HLC Life Coaching Blog

September 16, 2010

The Client’s Whole Life

Our public education system was birthed at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution. We needed to train people to compartmentalize themselves, to do one thing over and over again with accuracy and precision.

So, much of our current educational processes are based on compartmentalization; creating, distinctions between this and that. There is much emphasis placed on the PARTS of something and not so much reaching to integrate the whole.

Western medicine falls into this same trap. We have an amazing understanding of the components of the human body. Wester medicine is trully gifted at fixing our PARTS and yet, at a core level fails to grasp both the mystery and the importance of the whole.

Human beings are more than just a collection of parts and we must approach working with people in ways that are holistic and integrated.

Even in coaching there is such a rush to “specialize”. We often get the question at CTI: do you train Career Coaches or Executive Coaches or Education Coaches?

I understand the importance of specialization in any practice. It helps us identify ourselves in the market place and provides a focus for the development of tools that speak to specific audiences. Hooray for that.

That said, at its core, Co-Active Coaching understands that we are always working with the WHOLE of a person, whether we are working with them at work or at home and wheter we are working on their career or their parenting.

It’s an illusion that we can separate or isolate one part of a person’s life and work with that only. Each part is irrevocably connected to the other parts in a fulid and ever changing constellation of emotion, desire, experience and understanding.


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  • jennifer tilly on February 25, 2011 at 12:23 am | Reply |

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  • Anna Lee on December 9, 2010 at 4:21 am | Reply |

    It’s a beautiful dance between the dualistic, physical realm and the spiritual realm. In the dualistic realm, it’s necessary to operate at the parts level to make the whole work. That is, working on the marketing department of a business can affect the entire business as a whole. And, decluttering a desktop can affect a person’s entire mood. Here, we just crossed over from the physical to the spiritual realm. In the spiritual realm, changing the whole by dis-creating a limiting belief or listening to a beautiful piece of music can change my vibrational state. This, in turn, may inspire me to take action to move a project forward or to clean out my closet. Thus, dancing from the spiritual to the physical realm. Of course, it would be wonderful if we were doing all thie “dancing” consciously. Otherwise, it would probably be called struggling.
    (Oh, humans are physically parts and spiritually whole.)

  • Anna Lee on December 6, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Reply |

    The more perspectives I have, the better I can understand how the parts work together to form the whole. By understanding the role of my Ego-Mind, a part of “me”, I can see how that mechanism is either serving me or hindering me in growing to be my Highest Self, yet another part of the Whole of Life. By understanding the make-up of another person’s Ego-Mind, I can have compassion for the other person and support him/her in being his/her greatest Self instead of allowing my Ego to react to his/her Ego. Sometimes, I need to bring my (or my client’s) attention to what’s going on in his/her body, yet another part of the whole, to understand his/her relationship to what s/he has created and how s/he can use that information to redirect his/her focus on the creation of what s/he truly wants to create. It’s best to be able to understand the parts and the whole.
    I’m grateful to be blessed with clarity and insights. Love to you!
    Anna Lee

  • Jkotz on November 29, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Reply |

    It’s interesting, I was developing a talk on just this but I of course disagree slightly, perhaps even just semantically.. What I often see, is not enough understanding of “composite parts”. Folks walking around thinking they, their business, etc. Is a noun. A solid, fixed thing. The last paragraph is poignant- we are in fact motion- verb. But it’s only in dealing with parts that you can affect the whole. The parts have parts as well, ad infinity, like Xeno’s paradox. The whole is the illusion. Humans are just parts. And I view that, actually, as good news. The site facelift looks great.

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