Please think about what your Focus Question is for the Deep Dive session. This is the driving question for the session--what you want to discover through this process. Examples: What should my next career move be? What can I do to be happier, more content, feel more alive? Where should I move. What's next? Articulate the gist of what you are seeking through this process-your desired outcome.
Think about this question or this "frame" and sleep on it. Your subconscious will start processing it during your sleep cycle and you will be primed for the morning session with me.
Deep Dive Session--What's it like
This is an intensive process and a very organic one. There are a few key models which provide a method to this process and my practice is influenced by the MGTaylor Modeling Language. Please review if you would like.
I will ask questions and move through the session in a mode of appreciative inquiry. Consider this a discovery session for yourself. We will unearth-fine tune-hone in- what you are seeking or wanting to create or change.
-- creating new goals
-- redirecting some aspect of your life
-- prioritizing important projects for the year
-- building new momentum in a part of your life
-- rethinking and reinventing your life and career
-- start your actions for the year
We will build a "Canvas" for you during the Deep Dive which will serve as a graphic memory of the session and use graphic facilitation techniques to record your idea, thoughts and actions.
Planning and Goal Setting
The Adult Cycle of Renewal
Lastly, Please have a good sleep and arrive ready to work.
2008 Year in Review
2009 Planning & Goal Setting
Friday, January 2nd , 12:00 -1:00
Friday, January 9th, 8:15 - 9:15
Call in Number: 646 444 5502
Participant PIN: 696972
All are welcome. Drop me an email firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know you are coming.
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
As we end the year I want to share this set of questions for us to reflect upon.
This last year --In myself, my relationships, my work, and my community:
1. Where have I been strengthened this year?
2. What has softened in me this year?
3. What has deepened (integrated or fallen into place) this year?
4. What has opened (what's new, what have I learned, where am I being stretched) in my nature this year?
Source: Angeles Arrien
Winter Solstice Open Coaching Call:
Sunday, December 21st, 9:00 - 10:00 AM
Call in Number: 646 444 5502
Participant PIN: 696972
All are welcome. Drop me an email email@example.com and let me know you are coming. We will reflect on these valuable questions as a community of practice.
When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don't blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and argument. That is my experience. No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change.
—Thich Nhat Hanh —
Depending on what stage we are in our lives, we can sometimes feel like we ought to know more about who we are or how to live. We may even berate ourselves for making the same mistakes, or for just not "getting it," whatever "it" may be. We wonder how our lives would be now, if only we had “known better.” During moments like these, it is important to remember that none of us are born with instruction manuals and that learning lessons is a lifelong journey.
Inherent to our being born is that we are here to observe, learn, and grow. Accompanying this is a built-in guarantee that there will be mistakes and misadventures along the way. And while it is only natural that we may sometimes become overwhelmed, especially when the lessons keep coming, it is important to remember that learning to understand yourself and your world is an ongoing and active process where the journey is more important than the destination. Every lesson is intended so you can become more of who you are. And as you grow through this self-discovery, you begin to create your own instruction manual. The "how’s" and "why’s" are yours to discover, and part of the beauty of being alive is that these rules are always changing.
If you feel that you would like to explore what your personal instruction manual may already say, then try writing down in order some of the significant events that have happened to you. It’s also important to take note of what you learned from each one. When you are done, you may be surprised to discover how much you are always growing, and that every lesson learned always informs the next. That being said, there is never any need to be hard on yourself or think that you should have it all figured out. We always know as much as we’re meant to know at that moment, and growing into our fullness is a process that unfolds in divine timing. You and your life are beautiful works in progress. Discover yourself and embrace your life’s lessons, and your instruction manual will create itself.
What do you think?
What do you think?
The nature of business organizations has changed dramatically over the past few decades. Today, employers and employees both understand few show up thinking they will collect their ‘gold watch’ after 25 years of service. Instead, individuals are responsible to carve and erect their career paths.
Individuals need to keep themselves engaged in a work life that might span more than 50 years. And, to do this requires a deep understanding of self.
Peter Drucker said, “Only when you operate from a combination of your strengths and self knowledge can you achieve true and lasting excellence”. This familiar but timeless wisdom holds truer today. So, let’s revisit Drucker’s 5 questions first introduced in the article, Managing Oneself, HBR, 1999:
Without these answers, most people waste time improving skill areas where they have little competence, or try to modify ‘personality’ traits that cannot be changed. Drucker and authors that are more recent advise us to play to our strengths. What do you think? What stories can you share?
Summer is traditionally a time reserved for relaxing with family and friends. Summer is also great time in the year to engage in a bit of self renewal, to 'press pause button' and step back from one's daily activities to notice how 2008 is rolling out. There's no better time to recalibrate before the manic Fall starts.
Five Tips for August Renewal
1. Make a list of activities you loved when you were under the age of 25, post your list in a visible place for a few days -- then pick one activity to resurrect and try it on for the month.
2. Take a mini-vacation that requires only a little planning -- make it within driving distance of home and somewhere you haven't been.
3. Take a day long silent retreat in you home -- no email, no phones, no television, just YOU.
4. Scan 2008, looking back and looking at the months ahead -- create two columns on a blank page -- one side for what's working and the other for what needs adjusting -- brainstorm on ways to make small adjustments.
5. Make time for dreaming big dreams without any requirements to act on them --- just allow a bit of space to wander in unknown territory! Who knows where you might lead yourself.
Source: The Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara