QUANTUM SYSTEMIC COACHING: Speed is of the essence
How e=mc2 provides leads for us to lay the foundations for synchronicity in lightning-speed systemic coaching.

It has often been stressed that professional coaches do not manifest precise intentions on client content or results.  Coaches are indeed not to influence the content of client decisions, nor to suggest client options, nor to push for coach solutions.  They are just to respectfully accompany clients, as partners who fundamentally welcome client identity, allow for their autonomy, embrace their choices, serve their development, support their ambitions, etc. without ever influencing any of these, in any way. 

This coaching posture definition may be interpreted in a very limiting way:

  • If coaches are not to demonstrate any precise intention on the nature of client content and results, does this mean that while supporting client work they are to adopt a totally neutral, transparent, non-committal, invariably positive accompanying posture?

The importance of this non-influential coaching posture has been so strongly stressed that many coaches do indeed seem to be actively holding back, carefully restraining personal input, intentionally embracing silence, consciously leaving the whole coaching space to allow for truly unhindered client progress. Unknowing clients may meanwhile wonder what coaches actually do if they do not provide concrete, material content to client issues.  Is this really a profession?

To be sure, acquiring this respectful coach frame of reference is often a challenge for coaches who originate from consulting, psychological or other expertise-driven backgrounds, for those who want to guide, help and support, those who have developed capacities to analyze and share what they consider is pertinent advice.

Indeed, such coaches often display difficulty restraining their natural tendency to input their acquired knowledge to help or nudge the client along their paths with more or less influential content or relationship-oriented focus, stimulating questions, strategic vision, performing action plans, etc.

  • Some question may arise, however, as to the real added value provided by this limiting view of the coaching role and posture.

Such a limiting approach could restrict a coach’s role to merely following their clients much like a shadow, albeit with a supporting presence, acting as a protecting witness.  Such a hands-off coach attitude may also be perceived as quite laid back, illustrating a form of non-committal absence.  Indirectly however, such a posture may actually still influence the coaching process, if only by slowing it down.

QUANTUM THEORY

A fundamentally different, more systemic or quantum perspective on the coaching context  offers a model by which the coach-client conversation becomes a much more intense accelerator that aims to very intentionally and powerfully serve the achievement of much more outstanding and immediate client results.  To phrase it simply:

  • The more focused and intense a coaching relationship and conversation and client dialogue, the more immediately will new perspectives emerge, followed by measurable coaching outcomes or client (and coach) tangible results.

The important words here concern focus, intensity and immediacy. These words stress coach and client capacity to instantly and powerfully align in order to achieve immediate results no matter the client subject.  These are process skill-sets.  They have nothing to do with the variety of contents that may characterize client concerns in any given coaching situation or relationship.   Consequently:

  • Coach presence, strategies and tools to achieve immediate results can be implemented no matter the client’s field of interest or range of concerns.

An appropriate quantum theory equation for the above energy-related perspective may be extrapolated from the famed Einstein e=mc2.  This formula postulates that energy, momentum, or tangible movement is intimately related to mass multiplied by speed. 

  • More specifically, kinetic energy (e), think of a client’s ultimate capacity to act, react, shift or move, is equal to client mass (m), such as a client’s issue, content or body, multiplied the speed of light squared (c 2).    

Consequently, in order to immediately achieve extraordinarily powerful coaching results, very practically measured in the form of accelerated client momentum, this equation interestingly underlines the importance of applying speed, if not lightning speed to the client issue, content, or mass!  

  • To resume, the heavier the client issue, the more speed is of the essence!

Interestingly, such a quantum-based coaching frame of reference would support all forms of coaching strategies, tools and processes that favor immediacy.  Consider any just in time approach, any highly reactive strategy, any impromptu response, any improvised reflex, any short and urgent interruption and reaction, any intuition-based flash-coaching session. Just do it now!

This approach to coaching could seriously question all forms of drawn-out coaching processes that require over-detailed contracting foundations, multiple preparatory interviews, etc. that require stretched-out time spans that last for hours, are stretched over days, expanded over weeks or months. In effect, all these just add to client mass.

