As the world becomes more complex, old ways of tackling issues stop working. Big issues such as climate change and COVID-19 impact on everyone, but leaders are being asked to address smaller type issues every day, issues that are just as complex and challenging. The traditional way of managing such issues is to try and quickly discern the rot cause of the problem, form a goal, and take action. But such approaches often make the situation worse. Coaches help make the situation worse when they move too quickly to encouraging leaders to come up with goals and actions.
To be effective in today’s world means leaders have to think differently. Which means coaches must think differently too. As Ralph Stacey put it: “I think it is a central aspect of the role of the coach to explore how coach and client are together thinking about how they are thinking.”
The coaching community is beginning to come to terms with this role. We hear more and more the call to think ‘systemically’. But what does that mean? For most of us it means simply to take a broader view, to think more holistically. But there is more to it. We need to consider not only the scope of our vision, but the lens through which we see what lies before us. Already there are people defining ‘systemic’ in their own terms, in service of marketing specific tools and techniques. This plethora of offerings is confusing. Which definition should I subscribe to? Which tools and techniques should I buy?
In this practical workshop you will be introduced to five different ways of thinking about systems, in service of helping you define for yourself what ‘systemic’ means. You will experiment with various techniques, emerging confident and capable, able to articulate clearly what coaching systemically means to you.
This workshop is facilitated by Paul Lawrence. If you are interested in systems thinking and coaching feel free to download our series of White Papers on the subject.
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