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Coaching from a Systems Perspective

As human beings we know we are part of a whole, a natural system that is interconnected and interdependent. Viewing our world from a systems perspective gives us access to the richness of interactions available to us. From this position we can identify our internal and our external systems and how they create the space in which we interact with the world.
Across a wide range of disciplines, there is an emerging consensus on the systemic nature of all things; a greater recognition that we are all parts of a whole.  Research has demonstrated that performance isn't always just about how hard a person works or how smart he is.  Sometimes individuals find themselves in systemic structures in which they behave in particular ways in response to the system.  No matter how hard they try (from their usual approaches) they are challenged.  Looking from a "systems perspective" can provide opportunities for learning and being that may not be seen from an individual (or parts) perspective.
The foundation for this approach is the coaching model developed by the SoL consultants and deployed in numerous business, non-profit and government settings over the past several years.  The workshop engages head, heart and hand with brief presentations, paired coaching practice with peer observation, reflection time and small group learning circles with follow-up case stud practice. 
Learning Objectives
  • Ability to apply systems frameworks, concepts and tools in your coaching
  • Greater insights about your work as a coach and yourself as a human being
  • An increased capacity to understand the systems in which your clients live and work and how you are part of that system
  • Increased ability to help your clients achieve their goals in these complex systems
  • Participation in a global network of coaches
Seminar Topics
  • The Butterfly Model of Complex Human Systems
  • Coaching in the External System – systems thinking, system archetypes, emergent learning
  • Coaching in the Internal System – intentions, internal narrative, mental models, underlying stories
  • How the external and internal systems impact our interactions with clients and self as a system
Who Should Attend?
This course is designed for practicing coaches who want to deepen their practice of a systemic approach in coaching. Participants typically report a transformation in the way they see their clients and the systems in which they are all relating.When leaders understand those systems and how they operate, they are better able to achieve their goals.