“The only place leaders can lead from is their way of being.”
Colleen’s training as a coach is from the Newfield Network, which focuses on Ontological Coaching.
As such, our coaching is ontologically founded and based on the OAR (Observer-Action-Results) and BEL (Body-Emotion-Language) models taught by the Newfield Network and adapted from works by Gregory Bateson, Chris Argyris, Donald A. Schon and Peter Senge.
What is “Ontological,” you might be asking?
The Newfield Institute describes Ontological Coaching as:
“an extraordinarily powerful methodology for effecting change for individuals, teams and organisations. It is highly effective because it is based on a new deeply grounded and practical understanding of language, moods and conversations for behavioural and cultural transformation.”
In simple terms, ontology is the study of being; Ontological Coaching is about coaching a way of being as a means of producing major shifts in the way we see and in the way we act – through all aspects of communication.
Here’s what this means, in real terms…
“I prefer the Newfield approach to coaching, especially the BEL (Body-Emotion-Language) model. It’s like an anchor you can “sink your teeth into” to examine what you want to examine.
Colleen’s approach respected that I had all the answers inside me and that her role was simply to help draw those answers out. The whole time we worked together, it was clear that Colleen was in my court, that she wanted me to be all that I can be.”
– Ellen Tozzi, Founder Natural Order Design in Hamilton, NJ