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  • August 26, 2022 3:35 PM | Gabriela Alvarez-Pollack (Administrator)

    The Center for Creative Leadership is hiring for:

    Integrated Learning: Coaching is focused on the leader learning about themselves and how they lead. We are seeking coaches located near two of our campuses, Greensboro NC an La Jolla CA (San Diego). Coaches are expected to coach in person, typically with 3-4 clients per learning cohort. Coaching includes assessment debriefs and 1:1 coaching designed to help participants take relevant development actions on the job. This work is perfect for coaches who have a passion for helping learners integrate learning into on the job behaviors

    Requirements:

    • ICF Certification (or equivalent)
    • 5 or more years coaching experience
    • Experience integrating learning through coaching
    • Bachelor’s degree required
    • Post graduate degree in a relevant field desired
    • Located within one hour of Greensboro NC or La Jolla/San Diego CA

    Executive Coaching:

    The Center for Creative Leadership, Global Markets Americas is recruiting for qualified executive coaches located in US,  and Canada who have niche expertise in Equity Diversity and Inclusion and/or lived experiences in EDI. 

    Requirements:

    ICF Certification (or equivalent)
    Hogan Certified (preferred)
    7 or more years coaching experience
    Niche experience in DEI – representation of underserved populations or life experiences
    Bachelor’s Degree required
    Post graduate degree or PhD in a relevant field desired

    Qualified and interested applications may  apply  Here

    Please note we will respond to all applicants no later than 9/30/2022


  • August 08, 2022 10:23 AM | Cathy Peavy (Administrator)

    The Power of Being "To be, or not to be" William Shakespeare.  August is upon us! August was named to honor the first Roman emperor (and grand nephew of Julius Caesar). The month of August is marked by majestic dignity or grandeur.


    As all of you know, (thanks to me mistakenly sending a message to the entire membership instead of only the registered participants to an event-Oops!) the last several weeks have been important to me, as well as challenging. It brought me to a place of introspection and reflection. I navigated family emergencies and COVID, simultaneously. I also realized the unique responsibility of raising an elite junior athlete. 

    These experiences have required a great amount of time and energy, and "forced" me to take a deep look at my own mindset as it relates to "being." When everything converges, how do I stay true to myself and what requires my absolute best? How do I prioritize and allow myself to BE? 

    The famous quote above is so simple, yet so powerful! While the soliloquy in Hamlet is essentially about life and death: "To be or not to be" means "To live or not to live," it brings to light an important choice we are faced to make. 

    The daily choice of being, of accepting what each moment brings, that health, family, ourselves, are the inspirations that propel us to embrace majestic dignity and grandeur… 

    In our work as coaches, we often support our clients on their quest to fulfillment, happiness and success-and, as often happens, we may forget to grant the same wisdom and permission to ourselves. 

    Thank you to all of you for the kind words of support (loved all the fan mail!); to this amazing Board of Directors for always showing up in your greatness; for everyone being there for me and my family during these interesting times. 

    Check out all of the amazing events we have planned  for August!

    In the spirit of being, 

    Gaby

    Happy Coaching!


  • June 01, 2022 9:32 AM | Donald E Coleman (Administrator)

    Pacific College of Health and Science is seeking a dynamic individual for the position of mentor coach / adjunct faculty in the Health and Human Performance program at our San Diego /Online Campus.    

    Our current opening is for the following course:

    Health and Human Performance Coaching (HHPC): Professional skills (Mentor Coach)

     

    Description: In our Professional Skills course, business skills are taught through the lens of the ICF core competencies. Students practice coaching skills on common business challenges and develop success strategies. Group and individual mentor coaching are provided by credentialed mentor coaches to refine and further develop skills in the application of the ICF core competencies. Students are required to complete three mentor coaching sessions outside of class. 

    We are seeking a mentor coach with exceptional communication skills who has a passion for teaching/mentoring, and whose enthusiasm for the subject matter will be an inspiration to our students. 

