in (Co-Active coaches are often the most dedicated of lifelong learners), but some of it, I believe, can be attributed directly to being trained and working as a Co-Active coach.
Sometimes the simplest acts can have the most profound impact. At a recent CTI coach training, one of our leaders urged the group to resist offering a tissue to someone who was crying. She explained that, even though this gesture comes from a place of compassion within us, there is a hidden message in it that says, “use a tissue to clean this mess up.”
by Karen Kimsey-House, CEO & Co-founder, CTI