Introduction to Change
Change Team Acceleration
Sensing and Shaping
to Systems Thinking
Introduction to Change (IC): One-day overview of Foundational
principles and practices of effective change in today’s
fast paced, chaotic and complex environment. Although you
cannot manage change, you can be aware of common patterns
which occur during any significant change in order to support
the change and build alignment with key organizational
stakeholders and help ensure productive and generative
movement forward. This one-day program is for Leaders and
Change Agents who are responsible for mobilizing commitment
Change Acceptance Process (CAP): Comprehensive program
offering tools and methods to effectively bring about change
in a complex organization. This 4 day program examines
in detail the principles and practices of actually facilitating
change in an organization. A practical and specific program,
we work with current change projects you are responsible
for, applying the tools and methods in small working groups
where you gain first hand experience facilitating a team
in these change practices.
An overarching model for handling Change effectively in
A structure of critical conversations
A set of tools that support different aspects of change,
Guidelines of how to effectively facilitate this approach
with groups or teams
Time to apply these to changes currently going on in their
Addresses articulating the Need for change, building a
Compelling story of the change, collaboratively constructing
the Vision of possibility, designing Stakeholder engagement
and fostering commitment, mapping the transition to the
new state, engaging networks of support and understanding
resistance and integrating the Systems and Structures required
to imbed the change in the organizations’ daily operations.
This program is less about the strategy creation and more
about the effective implementation of a chosen strategy.
Change Team Acceleration (CTA): This 2-day experience is
less about change education and more about making actual
project progress. Using the CAP Model, we first assess
the current needs of the project and then facilitate the
team through the use of the appropriate tools, generating
work products and action plans as we go. This program requires
a 1⁄2 to full day of prep work, depending on the
Sensing and Shaping
Most organizations are reeling from a combination of unyielding
pressures which force them to constantly change and adapt.
Our stance is that, while any of these approaches may be
of great service and benefit at times – only the
organization itself knows the path to healthy evolution
and can determine with wisdom what is next. The art of
this approach is “coming alongside” the organization
and partnering in such a way that the organization senses
itself in a new way and pays attention to what is emerging
on a continual basis.
Our process of doing this is outlined in the program, ‘Sensing
and Shaping the Future”.
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Powerful opportunities and resources are available when
we establish co-creative partnerships with the systems
with which we work. We view individuals, groups, organizations
and communities as living systems in a natural process
of evolution. When we face unfamiliar opportunities, overwhelming
complexity, confusion or conflict, we endeavor to discover
what phase of development the system is in. We facilitate
change according to the natural processes and skills that
correspond with the system's developmental stage.
This approach enables us to locate ourselves in confusing
situations—even amidst profound complexity and conflict—and
to be able to sense what is needed and offer productive
As we explore participants’ real cases, you will
experience first-hand different ways to enter into the
kind of co-creative partnership that allows us to discover
how a system is unfolding in natural ways. You will practice
utilizing a “balcony perspective” to recognize
powerful yet invisible patterns and structures that influence
how things happen/emerge in a group or organization. Through
immersion in the simulation process we call a "lab," you
will consider some of the consequences of different options
for action before committing to a particular path forward.
You will see how this approach can be adapted and applied
in diverse settings. You will also expand your network
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is a skillful methodology to
develop self and others in a systematic way. It is based
on our answer to the questions of
" What is a human being? What does it take to develop a human being? and
How does change happen?"
Our coaching methodology rests on a solid foundation of relationship characterized
by trust, respect, and constructive conversations. The goal of our coaching is
to develop competence that leads to both effective performance and personal fulfillment.
Our coaching is based on the premise that every person is both unique and constantly
An Invitation to the Fifth Women’s
Circle of Development
“ A Life in Relationship”
“ Integral Life Design: Personal Development in a Community
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“Tell me, what is it you plan
to do with your one wild and precious life?”
