The More Things Change...
By Kathlyn Hyatt Stewart
As we move into fall and our final issue of Business Coaching Worldwide (BCW) for 2010, I find myself reflecting on all the changes over the past year and anticipating those yet to come. The biggest of these, personally, has been assuming the helm as editor of BCW, and it been a thrilling ride! I am grateful to have finally "met" so many of you whom I have only been peripherally exposed to in the past as copyeditor on your articles. I want to thank you profusely for your friendly correspondence, the quality of your writing, and your timeliness in getting everything in under deadline! You have made my job so much easier, and it's been a real pleasure!
The articles in this issue echo the theme of past and present, looking back and moving forward. In our Feature Article, "Mindshifting to Mindful Coaching," Josh Ehrlich expertly shows how to bring ancient Eastern practices of mindfulness to 21st-century coaching. In our Success Story, Irene (Quiti) Vera relates how a traditional business in Mexico has grown and thrived under skilled coaching. In a special addition to this issue, our second Success Story by Tim Ursiny explains why a coaching perspective can enhance your skills at recruiting. Marshall Goldsmith addresses the problem of being stuck in a rut and reveals how to escape in "The Inertia Predicament," while Annette Fillery-Travis (Based on the Evidence) describes the synchronous relationship between "problem finding,'' research, and becoming a master practitioner of coaching.
In "Contracting the Relationship and Setting Boundaries," Sunny Stout Rostron emphasizes the importance of firm, but flexible, contracts in guiding the coaching relationship, while Holly Green, in "The #1 Job of Business Leaders," describes why focus (again, mindfulness) and implementation are so critical to success. In the conclusion to his three-part series on Global Leader Development, Jeremy Solomons explains how to develop "global competence" as a 21-st century leader by invoking traditional skills and values, and in their regular column Unwilling Bedfellows, Fiona Eldridge and Sabine Dembkowski take on "the C-word" in public-private sector interactions.
In Social Media Mania, Dean L. DeLisle examines the hidden dimensions of social networks and their value for coaching, while Tom Heinselman offers detailed and valuable advice on how to avoid becoming "Overworked and Overwhelmed." Trudy Triner's Hot Topic offers cogent suggestions for managers on how to most effectively engage their staff in problem solving.
I hope you enjoy reading this issue as much as I have enjoyed putting it together!