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May 2015

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Courses & Events

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Advanced Mentoring
June 1-29, 2015
12-1:30 pm (Eastern)
Facilitator: Richard Michaels

Newsletter Certification

Hannover, Germany
September 10, 2015

Facilitators: Martha Lasley and Pernille Plantener

Los Angeles, CA USA
September 19, 2015

Facilitators: Belma González and Damon Azali-Rojas

New York, NY USA
September 26, 2015

Facilitators: Richard Michaels and Madhu Maron

Distance Learning
January 11, 2016

Facilitators: Belma González and Kim Fowler

Los Altos Hills, CA USA
March 5, 2016

Facilitators: Kim Fowler, Mary Kuentz and Rebecca Aced-Molina

Newsletter Advanced

Advanced Mentoring
June 1-29, 2015
12-1:30 pm (Eastern)
Facilitator: Richard Michaels

Leading Edge Series
Starts September 17
Various facilitators and modules

Newsletter Introductory

FREE! The Power of Coaching
May 20, 2015
1:30-3 pm (Eastern)

Facilitator: Pernille Plantener

FREE! The Power of Coaching
June 3, 2015
7:30-9 pm (Eastern)

Facilitator: Mary Kuentz

Coaching Essentials
June 11-12, 2015
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Los Angeles, CA

Facilitators: Belma González and Damon Azali-Rojas

Coaching Essentials
June 13-14, 2015
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Bristol, UK

Facilitator: Pernille Plantener

Embracing the Shadow
June 24-July 29, 2015
1:30 - 3:30 pm (Eastern)

Facilitator: Martha Lasley

Coaching Essentials
June 26-27: San Francisco
July 23-24: Los Angeles


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Coach's Corner

Finding a New Meaning to Success
by Tanuja Ramchal

Three years ago, I was the picture of success—I was in a corporate job, making good money, and traveling the world for work. But I didn’t feel successful. Though I had the external validations, I wasn’t fulfilled. It got to the point where I felt my life lacked meaning, and it became too painful to continue down this path. I quit my job, turned down two lucrative offers, and decided to take a year off to figure out what I wanted to do.

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Meaning to success

Transform Today

Problem Solving or Possibility Seeing
By Michael S. Wright

In coaching parlance, there is a phrase, “coach the client and not the problem.” This means that the client’s problem shouldn’t be the center of gravity in coaching—the client should. This of course makes a great deal of sense upon examination. Problems are finite, often relatively limited in scope and duration. Clients, however, are infinite sources of wisdom, depth and knowing. Life itself is at the center of the client.

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Coach the Client

Coaching in Communities

The Sky’s the Limit: How a duo is empowering women in the criminal justice system with coaching
by Meghan Ondrish

It’s magical.

That’s how Ivy Woolf Turk and Cheryl Paley both describe the work they are doing with The Blackbird Project at WPA, the program they co-founded and administer at The Women’s Prison Association in New York City. The Blackbird Project combines coaching and arts-based intervention to promote well-being for women who are either currently involved in the criminal justice system or homeless.

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Graduate Connections 

The Next Edge Conference

Conference 2015 GroupThere were many opportunities to explore our edges at the Leadership that Works Conference held on April 18-19 in New York, NY USA. Seventy-five participants attended the international conference, focused on the theme of “The Next Edge.” Plenary speaker, Vikram Bhatt, set the stage as he challenged us to become “Edge Walkers.”

In addition to plenary sessions, each participant attended multiple workshops and/or open space sessions. The learning was relevant and included unique teaching methods such as playback theater and an international tea ceremony. The connections were valuable and produced conversations around collaborating and sharing resources. In short, the experience was inspirational. One participant summed it up, “I’m under the influence of a great weekend.” Another commented, “I felt re-energized and high on potential and possibilities.”

Many thanks go out to the conference planning team: Anne Yardley, Michael Badger, Kathy Grosso, Adele James, and Michael Wise; plenary speaker: Vikram Bhatt; and all the workshop presenters for designing a great conference!

News & Notes

Mary Kuentz Recognized for Excellence in Training

Mary Kuentz NTI AwardOn May 5, 2015, Mary Kuentz was recognized and awarded The Kenneth Jones/Tony Austin Excellence in Training Award by NeighborWorks Training Institute. Mary is a Leadership that Works faculty member.

"This award is presented to Mary for her dedication, skills, passion and commitment. She creates a positive, engaging learning environment focused on tapping the potential of each participant. Mary teaches discipline, openness and listening. She models vulnerability in the classroom, which enables others to do the same. Mary gently guides individuals to be their best self as a coach. Willing participants leave her courses not just with new skills and knowledge, but with a greater appreciation for authenticity and a willingness to ask thoughtful questions to uncover deeper truths."

Kathy Grosso Elected to ACTO Board

Kathy Grosso was recently elected to the Association of Coach Training Organizations (ACTO) Board. She will be chairing the membership committee. Kathy is a Coaching for Transformation certified coach and Leadership that Works faculty.

Words of Wisdom

Congratulations to our newest Coaching for Transformation certified coaches who graduated on May 17, 2015 in New York, NY USA. As we celebrate your accomplishments, let us reflect on the importance of education and remember there’s always something new to learn.

Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself. —John Dewey

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. —Benjamin Franklin

Change is the end result of all true learning. —Leo Buscaglia

I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it. —Pablo Picasso