Instead, a quantum-based coaching frame of reference favors coach attitudes, tools and strategies tailored to achieve urgency, intensity, and immediacy by very specifically eliminating the time factor right out of all interstices that may be inserted into the coaching process. 

  • EXAMPLE: Consider a coaching prospect’s telephone call: “Are you available?  I have a really urgent issue.”  The coach immediately answers “OK.  Shoot!”  The client briefly describes a situation, for instance a blocked meeting ineffectively focused on finalizing a major acquisition. The coach interrupts the client description with a short, appropriate, mind-shifting powerful question.  The client first remains silent, and then utters: “OK.  Thanks.  I’ll call you back!”  the client then returns to the meeting.

A few days later, this short conversation is followed-up by another short call, and two weeks after by third concluding dialogue.  During this last call, the coach asks the client how much he should charge for the coaching service, to which the client answers: “Your price is mine.  Just send me your bill.”

Although drawn out on three calls, the main coaching-related transformational process took place on the first.  The second call was in fact a simple, short follow up, and the third a more banal conversation to conclude the improvised process.  This example of a real-life flash-coaching experience merits a few explanatory comments:

Considering the extraordinarily tangible added value immediately achieved by the highly reactive entrepreneurial VP client, rest assured that the top-level coach fee was not even discussed.  Indeed, how can one define the monetary value of a coaching process that allows a client to gain millions on the short term, and exponentially multiplied potentials in his or her longer-term future? 

  • Although the client knew the coach from an organizational coaching process that had taken place years before, this event concerned a totally different corporation with which the coach had no prior contact. As soon as the coach made himself available and said “shoot” the calling prospect instantly became a revived client,.
  • Likewise, there were no preliminary interviews to organize a structured coaching process, no selection, purchasing and administrative processes to respect, no written contract to sign, no formal evaluations to evaluate measurable results, no three-way meeting to conclude, etc.  The client was considered immediately competent to achieve an unnamed goal.
  • Following these three short calls, there were no other follow up conversations or events focused on accompanying the same issue any further.  Adapted to the client’s agile energy flow, the issue was considered totally solved by the two parties.
  • Note in passing that the above example does not demonstrate much respect for meticulous contracting, action planning and a number of other more formal structuring and protective procedures such as those often laid out by coaching schools and professional associations. 

This last observation does not mean that quantum-based systemic coaching makes it a point to avoid such useful professional coaching guidelines.  Much to the contrary!  Quantum-based systemic coaching just achieves extraordinary results by favoring lightning immediacy.

Obviously however, such an intensely reactively fluid coaching process immediately and intensely focused on achieving instantaneous client effectiveness and results calls for a complete change of coach frame of reference, and rests on a number of contextual prerequisites.  These will be covered further below. 

A NEWTONIAN COACHING PERSPECTIVE

In a more conventional coaching context, clients bring in their content and expect that content to be central in the coaching process.  It is the equivalent of their Powerpoint time.  They need to explain.  This client content concerns their history, their context, their issues, their goals, their problems, their ambitions, hurdles, or whatever. In a traditional coaching equation, the first main observable client role is to provide what they consider is pertinent content, often in a very precise, if not over-detailed fashion.  Indeed, should clients already have achieved very high momentum with their issue, they most often do not seek coaching support.

Consequently, it is to be expected that coaching clients first come to the coaching relationship as experts in their issue.  They expect to take ample time to expose detailed content.  That is their normal introductory behavior.  And lets face it:

  • Most often Client content is what bogs them down, slows them to the point of paralysis.  It is what weighs them down or stops their momentum.
  • The more client delivers content, the more that content can serve to excludes the developement of any other type of coach-client rapport and agility.

Whether client content is relational or technical is irrelevant: it still is heavy content and that content has mass. 

  • Consequently, when coaches overly focus on client content, analyze client content, add to client content, etc. they may well just be adding to client mass. 

Outside of adding to initial client mass, any coach strategy focused on content clarification and organization does not help recreate client momentum, or energy.  This concerns both technical and relational issues.

