Secondary Source of Income

Secondary Source of Income
  A recent conversation with a fellow coach came to something rather interesting.   Our argument is that in order to the job well, a practitioner (on people development e.g. coach, OD consultant, facilitator and even therapist) need to have some kind of secondary source of income. He / she cannot rely solely on such developmental ...

Facilitation Work as a Cover-Up 1

Facilitation Work as a Cover-Up
I was shown in a facilitation learning event a short video clip.   It is about a retreat for 50+ people in an organisation design and facilitated by a facilitator   It is the kind of upbeat video with delightful music which showed the smiling faces, colourful wall-charts, fun activities, etc.   There were captions indicating how much ...

Unconscious Collusion with Learners 1

Unconscious Collusion with Learners
“I’ll say nice things about your workshop / coaching if you spare me the pain in learning about myself.” I was reading an article, and there is a line like above (I modify it a bit).    The collusion we can get into unconsciously….  e.g. probably simply with an exchange of eye contact and smile.   The ...

Drawing out thoughts and emotions (Cont’d)

Drawing out thoughts and emotions (Cont'd)
                [.. continued from last post] Third, it is the space.  We held the session in her quiet little penthouse in a very old house.   From where I sit, I can see the trees through a small window.   The room is ‘populated’ with books.   The lighting is mild ...

Drawing out thoughts and emotions

Drawing out thoughts and emotions
  In my exploration of what some people called ‘Depth Psychology’, I have been receiving psycho-analysis in recent months.    There are a lot of angles for me to reflect on the experience e.g. feeling and sensation, mid-life, family.   In this post, let me take the perspective of facilitation and coaching. We had very deep conversation ...

Individuation, Abstract Art and Corporate Learning (Part 1)

Individuation, Abstract Art and Corporate Learning (Part 1)
This post is related to my recent exposure to Jungian psychology and in fact the last post on Abstract Art. I set out the Swiss journey as an opportunity to discover.   In this spirit, I attended a workshop in the Jungian institute in Zurich earlier this year.   Frankly, I was lost like 50% of the ...

What’s the point?

What's the point?
 I still remember when I saw the first time an Abstractionism painting many many years ago, I wondered ‘what is the point?’ I have never managed to appreciate them. I went into Albertina in Vienna earlier…. partly involuntarily. At least for the sections I visited, the museum contains a good variety of paintings in the ...

What story would you like to tell?

What story would you like to tell?
  Many years ago, I was facing some difficult career choices.   As a coachee, I was asked a question which I found very powerful.   My first kid was a few months ago at that time, and the question was like ‘The best way to raise the kids is to role model.   How would you choose ...