I want to suggest that the human soul longs, perhaps more than anything else, to express itself and be heard or seen. It doesn't need to be fixed or told what to do next or given a solution. It simply longs to be witnessed."
AS PART OF LEADERSHAPE'S MASTERCLASS SERIES of workshops at Chester University, one of the UK's most senior coaches, Founding President at the International Coach Federation, Aboodi Shabi offered new perspectives to private and public sector Executives and independent practitioners.
Aboodi Shabi’s Masterclass in ontological coaching examined ways to develop deep listening to allow the authentic human being to speak. Focusing practically on the world of work, the day offered both coaching and reflective exercises. Presentations and interactive study explored a framework to understand beyond presenting goals, then to move beyond coaching techniques to discover the true expression of the client.
Facilitator Shabi says: “In our increasingly rational culture, we have learned to invalidate that which can’t be measured or analysed. We don’t value that which makes no sense, or has no apparent purpose. We learn to communicate strategically, effectively and intelligently, but at the expense of truly expressing ourselves. And when we cannot express ourselves fully, our magic cannot show up. We might well be performing well against measurable targets but we are like empty shells, living lives that are automatic and soulless.
“Coaching that doesn’t include this capacity to deeply listen misses out on the essential core of the client’s being and can only really be skin-deep.”
This philosophy is applied to meet corporate agendas, encouraging coachees to understand resistance to change, the journey to new values and ideas and how to achieve better results in their organisations and their lives.