This illustrates quite well why quantum-based systemic coaches are not to focus on the content of issues brought by coaching clients.  Doing so would just weigh down the coaching relationship in a painstaking over-detailed process within which both client and coach partner to add mass, and thereby stifle momentum, taking each other hostage, together.  Such coaching relationships tend to move very slowly while both coach and client struggle along, in a relatively heavy, sometimes almost masochist fashion. 

  • The invariable indicator is that the coaching relationship becomes relatively heavier and heavier for the coach and client to bear.

Even if doing so seems to be quite a logical kinetic approach, struggling happens when one applies energy to move mass,.  In such cases, coaches focus their energy either on moving the issue, or on developing the client's motivational energy to move the issue, to indirectly move the mass represented by the client’s context.  

  • These strategies are well exemplified by uplifting, energetic coaches who deploy strategies to develop client motivation, help client find appropriate means and useful support systems to have the issue proceed towards achieving desired client outcomes. 

Note that kinetic strategies may work.  They often do help achieve some form of client momentum.  That momentum may or may not increase or stall in time, depending on the amount of energy deployed to move the mass. 

Note here that applying energy to move mass is a very logical mechanical approach.  In its different forms, such kinetic energy concerns applying means such as increasing personal and collective commitment, people, money, time, personal persistence if not resilience, etc.  These classical strategies are all achieved at a measurable cost, in terms of increased input, and they all take time.  In this type of equation, momentum may ultimately be gained or lost, whenever means are increased, improved removed or defecting. 

Note again that such a mechanical, or means-oriented coaching approach is based on classical a Newtonian worldview.  And although not based on quantum thinking, it does work, to a reasonable, quite predictable degree.

SPEED IS OF THE ESSENCE

In order to radically change the above coaching frame of reference focused on moving mass by applying energy, a quantum-based systemic coaching approach often first considers the one remaining dimension in Einstein’s e=mc2 equation, the one that concerns speed of light.  To put it simply:

  • A quantum-based systemic coaching approach offers a set of strategies and tools for coaches and clients to proceed at lighting speed.

Take heed to grasp the different frame of reference:  The issue is not how to speed up while preserving the same world view.  The question is not how to reduce allocated time by a given percentile, a few minutes, hours, days or month.  As a matter of fact, referring to lightning speed is merely referring to the speed of light.  The issue in quantum coaching is to go further! It is to achieve synchronic immediacy, much more equivalent to the speed of light squared!

  • A first rather obvious approach concerns implementing a series of measures that aim to radically eliminate all linear deployment of energy focused on managing allocated means that take time time. The only time is now. The real focus is on how to accompany clients to instantly achieve ends. 

This strategy could be defined as lightning speed coaching, or even better!  In essence, some of the questions to be answered are: 

  • How can a systemic quantum coach grasp the essence of a client’s issue before it is explained by the client, by very rapidly interrupting clients they are expliciting their goals?  Or earlier when establishing the initial coaching contract?  Or earlier when first hearing the client by phone?  Or earlier… before even meeting the client?

Obviously such outlandish questions could fundamentally shake our world-view.

  • How can a coach intuitively react to radically shift client perspectives before the coaching effectively starts: when agreeing to a shared coaching process and client goals are made explicit?  Or earlier when establishing the initial contract?  Or earlier when first meeting the client?  Or earlier… before meeting the client?
  • How can any completely successful coaching process take place in seconds or minutes rather than in hours, days, weeks, or months?
  • How can such a flash-coaching process help client immediately achieve results with minimum means, at a pin’s drop?

As often, such questions may appear to lead to one common answer: that is impossible!  We do not readily welcome questions to which we do not already have our obvious answers.  A common, normal reaction would be to say that if such things were possible, they would already be known.  And indeed they would have already been done.

QUANTUM REALITY

In everyday reality, the concept that comes closest to a instantaneous reactivity is synchronicity.  Synchronicity takes place when two intimately related and apparently distinc events take place at such a speed that it is impossible to clearly define which came first, which occurrence preceded, caused or is responsible for the other. 

