We help organizations and families improve collaborative performance
We partner with leaders in transition to support their change while unleashing their new potentials and talents. We use a variety of unconventional technics to help them build new skills, improve their presence and be strong in their new role.
We help teams improve collaborative performance by learning how to work with individual’s strengths. Topics: how to work with different departments, how to integrate new members, how to define a new culture, how to redefine a new identity after lay-offs.
We enjoy designing and conducting experiential workshops to help people master personal change. We use non verbal cues, body, space, movement, improv exercises, role-plays, dialogue, and metaphoric activities to bring awareness and clarity.
We help expat moms be more than housewives and find a portable purpose (business or else). We use a system’s approach, which helps clients see their system in 3D and explore scenarios to get closer to their inner purpose.
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Our unique value is challenging conventional wisdom using an experiential approach
Leadership and Change Coaching - Individual
Improving collaborative performance in time of change
Expat Method Workshop - Bigger Game Experience
Helping moms be more than housewives - Helping parents supporting school success
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I thought that thanks to the financial crisis, the world would grow up. It would transition from an individualistic, independent maturity stage to a more interdependent one. The crisis was a good sign that we were all interconnected, that the consequences of our acts didn’t only impact our lives but those of others. In fact, it was even worst, as it impact mostly others and not the one at the source. Oh boy, was I naive, or enthusiastic. […]
Yes, we can learn about anything. Practice, discipline and reflection can help us learn new skills and master old ones. But you can only be as efficient as your paradigm lets you. It’s like driving a car: you can learn about mechanics, practice via videos but unless you can reach the pedals and see over the wheel, you won’t be good at it. It’s the difference between 9 year-old and 45 year-old: the former can dream about becoming the best driver, only the latter can actually be it. […]
As Hendre Coetzee puts it, during the WBECS intro session shiftability™ is the “power or capability of a person to exercise personal transformation in any context” Usually, businesses are driven by a survivor’s mode when they only focus on how to increase revenue, reduce costs and lower risks. They act like a hiker trapped in quicksand: they don’t move to avoid drowning. They don’t know, either, what can be done to get them out of there. Actually, they get it backward: they fear the unknown so they stay in an unproductive, even dangerous known. It all started because they wanted to fix something. […]
We all have comfort zones: it is like the comfy couch we lie on when life feels too much. Comfort zones serve us, as they are the visible part of a neuronal system that creates highways and automatisms to save energy and attention. If we had to think about the walking process each time we walk, we wouldn’t have any energy left to talk, or think, or do anything. So comfort zones are originally very useful, until they are not anymore. […]
Don’t you wish sometimes to hide what you think is your worst flaw? Then, to your surprise, and especially because you strongly believe you are really good at it, someone busts you and you blush. It is not pleasant or really efficient. What I’ve learned as a mom, coach and colleague, is that I usually trip on my worst fear and I often create exactly what I dreaded. The more I fear it, the more it blocks my way. It is like you are anxious to remember the name of a new acquaintance and the more you think about it, the more certain you end up blurting something entirely wrong. […]
Don’t you feel sometimes that change is like a dark tunnel or a murky place? It is like diving in black waters without knowing what lies under the surface: it is scary and worrying. You start to second guess yourself; to doubt the outcome and you hold on to whatever known you have in front of you, even if it is harmful. Change is never associated with confidence at first; it is quite the opposite: people feel doubts and concerns when invited to change.
What I’ve learned through experience as a coach, and as a human being, is that when you get out of your head, that big producer of worries, to connect to your core and your essence, you reduce the tendency of doubting change. In fact, what I’ve experienced recently was a strong connection to my confidence that helped me start a new project and lead it despite the many unknowns it carried. […]
Did you ever try to drive while pushing on gas and breaks at the same time? What happened for you? It is like willing to ski but stalling at every turn: you drain your energy, you miss the fun and you get nowhere. Change is like ski slopes or traffic: there is an energy, a flow, like a current in a river that brings you from up to down, old to new, here to there. When you can tap into that current, you literally flow and go places while controlling your energy and usually having a lot of fun in the process. […]
This the fifth and last dimension of The EXPAT Method. We discovered Emotions, Xpression, Place, Adaption and now Thinking. As a whole they form the acronym EXPAT and collect the learnings gained during expatriation. They help individuals mastering personal and organizational change.
‘Why would you believe that a man parted a sea, that another walked on water or that a fairy brings you money when you lose a tooth? Simply because your brain is wired to believe: it seeks stimuli and surprising information as a way to stay focused. But that’s not all; it absorbs all information as real, this is why a book or a movie can move us so deeply: the brain doesn’t discriminate between fiction and reality. The icing on the cake is our ability to reflect on and analyze experiences to bring consciousness, which is a high level of evolution that helps us understand concepts, symbols and virtual reality. Possessing the power of abstraction is both wonderful and darn crazy because then you can believe anything. A belief is thinking that something is true or happening, even without empirical proof. […]
Because you only discovered three out of five dimensions so far from the EXPAT Method, here is the fourth dimensions: Adaptation. Adaptation is important because of the constant of change. Life is made of cycles, circumvolutions, evolutions and transitions. Accepting it helps you adapt to it. Here is a brief excerpt that states what is adaption when change is the only constant.
Adaptation happens when we use our knowledge (individual or group) to power transformative actions. We have to learn new tools at work to stay up to date, adopt new ways of meeting to become more proficient, work together to boost efficiency, behave in a new way to better suit our age or new setting… Our life is a constant adaptation of our behavior to our development stage, mindset and knowledge. We learn to talk, to walk and then to walk the talk. In fact, adaptation consists simply of building on our foundations: it is because I can talk and walk that I can think and act, then create and build. […]
Here is another excerpt from the book The EXPAT Method, Mastering Personal and Organizational Change. It introduces the importance of Place (which is the third dimension of the EXPAT Method) during change.
“If there is a touchy subject it is this: our place is the number two existential question that all human beings face throughout their life (the number one is “am I loved?”). What place do I have in my family, in my community, with my friends, in my team, in my organization, in my group, in my class? In fact, we ask ourselves this question again and again every hour of the day: what is my place in this subway, what is my place in the queue at the supermarket, what is my place waiting at the traffic lights, what is my place in that lane…? […]