Happy New Year for 2011

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08 January 2011

Dearest friends,

First, I want to wish you a wonderful, successful, healthy and enlightening year in 2011.   May you accomplish everything that is close to your heart while expressing the most luminous dimensions of your being.   Starting February 2, 2011 is also the Chinese year of the rabbit, so may all that you wish also come to you with that animal's legendary speed and agility.

On my end, I feel that this year will be much lighter, much more positive and much more fluid than 2010.  And I am delighted.  2010 was marked with major changes, deep questioning and difficult cleansing on which I will not delve any longer.  This new year is one of consolidation, new constructions, big motivating and innovating projects.  This year, I decidedly plan to let loose and unleash my creativity, so watch out !!!  I also feel 2011 is a year for me to share, to contribute, to participate and to commit to European projects and relationships that really create sustainable quality in my personal and professional environments. So I have a plan.

Bye bye 2010


 

More personally

Christmas in Paris with the extended family, one week skiing in the Alps, and then we have a intensive travel program that will take my wife and me to Lyon, Rennes, Barcelona, Madrid, Casablanca, Paris and Bucharest, not to forget the Seychelles.  This program is confirming that we are finding our marks as a truly nomadic couple.  Exploring what this means to us and how to do it best is quite an adventure.   We are also planning our future vacations to destinations that will help us achieve a range of new personal and professional purposes. 

It's still early to share details, but we are also coming close to our goal of finding a new Paris flat. That is THE current personal project, and it should be achieved by my next newsletter. This project occupies all of our spare time (not much time to spare, to be sure), occupying most of our dreams, and is bound to also occupy a good chunk of money. Financial planning is going to be a theme very soon.

Another last minute "extra-extra" read-all-about-it news is that my second son has announced that he and his sweetheart are going to get married, June 2011 legally, in Paris and June 2012 at church, in Ibiza.   Once more, planning ahead is his strength.   And to go with my silver hair, I hope to soon be a grampa.

I must add that in the current daily life marathon, I feel  that I need to be particularly attentive as to how I manage my energy if I want to hold the distance.  Eat lightly, sleep well, time for sports and walking.  On the other hand, I also feel that my 35 years experience accompanying people and teams has gradually brought me to a place where I can occasionally  give my very best with minimum effort, and each time come out more energized.  Doing excellent work is actually a much more simple way of life than it is made out to be. 

Spring 2011

As the photo above illustrates, this year has begun with a cheerful bang.  Since then, I have already led a risk management workshop in Paris on January 3 and 4, then I accompanied an executive team in Monte Carlo on the 5th to 7th,  then back in Paris I have started a new "Coaching Fundamentals" course on the 10th-11th, and immediately after that I am moving to work with a telecom company in Bucharest through Saturday 15.  In short, I have 22 active days planned with clients in January, and this rhythm will continue until early March, when Geanina and I will go on vacation in the Seychelles, in the Indian Ocean.  Well earned.

The professional mix between training and supervising coaches, coaching executives by phone no matter where I am, coaching teams and coaching organizations (groups of 40-60 people representing top key players in the same company) is really well balanced this new year.  I feel I am going to be really stimulated and that is sure to jolt my creativity.

For those who want to consult my 2011 coach-training and supervision programs in Europe, please go to: http://www.metasysteme.eu/english/dates-and-locations-in-2011/.  This includes in-depth work in Madrid, Hamburg, Romania, France of course, and a host of shorter trips to other places.  About these programs, I want to thank you for your very positive word-of-mouth concerning these trainings, workshops and supervisions.  Your network support of my work is truly measurable, and don't hesitate to continue to spread the word.

New book

Expected on library shelves by the mid or end of Februeary, my new French book, "L'art véritable du maître coach" is soon to be published by Dunod/InterEditions in Paris.   Both the style and the content is very different from my preceeding books and articles.  This text offers very different and complementary perspectives on the coaching profession.  It very practically presents what a systemic approach practiced by a master coach can add to the profession.   Very concretely, the book lays the premisses on which rest systemic resonances in a coaching relationship, and then clearly explains how that resonance permits emerging processes and solutions to naturally surface from the coaching context.   For an English-language abridged version of the text, please go to http://www.metasysteme.eu/english/masterful-systemic-coaching/

Voila for some new year news.  Again I wish you an excellent 2011 and thank you so much for your presence here and in my life. 

And I am hoping our paths will cross this year, maybe in Madrid at the European ICF conference?...

Alain