From our archives we retrieve another remarkably insightful essay written by Lloyd Raines. This senior level coach notes that each of us has a particularly unique approach and style when we coach—a particular manner and focus to our curiosity and inquiry, how we challenge, evoke, sometimes provoke, and listen with discernment and non-judgment.
We turn to another highly experienced coach, Maynard Brusman, who brings in another important spirituality-founded practice: mindfulness. Brusman suggests that it takes self-awareness, energy and an entrepreneurial spirit to discover one’s true passion, identity and the work that is meant to be done.
Future of Coaching Bookshelf
This issue of The Future of Coaching ends with the re-introduction of the Future of Coaching Bookshelf. On occasion, there is a specific book that we believe contributes in an important way to the theme being addressed in a Future of Coaching issue. In this case, the noteworthy book is Spiritual Evolution—written by George Vaillant, an eminent researcher on human development. Engaging a positive psychology perspective, Vaillant introduces research findings related to such matters as faith, love, hope, joy, forgiveness and compassion.
I hope that you agree with me that the topic of spirituality and coaching needs to be brought into the light. It no longer should be silenced. This issue of The Future of Coaching should be just one of many forums for deliberations regarding the role that spirituality might play in the expanding field of professional coaching.