Shared Governance

There are different forms of shared governance that can be applied in organizations, businesses, government, and healthcare. I was trained in one form of flat organizational structure called Sociocracy 25 years ago. I’ve used it during the last several years in my consulting work and with Wisdom of the Whole. Holocracy is a similar approach that empowers employees and sets up a circle governing system. What does this having to do with coaching? These structures are very much aligned with a coaching culture because interactions…

Leaping Into the New Paradigm

What I’ve noticed over the last several weeks is that major shifts are happening with individual clients as well as in organizations. Divisive messaging and dysfunctional actions without integrity are being recognized and called out. As a result, positive cultures are being created to a more impactful degree, bringing more people together. Those who do not wish to accept or respect differences, or do not try to find common ground with one another are no longer a fit in these cultures. It’s as though a…

Happy Interdependence Day!

Yesterday in the United States we observed Independence Day. Traditionally, the day is filled with parties, picnics, great food, and fireworks. Since the start of the pandemic however, areas in the country still might not be open for gatherings. Did you change how you celebrated this year? Today, July 5th, Dr. Linda Bark likes to call “Interdependence Day,” a day to celebrate connection, collaboration, and working together to form the whole. Independence and interdependence are both important to celebrate. As social beings, we have a…

Featured Graduate Brooke Shepard

Brooke Shepard, DNP, BSN, RN, APRN-NP, FNP-C, HNB-BC, HWNC-BC Brooke currently works as a health coach on a University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing study (funded by the National Institutes of Health), to test a virtual health coaching intervention. The study is designed to support heart failure caregivers and was recently expanded to include frontotemporal dementia caregivers to help improve their self-care. Brooke has also recently taken on the role of Medical Director and practicing provider for LIVE Hydration Spa, and utilizes her coaching skills…

Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

  Most of you are probably familiar with this book by Dr. Seuss. Linda remembers gifting a copy of the book to her daughter for her high school graduation…and now she is gifting one to her granddaughter for her high school graduation! (Linda also referred to the book during class and graduation ceremonies when she was teaching at JFK university!) We’ve been thinking about the book recently because there are many people starting new things right now. Many of our students and graduates are starting…

Featured Graduate Kelley Giaramita

Kelley Giaramita, RN, BVEd is a Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach and Certified Cancer Journey Coach. As an Associate Nursing Program Director, Kelley offers coaching to both nursing students and faculty. In the position as a Nurse Peer Coach with Vital WorkLife Inc. national behavioral health consulting firm, Kelley empowers front-line nurses with a new vantage point to view the challenges of second victim phenomenon, burnout, and compassion fatigue. In addition, she is currently co-authoring a book and collaborating with health professionals to address…

What Changes Do You Want To Keep?

Being a coaching school, talking about change goes with the territory…it’s what we do best! And we know that no matter how things may seem at the present time (whether we are talking personally or globally), we can count on our current circumstances changing. What’s important to underline though is that we can respond (with awareness) to our current circumstances and make choices to support the most positive outcomes available to us. Over the past year, many people have experienced lockdown, quarantine and/or social isolation…

How Do You Want to Use Your Resources?

  As the month of March ushers in, all we can think about here at Wisdom of the Whole is “marching forward!”; the dead of winter is now officially over, and we can come out of hibernation! When we start “marching forward” though, it’s easy to become overwhelmed; there are so many choices to make, and things we could do. Many people struggle with how to best use their personal resources because in this day and age, when many outer structures are crumbling or changing,…

A New Year, A New Decade

  Congratulations! We are not only at the start of a brand new year, but a new decade! It’s quite something to think about…being in the year “2020” seems monumental! We’re curious, did 2019 end the way you wanted it to? It’s useful to reflect on the past year, and the past decade, to clearly see where you want to go now. (ie. We aren’t going to visit the past and stay there, but use the information to gain new awareness and move forward.)  …

Birthing the New

Image by Wolfgang Borchers from Pixabay     The world is going through a birth. This isn’t a new concept, but it’s helpful to talk about what’s going on in our lives from this perspective. What we can do to help the birthing process is to let go of things that no longer serve our highest good, and then ponder what we want to create instead.    Here are some questions to consider as we complete the last two months of 2019: What do I…