This is the first Communitas newsletter of the newly created Coaching Communities Collaborating--or just as often called Collaborating Coaching Communities. Take your pick. It is all about the Three Cs.
Collaborating Coaching Commons: The North Side
Coaching communities (institutions and collaborative initiatives) often focus on the fostering of coach training and education. These communities include training institutes, educational institutions that offer degree-based coaching programs, and bookstores (both virtual and in-person) that sell coach-related books.
Collaborating Coaching Commons: The East Side
Coaching communities (institution and collaborative initiatives) often provide resources to assist professional coaches in their work. These resources include digital libraries, research portals, research institutes, magazines (both printed and digital) and lists of documents related to professional coaching.
The Collaborating Communities “Soap Box” Opinions: Right Train? Right Track?
Coaching is Dead! Long Live Coaching!!!
There is a growing sense of urgency and anticipation about the future for coaching (what is it and what does it need?) as well as about the future of the world (where is it going and what does it need?). As such, it is important to assess the degree to which the historical stories we tell about coaching and about the world match the requirements for either’s future. Otherwise, we are at risk of literal or metaphorical dust bowls as a result of seeing the future as merely an extension of the past and imposing our outdated narratives as a result.
Trends that Indicate the End of Coaching is Near!!
I don’t believe the well-meaning, innovative and highly skilled pioneers of the coaching industry could have predicted the trends that are now occurring in coaching. Some of these trends will likely boost attraction to coaching, but others are more likely to repel people from gaining value from coaching services. Since these trends will have a dramatic impact on the future of coaching, I will explore them in detail with the hope that the actions I propose can eradicate these trends and keep coaching in the mainstream as a way for people to grow and develop.
Project for the Exploration of Professional Coaching Integration [PEPCI]
Several decades ago, a group of emanated psychotherapists decided to move beyond their own individual perspectives and practices to consider says in which they might work together in the creation of an integrative vision of their field. The objective was to determine were each of their “schools’ of psychotherapy most effectively addresses a specific mental health issue. They formed an organization called the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapeutic Integration. It has been a successful organization that continues to pursue this envisioned integration—or at least reduce the pull toward a win-or-lost vying among the schools for the title of best practice.
A similar initiative could prove valuable in the field of professional coaching. There is a similar need to identify ways in which each of the current “schools” of professional coaching can be particularly effective in addressing the diverse interests and needs of the professional coaching cliental. An evidence-driven set of studies and a series of constructive dialogues among the thought leaders and senior practitioners representing the major schools would be of great value in providing opportunities for stewardship of this field and contributing to its “maturation.”
Link to fuller description: PEPCI
Collaborating Coaching Communities [CCC]: The Concept
Stewardship of the professional coaching field is more fully engaged by establishing a venue for collaboration among a wide diversity of relevant organizations and individual providers that offer services, tools, documents and other resources in the growing field of coaching. A venue has been established for collaborating coaching communities (CCC).
The structure, purpose and dynamics of a physical quad/plaza/commons/mall has been transferred with CCC to the creation of a virtual, digitally mediated quad customized for the unique needs of the global coaching community. CCC is distinctive not only in its functioning in digital space but also in its devotion to a specific business and specific kind of stewardship: the business is professional coaching and the stewardship centers on the growth, enrichment and promotion of professional coaching as a vital, evolving and needed form of human service in our 21st Century.
Link to fuller description: Collaborating Coaching Communities
Institute for Research on Professional Coaching [IRPC]
A collaborative enterprise owned by: (1) the Professional School of Psychology (PSP) (R&D Unit: “The Edge of Knowledge”), (2) the Library of Professional Coaching (LPC) and (3) choice Magazine.
Establishment and Expansion of Evidence-Based Professional Coaching Perspectives and Practices.
One: Systemic Advantage
Generation of valid and useful information about professional coaching through the systemic enactment of multiple initiatives: digitally based survey research tools (such as Survey Monkey), other quantitative and qualitative research strategies, and powerful statistical analytic tools (such as “R”).
Two: Distinctive Advantage
Making use of the distinctive and complementary competencies of the three ownership organizations in conducting research, analyzing results, distributing findings and conducting programs that enable the findings to be fully understood and engaged.
Three: Collaborative Advantage
Collaborating with other coach-related organizations in the enactment and successful accomplishments of Strategies One and Two.
Link to fuller description: IRPC