Heraclitus said over 2000 years ago that "change is the only constant in life." By now we all are becoming aware that change is the new normal. And still, most people naturally resist change. Even a natural cycle like leaping from one year into another is often experienced as an edge to cross. Just look around you this time of year. A lot is going on to prepare for this transition: from preparing rituals and celebration; to buying presents; to being busy and stressed.
CRR Global spoke with Betsy Baum Block about how she applies Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching (ORSC™) to her evaluation capacity building practice in the nonprofit field. Nonprofit program evaluation covers the collection of information about a program in order to understand its efficacy and promote thoughtful decision-making. This includes, for example, working with an out-of-school time program to see if and how it is working towards its mission of helping youth stay in school and improve their social-emotional learning.
A personal story of putting ORSC™ tools in practice - by Hanna Cooper
In May 2016, just two weeks shy of my 49th birthday, I was unexpectedly diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. An enormous shock and surprise, the news sent ripples reverberating throughout my entire personal and professional life. Cancer: the personal development course no one would ever willingly sign up for.
But as we say in Organisation and Relationship Systems Coaching (ORSC™), who knows what is good and what is bad? In many ways, I was remarkably prepared to navigate the waters of a serious and usually quickly fatal cancer diagnosis: I’d been a caregiver for my mother during the eight years she lived with lung cancer, a mindfulness meditation practitioner for nearly 25 years, and an individual and systems coaching practitioner for 12 years, including my CRR Global ORSC™ training and certification. I had an inner knowing I’d need to rally all those tools, along with exceptional medical care and the love and care of my family and community, to face the challenges in front of me.
By Marita Fridjhon
Note: This article was originally posted in 2013. Given the recent news on Immigration, republishing it seemed appropriate.
Both Faith and I travel a lot. And as seasoned road warriors, we have many tales to share–but in 2013 we experienced the most hair-raising experience in an airport to date. We left South Africa on a Friday morning flight; 4 connections using 3 different airlines stood between us and our home. The Johannesburg leg connected us to Germany via Lagos, Nigeria.
rom our Guest Blogger, Lucy Shenouda
What’s the way to a team’s heart? Do teams have heart?! Yes!
We strongly believe that a team has all of a human’s vital organs, a system in its own right. In particular, a team has a personality and identity of its own. Each member of the team brings their perspectives, voices, actions to bear to impact the entire organization, at all levels. By virtue of being a system in its right, a team brings its own shadow and light. The up days, down days. The mood swings, challenges and the revelations and inspirations. The full range!
by Mish Middlemann
Both collaboration and competition are wired into our DNA – and it is edgy to feel them both in our blood and our behavior. Ronnie Ndlovu and I are just back from an ICF Johannesburg gig we co-led, where the participants experienced a modified Lands Work.
by guest ORSC blogger, Darcy Luoma
Can you believe that it’s time for school to start? Where did the summer go?! I have to admit that I love the transition to fall, as it is my favorite season. In reflecting back over the summer, I notice that I have successfully created more space for those things that matter most to me: family, fitness, and travel. However, it hasn’t been easy. But this summer I’ve been very intentional about doing things differently. Because I’ve had to.
By Marita Fridjhon
Yesterday in our executive team meeting I was reminded of the well-known statement that “employees don’t quit jobs, they quit managers and office environments.” The research by brain scientists such as Daniel Pink and positivity in the workplace research by Losada, Heaphy and others, bear this out.
When we sat down for our meeting there was not only a high frustration level in the room but also fatigue… The server went down, the IT support group was slow on the uptake, pressing deadlines for proposals, marketing and other initiatives were stretched to the max by information not accessible on the recalcitrant server hard disk, to name only a few issues.
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