Wednesday, October 5, 2022

choice Thoughts: New Horizons in Leadership ~ Pushing boundaries in coaching

It is with great pride that we present to you our  issue New Horizons in Leadership~ Pushing boundaries in coaching

A note from Garry, Publisher

It is so great to be travelling and meeting coaches IRL (in real life) again. Since we last connected I’ve been to both the NECS (New Executive Coaching Summit, which choice Magazine co-hosted) in beautiful Maine and the Gay Coaches Alliance (GCA) annual conference in upstate New York.

I had a wonderful time at both events. So much to catch up on … especially the hugs. 

I’m proud to announce that I am the newly elected President of the GCA for 2022/23. I’ve been on the board for a few years and have stepped into the wonderful legacy left to me by co-founder Harry Faddis and the most recent president Tim Kincaid. I’m looking forward to working with the amazing members and serving with those who have chosen to join me on the board.

We continue to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of choice, the magazine of professional coaching. In this issue, we continue the conversation about what is important to coaches and the coaching profession.

What do we want the future of coaching to look like? Thus far, we have been riding the wave of creating and developing the coaching profession. What if we were to take a proactive approach to its future, continuing to ask questions like: Where do we go from here? What will the profession look like five, 10 or even 20 years from now? What do we WANT it to look like?

Imagine things like virtual reality (VR) coaching. I can picture coaching my client at their dream destination. How cool that would be!

We are helping shape our future by offering regular podcasts (with a video option) speaking to experts about their topic of expertise. Listen in as I dig deeper into their article or book and ask them the same questions I am asking you.

Recently, I’ve added a new question to my quest: What do you NOT like about the coaching profession today? Sometimes it’s easier to know what we DON’T like than what we do.

Please remember that we are all part of this amazing profession called coaching. We all have a say in how the profession emerges.

What are your thoughts on the questions I’m asking? Please feel free to reach out to me at to help shape the future of coaching.

A note from from Janet, Managing Editor

It’s always exciting to edit a new issue of choice and read the many insights and perspectives of so many different writers.

I always come away from the editing process having learned some valuable lessons, and it’s always my hope that every reader takes away something they can use to make their lives and their coaching better.

In this issue, we present four features on our theme of New Horizons in Leadership. In our opening feature, Judy Feld looks at coaching the new leader in the new workplace, examining how leaders must adapt – and often transform –their leadership styles as they face new challenges. Next up, Michelle Chambers and Dr. Catherine Carr explore how team coaching can develop the kind of coaches who will help create more human-centered workplaces, communities… and world.

Our third feature by Joan Swart looks at stewardship, ethics and executive coaching in the new world, observing that companies and communities urgently need a repair of the disconnection between different perspectives and experiences, starting with stewardship at all levels. And our final feature by Marty Wightman evaluates how coaching can support the prediction of upcoming changes in leadership trends to help navigate the now-and-future C-Suite.

In addition to features, we also have lots of columns in this issue, some of which also look at new leadership horizons. In our “corporate leadership” column, Becky Ramsey tackles coaching for corporate culture change, while Madeleine Homan Blanchard looks at leadership lessons learned from the pandemic.

In our “science of coaching” column, Elle O’Flaherty examines how our brains adapt to both positive and negative experiences. We also have columns covering everything from the myths of active listening to creating out of strategic intent to how to mindfully price your coaching services. And of course, our regular departments have lots more valuable tools and information to take you to the next level.

In short, we hope this issue helps you find your own “new horizon”!

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