05 August 2009
On my end and in the course of the past few months, a number of significant life accidents in my very close environment have alerted me, questioned me, and re-centered me on essentials. First, a very good and close friend who is also an occasional and competent client has been fired from his organization without advance warning, without due respect, without deserved recognition.
Very recently, a member of my close family circle had a very serious cardiac alert and almost left this world without the smallest advance indicator. Healthy and vertically present one night, horizontal and on the operation table the next morning. Thank God, he still has an undeniable joie de vivre and an enraged will to fight back and stay amongst us a little more.
Conferinte, articole, carti - Conferences, Articles, Books
And life goes on. On June 4, hardly four days after my accident, with some of my ribs freely floating around and careful not to laugh or cough, I had the pleasure of delivering a small conference on team and organization coaching for the SFCoach (French coach association) in Lyon chapter (Central France). The warm and welcoming public even managed to get me to chuckle with painful reserve.
In curand, pe 27 si 28 august, voi sustine un workshop in cadrul conferintei de vara de la Paris a ICF. Tema este: jocuri castigatoare si necastigatoare pe care coachii si clientii le joaca. Pe parcursul anilor, am avut cateva reflectii pe tema:
- Cateva dintre potentialele laturi intunecate si manipulative ale instrumentelor si abilitatilor de coaching, si
- Cateva din dimensiunile pozitive si castigatoare ale faimoaselor jocuri considerate negative in Analiza Tranzactionala.
Desi aceste doua teme pot fi considerate la o privire superficiala foarte diferite, ele de fapt se aseamana si ajuta la dezvoltarea unor intuitii folositoare pentru profesia de coach. Astept cu nerabdare multe impartasiri si inspiratie de la aceasta conferinta.
Soon, on August 27 and 28, I will also deliver a workshop in the Paris ICFF (ICF France) summer conference. The theme is : winning and losing games coaches and clients play. Over the years, I have had a few thoughts on the subjects of
- some of the potentially darker and manipulative sides of coaching tools and skills, and
- some of the lighter and winning dimensions of listed negative games of Transactional Analysis fame.
Although these two themes may superficially seem very different, they actually really meet. and help develop useful insights for the coaching profession. I am looking forward to lots sharing and inspiration in this conference.
Training and workshops - Training si workshopuri
This fall, The Metasysteme Coaching coach training program is again taking me from Timisoara and Bucharest in Romania to Madrid in Spain to Brussels in Belgium and Hamburg in Germany. The whole range of trainings, workshops and supervision cycles attracts participants from all over Europe, all walks of life, all levels of competency in coaching. In the middle of this European geographic spread, I am still offering the equivalent in French, in Paris.
Calatorii-Calatorii - Travel-travel
True to my family script and in keeping with my European commitment, we will be travelling extensively this fall. A good third of my work will be in France, mostly Paris, in the next four months. We will be in Romania, Bucharest and Timisoara from September 9 to October 4, from November. 4 to 28, and again from December 20 on, maybe to 2010 Although the economic slowdown is still very perceptible in Romania, I firmly believe that developing the coaching community and market in the present context is more useful than ever.
Concluzii - Conclusions
In Southern France and in the middle of August, it is quite impossible to conclude anything. Now is more of a time to digest, dream, think, evaluate, imagine possibilities and then start all over. Now is definitely not a time for action. For the present, we can remain uncertain and stay open to all options. For a few more weeks, that is. My feeling is that it will soon be time to prepare for 2010. That year will hopefully reserve us its share of surprises and changes. And it will be necessary for us to start laying foundations for that future very soon. Action plan for September: consolidate short term projects, prepare longer term enterprises, and save open spaces everywhere to allow for the unexpected emerging adventures that add life to life.
Amicalement (which means friendship-ingly), Cu prietenie, Alain Cardon