Examples:

  • You are remembering a particular event of the past, and as if you were of the same mind your partner walks into the room and spontaneously mentions the same memory of the same event.
  • You are pondering about a unusual subject, walk by a bookstore, and a new book on the very subject is highlighted in the shop’s display window.
  • You think to call a friend who you haven’t seen for an extended period of time, and seconds later, the phone rings and that friend is on the other end of the line.
  • You are stuck trying to solve a specific technical problem that boggles your mind, and are accidently introduced to a person who happens to be an expert in the field.

It is easier to perceive the power of such coincidental events when they unfold between partners who have lived years and miles apart, sometimes on different continents.

  • Two unrelated research teams make the same breakthrough discovery and publish separately, at the same time.
  • The famed and documented Paoli effect links mechanical disorders to the presence of particular people, or unusual states of emotion or mind.  Now wht is that connection.
  • R. Sheldrake has long documented instant distant communication that occurs between owners and their pets.

Etymologically speaking, note that another word with a definition similar to synchronicity is coincidence.  Different from chance, coincidence actually means that two or more apparently unrelated incidents happen in close correspondence without being related by a direct, visible causal relationship.   Between coincidental events, linear causality could go any-which way, just like the proverbial chicken and the egg.  Each of the concerned correlated incidents are perceived to be totally independent, or could equally be considered as the root cause of the others.  In effect, correlated incidents seem to simultaneously occur in time, sometimes at a great distance, as if related to or communicating with each other at lighting speed, or much faster: simultaneously.

Coincidental or synchronic events are generally considered rare and freak occurrences to the point of often being brushed away as chance happenings.  They are to be exceptions that are not meant to question our linear definitions of causal or mechanical reality.  By definition in this Newtonian perspective, events that do not have an observable causal relationship cannot be linked in any other way, especially if they occur at a distance, continents apart.

The Quantum world view, however, does hypothesize that we could well be living in a form of fractal or holographic universe in which related patterns are repeated across time and space, from the infinitely small on to much larger and more complex systems.  In this way, one’s close observation or knowledge of evolving patterns in any system can offer rather precise indications of what is simultaneously occurring in other correlated but apparently distant and disconnected systems.

  • Example: Prior to a first meeting with a new client, a systemic coach is very attentive if not rather tense.  This new client had been described as difficult, closed, and unpredictable. At the start of the meeting, the coach is rapidly surprised to discover a rather effective, charming, open, honest, and direct person. 

The obvious discrepancy between the rather negative contextual description and the immediately positive here and now connection with the client puzzles the coach, and he feels off balance for a minute or two. 

The coach rapidly adapts to follow his intuition and the first meeting quickly proves to be rather successful.  Coincidently, the first issue this client brought to the meeting was a troubling recruiting discrepancy:  The client had met a prospect that quickly appeared to be the best choice both in terms of personality and competency.  Everyone previously involved in the selection process, however, had advised the client against that choice, for reasons that seemed totally unmerited.  The client was troubled as to what to believe, and what to do. 

Making an immediate pattern connection between the discrepancy in his own client experience and the discrepancy in the client’s perception of this prospect, the coach simply asked: “What does your intuition tell you?”  In the same way as the coach, the client immediately knew the prospect was to be hired. The rest of the coaching session routinely focused on designing an action plan to rectify the perception gap in the new recruit’s environment. Simultaneously, the nature of the coaching work also provided numerous leads as to how to modify how the  client was perceived in the same context.  The two issues were related in a holographic way, and their solutions were implemented as one.

Among other fractal-related strategies, quantum-based systemic coaches are routinely trained to perceive mirroring patterns that occur between processes that unfold in their relationships with their clients and the content these clients bring to the coaching relationship.  Indeed, whatever the issue brought by a given client, that issue is inevitably to be considered as also present in the relationship between the coach and the client.

  • Example: A CEO and HR agree with a coach to undertake a three-day organizational coaching process that would include their forty top executives including that CEO and her executive team.  Details for the event are defined and a date is set for five months later, after summer.  The coach is later informed that the dates are moved and that the time span of the event is reduced to two days.  A call is arranged to re-clarify the objectives and appropriate means with the CEO.

