“La Belle Vie”
by Krishna Kumar,BTME, MBA, BCC, President – IAC
Coaching is that rare profession where success or satisfaction is measured vicariously through the actions and feelings of our clients. We walk alongside them through experiences and situations, support them in navigating a wide range of emotions, help them build stronger relationships, search for more engagement at their workplace and discover deeper meanings in life.
While joining in celebrating our client’s accomplishments, it is possible that we might question if they have truly met their aspirations and goals; whether their measure of success translates to a feeling of inner fulfilment and joy?
In the past decades, there has been considerable research in the field of Positive Psychology that seeks answers to questions such as these. The founding father of Positive Psychology, Mihaly ‘Mike’ Csikszentmihlayi laid the foundation in his seminal work on the Flow State. In recent times, Martin Seligman expanded on the concept of Flow by introducing the PERMA model where he believes that these five core elements (Positive Emotion, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning and Accomplishment) can help us reach a state of authentic happiness.
Mankind’s quest for happiness is a deep rooted one. In the early 1940’s when Abraham Maslow introduced the ‘Theory of Human Motivation’ he listed the five hierarchies of needs that are familiar to all of us. It is interesting that these five needs were later expanded by other researchers to eight. The eighth need was described as the ‘Transcendence need: helping others to achieve self-actualization,’ which arguably is an apt definition for coaching.
In the IAC® we intend to continue this fascinating conversation by conducting two exciting events. On 22nd November, 2017, in our Quo Vadi, Coaching?s webinar, we host two experts, Devdas Menon and Paul Pahil who will share their thoughts on the topic of Inner Fulfilment.
It will be followed by the IAC® Coaching Conference on the 4th and 5th December, 2017 in Colombo, Sri Lanka where we expect delegates from over 15 countries to listen, learn and lead the ‘conversations among coaches’ on the futuristic topic, “Coaching In A Cyber Physical World.”
We welcome you to Colombo and starting on the path to discovering joy and Inner Fulfilment. Meanwhile please share your thoughts with me at email@example.com .
Life is Beautiful (‘La Belle Vie’)!