     

    Job Summary:  Mentor Coach for Health and Human Performance Coaching (HHPC): Professional skills.

    1.     Focus on core competency development by reviewing and providing oral and written feedback on a series of the student’s coaching sessions.

    2.     Provide specific verbal and/or written feedback, using targeted examples from the sessions.

    3.     Listens beyond content to discern application of the skills related to the core competencies (i.e. skill versus direction, skill versus style or skill versus outcome for the client.)

    4.     Listens equally for strengths and areas for growth

    5.     Has a working knowledge of the assessment tools used by the ICF in the evaluation of recorded coaching sessions used in the credentialing exam process.

    6.     Listens both for the presence of individual competencies and for the overall totality of skill level.

    7.     Has the ability to distinguish which critical underlying competency (s) may be giving rise to ineffective or limited coaching impact.

    8.     Can discern and articulate the gap between levels of skill demonstrated and next skill level to attain.

    9.     Articulates with specific detail and examples, what is being observed and the specific development needed to move to the next skill level, delivered with sensitivity to the impact of the feedback.

    10.  Offers feedback that is relevant to each specific coaching core competency, recognizing strengths as well as potential growth areas.

     

    Minimum/Required Qualifications:  

    ·       International Coaching Federation (ICF) PCC certification or higher

    ·       International Coaching Federation (ICF) Mentor coach training

    ·       Business related degree or professional experience

    ·       Experience mentor coaching 

    Desired Qualifications:  

    ·       Master’s degree in business or equivalent

    ·       Extensive experience in university level online asynchronous and synchronous teaching preferred (2-5 years).  

    ·       Experience with Zoom, Moodle, Share-point or other learning management platforms (preferred)   

     

    Application deadline: June 17th, 2022. To apply, please send a detailed cover letter describing qualifications and resume/CV, to Dawn DeFrancesco at 

     ddefrancesco@pacificcollege.edu and facultyjobs@pacificcollege.edu 

     

    Pacific College of Health and Science is one of the oldest and largest accredited institutions training professionals in integrative medicine, more particularly in Chinese medicine, acupuncture, holistic nursing, massage therapy, human performance, public health education, and herbal medicine, including medical cannabis. Founded in 1986, Pacific College is home to beautiful campuses and busy clinics in New York, San Diego, and Chicago and a rapidly growing online division. Pacific College features an esteemed faculty of over 200 professors from around the globe, which conduct ongoing research and educate approximately 2000 students every year. After 30+ years, the College underwent a rebranding and name change transition in 2020, designed to accommodate the rapid expansion of program offerings and student population.

    We offer the opportunity to work with a dynamic team of professionals. We are committed to creating a diverse community of faculty, staff, and students.

    Pacific College of Health and Science is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants are considered on the basis of their qualifications for the position without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, age, marital status, disability, veteran's status, or any other personal trait protected by federal, state or local law.

  • June 01, 2022 9:30 AM | Donald E Coleman (Administrator)

    Pacific College of Health and Science is seeking a dynamic individual for the position of adjunct faculty in the Health and Human Performance program at our San Diego /Online Campus.    

    Our current opening is for the following course:

    Health and Human Performance Coaching (HHPC): Principles and Practice

     

    Course description: This course presents the concepts, careers, and agencies important to the field of HHPC. It presents multiple approaches to coaching, along with Pacific’s unique concept of integrating modern coaching methodology with insights from traditional Chinese medicine. Ethics, safety, scope of practice, regulations, career opportunities are explored. Students encounter the challenges, goals, and desires of clients and become familiar with resources for performance solutions. Students develop core coaching skills through instruction, role play, self-evaluation and peer review. 

    We are seeking a faculty member with exceptional communication skills who has a passion for teaching, and whose enthusiasm for the subject matter will be an inspiration to our students. We seek a faculty member with exceptional communication skills who has a passion for teaching and whose enthusiasm for the subject matter will inspire our students. 

