Why be coached by me?
Steven, a manager of mine for several high impact years working at Microsoft would say to me as we worked our way through corporate reorganization “James, you must be able to answer an employee “why should I be managed by you?”
The context for this was that during the reorganizations, which were a regular and frequent event, there would usually be several new direct reports along with their teams – over 13 years, this became a question I got well used to being able to answer.
Knowing ‘why someone should be managed by you’ also speaks to a management philosophy of the “servant manager” which I subscribe to strongly – and would be the subject for a different posting – except it works brilliantly well here. A coach should serve and as your coach, you can know that everyday I am standing in your corner, working shoulder to shoulder with you on the goals you have chosen.
The context that informs my practice as a coach is important to explain and should help you make your decision to be coached by me.
My coaching practice
My training is as a Newfield Coach - For a detailed collection of information on Ontological Coaching, see my Declara Collection here https://declara.com/collection/edd98cb2-4d5c-488d-b2cc-1ab3f51e0ecd/post
The essential claim at Newfield is
we believe that the time has come to address the epistemological, ontological, and cosmological context in which we experience the world
We use the Observation, Action, Results (OAR) model informed by our Body, Emotion and Language (BEL) to achieve sustainable impact
is the view that the proposition expressed by a given knowledge sentence (‘S knows that p’, ‘S doesn't know that p’) depends upon the context in which it is uttered. What makes this view interesting and controversial is that ‘context’ here refers, not to certain features of the putative subject of knowledge (his/her evidence, history, other beliefs, etc.) or his/her objective situation (what is true/false, which alternatives to what is believed are likely to obtain, etc.), but rather to features of the knowledge attributor(s)' psychology and/or conversational-practical situation
Pragmatically, a common ontology defines the vocabulary with which queries and assertions are exchanged among agents. Ontological commitments are agreements to use the shared vocabulary in a coherent and consistent manner. The agents sharing a vocabulary need not share a knowledge base; each knows things the other does not, and an agent that commits to an ontology is not required to answer all queries that can be formulated in the shared vocabulary
On the one hand, the argument arises from human curiosity as to why there is something rather than nothing or than something else. It invokes a concern for some full, complete, ultimate, or best explanation of what exists contingently. On the other hand, it raises intrinsically important philosophical questions about contingency and necessity, causation and explanation, part/whole relationships (mereology), infinity, sets, and the nature and origin of the universe
Julio Olalla is a former Chilean government lawyer and now the President of The Newfield Network, an ontological coaching school primarily operating in the USA and Latin America and smaller presence in many other parts of the world.
Julio worked for the government of Chilean President Salvador Allende and then spent four years in exile in Argentina before emigrating to the USA in 1978 with his family. There he began working with his teacher Fernando Flores, the thinker who developed theoretical and practical work on transcending the epistemological crisis of modernity. Flores is the founder of ontological coaching, influenced by Heidegger, Maturana, J.L. Austin and others.
Julio ultimately founded his own company, Newfield Network, to promote and teach ontological coaching. Since then he has worked with many people throughout the world, in public programs centring on personal transformation.
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