Are the IAC Learning Agreements a Good Idea?
by Natalie Tucker Miller, IAC-CC
There has been quite a bit of discussion about the IAC Learning Agreements, some of it thanks to Barbra Sundquist's great question on some coaching networks, "Are the IAC Learning Agreements a good idea?"
The response has been amazing! Amidst many misconceptions, I invited coaches to contact me directly, which they did. I have been spending time emailing and talking with people who want to offer their opinions, find answers to their questions, and contribute to the ongoing process of coaching evolution. Have I mentioned that I love being part of this organization? I’m sure I have in previous columns, and let me tell you, connecting with members in this meaningful way is one of the best perks I could imagine.
Last year, when I first heard of the learning agreement concept that arose from the member-driven strategic planning process, I recognized that I had some firsthand experience with this type of approach.
In addition to reminding me of the wonderful philosophy of Ben Zander as outlined in The Art of Possibility, my family had embraced a similar philosophy years earlier. A fan of autonomy and self-directed learning, I wanted to give my children options as to how and on what they focused their learning attentions. We decided on home schooling. It was delightful to watch my children direct their own education, rather than the other way around. They created their own "learning agreements" and as a result, the learning was profoundly meaningful for each of them. The activities they chose made sense and aligned with their innate gifts, preferences and life purpose.
This is the philosophy upon which the IAC Learning Agreements stand: Coaches at the helm of their own continuing coach education, extracting meaning and purpose as is applies to the individual coach.
So how might one go about determining how to extract the powerful concepts of the Masteries from their own coach-related activities? (Members, continue reading here)
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Natalie Tucker Miller, IAC-CC, is the Lead Certifier and a certifying examiner at the IAC, as well as Past-President. Natalie is founder of Ageless-Sages.com Publishing (www.ageless-sages.com), and creator of the literary genre, Picture Books for Elders™.
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