     

    Job Summary: Adjunct faculty for Health and Human Performance Coaching (HHPC): Principles and Practice. The faculty member should be qualified to teach classes at the graduate level. Live classes are Jan-March, Saturdays 10.30am-12.05pm PST.

     

    Minimum/Required Qualifications:  

    ·       International Coaching Federation (ICF) certification

    ·       Master’s degree or equivalent

    ·       Business related degree or professional experience

    ·       Experience teaching in asynchronous and synchronous online environments

    Desired Qualifications:  

    ·       Master’s degree in business or equivalent

    ·       Extensive experience in university level online asynchronous and synchronous teaching preferred (2-5 years).  

    ·       Experience with Zoom, Moodle, Share-point or other learning management platforms (preferred)   

    ·       An extensive teaching resume coupled with a student-centered teaching philosophy

    ·       Prior student course evaluations in psychology or coaching

    ·       Familiarity with instructional technology 

     

    Application deadline: July 25th, 2022. To apply, please send a detailed cover letter describing qualifications and resume/CV, to Dawn DeFrancesco at 

     ddefrancesco@pacificcollege.edu and facultyjobs@pacificcollege.edu 

     

    Pacific College of Health and Science is one of the oldest and largest accredited institutions training professionals in integrative medicine, more particularly in Chinese medicine, acupuncture, holistic nursing, massage therapy, human performance, public health education, and herbal medicine, including medical cannabis. Founded in 1986, Pacific College is home to beautiful campuses and busy clinics in New York, San Diego, and Chicago and a rapidly growing online division. Pacific College features an esteemed faculty of over 200 professors from around the globe, which conduct ongoing research and educate approximately 2000 students every year. After 30+ years, the College underwent a rebranding and name change transition in 2020, designed to accommodate the rapid expansion of program offerings and student population.

    We offer the opportunity to work with a dynamic team of professionals. We are committed to creating a diverse community of faculty, staff, and students.

    Pacific College of Health and Science is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants are considered on the basis of their qualifications for the position without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, age, marital status, disability, veteran's status, or any other personal trait protected by federal, state or local law.

  • January 12, 2022 9:03 AM | Anonymous

    This is a paid job advertisement.

    Pacific College of Health and Science is seeking a dynamic individual for the following positions at our San Diego /Online Campus.    

    Our current openings are for the following two positions:

    1. Adjunct Faculty for Health and Human Performance Coaching (HHPC): Professional skills
    2. Mentor coach and coaching student supervisor

    HHPC: Professional skills course description:
    Business skills are taught through the lens of the ICF core competencies. Students practice coaching skills on common business challenges and develop success strategies. Each class includes peer coaching on their business development goals and solutions. As students prepare to enter private practice, they identify the communities to serve and refine their personal approach to coaching to develop their reputation. They apply cumulative skills from earlier courses to write and execute their business plans. ACC, PCC, or MCC credential with ICF and master’s degree required.

    Mentor coach and coaching student supervisor job summary: 
    The mentor coach and coaching student supervisor observes student coaching sessions, provides feedback to students based on recorded coaching sessions performed by the student and mentor students to achieve the coaching competencies defined by the International Coaching Federation (ICF) to support the student’s continued growth. PCC or MCC credential with ICF required.


    Qualifications for adjunct faculty for HHPC: Professional Skills 

    Minimum/Required Qualifications:  

    • International Coaching Federation (ICF) certification
    • Master’s degree or equivalent
    • Business related degree or professional experience
    • Experience teaching in asynchronous and synchronous online environments

    Desired Qualifications:  

    • Master’s degree in business or equivalent
    • PhD in business or equivalent  
    • Extensive experience in university level online asynchronous and synchronous teaching preferred (2-5 years).  
    • Experience with Zoom, Moodle, Share-point or other learning management platforms (preferred)   
    • An extensive teaching resume coupled with a student-centered teaching philosophy
    • Prior student course evaluations in psychology or coaching
    • Familiarity with instructional technology 


    Qualifications for mentor coach and coaching student supervisor 

    Minimum/Required Qualifications:

