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Reflection on Practice:
Moving beyond Competence to Mastery

with Grady McGonagill and Steve Ober
April 4, 2014 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
DoubleTree Bedford Glen Hotel, Bedford, MA, United States

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Workshop Overview

This workshop will offer an experience of the model building process as well as an opportunity to examine your own story and its interaction with your overall model and your practice.

Model building is challenging: it requires the courage to look at your shadow as well as your strengths, a willingness to question habitual assumptions, and the discipline to systematically review your practices and underlying beliefs. However, if you commit to doing this work, you can generate insight into what accounts for both your successes and your failures, identify the limits of your current model and opportunities for new areas of growth, and experience renewed alignment of your work with what you most value.

In the morning Grady will share his own experience with model building, offer a framework that others might use for similar inquiry, and provide the opportunity for reflection and discussion about selected areas of your own practice about which you are curious.

Story work is also challenging. It is based on the premise that we each have an internal narrative we have created to make sense of our experience in systems. That narrative has a significant influence on our overall model, on our practice as coaches, and on the performance of leaders. Examining your own story can be high leverage for your growth as a coach. It includes looking within, surfacing your own narrative, and learning to broaden your range of choices about how it impacts you.

In the afternoon Steve will build on the morning by taking you deeper into this "Personal Profile" dimension of model building. He will invite participants to work with an area/experience of difficulty in their practice, uncover the "story" at work, explore the role/history of that story as part of their personal profile, and reflect upon its implications for their practice and underlying model. Read more

Take Away

Participants in this session can expect to take away:

  • Increased awareness of key assumptions underlying their practice
  • Insight into questions they hold about their practice
  • Deeper awareness of their personal story and how it influences their practice
  • A framework to support future reflection into these and other areas of their professional practice

Grady and Steve will make available handouts containing the core frameworks and exercises employed in the session.


Grady McGonagill

Grady has been Principal of McGonagill Consulting for most of the past thirty years. For two years he was Director of Learning for Generon Consulting, a company dedicated to the application of Theory U to stuck global problems. His recent practice focuses on leadership development, with an emphasis on coaching. And his current priority is supporting activities and organizations dedicated to addressing climate change. Grady‚Äôs clients comprise a diverse range of corporate, government, and non-profit organizations world-wide. Read more

Steven Ober

Steve is a senior practitioner in Executive Coaching, Leadership Development, Organizational Learning and Change, and Executive Team Learning. He has worked successfully with senior executives and managers at multiple levels in high tech, business and industry, health care, government, and education. Steve was a Vice-President and Partner at Arthur D. Little, a Principal at Innovation Associates, and key member of the ADL Strategy and Organization Practice. Currently. He is the Principal of Chrysalis Executive Coaching & Consulting. Read more

Date: April 4, 2014 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Doubletree Hotel Bedford Glen
44 Middlesex Turnpike, Bedford, Massachusetts  01730 United States

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