From the Editor
Welcome to the June 2012 issue of the IAC VOICE!
In her President's Message, "Taking Time to Play," Susan R. Meyer talks about the fun she's been having and invites you to laugh more this summer, whatever the weather in your part of the world.
In the Inside Scoop, Natalie Tucker Miller presents another infographic in her continued look at the interdependence of the IAC Coaching Masteries. This month, Mastery #6 takes center stage.
Bonnie Chan picks up on both Susan's quest for fun and Natalie's intertwining of the Masteries in this month's Tools for Coaching Mastery column, "Be Playful with the Masteries."
Professional organizer Claire Tompkins is back this month, introducing a popular cooking technique and how coaches can use it to organize our work space and focus our coaching conversations.
For our business-building feature, Duanna Pang-Dokland shares some of the insights she gained by interviewing veteran coaches about their recession-proofing techniques.
In this month's Research-Based Coaching Mastery, Céline Rojon discusses her research into cross-cultural coaching, with implications for both assessment and practice.
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From the President
by Susan R. Meyer, MCC (IAC)
Taking Time to Play
Despite the seemingly endless rain outside my window, it’s summertime and many coaches and clients are going into vacation mode. I think that’s a great thing. And maybe something we need to do a lot more often. Donna Steinhorn, MCC (IAC) and co-creator of Conversation Among Masters, includes this message in her email tag line: "…we don't stop playing because we get old. We get old because we stop playing." Just in case you don’t think she lives her message, it’s followed by this: “No trees were harmed in the transmission of this email but trillions of electrons were excited to participate.”
Is your work fun? Do you get so carried away by the sheer joy of it that you occasionally catch yourself giggling? Your IAC Board of Governors has been busy playing on our members' behalf. Delivering our preview session for the WBECS was a lot of fun, especially finding quotes for each of the Masteries?. Here are two of my favorites:
Mastery #3 – Engaged listening Being aware of vs. preempting
"Here's why I will be a good person. Because I listen. I cannot speak, so I listen very well. I never interrupt, I never deflect the course of the conversation with a comment of my own. People, if you pay attention, change the direction of one another's conversations constantly. It's like having a passenger in your car who suddenly grabs the steering wheel and turns you down a side street." – Enzo, from The Art of Racing in the Rain
Mastery #9 – Helping the client create and use supportive systems and structures Supportive structures vs. constraining process
"Just remember, there's a right way and a wrong way to do everything and the wrong way is to keep trying to make everybody else do it the right way." – Colonel Potter, from M*A*S*H
The full set of slides from our WBECS presentation is available on the IAC website.
Dr. Doris Helge and I enjoyed an hour with a wonderful group for the IAC’s first webinar, Transform Painful Events into Personal Empowerment. Despite a pretty sharp learning curve with the technology, we had a wonderful time. And laughed a lot. The recording is in the Member’s area.
Kristi Arnst and I both found time to attend Conversations Among Masters (CAM) 12 in San Antonio and laughed our way through three days of incredible learning and great conversations. Not to mention line dancing, flamenco, cowboy hats, walks along the river and time with Vikki Brock, who has done a wonderful job incorporating the history of the IAC into her comprehensive history of coaching.
Laughter is always attractive. Wishing you much joy and laughter this month.
With warm wishes for your success,
Susan R. Meyer
Susan R. Meyer, MCC (IAC) is President of Susan R. Meyer, Coaching and Consulting and of Life-Work Coach. She provides personal and executive coaching and facilitates seminars on topics including life planning, emotional intelligence, leadership development, communication, and coaching skills for managers. www.susanrmeyer.com.
Cross-Cultural Coaching: An interview with coaching researcher, Céline Rojon
Recently, Céline Rojon and A. McDowall published a paper in the International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring titled “Cultural Orientations Framework (COF) assessment questionnaire in cross-cultural coaching: A cross-validation with Wave Focus Styles.” While one of the aims of the research was to evaluate a new self-report measure developed for use in cross-cultural coaching, what is particularly applicable to practising coaches is their investigation of the potential cultural differences between Britain and Germany and the identification of issues that could feed into a best practice guide for using the COF (Rosinski, 2007) in coaching, particularly in the context of culture.
IAC members, click here to discover more about working with coaching assessment tools like the COF, as well as factors to consider when engaging in cross-cultural coaching.
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