Category Archives: Leadership Coaching

Fall Workshops – Something for Everyone

This fall, we have a fabulous lineup of workshops designed to meet the needs of leaders and practitioners as we navigate the complexities of 2021.

Culturally Competent Communication 

Effective communication is built on one’s willingness, desire, and ability to share information with another individual. Culturally competent communication goes one step further by offering a form of empathetic, unbiased, and respectful communication when interacting with an individual who may be different from oneself.  This program is designed for anyone who seeks to understand how cultural beliefs inform behavior and how to show sensitivity to those beliefs through communication.  Learn more.

Entrepreneurial Leadership Capacity

This workshop captures the skills and mindsets of high performing entrepreneurs and presents them in an easily digestible method and playbook.  It is designed for (1) an early stage aspiring entrepreneur desiring to develop their entrepreneurial mindsets and skills in order to move their project/startup forward and (2) an intrapreneur leader desiring to develop their entrepreneurial mindsets and skills to innovate in their current role within organizations. Learn more.

Courageous Leadership in Action: No One Said It Would Be Easy

This dynamic workshop is designed for individuals who are interested in exploring aspects of courageous leadership in the f­­ace of adversity. The 2-day in person or 4-module virtual workshop explores courageous leadership through the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) lens.  The workshop is designed to be inclusive and encompass new and mid-level managers, leaders, coaches, consultants, and facilitators. Learn more.

From CDO to COO: The Business of DEI

The work of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) is more than a mindset or focus on people – it is core to how a business operates.  However, nearly all corporate DEI positions reside within Human Resources, executing activities and delivering goals geared towards attracting, growing, and retaining diverse talent.  To drive systemic change as well as disrupt and reinvent systems to eliminate  oppression and bias, organizations need to embed the mental models and best practices of DEI into their business operations.  This program is designed to provide foundational business and DEI knowledge to participants who will then use this knowledge to co-create strategies for integrating DEI into the core business operations of an organization.  Learn more.

Body Intelligence:  Leadership’s Untapped Resource

The body is the most direct and fastest route to change. The vast majority of our behavior is generated on autopilot because it happens outside of our consciousness. Body Intelligence in Leadership is designed for individuals who are looking to develop their natural inner resources to navigate the complexities of today’s world. Based in neuroscience, biology, and physiology, this 6-module highly experiential program explores models and theories related to the intelligence of the body.  Learn more.

Building Inclusive Workplaces through the Lens of Women’s Leadership

While the entire landscape of work is getting an overhaul, how are leaders going to adapt to attract and retain diverse talent? What new tactics are being used to drive diverse and productive teams? How do we create belonging and connection for everyone in virtual, hybrid and in-person workspaces using an intersectional lens? Building Inclusive Workplaces through the Lens of Women’s Leadership will explore these questions and use peer learning to uncover how companies and organizations can tap into the values and potential of all workers and leverage opportunities that help them show up at work as their full self – which research has proven fuels creativity and innovation.  Learn more.

LENS: Creating a New Normal on Race, One Conversation at a Time

No matter where you are on the spectrum of unconscious bias and race awareness, in America you are swimming in it 24/7.  Anchored in facts about our U.S. history that most of us never learned in school, this 2-day intensive workshop is an experiential, personal exploration of race and its impact on our perspectives that is guaranteed to give you an experience of diversity, not just a discussion about it.  Targeted for leaders and professionals who are wrestling with how to embody genuine inclusion in order to respond authentically to the cultural shifts after 2020’s racial protests, this approach, tested over 5 years, unlocks a depth of connection and learning unprecedented in mixed race company. Learn more.

Learn more about all the programs offered in Georgetown’s Institute for Transformational Leadership.

Inspiration

This post was shared by Maria van Hekken – faculty in Georgetown’s Executive Certificate in Leadership Coaching.

 

Not so long ago, life was an inspiration.

A conversation, a bird’s song, a child’s delightful laugh

Each was a teacher for our souls.

Then the world suddenly stopped

And we lost that joy.

Many of us went inside

And reluctantly got used to our new ways.

We kept going, not knowing

Just how long it might last (and last and last and last).

We felt trapped, lonely, sad and grateful

All at the same time, on occasion

Hitting a metaphorical wall or two (or three or four)

Bouncing back after a while (on the good days)

Retreating and becoming dark (on the not so good).

Outside, life continued, even flourished

The animals once hidden, came out in that new quiet

Mountains were visible again from afar.

Birdsong was amplified.

We were still more, we walked more, we had time to notice.

Ah, now I see it.

Pandemic, you are our soul teacher, too.

You taught us resilience, faith, appreciation, mourning and more.

Like the moon’s slivers of silver light

You keep showing us glimmers of hope in the darkness.

Winter is thawing.

Spring is on its way (I see the red buds on you, trees).

Now, may we each discover renewed inspiration from all our soul teachers.

 

Read more from Maria van Hekken on her Positive Thinking for Leadership Success blog here. 

Change Is Inevitable; Transformation Is a Choice

This post was shared by Marcia Feola, MCC, faculty in the Principles of Transformation program and the Executive Certificate in Organizational Consulting and Change Leadership in the Institute for Transformational Leadership.

In these disruptive and changing times, many of us feel the world shifting before our eyes and under our feet. As the challenges become more dramatic, we encounter our own vulnerabilities and fears.  We can let fear stand in our way, attempt to deny what is happening, become immobilized, fight with the changes, or we can transform ourselves and the organizations of which we are a part.

The journey can be both scary and exhilarating.  John F. Kennedy once observed that the word “crisis” in Chinese is composed of two characters—one representing danger, the other opportunity.