    • International Coaching Federation (ICF) - PCC or MCC Credential
    • A high-level of knowledge and skill with the ICF core competencies
    • Computer proficiency and skill in the Microsoft Office suite of software and beyond
    • A high-level of administrative skills and a passion for this aspect of faculty work

    Desired Qualifications:

    • Accustomed to the virtual environment and utilization of the webbased technology
    • Familiarity with use of Zoom and Moodle (preferred)
    • Employs diverse and contemporary approaches in teaching and mentoring
    • Master’s degree preferred

    Application deadline: February 7th, 2022. To apply, please send a detailed cover letter describing qualifications and resume/CV, to John Murphy at 

     jmurphy@pacificcollege.edu and facultyjobs@pacificcollege.edu 

     

    About Pacific College:

    Pacific College of Health and Science is one of the oldest and largest accredited institutions training professionals in the areas of Oriental medicine, acupuncture, massage and Chinese herbal medicine. Founded in 1986, with the mission of training primary healthcare providers in the field of Oriental medicine. Pacific College has campuses in New York, San Diego, Chicago, and Online and features an esteemed faculty of professors from around the globe that conduct ongoing research and educate approximately 1,500 students every year. We offer the opportunity to work with a dynamic team of professionals. We are committed to creating a diverse community of faculty, staff, and students.

    Pacific College of Health and Science is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants are considered on the basis of their qualifications for the position without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, age, marital status, disability, veteran's status or any other personal trait protected by federal, state or local law.

  • December 03, 2021 6:00 AM | Scott Krawitz

    When I took on the role of President of our Board, I knew we needed to be connecting, growing and learning in 2021, more than ever. We had accepted that Covid-19 had become a part of our life, though we secretly hoped we would wake up one day and learn it had just faded away somehow. We are Zooming, creating relationships with people we have never met in person and even hiring people without meeting them. It feels like a scene out of a futuristic movie. What I’d love next is a hologram Zoom capability!


    In preparation for the transition of Presidents, I created three questions between myself and our President-Elect, Gaby Alvarez Pollack. She asked me three questions about 2021 and I’ve asked her three questions about the year ahead.  


    Questions from Gaby to Shahrzad:

    Q. Shahrzad, what are you most proud of for 2021?

    A. We have a strong committed group of board members, the Chapter is financially healthy, we’ve had 24+ events throughout the year and we’ve done our best to remain connected with our growing membership. I also aimed to connect with members on relevant topics throughout the year in our monthly blogs (highlights and links here).


    A Motto as Fuel in Tough Times

    On Developing Good Judgement

    On Hope and Optimism

    On Transition, Resilience and Agility

    The Power of a Declaration

    On Voice and Identity 

    Celebrating Coaching and Supporting DEI

     

    Q. What was the toughest part of the year?

    A. Not being able to see one another in person. Although, it is remarkable how close I feel to some of our members despite never meeting in person.


    Q. What advice do you have for me as I embark on the role of President in 2022?

    A. Know that our members deserve the best. We need to provide them with resources, learning and information on credentialing. More so, we should aim to create a safe place where coaches can connect and build community.


    Questions from Shahrzad to Gaby:

    Q. What stood out to you about 2021?

    A. That it went super-fast! One minute we were kicking off the year, the next minute we are planning the year ahead!

    What really stood out for me was how a small group of people – the board of directors, most of whom “met “each other for the very first time while volunteering for the board, was able to work together and keep things moving for the benefit of our members and the coaching profession at large. I have been amazed by the authenticity, drive and commitment to find great programs, engage great people and build community.

     

    Q. What drove you to take on such a big role for our ICF Chapter? 

    A. I am a natural Achiever (smile) and most important, I am an eternal learner. While I have been coaching for many years, it is not until recently that I became more engaged with ICF. It is exciting to be part of building a strong profession in service of others. I also think being part of such a young chapter is an incredible opportunity to build and create and really shape the future of coaching in San Diego. 


