It's already late April and a third of the year has passed!
I've been away from my blog for the last several months as many other things have taken precedence: urgent eldercare issues, teaching the "Midlife Through Retirement: A Catalyst for Change" class in winter quarter, and preparing for and teaching my new spring quarter class, "Something Has to Change." I had intended to announce and publicize this new course offered through North Seattle College Continuing Education program, but it filled up so quickly that there was no purpose in advertising it further.
So, the new class... what's that about? Change challenges. Some call them "sticky" problems...
They may be the change goals that surface year as after year as your New Year's resolutions (such as, "This year, I'm going to start improving my health by exercising more."). They might be patterns of behavior that you've wanted to change for years.
Do you sometimes ask yourself, “Why is it so hard to make the changes I want to make?” You have tried, but determination and willpower don't seem to work. That’s because we possess a hidden, internal dynamic that insists on “protecting” us from change, even when those changes are those that we deeply desire and would help improve our lives.
The "Something Has To Change" course departs from the traditional approaches to change and instead applies an approach called Immunity to Change™ (ITC). Developed by Harvard faculty Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey based on decades-long work in adult development and learning, ITC is now considered one of the most innovative and powerful approaches to creating transformative change and is supported by rigorous empirical research that span decades and across different cultures and populations. (Since I have followed Kegan's work since 1987 when I was in graduate school, it was a personal joy to meet and train with Kegan and Lahey and other faculty at Minds At Work, where I completed my Coach Development training and became a licensed ITC facilitator in 2017).
ITC is quite an experience for those who have had the opportunity to benefit from it. It is often described as powerful, insightful, and transformative. The interesting thing about my new "Something Has to Change" class is that it's an experiment for me as well in that I am offering ITC in a small group coaching format instead of in the one-on-one individualized format that I would normally use with clients. I'm happy to report that ITC coaching works in both formats! (although the one-on-one format can yield more powerful results more quickly as it is customizable and paced to the individual client.)
Thoughts for creating success in the second half of life.