Whether I am coaching one-on-one, coaching a group, or offering a leadership training, I draw from a framework I call Creating Extraordinary Futures (CEF).
What does it mean to create an extraordinary future?
Simply put, it means to commit to a future that does not yet exist. And that from your current point of view is not even possible.
A future that in some way changes the world, that gives you (and your organization) a sense of meaning and purpose.
When you create from that future you see possibilities you never saw.
When you commit to that future, you leap out of bed in the morning. You have a new lease on life. You are committed to the vision and to the people around you—your colleagues, your clients, your customers.
The CEF process enables students to see and step into much bigger goals for the future than most people would otherwise take on. It enables them to step back from stress and pressure. And it also enables them to see and embody the following—
—Where their experience of life really comes from
—The function of language
—The role of the body and the soma in our generative capacity
—The role of habitual ways of thinking (HWOT)
—The process for creating (or allowing for) an unlimited future
The Creating Extraordinary Futures Process is about helping individuals and teams see and let go of the stories and limitations they believe about themselves and their organizations. It is about recognizing our malleable experiences of a world that is fundamentally unknowable. It is about recognizing that life, both in the world of work and outside of it, is best experienced as play.
Paradoxically, we get more done when we take things less seriously. And under the right conditions, we can see this and step into it in an instant of insight. Students who live from this framework are calm, centered, and unafraid. They are more willing to challenge authority and to grant ownership to their own people. They see the assumptions that have held them and others back. They hold space for others to have their own insights. They take on and deliver life- and world-changing commitments. They create environments in which the best people and ideas thrive.
In creating CEF, l’ve drawn from the teachings of a number of coaches and spiritual traditions. I have worked personally with Peter Fenner, Jack Pransky, Micheal Neill, Steve Hardison, Mark Silver, Rich Litvin, and Bebe Hanson and the late Doug Silsbee (the last two of whom certified me as a Presence-Based® Coach) and am grateful to each of them for the profound influence they have had on me.
I’ve also been influenced by the teachings of Advaita Vedanta, Zen, Dzogchen, Sufism, Byron Katie, Richard Strozzi-Heckler, Werner Erhard, and many others who I have not had the pleasure of working with directly. But your influence is here and I am grateful for it.
I owe a special thanks to Jonathan Clark, who helped me in more ways than he can know to pull all of these teachings together in a coherent fashion.
What I am most grateful for is that as this framework evolves, it is becoming apparent that we need to do less and less. That extraordinary is already here. And that universe has always been in the driver’s seat, not us.
If you would like to know more about working with me in general or have more specific questions on how the CEF framework could work for you or your team, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-922-9272, or schedule time for a conversation online.
I look forward to speaking with you.