In the process of guiding each person, it was clear yet again that the power of these processes begins in our power to notice. Pivotal moments for people included: a stiffened upper lip holding back grief, a missing arm on a figurine, a carried chair, an empty chair, a childhood memory, a look in the eye, and more. Each one, out of context, means little—but in that moment for that person it was an opening to their transformation. In a world that often feels like it is rushing along at a maddening pace, one of our greatest gifts to the people we work with and live with is to notice what may otherwise be overlooked. We are more likely to notice the often subtle openings for change when you allow ourselves to be radically present. In those moments, you can set yourselves free to explore what else is possible and make new choices. Where can you invite more freedom today?
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There was much talk at the SIOP Conference about the increasingly disruptive nature of our lives and workplaces—and the need for coaches and coaching to evolve in response. What was missing in some important ways was just how we were supposed to make this happen. In part, I would argue there is a call for coaches to be proactive in shaping the future not just respond to it. Narrative coaching is an excellent resource for this because it focuses on the maturation of coaches more than an adherence to methodology, and it openly addresses the impact of collective narratives not just personal stories. In addition, it can be readily applied to disciplines beyond coaching because it is based in the human process of change.
The photo comes for our recent retreat near Amsterdam and shows the participants (and yours truly) after they each crossed their threshold and stepped into what is next for them. The smiles on their faces reflect the genuine sense of freedom they now feel and the embodiment of real change in real time. Part of what makes this possible is the fascinating combination of what we know about personal growth with what we know from design thinking. This unlikely pairing has given rise to one of the most striking characteristics of our retreats and this work in general: the MVI or Minimum Viable Intervention.
What we are finding is that this work is most respectful and powerful when we take the smallest possible action to support the unfolding process and the person's progress. For example, it means placing an empty chair next to the person as part of their work—without naming what it is—as a conduit for what wants to happen next. It offers the scaffolding they need to support their proximal learning and development (Vygotsky). Deepening our understanding of how to use MVIs will be an area of keen interest for the Moment Institute in 2018 as we support practitioners to bring healing and wholeness to our world in new ways.
Registrations are open for next online narrative coaching course starting February 28th. It is a welcome resource for these unsettling times, for you and your clients!
I am presenting on Moments of Meeting in Leadership at APA Consulting Psychology Conference in Seattle on Feb 11.
My alliance with WBECS continues to move forward, and I am inspired by their vision for coaching and the world.
The reference-level Sage Handbook of Coaching I edited with Tatiana Bachkirova and Gordon Spence is out!
We are seeking graduate students interested in doing research with us. Email me if you're interested.
To save on carbon costs yet still reach more people and organizations, we are proud to offer two 10-week online programs! They are rare and exciting opportunities to learn this work from their creator. Both courses start February 1.
The Narrative Coaching for Practitioners course provides an opportunity to learn the essentials of this work from its founder. It takes you deeper into David's new book on narrative coaching and will help you learn more about how to put it into practice.
The Narrative Design for Organizations course provides an opportunity to learn how to scale narrative coaching to resolve organizational issues. You will learn the fundamentals of integrative development theory, a new paradigm for developing people and organizations, and get coaching from David and your peers on your own project.
Dr David Drake is the founder of the field of Narrative Coaching.