Recall your experience of the last ten years. What have you observed that might be signs of significant change? What is your sense of these observations? What are your coping strategies for what you observe? How might your new awareness signal the need for a re-examination of every basic assumption upon which we rely to navigate our lives, organisations, societies and countries, on what Buckminster Fuller described as our ‘Spaceship Earth’? Perhaps, I suggest, we are now facing as a species, a once-in-14.7 billion-year challenge to discover how to navigate ourselves towards viability for both plants and species.
In this article, I wish to offer a point of view that the practise of coaching is poised to make a leap as a direct response to the present and anticipated life conditions and to fully emerge as a ‘pioneering profession’ to lead self and other into a new paradigm. To achieve this, I propose, will require a jump in thinking which will influence the nature of the coaching contract, practise, metrics, and client attraction in a fundamental manner…
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This prescient article, by Christopher Cooke, was first published in 2008, in, “The International Journal of Coaching in Organizations”, and is just as relevant today. Used here with permission.