Online - Pacific Time July 22, 2020, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

As OD consultants and then coaches, we found a disconnect between our actual experiences with clients and some of the traditional change theories we were taught, especially those based on problem-solving and Newtonian mechanistic assumptions. Educated at Fielding we embraced the notion that we are the instrument for change and that we begin where the client is. We realized that as practitioners we needed to discover where we begin with our own existential beliefs and what professional stance we wanted to adopt. We were drawn toward process, generative and energy-based approaches to understanding change that included our own lived experiences and personal evolution. We saw how theory influences who coaches are, thereby influencing how they coach. In searching for the “soul” of coaching, we found a conceptual bridge from unconscious Newtonian beliefs to new generative assumptions about “self” that match our real-time experiences of clients as dynamic, energy-based beings in process. Read more

Bio of Ann L. Clancy, PhD, and
specializes in executive coaching, strategic planning, organizational change, and leadership and team development. Ann has 30+ years of experience in working with organizations, teams and individuals to create positive change. She is a researcher and co-author of Appreciative Coaching: A Positive Process for Change (2007) and Pivoting: A Coach’s Guide to Igniting Substantial Change (2017), both of which present a researched, evidence-based approach to coaching. She is an international speaker and trainer in Appreciative Coaching and Igniting Substantial Change working in countries such as Thailand, Japan, Nepal, Brazil, Switzerland, Turkey, the Netherlands, Norway, and South Africa.