    Q. What do you have cooking for 2022?

    A. Exciting times ahead! I am looking forward to strengthening our offerings and bringing even more value to our members through additional professional development and learning. We will engage with other chapters, partner with other professional associations, serve the community (not only the coaching community, but the community at large) and continue the purpose of helping people in their journey live better, happier lives. Oh, and a big celebration of ICF San Diego’s 5th Birthday!


    Sincerely,

    Shahrzad Sherry Nooravi, PsyD, MCC 

    Chapter President

    ICF San Diego

  • November 05, 2021 6:00 AM | Scott Krawitz

    In a recent ICF San Diego Chapter Board meeting, I asked each of our Board members to share an important piece of advice they’ve received along their journey and how it had impacted them. What I heard was so remarkable that I decided to share the concept of turning advice into mottos in this month’s blog. (You’ll see the great advice at the conclusion of this blog.) 


    A motto is a statement that you use to express a goal or principle to empower you to guide your behavior and actions. Particularly during tough times when you may want to throw your hands up and give up, the motto can be a savior. It can be a cold glass of water after a long walk; a delicious meal when you are hungry or words of encouragement from a friend, family member or colleague, when you just need it the most. Except, it’s from you, for you. It can relax you, remind you that the journey is supposed to be hard at points and give you inspiration to keep going.


    Of course, clients can benefit from creating mottos. You can pose the question in several ways to clients. These questions can help the client discover advice that has helped them or simply a motto: 


    • What could be a motto that you can turn to in tough times?

    • What might be a saying that can keep you inspired and fired up as you work toward this tough goal?

    • What is a great piece of advice you live by? How can that be transformed into a motto?


    A motto can be particularly helpful when you are learning something new, taking on a big project or even facing difficulties in a relationship. 


    Another way to create a motto is to think about negative self-talk you have in a situation and reframe it. Following are some examples.


    If you are telling yourself, “I’ll never get this done,” replace that thought with a motto like, “One step at a time.”

    When playing tennis and not getting the results you want, replace, “I’ll never get this,” or “I’m terrible at this,” with “I’ll get there,” or “I will master this.” 

    ICF San Diego Board Members’ Best Advice

    Barbara: Dream big because sometimes dreams come true

    Donald: The 5Ps: Planning prevents poor performance

    Freda: Two is better than one. Remember the positive impact of collaboration Gaby: Trust the process 

    Jennifer: Courage equals cashflow (in all areas of life)

    John: The opposite of love is fear. Choose love over fear 

    Lynn: It's all about your perspective!

    Maggie: Do your best, that’s all you can do. Don’t wish your life away
    Sara: The power of choice and having trust for the bigger purpose. Everything that happens is for me and my growth
    Shahrzad: Don’t give up don’t give up don’t give up

    Wil: Following our true desires leads us to our highest paths


    All the best in the months ahead as we will all need to continue being agile, courageous and positive. 

    Shahrzad Sherry Nooravi, PsyD, MCC

    President, ICF San Diego

  • October 01, 2021 11:03 AM | Scott Krawitz

    As we move through life, there are times when we must make a judgement call. Often with little information, a lack of precedence and a whole lot at risk, we are tasked with making a decision that will best serve others. We have seen local, state and federal leaders struggle with these judgement calls since the start of the Covid-19 Pandemic. They had to decide if there was a proper timing for reopening businesses. If they did, what precautions must the employees and customers take? Should they re-open schools? What actions and requirements would best serve to protect students as well as the families they go home to? Of course, with all big decisions and judgement calls we make, some will be pleased with our actions while some will protest and reject them.


    When we look at this from the perspective of coaching a client who needs to make a judgment call, we can channel the ICF Competencies of Active Listening, Powerful Questions and Creating Awareness. 

    One way of strengthening our judgement and decision-making skills, whether it is for ourselves or for asking a client questions to discover their next steps, is to reflect on yesterday, today and tomorrow. Within each area are specific steps for reflecting on how we’ve handled things in the past, how to get centered and do it today and how to think about what you learned that you can apply tomorrow. All the questions below can be asked of yourself or turned into questions you would ask a client.


