Changing the World One Leader at a Time. The story of the Transformational Coaching School.

Changing the World One Leader at a Time. The story of the Transformational Coaching School.

Out of those thoughts, on that day, around a table on top of a hill covered by olive trees, a dream was born.

I would create a coaching school dedicated exclusively to leaders. A coaching school that does not aim to train people to go into the business of coaching, but one that will invite people into a life of coaching. A school for people who don’t want to DO coaching, but who dream of BEING coaches, regardless of what their official organisational roles might be. I would create a program that was, itself, a transformational journey. A program where people can go on a quest for their highest selves AND learn coaching in the process. I would create a rigorous admission process and make sure people got into this with the right mindset, values and intentions and that the groups were diverse, but united in purpose. And give out scholarships to amazing leaders in the non-profit sector who couldn’t otherwise afford this experience, but whose teams and organisations badly needed the wisdom they would gain from it. I would gather around this coaching school a community of leaders who could support each other through the journey and beyond it. It would be like a crucible of personal transformation that would then spill over into organisational transformation, as these leaders went back into their companies armed with more personal maturity, but also with some very concrete tools for leading differently, day in and day out. It would be a program that would empower leaders to do themselves what external coaches and consultants used to do before. A program that would plant the seeds of higher consciousness in companies, through leaders animated by a purpose of making their teams’ lives, and their company as a whole, better.

3 Books That Blew my Mind (and Heart) in 2018

3 Books That Blew my Mind (and Heart) in 2018

These books made me think, challenged and helped expand my view of the world, opened up whole new universes of feeling and understanding and helped me grow as a human being. These are books that got me reflecting and the books that got me crying - sometimes both at the same time. There are several readings that I found transformational this past year, but three books in particular stood out, so I am sharing them with you, in no particular order. I hope that, if you haven’t read them yet, you might include them on your list for 2019 and that they bring you at least as much inspiration as they brought me.

Books for Inspiration: "Feeding Your Demons" by Lama Tsultrim Allione

Books for Inspiration: "Feeding Your Demons" by Lama Tsultrim Allione

Embracing our demons without fear might mean breaking that bond that kept us tied to them in the first place. Want it or not, you are inextricably tied to your enemy. Hatred, bitterness, resentment, fear are the ties. Embracing your enemy with love and forgiveness, particularly since we're talking about an inner enemy, means cutting that tie. It also means integrating the shadow part of you, that part you never liked and always denied, learning the valuable lesson it has to teach you and moving forward with your life. In modern coaching and psychology, this approach is now widely used, as we know that people’s undesirable habits usually have “secondary gains” - hidden benefits that, when they are understand an honoured, the person can finally let go of the negative behaviour and replace it with a healthier one.

What is Our WHY As Parents And Who Are We Beyond Our Children

What is Our WHY As Parents And Who Are We Beyond Our Children

Recently I had a conversation with my three year old daughter that shook me to the core and reminded me that our children do not want to feel responsible for our happiness as their parents. It also reminded me that many times we, grown-ups, unconsciously place this very burden on their shoulders. This blog post is a reflection on why we end up living through our children and why we might want to step back and find a meaning of our own.

It is my hope that more and more of us choose not to pass on this burden anymore and instead stop for a minute and ask ourselves:

“Who am I? What do I want my life to be about, independently of anybody else? What am I doing in the world and what do I want to build?”.

Why Does a Leader Need to Know Their Own Brain?

Why Does a Leader Need to Know Their Own Brain?

We have around 100 billion neurones in our brain - that’s roughly the number of stars in the Milky Way Galaxy. Each of these neurones creates connections, synapses, with around 7000 others, so the number of connections is our brain can reach a staggering 100 to 1000 trillion synapses - the resulting number is larger than the number of galaxies in the known universe. We are literally walking around carrying a universe on our shoulders, all the while mostly oblivious of its complexity and magnificence.

What is Adult Psychological Development and Why Should You Care?

What is Adult Psychological Development and Why Should You Care?

In a world that is continuously changing in ever faster, more disruptive ways, understanding that you, as an adult, still have a long way to go before really "growing up" might become paramount. Consciously taking time for introspection, looking for opportunities of personal, vertical development might soon become a necessity, as Artificial Intelligence is changing the landscape of work and our common humanity is subjected to challenges our species has likely never encountered before. This article is meant to bring the concept of "adult development" to the forefront of your mind, to invite you to be curious, to challenge your own assumptions and to ask yourselves, how can you become ever more conscious and aware as a leader, parent, partner, friend and, ultimately, human being?

Let's Talk Straight about Coaching

Let's Talk Straight about Coaching

As coaches, we receive something very precious: our clients' trust. They rely on us to be honest and non-judgemental partners on their way to their best selves - be that in a work or personal context. We owe it to them, and to ourselves, to take our profession seriously. A doctor prepares for years to practice their profession safely and, regardless of their experience, would never think of just inventing a new treatment and testing it out without a proper research/validation process and informed patient consent (or, in the cases when doctors have blatantly broken the ethical standards of their practice, this generated public outrage and legal consequences). However, what is unthinkable in medicine is still common practice in coaching.

Mindfulness - a Life Skill for a New World

Mindfulness - a Life Skill for a New World

Twenty years ago, the concept of mindfulness and practices like meditation or yoga were in the realm of hippies, eccentrics, of the quirkiest of us. As the effects of this very special state of mind have been more and more thoroughly documented, word has spread, countless applications have been developed and we've now come to a point, which seemed almost inconceivable two decades ago, where Mindfulness has become a hot topic, it's benefits discussed and its practice applied from boardrooms to hospitals and from the army to elementary schools.

So, what is Mindfulness and why all the sudden hype about it?

Limiting Beliefs - how to break free of the cage we lock ourselves into

Limiting Beliefs - how to break free of the cage we lock ourselves into

What we believe about ourselves directly affects whether we are resilient in the face of adversity, how much self-esteem or perseverance we have and how willing we are to keep on working towards building a more fulfilling life, versus being resigned to our unhappiness and dwelling in it incessantly.