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Coaching to Flourish Live Season 2, Episode 20

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The recent tragedy in Buffalo, NY, prompts an unexpected direction in conversation and tone in this Coaching to Flourish Live episode. Coach Training EDU founder John Andrew Williams and CTEDU Assessor and Master Coach Raj Anderson have a very profound and personal discussion on diversity and inclusion, challenging perspectives, and bias, and recognizing the filters through which we experience the world and each other as humans.

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Coaching to Flourish Live Season 2, Episode 20
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What words of wisdom do you have for holding space with all that is going on in the world?
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How do you think coaching and coaching tools can challenge the issues facing society such as racism, diversity, and inclusion?
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Coaching to Flourish - Takeaways

Great Takeaways/Sidebars:

  • A discussion on white privilege in the wake of racially motivated tragedy.
  • Holding awareness for Levels 2 & 3 listening.
  • Quieting your mind before a coaching session.
  • John discusses what he has learned about society from being a parent and partner in a mixed heritage family. 
  • How emotions can be a call to action.
  • Raj discusses insights from her years of work in diversity and inclusion.


On the recent shootings and social injustices, “Human beings have to do better.” – John (1:02)

On the tragedy in Buffalo NY, John states, “We as a society have to make steps towards empathetic listening - the coaching models, things like this - I feel it. I know it in my heart that this is part of a solution. It’s part of the answer [humanity is] looking for.” (2:14)

On different types of listening, John observes, “The sad reality for most people is they go through their entire lives thinking there is only one mode of listening. They are listening, or they’re not. They’re either paying attention, or they’re not. They never actually see the filter through which they are listening through. What coach training does is it helps you see that filter.” (7:34)

“These insights around diversity and inclusion work are so powerful. This work is courageous. It is generous. It is so strong.” - John (17:23)

On diversity and inclusion work, Raj describes a small part of her own intentional process, “I want to keep meeting people that are different from me because that helps me learn and grow and challenge assumptions and perspectives.” (27:54)


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