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(Av Jan G. Kristiansen, MA.coaching, MBA, MCC) Coaching som begrep er mye diskutert og debattert i Norge og i utlandet og kan om få år gå i oppløsning. For å overleve på sikt, tror jeg coaching må fremstå tydelig og tilby noe nytt og unikt i kommunikasjonsfaget, som ikke allerede er tilbudt av sine eldre og mye større"-ing-slektinger: som er veiledning, mentoring, undervisning og ledning, som også et hva et åpent spørsmål er. Uten en slik unikhet i definisjonen tror jeg "coaching" om få år vil bli bli "spist" (assimilert) av sine eldre slektninger.

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Kvinnelige ledere er flinkere enn menn

til å legge til rette for åpen dialog og kommunikasjon i bedriftene, viser et nytt doktorgradsprosjekt (Lisa Maria Whitehead, Universitetet i Agder) leser vi i Dagens Perspektiv 11.august 2017. Siden "åpen dialog og kommunikasjon" er nøkkelfokuser sett med coachingbransjens briller, tenker jeg med en gang at da har kvinnene i så fall gjennomsnittlig bedre trening i dette enn menn, før de blir målt.  
I sin avhandling «The Theory of Social Identity-driven Voice and Silence», har Lisa Maria Whitehead ved Universitetet i Agder, undersøkt 

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Playing the World Game - What if we could?

WHO ELSE WANTS TO PLAY THE WORLD GAME? Have you noticed that a single conversation can have a powerful transformative effect on a person's whole life?

Consider the vibrational frequency and impact of some of the best coaching conversations that you have had. And further consider that, with masterful development this power could be infused into every coaching conversation and sustained through time.

For the next ten minutes,
would you be willing to play the game of "What If We Could”?

Just suppose you, I and all our coaching colleagues were to boldly declare ourselves as stakeholders for the development of the whole planet.  Then,  every powerful, transformational conversation that we hold could be seen as a wave that moves out further and further around the globe - having cumulative results, and paving the way for further results, moving exponentially into people's lives.

Take a moment and see this domino effect now, with us at the center, the Cultural Creators at work.  If you reference this image as a Vision, a real picture, and then take a look at the size of the same picture five years out, notice that you can see that we are changing our world, powerfully.

Now, as coaches we all want to link into powerful changes.   On some level we all hope that our lives will make a difference.  What I would like us all to consider is that we take on this Vision and Mission consciously - that we shuck our masks and declare this as the Big Game of the International Coach Federation.  Wouldn’t it have huge value to set up this transformational game as our own great game? We would all get focused and aligned.

For example, what if each of the 20 biggest ICF-certified coaching schools declared that this was The Game to playing together.  And, what if each school promised to develop at least 1000 certified coaches in the next three years - by 2009? And what if each school went out and did this?  

And what if we enhanced The Game even more by providing highly discounted coach training for  interested coach-potentials from developing countries, (perhaps English speaking) who could not normally pay the full tuition.

Perhaps we could structure it so that for every five clients who pay the regular tuition for coach training, we invite a tuition-reduced client, perhaps who pays as little as 10% - or whatever fits?  The Game would be to give opportunities to people who want coach training from other countries, but normally could not pay the tuition.
And, what if each of these coaches developing through each school was empowered by their school to create a strong business and a creative niche?  

What if each school also empowered every graduate to develop an entrepreneurial vision that really supported their own business-building framework?  

And what if each individual coach took on the larger vision to work from a coaching ethic that includes vibrant, life-development potential for every person they touch?
Now follow this vision forward with me, please:  

What if that business creates at least 15 clients a week?  If you make the calculations this would mean that through coaching, we could be transforming the lives of 2-3% of the people on the planet within three years.

Do the math. Whew!

This non- ideological, completely open game could link together all the coaching schools beyond the marketplace of competing private gain.  This game could be a way that coaching quickly becomes recognized everywhere as the transformational movement that it truly is.  And our contribution would soon move beyond 2-3% of the population... and the Tipping Point effect would take place.

There is one great coaching movement already in the world today - personal development coaching with all its’ transformational potential for all of humankind. And there are small cadres of great coaching schools standing for this development fully. We all know who we are.  

What if we work together and create a common vision that maximizes the potential of this great movement?

What if we see beyond our private personal agendas?

Consider the impact!

Suddenly the power of what we have together allows us to work effectively for the benefit of everyone on the globe.

The world could use us now. It is time for visionary coaches, as a force, to become the calvary - ride over the hill on our horses of commitment and assist the huddled settlers with their circled wagons and uncertain life visions. Bombarded by advertising and accusation, most people have not thought through their values or their aims in more than a fitful way. People want non-sectarian, non-agenda assistance to discover their own inner power and purpose.   

And, we would need to mean it. Playing the game as a ploy to get more clients or to look as though we care is an approach that stinks to high heaven. Old style ‘helpers’ are really not of much use because they create dependency.  Coaching is already marked by many as a game that pundits play. We would need to know that all assistance is freely and warmly given, and is truly for ourselves.

Most people don’t yet understand that coaching is truly an advice-free zone that assists people to regain their faith in life, turn on the flow of inner connection and creativity, and open wide to humor and life balance.

People immediately reach out to the capacity to take leadership in their own lives. People can quickly move beyond old cynicisms, and take up their own mantel of vision and value.  They can quickly learn to step, one-hundred percent, onto their own life stage. And, that stage is naturally our larger, earth-wide life stage as well.  What we can create is a world reborn with kindred leaders rather than with nations of confused bystanders watching the events on CNN.  
What if we pledged to play this game fully? I suspect we, as global Coaching Schools, could do a lot in three years if we decided to really dedicate ourselves, take leadership in the game, join forces, and go for it.

As humans we are game players.  
-    We can play useful games - for example, the family game, the philosophy game, the art game, or the science game.  
-    We can play games that ultimately scar us and destroy us - for example, the power game, the money game, or the fame game.
-    We can pretend to play one game and secretly play a second game.  

You and I each choose the game we play or not play. What I am proposing is that WE play The World Game, and through it, on a personal level, learn to play The Mastery Game. And through that, on an inner level, truly learn to listen - especially to listen to our own inner knowledge.  

I am sending this invitation to a bunch of coaches.  I would welcome your declaration of interest to discuss ways to create this as a non-sectarian great game -perhaps played through the ICF as a joint platform of declared commitment.  I suggest that the ICF be the game-holders.  
Who wants to play The Game? Who want to be an all-star in The Game?


Marilyn Atkinson,  PhD   
Erickson Coaching International

Erickson Coaching Nordic AS

Ullernchausseen 119,
Lilleaker, Oslo

Postboks 262 Lilleaker,
0216 Oslo

Telefon: 400 41 204