Really growing up, becoming truly yourself — this
takes openness and receptivity, inspiration, a loving heart,
stability and persistence, trust in the world and in yourself."-
The call to offer women’s circles of development
has been our passionate desire for years. Thus far, four
have been offered in California, Boston and Hawaii. These
groups have come together to learn, play, reflect, witness,
develop and unfold together. Almost seventy women have
joined so far in deep personal and collective work. The
invitation has endured and still calls.
Have you been reflecting on what is really next for you
in your life, but not sure how to begin?
Have you had difficulty in bringing different parts and
pieces of your life into an integrated, balanced whole?
Are you yearning for deep inquiry and creative play with
Have you been called to (and yet not know how to) connect
with a community of support that would allow you to be
more fulfilled and serve what the world needs?
Do you find yourself humming the lines: “What’s
it all about, Alfie?”
We invite you on a journey into your interior landscape
and into the external world. We will go where women seldom
go. This will be a journey of individual and collective
development where we will experience being supported and
supportive, where each is seen and respected for who they
are, really. We will create a holding environment, a sacred
space for the unfoldment of each woman.
At the heart of this program is the opportunity to work
on your own development with a professional certified coach.
During this time you will experience both one on one integral
coaching, as well as the support of a women’s circle.
Our intention is to create the combined experience of individual
and collective development.
In a manner of speaking, when we are born, we are alone
and when we die, we are alone. In between, we are in a
Life of Relationship: we will explore, assess and cultivate
this Life of Relationship. We will directly experience
connection and presence. We will dive into questions….What
does it mean to be fully human? What does it mean to be
a woman being fully human? The current times are calling
upon us as women to step into being fully human as a woman
and ask “How can we serve, and how can we lead?” This
will require an evolving relationship with ourselves resulting
in the increased joy and freedom that comes from knowing: “I’m
OK just as I am.” It comes from developing basic
Our promise: An experience of being personally coached
towards achieving your developmental goals over a nine-month
Our promise: More competence at living our lives more skillfully
and meaningfully in relationship with ourselves, others,
and the Earth/Environment…in an integrated way.
Our promise: an experience of belonging and the capacity
to re-create that experience with circles, support systems,
and communities of practice.
We invite you to participate in a group of up to 14 women
who will meet for two, three and a half-day retreats within
eight months. In the time between these gatherings, you
will be working with your coach and you will have time
to connect with other women from the circle of support.
The format will be individual one on one coaching, teaching,
group calls, circle work, homework assignments, large and
small group work, ritual and creative expression, (we will
work with music, poetry, art and movement).
Our time together will also include group calls with guest
speakers/authors, as well as additional calls to go deeper
into content and weave our inquiry and dialogue.
A Life in Relationship
October 3, 4, 5 & 6, 2008
April 9, 10, 11 & 12 2009
Day 1: 5:00 – 9:00 pm
Day 2: 8:30 am – 6:30 pm, with dinner following
Day 3: 8:30 am – 6:30 pm
Day 4: 8:30am – 4:00pm
Structure will include two four-day retreats, six group
check in calls, individual
customized Integral Coaching program, 10 - 12 individual
coaching calls, e-mail and phone
Holden, Massachusetts (at the home of Donelle Wright, 40
Boston in the beautiful rolling hills of central Massachusetts) .
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Programs in Systems Sensing and Thinking
1-3 Day(s) Custom Design Programs on Systems Sensing and
An introductory program on the basic building blocks of
a system thinking approach, learning about reinforcing
and balancing structures and introducing key classic archetypes
by applying to personal and professional lives.
An advanced program that delves further into applying systems
archetypes to current business, chronic, complex business
issues. Essential pre-work on defining issues and key attendees
to have whole systems represented in room.
Half to One day Clinics on Chronic, Complex Business Issues:
Develop the capacity to apply systems thinking to your
business issues while engaging multiple perspectives on
the issue and exposing additional folks to a systems approach.
Typically follows the intro or advanced program to develop
competency of key set of individuals in organization to
further systems thinking application.
Hourly Coaching on Systems Thinking:
Competency takes practice, practice, practice. One on one
or small group coaching on applying systems thinking to
your business issues.
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