Situations like the one we are now living through are why the acronym VUCA was created. No doubt, we are living in Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous times. And when the VUCA hits the fan, we at Learning in Action want to be in it with you, supporting you through it.
Learning in Action is committed to healing the divide within and between people. Healing the divide within and between is the work that connects the world. Healing our dividedness from our essence will heal the dividedness between us. We dream of a world in which when one of us hurts, we all feel it. And we run to the aid of the other just as we would to our own. We envision a world in which there is a realization that we are separate and connected and ONE.
We’ve created several of-the-moment classes to support our community. These classes are free or donation-based and come packed with bonus materials, worksheets and meditations.
Of the billions of people on the planet, you are the only person who has direct access to your inner self. From We to Me is a 6-week live class experience where we’ll explore how we are shaped by our relationships, the essential nature of relationships, how interpersonal conflict arises, the ways in which we defend and protect our self, and how we can learn to develop better relationships (with anyone) by understanding ourselves with greater clarity.
Are You Interested in Going Deeper Faster with Clients and Helping Them Break Through in Weeks Instead Of Months? Discover how to uncover your client's hidden patterns, deepen your client relationships, and help your clients achieve their goals faster. The EQ Profile is the only simulation-based emotional intelligence assessment. Unlike most emotional intelligence assessment tools, this profile is about relationships. The EQ Profile maps what neural pathways get activated in difficult relationships and offers a guide for the ongoing development of the self for high-performance, successful relationships, as well as an overall sense of well-being and vitality in living. People are encouraged to reflect on their relational and emotional strengths and weaknesses in their current relationships.
The EQ Profile Team Certification is a complete end-to-end course on how to use the EQ Profile with teams to reveal both obstacles and gifts in their collective internal experience which, when understood and leveraged, can lead to breakthrough results. This 7-week intensive live virtual course takes you on a guided journey through how to win business to work with teams, how to frame the work you do within the context of your client, how to interpret the EQ Profile at a team level, sample presentations you can use with your clients, case studies of using the EQ Profile with teams and its impact, and exploring ways you can use the results to connect deeper with your clients and ultimately expand your professional reach.
An interactive, on-demand course designed to engage your innate capacity to understand, accept, move through and use your experience of fear to your benefit. Learn the steps you can take to name, tame, sit with and move through fear into a place of acceptance and possibility.
Our Heal The Divide podinar series is a free, monthly, live interactive virtual learning. Our intention for our podinar series is to facilitate and accelerate transformative change in the world. We do that by introducing a community of change agents to thought leaders, providing opportunities for professional development, and creating experiences that inspire, inform and build community.
As coaches, we are always creating awareness in our clients. While all the ICF Core Competencies are important, creating awareness is perhaps the most central competency to coaching.
Our clients hire us because they want something to change, about themselves, their lives, their careers, their leadership, and/or their relationships. If they could change it themselves, they would. And often our clients can’t change what they are wanting to change because they can’t see what’s getting in their way.
Oftentimes, what's in their way — the obstacle lying between where, how, and who they are and where, how, and who they want to be — is some aspect of themselves.
Our clients typically can’t see what’s getting in the way of their change. The obstacle to their growth is so ingrained, so conflated with the frame and lens through which they see others, themselves and the world, that they can’t see it. It’s in their blindspot.
After thousands of coaching sessions working with hundreds of clients, I’ve learned to spot a few common blindspots that create obstacles to a client’s growth. It was only after seeing these blindspots over and over through the lens of attachment theory and relational intelligence, that I began to see some obvious patterns emerge.
Here are three of the most common client blindspots:
We all have blindspots. Even us coaches. It’s part of how we humans have learned to survive – narrowing down what we focus on, labeling our experience to reduce energy drain, projecting our past onto the present to increase predictability. It’s normal.
Part of our role as coaches is to be doing our own work constantly – identifying our own blindspots, understanding our habituated patterns, expanding what’s above the line and shrinking what’s below the line of our conscious awareness. We do this work in coach training. We do this so that our blindspots, our patterns, our conditioning don’t get in the way of our coaching.
And yet, they do. We can’t rid ourselves of all of our blindspots. Because we’re human. All we can do is to keep looking for them.
After having worked with and trained coaches for many years, we’ve identified three common coaching blindspots – coaching choices made by coaches that reflect the patterning of the coach and negatively impact the coaching.
You may be reading this and thinking, “I don’t do that. I know some coaches do, but I don’t step over my client’s emotions”. And if so, we invite you to notice that.
Alison Whitmire is the President of Learning in Action, a company committed to revealing derailing blindspots and creating awareness resulting in breakthroughs. She is an authority in the Emotional and Relational Intelligence, which focuses on our innate capacity to be in relationship with others, even in times of conflict and how we can develop that capacity through conscious awareness and intention.
Alison is a Professional Certified Coach, a Master EQ Practitioner and a Certified Narrative Coach. She has thousands of hours of experience coaching CEOs and business owners. She is certified as a 200 RYT Yoga Teacher and is currently enrolled in a Mindfulness Meditation Teacher training program. Alison is a TEDx speaker and a 3 time TEDx Conference organizer.
Dana Beasley, Director of Customer Experience
Dana is committed to creating a culture of community for Learning in Action on a global scale. She serves as the Customer Experience Director and supports through branding and experience analysis.
Sarah Bush, Training Coordinator
Sarah has a passion for helping people extend their learning and development while supporting Learning in Action as their Training Coordinator. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org should you have any questions related to training, certification, or development opportunities.
Sherryl Christie, Master Practitioner
Sherryl has over 10 years of dedicated experience administering and interpreting the EQ Profile through Learning in Action. She is a certified Master Practitioner and assists with EQ Certification training as a teacher.
Bonnie Hovel, Master Practitioner
Bonnie has years of dedicated experience administering and interpreting the EQ Profile through Learning in Action. She is a certified Master Practitioner and assists with EQ Certification training as a teacher.
Ken Kido, Business Development and Operations
Ken is co-owner of Learning in Action Technologies and a highly accomplished executive with 30+ years of leading organizations through major transformations and strategic shifts. Ken has the unique ability to engage employees at all levels and across all differences through his servant leadership style.
Denisse Lebron, Digital Marketing Director
Denisse is a creative and results-focused marketing and growth strategist with over a decade of experience in digital marketing. She supports the Learning in Action brand behind-the-scenes through digital marketing.