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Spring News 2010

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19 Martie 2010

Dear clients and friends

Spring is known to be the most appropriate time for spring cleaning.  I can confirm.  My current imperative theme is how to lighten up? What to discard?  What to keep?  What to clean up or to renovate? The range of personal and professional areas in which I am currently making choices of where I urgently need to create new spaces is really astounding.  When I am not working with clients, this process is keeping me very busy.

As I proceed with this cleanup process, I wonder how I have slowly accumulated so many superfluous belongings over the years.   I now feel they own me.  I am realizing that I really need to own much less than in the past to recover my freedom of movement.  Also, this cleaning frenzy is surely influenced by the changes in my budding '60s decadeAnd obviously, I am also in the process of moving my Metasysteme offices from Southern France to Paris., so it sounds very logical that I need to trash old files and choose to keep only what is vital.
But all this feels like just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.  The current cleanup is more like a tidal wave.   I'm changing my accountant, and my assistant, and my bank in Paris (has been the same for 40 years), and my residence in France (Bucharest is stable), and my publisher (I have had the same one for 30 years and fifteen books), and the way I write, and what I want to write about, and I've already changed my national ID card, and my quartz watch battery, and Metasysteme Coaching's headquarters in Bucharest, and I'm firmly putting a stop to a few dissatisfying relationships, and...  All this in just a month and some.  Phew!  Thank God my wife is wonderfully supportive.

This "crisis" spring consequently seems to represent:

  • an extraordinary opportunity for a thourough cleaning process,
  • a time to initiate fundamental structural changes to redistribute my energy and areas of interest, and to build solid foundations for the very near future. 

This future is already almost present:  A number of new and very different clients are ready and poised to start significant work in the next few months.  My coming September 2010 to August 2011 agenda (and business year) looks very promising, already surpassing the previous 12-month activity.    I feel that I am very close to new breakthroughs in my coaching work. and have started writing about them.  If this outlook is any indicator, this  summer and fall seasons will be the begining of a great post-crisis year.  Now is obviously the time to get ready for the future and create new spaces.  So right now, deep "spring" cleaning is where I'm at.

The Advanced Risk Management ''Cubes Exercise'' Workshop

On May 4 and 5 in Bucharest, do not miss the Risk Management Workshop for managers and coaches.  Come to experiment the special and practical perspective a systemic coaching approach can add to your comprehension of personal and collective risk management processes when setting goals and aiming to achieve outstanding results. in your professional life or for your organization.  Among other objectives, you can get:

  • A clear understanding of personal and professional behavior patterns with respect to how you perceive your limits and achieve your results.
  • A new perspective on your deeper (unconsciious) motivational issues when you are setting your goals and aiming to achieve success.
  • Important insights on the effects of your environment, perceived competition, team support, hierarchy, etc. on your results.
  • Clear options for change in order to secure a successful professional and personal future.
  • A clear evaluation of your entrepreneurial competencies and personal capacities to work within teams and organizations.
  • etc.

This is one of the ACSTH ICF-validated workshops offered by Metasysteme Coaching.  For more information, go to:http://www.metasysteme-coaching.ro/romana/actualit%C4%83%C5%A3i/risk-management-workshop-may-4-et-5.html

Conferences

In Milan this past March 17, I was a keynote speaker for the Italian ICF Conference on "The Avant Garde of Coaching" www.icf-italia.org

I will soon be a keynote speaker in Bucharest for ICF Romania this coming April 29 where I will present on "To Niche or not to NIche" http://coachfederation.ro/

In Bucharest and with three other Romanian coaches, Cristina Manole, Dan Mocanu and Mihai Stanescu, we wil also deliver a full day of practical workshops on the theme of:  "Discover your Inner Coach" on May 18, so keep informed by checking out the program at http://www.metasysteme-coaching.ro/romana/actualit%C4%83%C5%A3i/discover-your-inner-coach.html

I will also deliver two tele-conferences on powerful questions in French on April 28 and in English on May 26. Consult with ICF Europe to attend.  In France I will also deilver a conference in Marseille on September 27 for the local SFCoach association.   All these occupations will surely contribute to keeping me off the streets and out of trouble. 

Here I am in a conference in Lyon, last June 2009 (with 3 broken ribs)
 

Professionnal networks

Most of you already know this.  I am actively participating in two internet professional networks, on VIADEO and LINKEDIN.  These are excellent means to keep in touch with each other, air opinions, get food for thought, ask questions, get support, etc. I strongly suggest that you put your complete profile on either or both of these (and other) professional networks, and then actively participate in discussions and forums.  On LINKEDIN and for English-speaking international clients and friends, I am active on the group: "Metasysteme Coach Community".  On VIADEO, a French-speaking network, I am active on the hub "Coaching Systémique et le Réseau Métasystème".    Right now in these groups, I'm into dialogues on synchronicity, emerging and self-organizing processes and other master-coaching concerns.  Do come and inspire the conversations, and start your own...

Coach and Manager Training Programs

Every new course, supervision and workshop brings a new confirmation that the Metasysteme coach-training programs are some of the best if you want to learn the skills of the trade and become an excellent systemic coach or manager.   Full programs are offered yearly in Paris, in Bucharest, and starting this September, 2010 in Madrid. 

Thanks to you, these training programs attract participants mostly by word of mouth.   We are proud to say that these participants are very well informed on what their national markets have to offer when they choose Metasysteme programs.  The quality of the learning is continuously improving, and I am really having fun contributing to developing the next generation of excellent systemic European coaches and managers. More importantly, I am learning a lot and preparing my next book (s) thanks to this program.

The next Bucharest "Coaching Fundamentals" program will be delivered from September 20-21 to December 2010.  Check all the dates and conditions to register on http://www.metasysteme-coaching.ro/romana/agenda-si-preturi-2010/  Don't forget that this is an ICF-validated ACSTH program.  It prepares you to pass international ICF certification, to start an active coaching carreer, or become a much better manager.

Professional coach supervision

The Bucharest supervision group is serving its purpose: give practicing coaches an arena to develop their skills in masterful systemic coaching.  The group hosts participants who can commit to developing excellency in a collective context and prepare to become top individual and team coaches.  For more information on dates and prices, and to register, go to http://www.metasysteme-coaching.ro/romana/agenda-si-preturi-2010/  Also, I will give two workshops closely connected with supervision on May 18, in our conference on "Discover Your Inner Coach" in Bucharest (see above).

To conclude

I cannot say that the current "external" or world economic and social crisis is over yet.  But today, I clearly feel that for me, it has a deep and enlightening personal purpose.  There is an obviously coherent meaning in all the change indicators that are almost naturally emerging in the smallest details of my everyday life.  To be sure, my present transformational work is not over yet.  A lot of dimensions are still 'in progress", as we say.  Considering the general direction of all these small and big changes, however, I am not considering that what I have to do is work.  This transformation is imperative.  It is starting to look like a new and refreshing opportunity for me to embark on yet another future.  Consequently, I am more and more excited about my new perspectives.  And if you allow me, I do plan to share them with you.
Alain