During the call, the coach asks how many participants are to be involved.  The CEO answers 32.  She carries on to say the event will only concerns senior managers, just below the executive team.  The work, she adds, should be focused on a specific issue: Whenever goals and means are clearly defined with this lower level, the managers have a generalized tendency to unilaterally question and modify their commitments without any prior information or negotiation.  As if their commitments with the executive team later didn’t concern them!

The coach quickly caught on.  The CEO and HR had originally agreed to a organizational coaching event over three days, with the full executive team, plus the 32-member next level.  Unilaterally, this whole agreement with the coach was unilaterally changed, was limited to two other days, without the CEO and without the executive team. 

  • So the coach asked the CEO and HR if they really wanted the coach to solve with the lower levels what they and the executive team were illustrating in their relationship with the coach.  How could the coach decently accompany the solution when taken hostage in the system's problem?  And how did that not concern the CEO and executive team?
Confronting systemic questions indeed, that led to an immediate change of frame of reference, decisions and action plans.

PREREQUISITES FOR SYNCHRONIC CONNECTION

When such fractal, synchronic or coincidental events are compared, they seem to be experienced or observed when a number of conditions or prerequisites are met: The central prerequisite for synchronic occurrences to emerge is that the concerned people or elements need to be very intensely correlated or intricated.  This is an unusual type of very intimate, trusting, respectful and authentic connection. 

When that condition is met, the concerned actors are intensely correlated, even at a distance.  To give a few examples, synchronic events or connections seem to occur much more commonly between partners, lovers, mothers and their children, twins, owners and pets, childhood friends and other strongly bonded or aligned individuals and groups.

  • Both as a cause and as a result of this powerfully deep and fundamental, instant connection, attention is focused, energy is high and presence to one-another is deep enough to defy space and time, which indeed both seem to disappear.

Achieving this state of presence to oneself and connection to another is not new.  Much the contrary, it is age old. For centuries and worldwide, individual introspective techniques to serve that purpose have been practiced, experimented and shared.  Among others, these introspective techniques include deep breathing, relaxation, sophrology and hypnosis, meditation and contemplation, not to forget mindfulness, a more recent concept becoming a buzzword. 

As those who regularly practiced these techniques claimed to achieve a number of altered states of consciousness and measurable physical transformations, much has been done to attempt to measure and quantify such results.  Consequently over decades and in most of the introspective fields mentioned above, measurable physical indicators of possibly beneficial alterations and consequences have been studied, tested and published.

Depending on the studies, immediately quantifiable benefits can range from slower breathing and heartbeat rates to lower blood pressure, more regular and synchronized brain waves, reduced pain thresholds, altered sensory perception, etc.   Other publications have claimed longer-term, more indirect benefits that may be harder to correlate directly, such as better sports performance, better digestion, higher perceptual sensitivity, better relationships, enhanced management skills, lower stress levels, longer and happier lives, success… the list goes on and may become endless. 

  • It has also been claimed that when ten to twenty percent of a given population regularly follow such personal introspective techniques, a collective benefit can be measured in the larger non-practicing shared environment. 

Although these claims and studies are widely published, accessible online and quite well-known to yoga aficionados, personal-development experts, practicing Buddhists and the such, the public at large still treats such information as mere religious, ideological or sectarian belief, if not just plain hogwash.

On a slightly different note, biological and ethnological observation and research on measurable human and animal relational behavior has also come up with conclusions on the measurable effects of shared attention, presence and intimate communication between members of the same species, if not between species and with plants.  These studies also escape the attention of the public at large.

Beyond the simple focus on the individual benefits of specific introspective practices such as meditation and others mentioned above, these studies behavioral and bieological studies provide interesting leads as to what happens when two or more individuals intimately synchronize, tune in or get on the same wave length, as we formulate rather common, deep and moving person-to-person communication experiences.

To be specific, when two or more intensely communicating people develop deeply shared intimacy through a focused and touching or moving dialogue based on shared listening, silences, eye contact, proximity, etc. a number of measurable shared phenomena occur.

  • In short, intimately engaging partners seem to lose their sense of separation, to develop the perception of a shared or unitary form or body. 

