We’ve just wrapped up Day 1 of the Transformational Presence Leadership and Coach Training program at CoachWalk Academy in Sweden. It was a great day with a fantastic group.
After a couple of hours of laying a foundation and introducing terms and some basic concepts, we dove into the first big tool, the Four Levels of Engagement, or the D[i]SCO model. This model seems to be a favorite of nearly every coach and leader who does this program, and with this group, it was no different. What was exciting, however, was that several of the coaches shared right away that they had been using this tool already in their coaching, just from reading the book, Create A World That Works. They shared what fast and powerful results they were already getting with their clients. When asked what it is about the tool that makes it work for their clients, they all immediately replied, “The simplicity of it makes it easy for anyone to understand.” They went on to say that the simplicity of the model allows for any client to see patterns, choices, and behaviors very quickly and gives them a structure for transforming those patterns.
In the afternoon we introduced the Vertical and Horizontal Orientations of Awareness. Once again, simplicity ruled, and huge insights were coming quickly in all of the practice coaching sessions.
Simplicity is a key to transformational leadership and coaching. In today’s world, we can’t afford complex models and structures that many people will never take the time to understand. We must provide simple, straightforward tools and models for transformation that people can put into practice immediately and see a shift right away, at least in their perception, if not immediately in their action. The need for simple, practical, immediately applicable and duplicatable models and structures has never been so great.
This is a huge part of the power of Transformational Presence work. We take huge concepts and make them simple. We address life as energy in motion and provide structures and tools for making lasting change quickly. Time is of the essence. We can’t afford to sit around just talking about ideas and complaining about how things are and what is or is not happening, whether in politics, government, business, or the environment. We must shift who we are, how we think, and how we are showing up to life and leadership every day. When that happens, we will start making different choices and taking different actions based on who we are and the relationships we want to have with the world around us.
The world is complicated and complex. I don’t mean to imply that the answers to all of our challenges are simple. Far from it. In fact, that’s part of why we’re stuck. We just don’t know where to go or what to do. But if we start to shift how we think and how we engage with the world around us, things just might start to get clearer. Simplicity may not be the answer, but it sure could be a place to start.