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BUSINESS COACHING IN THE PROMISED LAND by Nicola Scicluna (Proprietor: I2u-Consulting) “Only connect!” exhorted English novelist E.M. Forster to the divided classes of Britain in 1910 “Live in fragments no longer. Only connect, and the beast and the monk, robbed of the isolation that is life to either, will die”.47 Forster’s epigram well describes the ‘systems movement’ sweeping through many disciplines including business coaching for teams, pairs, individuals and whole organisations; trans and intra-national conflict resolution; coaching and psychotherapy for couples, individuals and families; business management; and many more. These disciplines can rely on a common tool-set because they are based on the following principles: • Everything that is alive and can grow is a ‘system’, whether a flower, a sea creature, a marriage, a family business, the shop floor or ‘C’ suite of a company or an entire United Kingdom • Rather than focus on individuals or entities, the focus is on the relationships between them. And relationships evolve • Every voice in a family, team or organisation (ergo ‘system’) is important and needs to be even if some have more power than others • Voices in a system cannot be ‘silenced’ by removing individuals. The same voice will express itself through another individual • When people understand that they are all voices in a system, they are free to ‘speak up’ • Systems can become corrupted or ‘toxic’ and these toxins can be identified and de-activated • Everyone is right – only partially • ‘Reality’ is not linear, but exists on three levels (essence, dreaming and consensus reality) • Conflict is a sign that something new is trying to happen • Unresolved events from the past continue to have a direct effect on the present • We don’t have to agree or be the same. What counts is getting aligned on specific goals • Relationships are creative and have a purpose to fulfil, whether that is an enterprise, a baby or a cheese sandwich • Change is inevitable usually scary • A ‘third entity’ is different from, and greater than, the sum of the parts (e.g. ‘The Beatles’ was the third entity of George, Ringo, John and Paul) • Awareness is all: once a ‘system’ becomes aware of itself, it will evolve into the next iteration Systems work is not new, neither is it Western. In looking for a systemic training, the coaches in the Toulouse training chose Organisation and Relationship Systems Coaching (ORSC) founded on Systems Theory, Process Work, Family Systems Therapy, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Quantum Physics, Co-Active Coaching and Relationship Systems Intelligence48.

HOWARDS END is a novel by E. M. Forster, first published in 1910, about social conventions, codes of conduct and relationships in turn-of-the-century England. HOWARDS END is considered by some to be Forster's masterpiece. 47

ORSC – Organisation and Relationship Systems Coaching – was the first accredited training to offer coaching for groups, teams and organisations https://www.crrglobal.com/orsc.html 48

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