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Alan Sieler

Welcome to our fifth issue of Observing Differently for the year.

We continue to be gratified by the significant shifts people make for themselves through their involvement in our ontological coach training around the world. This occurs not only during the training but also afterwards as they self-generate changes and experience continued learning. As one graduate has remarked, "Ontology is the gift that keeps on giving". And perhaps most gratifying is how our graduates apply their learning in the support of others – not only through professional roles and in their own businesses, but also in family life and friendships.

Our next three-day foundation workshop - Ontological Coaching and Leadership in Action – is being offered online on September 11, 15 and 18.

“A wonderful experience and the depth of the workshop was excellent. I thought it was excellent for personal growth, and for coaching and facilitating. I am a master coach with the ICF, but the ontological coaching approach seems much more integrated, and better quality. I am already applying it in my work in career coaching and in coaching middle management. What particularly resonated were the whole area of the body and the importance of not making presumptions.”
Deborah Kinkead, Senior Manager, Telecommunications Company

The in-depth 18-month Certified Ontological Coaching and Leadership Program commences with the opening conference online October 15, 17, 20 and 24. Fortunately we have the flexibility to run this program in-person and online, and much as we would love to have this conference be in-person, the COVID situation in Melbourne will preclude this. Brochures for this course and the three-day workshop are available here.

“I entered the program because I felt there was something missing from my coaching. I leave the course with a deep insight into who I am and who I want to be. In this tumultuous world I can be the author of my life. Major shifts have occurred in the way I coach. I observe differently and I am better attuned to the coachee because I have the ontological distinctions to draw upon. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity.”
Lucy Fisher, Leadership Coach, Hobart

And now to this month’s article ... I am delighted to bring you a very thoughtful and enlightening piece of writing from one of my colleagues in the USA, Steve Dorn from San Francisco. As an ontological coach and consultant, Steve shares the relevance of how an ontological approach for facilitating organisational change through learning to learn can position us to take advantage of how the current COVID situation provides a new space for self-reflection and invention. I think you will find this an illuminating read.

Until next time ...

Best wishes

Alan Sieler


Coronovirus and Learning to Learn
By Steve Dorn

The Coronavirus has added a new layer of disruption - and bewildering context - to a world already entangled in rapid and often high-stakes change. While most of us recognize that certainty is never a given, we still would like to feel as if what we know, what we’re good at, and what we believe in, will be sufficient for creating and maintaining a viable future for ourselves, our loved ones, our communities and our planet.

However, in this new world, our old ways of thinking, doing and believing will be useful only if we can adapt ourselves to new situations and contexts emerging around us right now. If we choose to accept and engage with the new realities facing us, then for the sake of learning to be effective with new challenges, we must also accept we are "beginners" again. We can, of course, choose how we’re going to play. We can deny our beginner-ness, shut down and turn away, or we can lean in to the unknown emerging reality. As Otto Scharmer (Theory U) writes, we can "freeze" in our current thinking and reaction to the situation, deny reality and blame others for our troubles, or we can let go, and turn toward our new reality and embrace it – both individually and collectively. We have the choice to commit ourselves to learning together and being open to not knowing how we can generate a shared future that serves all of us more effectively. From an ontological perspective, the coronavirus opens a new space for self-reflection and reinvention.

»  Read the article in the Organisational Case Studies section

Newfield Institute operates as the Ontological Coaching Institute in Africa, Asia, Europe and the UK. Ontological programs also run in the USA through EFL Seminars.


Ontological Coaching and Leadership in Action Workshops

The next Australian online three-day workshop is September 11, 15 and 18.

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Certified Ontological Coaching and Leadership Program

(fully accredited by the International Coach Federation)

Commencing with the online Opening Conference October 15, 17, 20 & 24.

ICF Accreditation

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