04 August 2009
On my end, in the course of the past few months, a number of significant life accidents in my very close environment have alerted me, questioned me, and re-centered me on essentials. First, a very good and close friend who is also an occasional and competent client has been fired from his organization without advance warning, without due respect, without deserved recognition.
Very recently, a member of my close family circle had a very serious cardiac alert and almost left this world without the smallest advance indicator. Healthy and vertically present one night, horizontal and on the operation table the following morning. Thank God, he still has an undeniable joie de vivre and an enraged will to fight back and stay amongst us a little more.
Conferences, Articles, Books
And life goes on. On June 4, hardly four days after our accident, with some of my ribs freely floating around and careful not to laugh or cough, I had the pleasure of delivering a conference on team and organization coaching for the SFCoach (French coach association) chapter in Lyon (Central France). I remember that the warm and welcoming public even managed to get me to chuckle with painful reserve.
Soon, on August 27 and 28, I will also deliver a workshop in the Paris ICFF (ICF France) summer conference. The theme is : winning and losing games coaches and clients play. Over the years, I have had a few thoughts on the subjects of
- some of the potentially darker and manipulative sides of coaching tools and skills, and
- some of the lighter and winning dimensions of listed negative games of Transactional Analysis fame.
Although these two themes may superficially seem very different, they actually really meet. They have helped me develop useful insights to better my personal and team coaching experience. I am looking forward to lots sharing and inspiration during this conference. But I must warn you, it's in French.
Training and workshops
This fall, the Metasysteme Coaching coach training business is again taking me from Timisoara and Bucharest in Romania to Madrid in Spain to Brussels in Belgium and Hamburg in Germany. The whole range of trainings, workshops and supervision cycles attracts participants from all over Europe, all walks of life, all levels of competency in coaching. In the middle of this European geographic spread, I am still offering the equivalent in French, in Paris.
True to my family script and in keeping with my European commitment, I and we will be travelling extensively this fall. In the next four months, a good third of my work will be in France, mostly in the Paris area. We will go to Romania, Bucharest and Timisoara for the better parts of September and November. The economic slowdown is still very perceptible there, but developing the coaching community and market in the present Romanian context is just as useful as ever.
In Southern France and in the middle of August, it is quite impossible to conclude anything. Now is more of a time to digest, dream, think, evaluate, imagine possibilities and then start all over. Now is definitely not a time for action. For the present, we can still remain uncertain and stay receptive to unexpected options. For a few more weeks, that is. My feeling is that it will soon be time to actively prepare for 2010. This coming year will hopefully reserve us its share of surprises and changes. And it will soon be necessary for us to start laying foundations for that near future very soon. Action plan for September: consolidate short term projects, prepare longer term enterprises, and save open spaces everywhere to allow for the unexpected emerging adventures that add spice to life.
I wish you to be still benefiting from your vacation, and hope to see you soon.
Amicalement (which means friendship-ingly), Alain Cardon