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…

Polarization

Unless you have been living under a rock, you have probably noticed how divided and polarized our society has become. Without even being dramatic, we believe this is one of the most pivotal points in human history that will determine the fate of humankind as we know it. As a society, we are currently arguing over masks/no masks, vaccinate/don’t vaccinate, social distance/don’t social distance, mandate/don’t mandate…and this is missing the bigger picture of what’s happening on a cultural level. No matter what your stance is…

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…

What Does Justice For All Really Mean?

  With the recent verdict surrounding the George Floyd case here in the United States, we’ve been thinking about the world we’ve been envisioning for years; a world with a solid foundation in kindness, understanding, equality, fairness, and justice for all. (And we’ve worked hard to weave these principles into our coach training for years.) What does ‘justice for all’ really mean? And how do we create it? The conviction in this case was so rare that it made headlines around the world; it makes…

How Are You Listening?

For those of us that have taken our coach training, we know all too well how easy it is to forget and/or get out of the habit of deep listening…because deep listening really isn’t the norm in our society; it’s up to us to make it the norm. Deep listening involves truly being present to what another person is saying without judgement, without an agenda, and without thinking about your response while the other person is talking. Different types of paraphrasing (like what we teach…

Stop, Start, Continue

Well, here we are in 2021! We know it continues to be a strange and difficult time in the world at large, and when the clock turned midnight on New Year’s Eve it didn’t magically turn right-side up. It will take our fortitude and resilience to keep moving forward and make positive changes in both our lives, and the world. We think a simple process of identifying what you would like to “stop, start, and change” this year can be a tremendous help, and make…

After the Election

It seemed as though most of the world was watching the recent U.S. election with bated breath. There was good reason for this, because (from our perspective) the past U.S. administration didn’t operate from a coaching culture and had no plans to do so in the future. We are now optimistic that the new administration here in the U.S. will put forth a culture of respect and listening, direct feedback, fairness, inclusivity, and collaboration. Our hope is that all the structures of consciousness will also…

The Multiple Perspectives of COVID

As our alumni and students have experienced, our coach training has it’s foundation in Jean Gebser’s Structures of Consciousness, or ways of thinking and being. In simple and practical terms, this means looking at situations/scenarios/relationships etc. through multiple perspectives/structures. The Archaic Structure: The perspective where all is well, where you are connected to all that you need. A place we try to inhabit when we meditate. All is one. There is no time or space. The Magic Structure: The perspective where tribe is important. Intuition…

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.)  …