When this happens between two or more partners, physical indicators reveal that breathing and heart rates synchronize.  Almost imperceptible microscopic blinks and gestures, facial and body muscles, tic-tac in instantaneous, shared harmony.  Gradually, blood pressure and brain waves also start mirroring each other to the point of developing what could be perceived as one shared state of mind or being, one shared body of ebbs and flows, one common vibrating existence.

  • When sharing deep, respectful intimacy with another, this tuning-in or aligning process is as natural as it is universal. 

Beware, however.  Some behavioral technicians consider that gross and concious mimicking or mirroring of another’s gestures and facial expressions can create a useful therapeutic or relational ersatz of trust and intimacy.  The results of such a mentalist approach to human connection have nothing to do with the heart of the matter, and are relatively limited in their scope.  They do not measure up, by a far cry, to the subconsious, natural, cross-cultural, animal, almost cellular synchronizing effect that accompanies the horse whisperer type of deep, respectful, intimate, heart to heart and soul-to-soul listening, attention and dialogue.

  • A deep capacity to align from being to being is foundational to systemic coaching. 

CONSEQUENCE / RESULTS

As they synchronize essential bodily rhythms, such respectful shared listening and profound attention takes the partners beyond the meaning of words, to the point of uniting their music into one undivided shared presence, one connected being, one common heart and mind.

From that point on, the partners enter a more intimate interactive bubble that seems to exclude non-pertinent stimuli, relegated to the rank of meaningless noise.  Together, in order to plunge into their shared meditation, they signal a clear “do not disturb” message to the external surroundings. To be precise however, this is not exclusion per say. The partners have simply eliminated the time-space between them.  They have literally become inseparable.

From that point on, heads get closer, eyes lock in, pupils enlarge, all rhythms slow down, as does the quality of time.  As words start coming from heart, tone of voice deepens, and its level lowers closer to whispering.  Breathing also calms to halve its pace, except for meaningful, emotionally-laden sighs.

From that point on, words can only serve as poetry, to punctuate a much more holographic communication process.  These words just occasionally interrupt a more significant all-encompassing flow of much fuller, intensely expressive silences, emotional waves, surges of shared synchronic meaning, instants of blinding revelations, slices of universal knowledge, a limpid pool of mutual understanding.

Once this quantum-level type of truly intimate alignment or correlation has been forged and consolidated between two or more entities, within any collective or natural environment, little can be done to achieve its dissolution over space and time.  The benefits of such powerful connections give a real measure of the type of space true presence, listening, respect, trust and intimacy can provide: one that allows for a totally different, timeless, instantaneous perspective of our shared reality.

The effects and consequences in quantum-based systemic coaching are undeniably measurable.  The partnered energy merge, accelerate, refine, purify, intensify, focus into a new form of lazer-sharp awareness.  This shared presenceis kin to an augmented reality.  It merges with wider-reaching presences and meaning: call it the collective unconscious, the universe's vibrations, our spiritual reality, truth from the soul, connection with biological and mineral nature...  In this limpid state, question and uncertainty have simply vanished.  Only obvious clarity and direction in the form of true meaning persists.   Having emerged out of the intricate blinding folds of their day-to-da reality, as one inseparate entity, unified together within and all-encompassing whole, the partners just know.  In this crystal-clear state, there is no question as to the nature of our shared purpose, how we need to be and what we need to do.

From this state of awareness, coach and client decisions, action are obvious.  They are neither good nor bad, light or heavy, easy or difficult.  They are obiously, naturally necessary, sustainable and healthy, They are fully owned, embodied, engrained, unavoidable.  They are there to happen.  Fast!

E=mc2: This quantum-theory equation is kin to another: the time-space
dimension, also considered as a powerful systemic coaching perspective.
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Obviously,
to learn how to immediately perceive and instantaneously respond to
such holographic or fractal occurrences first requires a major shift in
frames of references as what is quantum reality in everyday life.  Very
intense practical hands-on training with specific systemic tools is a
second non-linear prerequisite to undertake such a shift of frame of
reference.
Below a link to an intensely practical systemic coach training program: