To meaningfully engage with change, people need to see themselves as an:
The photo above from the Wizard of Oz offers two important insights to guide us in approaching change in a new way: (1) We don't have to wait for burning platforms (or wicked witches) to bring about change—but can trust that we have the capacity for choice within us at all times; and (2) meaningful and sustainable change cannot be forced from the outside or 'managed'—it can only be engaged from the inside and leveraged.
This feels particularly relevant in these turbulent times. As Václav Havel writes, the main question before us is whether or not we can succeed in "making human community meaningful, in returning content to human speech, in reconstituting, as the focus of all social action, the autonomous, integral, and dignified human ‘I.’ ”
Would you like to learn how to help people move through change like this?
Next online narrative coaching course starts June 6th
This is the last chance to take the course as part of a smaller group. It is a wonderful and intimate opportunity to learn the essential elements of this work with colleagues from around the world. It gives you plenty of opportunities to work closely on issues that matter to you in your life and work. The course includes over 200 pages of material, over 20 tools, and coaching by David and your peers. You can find out more and register at http://www.narrativecoaching.com/narrative-coaching-for-practitioners.html.
Dr David Drake is the founder of the field of Narrative Coaching.