    Yesterday

    A great place to start is to examine your own patterns for making decisions. You can ask these questions to start seeing patterns and where you or your client may want to shift them.A picture containing person, indoor, posing Description automatically generated

    • Do I assess the data and risk? 

    • Do I make unilateral decisions, or do I seek input from others? 

    • How have my judgement calls worked or not worked in the past?

    • Looking back, what did I learn from making the best judgement calls I could make under the circumstance?


    Today

    As you consider the action you want to take, consider if there are certain biases or assumptions you may have about the situation. Is there a way you think things SHOULD be, versus an openness to accepting things as they are?


    Just as in coaching when we slow down and pay attention to our clients, how can you slow down and listen to others?  Can we pay special attention to words being said, words that are unsaid, body language and tone?A picture containing text, measuring stick Description automatically generated


    As you forecast how your decision will be executed and how it will impact others, also consider the importance of this decision, what it stands for and how it can impact the greater good, as difficult as it may be.

    • How will this affect others? 

    • What will I be standing for if I take this action?

    • What ethics may suffer if I do not take this action? 

    • Might this action contribute to the greater good?


    Tomorrow

    With every judgement call you make, regardless of outcome, take time to review your learnings.

    PDCA (Plan Do Check Act) - From MindTools.com


    Ask yourself:

    • What did I learn?

    • What went well?

    • What could I have been done differently to improve this situation in the future? 

    • Might this have led to growth, as part of a larger process, that I’m yet able to see? 

    • Can this lead to continuous improvement where I Plan, Do, Check, Act? (PDCA)


    Here is to your good health, good judgement, and success.

    Shahrzad Sherry Nooravi, PsyD, MCC

    President, ICF San Diego



  • September 03, 2021 6:00 AM | Scott Krawitz

    “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” Viktor Emil Frankl

    In life when things are going well and we are accomplishing all that is important to us, we feel mentally and emotionally healthy, hopeful and optimistic. What about the times when we are in transition or things are out of our hands? This is when we can feel like we lack control over our circumstances or that we lack hope.

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    One definition of hope is a feeling of optimism or a desire that something will happen. What happens when we are running low on hope and leaning toward pessimism and the sinking feeling that what we want will not materialize? 

    A recent study found that having hope is generally associated with agency thinking. Agency thinking is defined as the motivation to pursue goals and the belief in one’s ability to achieve them.

    How do we empower our clients to find their agency thus helping them tap into hope?

    The ICF Competency of Listens Actively (which focuses on what the client is and is not saying to fully understand what is being communicated in the context of the client systems and to support client self-expression) can help you detect where the client does have meaning and hope. 

    Viktor Frankl (1905-1997) was an Austrian psychiatrist and psychotherapist who developed the psychological approach known as logotherapy, which found that the primary motivation of an individual is the search for meaning in life. In 1942 Frankl and his family were sent to concentration camps. As he experienced and observed the abuse of fellow inmates in his years in the Auschwitz and Dachau concentration camps (from 1942 to 1945) Frankl theorized that inmates who had some meaning in their lives were more likely to survive. The meaning that he believed help him survive was that he envisioned writing a book about his experience and talking to large crowds about finding meaning in their lives. Man’s Search for Meaning was produced in nine days and went on to sell millions of copies in dozens of languages.

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    The potential questions below may aid in getting to the core of what gives meaning to the client.

    • Tell me about a time when you found hope in a difficult situation.

    • What does it feel like to be hopeful?

    • What activities make you feel optimistic?

    • Tell me of a time you activated your agency? 

    • What was the situation? 
    • How did you feel in your body? 
    • What did you do to stand up for yourself or what you believed?
    • How might you apply that power you tapped into for your current situation?

    Deep listening involves presence to notice when there is more to what the client is communicating. It is paying attention to the client’s emotions, energy shifts, non-verbal cues or other behaviors. This is possible to do virtually if you slow down and observe the client. You can also integrates the client’s words, tone of voice and body language. 

