Coaching ~ with Heart
Imagine…entering a large hotel room filled with hundreds of people talking, smiling, laughing ~ re-engaging with long-time friends and colleagues. That was me, one of a couple hundred Coaches at the 2015 Annual Georgetown Graduate Coaches Conference.
Wow…I’m thinking, how far I’ve traveled in less than two years ~ from a career I loved as a corporate energy lobbyist…to a Leadership Coach. There I was…surrounded by other certified, Georgetown-trained coaches ~ all of whom bring wonderfully varied and enriching experiences and backgrounds to the ‘table of coaching’ and all eager to embrace the insight provided in this year’s program ~ the theme of which was…Encouraging the Heart in Coaching.
Incredibly inspirational speakers explored issues addressing dimensions of the theme, such as…Coaching & the Heart, Wholeheartedness in Leadership, The Shadow Side of the Heart and The Heart of Connection ~ all important concepts to the work we do as Coaches.
I am drawn to all of these, but particularly to the Heart of Connection, perhaps because my tagline is Connection Through Trust. Well-stated in the program…”In a world where decision-making happens in seconds and relationships have become increasingly transactional, the coaching conversation can begin to open new connections to the self and to others. Connection is an outcome of encouraging the heart ~ bringing awareness to empathy, community and mindfulness.”
A keynote address by Chris Wahl, Founder of the Georgetown Leadership Coaching Program, was very impactful ~ Risk Being Remarkable. A distinction was made between what our culture might think this means…something like “standing out in the crowd” to what Chris highlighted, which was simply “that each of us human beings is already remarkable.” Thank you Chris ~ for your leadership and for your inspiration to me and others~ to accept the challenge of risking to be remarkable.
I leave you with this quote by Norman Vincent Peale…
“People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things.
When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success.”
Kudos to Brian Tarallo (Graphic Facilitator) ~ who created this incredibly beautiful visual expression from the collective input of our Georgetown coaching community.