Deep Speaks to Deep: Exploring the Practices of the Clearness Committee (with Kirsten Olson) at the Georgetown University, Institute for Transformational Leadership’s Annual Coaching Conference
Date: March 10-11, 2016
Location: Hilton McLean Tyson Corner, McLean, VA
As leadership coaches, everyday we engage in practices of discernment with our clients, listening and ‘hearing into’ the stories and experiences that shape our clients’ worlds. What practices sharpen our capacity to be present to these stories, and to leave behind the ego-of-self to be more fully in service to our clients? In this experiential session, participants will explore the practice of Clearness Committees, developed by the Quakers in the 16th century and honed and sharpened by modern practitioners. Originally created by Quakers to draw on the collective wisdom of their communities (Quakers have no clerical leaders), in contemporary times Clearness Committees allow a small group of people to “hold the soul of another” and to help that person be present to, and experience, their own inner wisdom–their inner teacher.
In a carefully-constructed container, Clearness Committees can allow the collective consciousness of a group to gently, and with respect, support the focus person to name and claim their deep truths. For coaches, the pacing, sense of not-knowing, and reverence for the soul and inner wisdom of the focus person can be transforming and eye-opening. The visceral power of the Clearness Committee makes this among the most influential practices we’ve ever engaged in.
Proposed session leaders are both actively-practicing, Georgetown-trained leadership coaches, and long-time Clearness Committee leaders who have personally trained and led retreats with Parker Palmer, founder of the Center for Courage and Renewal and contemporary leader of the Clearness Committee method. Because the Clearness Committee practices have been so central to our development as coaches, we wish to bring this practice to the Georgetown community. This is a taste!
Join us for two days of community reunion, inspiring conversation, innovative ideas, and experiential workshops to support your continued growth as a leadership coach. Please note: this conference is only open to graduates of Georgetown University’s Certificate in Leadership Coaching.
THIS YEAR’S THEME: Transformation: Coaching the Shift
Transformation means far more than ordinary change. Transformation is a lasting shift that forever changes people, organizations, and the world. It’s a change from which there is no going back.
The objective of the conference is create a dynamic atmosphere that fosters a deepening of our knowledge of transformation and inspires a commitment to coaching the shift.
At Georgetown, we believe that transformation occurs when human beings can sustain seeing, saying, doing, and being, in a significantly different way. The conference this year will feature those four paths.
Register at Graduate Coaches Conference Tickets.