    His work resonates deeply with me and for many coaches, I’m sure. Below are some activities that can help clients relax, reflect and tap into what is meaningful to them. When we find meaning, we can find hope.

    1. Gratitude – Write five things you are grateful for every day. This rewires your brain to scan the environment to look for the positive

    2. Movement – Get healthy movement whether it is a 15-minute walk or a gym workout

    3. Support – Speak with friends, family and colleagues who will gently support you. A friend who is a coach is a bonus 

    4. Dream – Though you may have hit roadblocks and it is feeling difficult to make progress toward your goal, take time to dream about what it will be like. Download images and make a digital or physical vision board

    5. Self-love – In our efforts to care for others (our family and teams) we can neglect ourselves. Taking “me time” to exercise, get a massage, read or meet up with a friend are ways to recharge and gain hope and momentum. Remember that when you feel good, you are able to show up as your best self

    6. Past successes – Make a list of your past successes. What makes you proud in the areas of family, career, personal goals, community, hobbies, etc.?

    7. Mindfulness – Find activities that help you relax and feel centered from reading, walking, playing sports, cooking, gardening or other activities that allow you to be in flow

    In the words of Viktor Frankl, “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”

    Here’s to tapping into hope and optimism for yourself and your clients. 

    Shahrzad Sherry Nooravi, PsyD, MCC

    President, ICF San Diego

  • August 06, 2021 6:00 AM | Scott Krawitz

    “We can endure much more than we think we can.” Frida Kahlo.

    As we are enjoying the summer months and the much needed respite from masks, we have much to look forward to. The Tokyo Olympics are giving us an opportunity to appreciate the mastery of athletes from around the world as well as five new Olympic sports including baseball/softball, karate, skateboarding, sports climbing and surfing.  Many children will be going back to school this month and many companies are welcoming teams back in varying capacities. There may also be  much transition ahead. 


    The U.S. is experiencing a fourth wave of Covid-19. It is possible that control measures such as indoor masks and social distancing may be reinstated in the weeks and months ahead as the more contagious Delta variant spreads. After nearly a year and a half of taking these measures, the last couple of months have felt so liberating for most of us as we slowly resumed life as we knew it. This included eating in restaurants indoors, talking to people at a normal distance without masks, seeing family and going to the gym. I personally have felt so free and grateful. A part of me warns to not get too comfortable. As much as there were silver linings to the last year and a half (less commuting, more time with family, investing in fitness, learning how to connect and be productive using technology), there were many challenges. As I thought about the possibility of increased precautions, I wondered where we could seek inspiration, wisdom and hope. 


    Frida Kahlo came to mind. Considered one of Mexico's greatest artists, Frida Kahlo endured unbelievable physical, mental, and emotional pain in her life from suffering from polio, to having an accident that cost her her entire health, she persevered and continued creating art and supporting political movements that she deemed important for her country.


    I wonder from what well of power she sourced her energy, her fire and her drive. When clients share amazing achievements they’ve accomplished, I ask them how they did it. Using the ICF Competency of Evokes Awareness we can facilitate client insight and learning by using tools and techniques such as powerful questioning, silence, metaphor or analogy. 


    Perhaps for ourselves and others, as we possibly face continued challenges in the remainder of the year, we can ask questions to ourselves and our clients that can connect us to our core power, our resilience and a vision that can help us move forward despite difficult circumstances. 


    • What inner resources helped you thrive during the lockdowns that occurred in 2020-2021? 
    • What wisdom did you gain during this time?
    • What would you do if it happened again?
    • What do you know now that you did not know then?
    • How would you advise your colleagues and friends to thrive during times of transition?
    • What activities help you recharge and gain your footing?
    • If there were a symbol or metaphor for the best ways you showed up, what would it be?
    • What thinking helped you be agile?

    Here’s to your good health and ability to thrive in all circumstances. 

    Shahrzad Sherry Nooravi, PsyD, MCC

    President, ICF San Diego


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