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An Interview with John Lazar: Institutions and Influences

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Then in the early ‘90s, after those three gentlemen had gone their own way with respect to their businesses, Julio started his own company called Newfield Network.  I took my initial coach training with him, I think in ’92.  It was in the ’80s, while I was doing work in organizational settings that I actually got the label from someone that what I was doing was coaching.  Before that, I was doing what I was doing but didn’t really have a name to hang it on.  That became more important to me because I was good at it and because I had already been listening deeply, had already been able to do at least some of the things that a coach does.  It made a lot of sense for me to get trained formally, which I did.

Actually, I was at AT&T for some years, and they paid for my training in the Ontological Design Course (ODC) that I had with Julio, Fernando, and Rafael.  They also paid for my training with Julio in Newfield.

The other pieces that I would mention, Bill, are that from 1993 to 2004, I was involved at Landmark Education Corporation.  That was building on the work of Werner Erhard and, certainly, Fernando Flores, as well as the theorists on Speech-Act Theory, philosophy and other things about communication.  That was a fertile ground for my own learning and development. The last seven years I was a master coach or a coach of coaches in the Team Management Leadership Program (TMLP).

It gave me an opportunity to stay actively engaged in some very rich conversations about what it means to be a team and what it means to make things happen together as a team.  I got to coach the people who were coaching the teams and support their development because these are multi-year programs.

Contributing to Institutions:  Professional Growth

Bill Carrier:  You’ve done a really good job given a picture of how you got started and the middle portion of your coaching profession.  You’ve been doing this for about as long as coaching has been around.  How about a little bit of context to and what’s been happening since 2004?  We’ll get into the details later but what other organizations have you been involved in?

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  1. Rey Carr

    March 12, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Finally, I understand what happened to that excellent journal, The International Journal of Coaching in Organizations. John is to be congratulated on establishing a publication that lifted coaching into both the world of empirical science and friendly dialogue. I’m grateful for your pioneering efforts.


  2. Vicki Foley

    February 7, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    Bill and John, thank you for this interview. I enjoyed the historical perspective, a bit of reminiscing about IJCO and ICCO, and the suggestions of ways to associate within the profession. John, you are a revered master.


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