Guest Blogger: Alan Seale, PCC, CTPC
In today’s rapidly changing world, we are often at a loss as to how to move forward. Whether in business, government, education, healthcare, or our personal lives, it’s easy to get lost in the complexity and complications within all that is going on. Without realizing it, we get caught in the assumption that the solution or way forward must also be complex and complicated. And we get trapped in the question of “How?”
There is another way. While I certainly don’t claim to have all of the answers, what I do know is that approaching complexity with complexity can almost be a guarantee that nothing is going to change. If change does occur, it will probably be a long time coming and the road will most likely be painful and slow.
The way through complexity actually starts with asking very simple yet powerful questions that can cut to the essence and potential wanting to emerge. We’re not looking for a complicated plan of action. In fact, we’re not even looking for a plan! What we are looking for is a simple and fundamental shift in perception or understanding that can open a new door. And once that door opens, we will see where to go from there. All we need to see is the next step.
The Deep Simple is one of many powerful and leading-edge tools in Transformational Presence work. It’s a set of five simple coaching-style questions that, taken in order, can pierce through the complexity and help us find the starting place. The tool is equally powerful for use with individuals and with groups or teams.
The five questions of The Deep Simple are:
- What are three things I know to be true about this?
- Which of those things holds the greatest power for us to explore right now?
- With that thing that you choose to explore, if there were something new trying to emerge or something wanting to shift, what might that be?
- Who is that asking you to be? What role is it asking you to play in that shift?
- What is one step you can take now that begins movement toward that shift?
Join me on Monday, February 2nd at ICF New England to explore The Deep Simple and other coaching tools that help you and those you serve break through complexity and find the next step. This workshop is for leaders, coaches, managers, small business owners, healers, counselors, educators, and anyone who is looking for a coaching-approach to their work and life. Come ready to learn, laugh, stretch, and explore, and we’re going to have a great time together.