危机

This time in history is an opportunity for transformation.  Transformation entails a letting go, a shedding of beliefs, habits, behaviors that no longer serve. This shedding, in turn, opens up space for creativity, innovation and freedom, making this an exciting time. It’s a time to reflect, to imagine a different future, to experiment with new ways.

We are all invited to engage in a transformational process. What do we need to shift, change or transform?  What are old habits, beliefs, or behaviors you wish to change? What do you want to see different in this world? How do you want to be different? What is your vision and how do you move towards it?

Are you interested in exploring the principles of human transformation at individual, group, and systemic levels? Click here to learn more about the  “Principles of Transformation” program in the Institute for Transformational Leadership.

 

Honoring Our Graduate Community

As 2020 comes to a close, we want to take a moment to honor the work the graduate community of Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership has done this year to support our leaders, our organizations, and our communities.

To our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) practitioners, you have helped us see a way forward as individuals, organizations and as a nation as we grapple with injustices and inequalities.  Your knowledge and skill has been called upon to assess organizations and propose strategic solutions to long-standing issues that prevent all employees from thriving and succeeding.  You have invited us into difficult conversations and encouraged us to stay with the discomfort of this work as we examine our own biases and role in oppression.   You have used yourself as an instrument of change sharing your personal journey for the greater good. 

To our leadership coaches, you have supported leaders through the most challenging of times.  You have been there as leaders have been tested in ways that dramatically exceed the scope of any prior situation.  You coached them to think differently, act boldly and lead compassionately. You helped them build the resilience necessary to sustain themselves and their organizations for the long-term and helped them learn about themselves and leadership along the way.     

To our health & wellness coaches, you supported health and well-being during one of the most dramatic and stressful changes of our time.  You have helped clients adapt to the realities of this year by helping them to align their daily choices in this new environment with their personal values.  You have served as pioneers in a field that is emerging as a critical component in empowering patients to actively participate in their own care. 

To our Organizational Development (OD) professionals, you have paved the path for how OD will be done in the future.  The year has necessitated new ways of leading people, managing teams, and working with data.  You have exercised creativity, resilience and supported organizations in re-imagining what is possible.  You have brought optimism and compassion to help sustain organizations well into the future. 

To our facilitators, you have created a new standard in how to lead virtual gatherings.  Your design skills have been tested as you reimagined business events that connected participants’ ideas while also tapping into their bodies, spirits and emotions. You have been called upon to design and facilitate intimate personal events from honoring individual milestones to end-of-life celebrations that were once unimaginable in the virtual space.  While physically apart, your creativity, presence and grace has brought us together in meaningful ways.

Because of all of you, leaders are more reflective, compassionate and in tune with their personal wellness, organizations are better positioned to see themselves and create lasting change, our virtual gatherings are more engaging and inclusive, and individuals and systems are starting to see prevailing inequality and injustices and making strategic moves to promote diverse, equity and inclusion.  Please know that the work you do, especially in 2020, has made a difference as we all work to create a more sustainable and compassionate future.

Get Focused: More of This, Less of That!

This post was shared by Maria van Hekken – faculty in Georgetown’s Executive Certificate in Leadership Coaching.

Tozi, one of my clients, called me today with a sense of sadness I have never heard from her before. “Maria, I feel like this year has been a total blur,” she told me. “I’ve missed out on so much that was important to me. Why is all this happening?”

As I listened closely, I silently thought of the three other clients who told me about their anxiety, therapy or medications this week. Yes, it seems we are all feeling the effects of this chaotic year in so many ways. This year is taking its toll on us collectively – physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

While we would have NEVER asked for these circumstances, this pandemic can still be our teacher, if we let it.

Of course, we may have to pry ourselves open to any wisdom it may hold (not an easy task, I realize). And be willing to listen as it screeches its lessons on our likely unwilling ears.

If we are thoughtful, we can even dare to look for the gifts hidden deeply in this situation. And gifts abound (they always, always do).

Let Go of Missing Out
As I spoke with Tozi, we talked about the value of slowing down and going within. Instead of resisting what she was feeling, she agreed she wants to practice a process that helps her look more closely at what she has been doing, thinking, and feeling. She also decided she would identify what she wants to focus on in her life that she actually has influence over.

How I Approach It
That led Tozi to ask, “Is there anything special you do, Maria?” I described how I check in with myself at the end of every week. I make a list of what I want more of and less of in my life. And how it has made all the difference in the world. With this practice, I even discovered some real treasures from the simple to the profound.

Here’s a glimpse at what these lists have revealed to me over the last months:

  • More love (much, much, more to share)
  • More noticing (including grief for all we have lost)
  • More gratitude (for all we had before)
  • More deep conversations (from joyful to sad)
  • More time for family and friends (treasuring relationships)
  • Less taking things for granted (be thankful in the moment)
  • More home cooking from scratch (so much better than takeout)
  • Less clutter (how this frees the spirit)
  • More dog time and long walks (and a great way to be outdoors)
  • Less driving (much more stillness and quiet)

Check In with Yourself
These are such challenging times to navigate because everything changes and shifts so fast. I encourage you to look within yourself, too – to start making your own revelatory list. It’s such a simple way to allow you to sift through your experiences, to reflect on lessons you’ve learned, and to understand your frame of mind.

Willing to try it for one week? I promise you’ll be delighted and inspired at what you uncover.

This blog was originally posted on the Yes2Yes.com website. 

Maria van Hekken is a leadership coach who helps executives and their teams become even more successful with a special approach that inspires positive vision, encourages positive action and delivers positive results. She has an established record of success supporting diverse leaders in corporations, the federal government, universities and nonprofits. Maria completed her coach training at Georgetown University and is on the faculty of the Georgetown Leadership Coaching program. She holds an International Coach Federation Professional Certified Coach credential, and has served as the president of the Philadelphia area chapter of the International Coach Federation.