Thursday, October 4, 2012

Test Kitchen: Serving up new recipes for coaching

Posted on Thursday, October 04, 2012 by International Coach Federation

Below is part of an occasional blog series highlighting the Catalysts and sessions of ICF Global 2012.

Belma González, PCC
Johnny Manzon-Santos, ACC
Innovation: something new or different introduced.  Test Kitchen: a place used for the process of developing new kinds of food and to develop new recipes - a learning community!

That’s what Johnny Manzon-Santos and I (Belma González) are up to: bringing together coaching innovators to create new ways coaching can be used.

Johnny and I are longtime social justice activists in the USA. We worked with coaches when we were Executive Directors of NGO’s, and eventually decided to become coaches ourselves.

In our practices, we’ve worked 1:1 with social justice/NGO leaders. We work together through Prism Coaching to look at the importance of and value in ‘culturally aware’ coaching as essential to supporting social justice efforts.

In the last few years, we’ve worked with projects around the US utilizing coaching to strengthen communication, build relationship, and encourage innovative responses to issues stemming from social injustice. 

Johnny and I, together with our colleagues involved with these projects, have been meeting in our “Test Kitchen” - where we share ideas, discuss new “recipes”, and identify essential “ingredients” needed for success. The ICF Conference presents an ideal opportunity to invite more people into the Test Kitchen learning community, and to further enhance the ways coaching can support social justice efforts.

Know of projects utilizing coaching in innovative ways? Have ideas of how coaching can be used to further social justice efforts? Come to the Test Kitchen eager to meet other “chefs,” curious to learn, prepped with ideas to discuss and information about innovative projects in your community to share, and ready to commit to utilizing coaching in ways that further social justice!

The Test Kitchen: Serving Up New Recipes for Coaching, Friday October 5, 2:30-4:00 p.m.!

Belma González, PCC, and Johnny Manzon-Santos, ACC, are Catalysts at ICF Global 2012, October 3-6 in London, UK, where they will be presenting “Test Kitchen: Serving up new recipes for coaching." Learn more.

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