Working Deeply is a guide for those coaches and leadership development professionals who want to help their clients engage in deep, transformational learning. The authors introduce readers to theories, concepts, and applied techniques, for undertaking transformational coaching, and provide coaching cases and examples illustrating the use of these tools. They also discuss the application of innovate research studies on such topics as mindfulness, mindsets, future selves, and narrative analysis to the area of transformational coaching. With strong positive reviews from thought leaders from several countries, Working Deeply is an important resource for anyone who strives to help others fulfill their human potential.
Executive coach & college professor, with 30 years of corporate talent management experience, and author of nine books, including Working Deeply: Transforming lives through transformational coaching (co-authored with Dr. Ken Ideus), and The Transformational Odyssey.
The coaching process can be viewed through the metaphor of entering into a client's "ocean of meaning." In the third chapter of our book we discuss what happens when coaches help leaders shift from exploring the surface of this ocean (behavioral change), to the deepest level of transformational learning.
In contrast, transformative change represents a significant shift in the deeper “currents of the ocean”; here we encounter changes that, while not immediately notable on the surface, are much more pervasive in their impact. At this level, “getting it” means that the client shifts from thinking about a problematic situation as a single event, to consider how that event is connected to a broader pattern of behaviors, beliefs, and assumptions. The client now “perceives” the situation differently, from a broader perspective at the organization level and from a deeper perspective at the personal level. It means that the leader is able to examine an important leadership event in terms of its potential to support both personal and organizational learning. At the deepest level, the client is able to consider the potential implications of what that event means, in terms of the prevailing self-story of who he is as a leader and human being.