Richmond: Navigating Polarities: Embracing the Tension of the AND in Leadership Coaching

  • 06/14/2019
  • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Westwood Club


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Join us for June’s Professional Development Opportunity

Navigating Polarities: Embracing the Tension of the AND in Leadership Coaching

Kelly Lewis, PCC

1.5 Core CCEUs

Effective coaches are effective, in part, because they implicitly (or explicitly) leverage polarity tensions. Using a polarity lens and a sense making tool can enhance a coach's (and their client’s) ability to see and leverage paradoxical challenges in the client’s leadership and organization. It also enhances a coach’s proficiency in the ICF Coaching Competencies by providing a way to see and leverage the contradictory energies present in the competencies. In this interactive session coaches will explore the fundamental distinction between helping clients solve problems and helping clients navigate polarities, a phenomenon that is unsolvable. Coaches will practice using the Polarity Navigator as a sense-making tool to help their clients harness the tension in a polarity in a way that leads to sustainable action.

By the end of the session you will be able to:

  • Understand the distinction between problems and polarities
  • Use the Polarity Navigator as a sense making tool to help clients navigate a polarity
  • See and leverage the interdependencies present in ICF competencies

Networking/registration: 11:30 - 12:00pm

ICF chapter announcements: 12:00 - 12:15pm

Speaker presentation: 12:15pm - 1:15pm

Wrap-up/close: 1:15pm - 1:30pm

About the Presenter:

Kelly Lewis is Principal of Lewis Leadership Groups, a firm committed to helping leaders navigate growth and complexity with joy. She has partnered with organizations to achieve sustained results in leadership development, leadership coaching, and harnessing the power of polarities.

Kelly teaches about polarities in leadership and systems at numerous organizations, the University of Notre Dame, and as co-director of the Certificate in Polarities and Paradox at Georgetown University.

Kelly is known for her “down-to-earth and engaging style,” and ability to “create a space that simultaneously challenges and inspires.”  A recent client shared the following, “Kelly is engaging and creative. During our recent annual event at Dominion Resources, she filled the room with energy. The enthusiastic audience of more than 100 women gave her exceptional ratings. I would certainly hire her again to inspire any audience.”

ICF Virginia Charter Chapter


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