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CEO Corner - August 2022 Newsletter

inviteCHANGE CEO, Janet M. Harvey shares her thoughts for our monthly Newsletter.

Stare for a moment and allow the image to draw your attention inward, feeling the limitlessness of existence that our exploration of space beyond the planet evokes. Palpable and breathtaking, the generative capacity of human society to learn activates real hope through action and engagement. Be excited! To learn more and deepen your internal sense of being part of something larger and beyond our cognitive understanding, explore the Cosmic Cliffs of in Carina Nebula. 7600 light years away the images from the telescope offer hundreds of new stories including gigantic hot red stars coming into gas and dust that nourish baby stars and planets.

The NASA discoveries remind us that to invite change a person must first open their eyes and ears to experience beyond habit, preference, assumption, and bias. While an easy sentence to write, the bold and courageous act of opening our conscious awareness challenges many to break with what’s comfortable. We appear resilient in the face of a cascade of crises worldwide that produce emotional and mental discomfort daily. Yet, personal decision-making to examine the crises more critically often stagnates.

Have you considered that maybe our mindset has us frozen in time? Isn't it about time we chose some re-generation to cause resonance with the essence of our being and be radiant in our life? While we are busy judging being judgmental, we imprison the artesian well of joy, agency, and hope innately present in being human. For most of our life, we are told to be non-judgmental or at least suspend judgment if we want to belong and get along. However, judgment is as natural to the human experience as breathing because it keeps us alive through discernment and choice. When we each learn to notice judgment and choose unconditional curiosity to access courage and choice, we challenge ourselves to risk beyond fear and ultimately fuel a mindset for civility and unconditional self-love. For more on this topic, give yourself ten minutes to watch the TEDx talk, Why Judgment is Key to Inviting Change. If you want to take a deeper dive on this subject, particularly for how to regenerate, resonate and radiate an empowered and generative mindset, join me for the ICF South Florida Charter Chapter, 20th Anniversary celebration conference, Luminous, in Fort Lauderdale, FL on 11 August 2022.

A question I’m often asked to comment upon is what I think the future of coaching is from 2022. Here are three answers I invite you to reflect upon during August.

1. The intersection between mental health, community well-being, and commercial enterprise contribution becomes more transparent every day, well beyond the rhetoric of goals toward expected practices for an enterprise to attract and retain the youthful workforce entering leadership today.

2. The definition of a livelihood beyond a career path emerges beyond purpose - today's de jour term - to incorporate wholeness among a person's sense of mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual experience of their lives.

3. An acceleration of the tension between global interconnectedness and local control amplifies transparency about the "have" and "have not" mindset and for many, reality that marginalizes large populations of the workforce and communities. Combined with pressure from alternative currencies and the challenges in recovery from a global cascade of crises (pandemic, climate change, war, energy sources, poverty, and associated emigration, etc.) the scales will tip away from global to regional and local focus that brings more certainty and less uncontrollable disruption.

As we return from the summer break, our Vanguard Conversation Series returns with our global leader, Dr. Laurence Hillman. Our live conversation will explore “Civility” and how adopting an archetypal eye and mindset offers a path that can transcend othering in our human relating so we learn how to generate a world that both respects the individual and contributes to our human collective in ways that work for all, including the planet and all other life forms. If you are someone active in human development - coach, consulting, trainer, facilitator, therapist, mentor, and seek to learn more about developing an archetypal eye and language - please review a new program offered this fall, Archetypes at Work Online Immersion.

Being generative and authentic is at the center of our coaching education and enterprise solutions that support leaders and teams. Shaping a world where people love their life’s work requires mindset shift, which is what Chapter 3 of my book Invite Change: Lessons from 2020, the Year of No Return is all about. This is a critically underdeveloped capacity for all of us that generative coaching focuses upon so each person may sustain excellence in their lives. For additional assistance, take a few minutes to read through our recent brief, “What Employees Want and Why It Matters.”

This month the UN invites us to celebrate International Youth Day on the 12th of August and International Humanitarian Day on the 19th of August and the entire month is recognized as the Month for Kindness. Perhaps as you explore these three observances, you will recognize the threads in what I see emerging into the future.

Every single person possesses everything necessary to act as a humanitarian. Humanitarians engage actively in promoting social reforms and human welfare and hold no prejudice with human suffering on grounds of religion, sexual orientation, gender, or territory. A humanitarian’s goal is to save lives, relieve suffering, and maintain human dignity by helping people who are in need, all of which are good business choices too. Here are three good reasons to adopt the mindset and choice of a humanitarian.

What can you do? Here are three simple ideas to get started. Every small act, like a drop of rain that sustains rivers, lakes, and oceans, contributes to human society.

1. Donate to a humanitarian organization

There are humanitarian organizations all over the world in need of resources. If you can donate your time to one of these organizations, such as the ICF Foundation or any that matches your interests, that’s wonderful. If you can’t, a monetary donation goes a long way in supplementing workers' resources to help suffering communities.

2. Do some humanitarian work in your community

Being a humanitarian doesn’t have to mean traveling to a war zone — the point of humanitarian aid is to alleviate people’s suffering and maintain human dignity. There may be plenty of options for you to do just that close to home. Try volunteering at a homeless shelter, a nursing home, a hospital, or a place that serves underprivileged children.

3. Contact your elected leaders

Call, email or send a tweet to let your elected leaders know how important humanitarian crises are to you. Ask them to commit to any number of actions to help bolster humanitarian causes in the areas that are near and dear to your heart.

P.S. for those of you in America – voting season is upon us – prepare to VOTE. Do your research, get informed and make conscious choices to support representatives to make sound decisions on your behalf!

Have a great month everyone and keep loving your life’s work!

Janet M. Harvey, MCC

Experienced with individuals at the Board of Directors, “C” Chair, Executive and Senior Management levels, Janet assists executives in adopting effective habits of perception and behavior to lead and accelerate corporate strategies. Typical engagements address executive development in the following areas: articulate and inspire through clarity of vision, enable respectful challenge, debate and catalyze synergy for strategic business choices, risk/reward critical thinking about investments and shareholder value, plan leader succession and architect sustainable cultural/strategic change.
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