THE BIGGER PICTURE
The 7C’s is the new 7 eyed coaching and coaching supervision model fresh from CSA |ICRP!
Beyond the practical, technical and rational there is an ever-present connecting eld of our shared humanity. This is the eld that as leaders, coaches, coach supervisors and people professionals, we now need to fully occupy and embody to support our clients in our VUCA world. In response to this call, Elaine Patterson has designed the “The 7Cs: The 7 Human Capacities for Change, Learning and Transformation”.
The 7C’s is a new lens to unlock our shared humanity, which works alongside and complements existing models and processes whilst also attending to our own personal and professional development as people practitioners. Because WHO we are is HOW we work.
Elaine has defined the 7 core human capacities and qualities of Care, Courage, Curiosity, Compassion, Connection, Creativity and Contemplation as a foundational and life long journey. These create the space and spaciousness in which professionals thrive, change and ourish. We can then role model these for the clients whom we serve.
These key capacities have been crafted in the heat of Elaine’s own life and work and are grounded in her research into reflection and reflective learning. They specifically address the stresses and strains of working in our VUCA world. This is a powerful new navigational map that enables us to bring our shared humanity to work. A map to help us to underpin our humanness: WHO we are, WHO we are becoming, HOW we work, WHAT we role model and the DIFFERENCES we can make – large or small – to the world through our work.
Elaine invites leaders, coaches, HR and OD professionals and people practitioners to join a small group to explore how you can bring more of these qualities to life for yourself, your teams and for your work.
Using the navigational points of the 7 C’s, we will support your personal and professional inquiry and follow your shared curiosities. Drawing from your own re ections, case studies, stories, and journaling, we shall explore together. We shall immerse ourselves in the creative, energizing, inspiring and connecting frontier eld of our shared humanity in order to enrich ourselves and to deepen our work.
To find out more, read Elaine’s recent publications in the AC Global Bulletin “Reflection is an Oasis for Busy People in Busy Times” and her chapter in Contemporary Leadership Challenges “Waking Up to the Power of Reflection to Unlock Transformation in People, Teams and Organizations”. Her article called “Bringing Our Humanity to Work” will be published in Coaching at Work in March 2018
Leadership Coach Edith Coron from EOC Intercultural explains how she has embodied the 7C’s.
“The 7C’s convey both the gentleness of their intentions and the powerful impact they unleash. Using the 7C’s brings both grace and gravitas to my conversations. The beauty of the 7C’s lies in their apparent simplicity. As a practitioner I nd them to be the pillars on which I can rest my inner supervisor and for my clients to rest in their authentic selves. I now use the 7C’s as a checklist for my professional posture, for the relationship with the client and for the system in which he/she operates”
Karyn Prentice from Prentice Fletcher Associates explains how she has used the 7C’s in Group Supervision:
“I was working with a group of experienced coaches helping them to develop their practice. Whilst we spent some considerable time developing their competencies the real shift and deep work came by re ecting on the 7C’s and how they related to not just ‘DOING’ coaching but what it meant to ‘BE’ coaches. The petals were laid out on the oor. Each person choose a petal and spoke to how that “C” showed up in their practice. This formed the basis of their inquiry into how they were showing up in their work, what impacted on them, highlighted their signature capacities as well as their capacities for development. It also gave them a new vocabulary to explore situations with a fresh lens with their clients”
Hannah Datema, Coaching and Mentoring Development Manager from Guys and St Thomas’s Hospital in London writes:
“I have used this model with 5 clients to date, and in a variety of different ways. It has landed with every client I have used it with, including clients who brought issues brought to sessions (e.g. What C might help with this? What C could use topping up? etc.), as well as clients who do not have an issue as such but have used the 7C’s to open a discussion that brings about identi cation of new goals. Having the individual petals on the table encourages the client to move them around, pick them up and create links between them, which adds a kinesthetic element to the tool. I believe that welcoming a client into a room with the beautiful, colorful petals already laid out creates a welcoming atmosphere, and invites the client to bring their curiosity about what we might be doing, which really gathers their attention! Overall, I love it! Thank you so much for sharing this with me, and us as a Trust. It ts so well with our values as an organization and I know that this will be a well-used model,
for many years to come!`”
Groups with start dates and times will be formed as expressions of interest are gathered.
To find out more and book your place please contact Elaine Patterson at
£410 GBP (no VAT) for four x 2 hour sessions on Zoom
Costs include a pack of the 7C’s Cards and Workbook to support our work in-between sessions.
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Elaine Patterson is Creative Director at the CSA and ICRP. She is an international Executive Coach, Coach Supervisor, Thinking Partner and Writer. Clients appreciate her warm, inspiring and re ective approach.
She is currently writing a book called “Reflect to Create!” Reflection, Reflective Practice and Supervision for Creative Leadership and Professional Practice”
“Salvation of this human world lies nowhere else than in the human heart – in the human power to re ect, in human meekness and human responsibility” Vaclav Havel