What does George Floyd’s death have to do with the coaching profession in America, and what does the burning of the twin cities have to do with coaching?
To those of you who say nothing let me introduce you to an idea that has been growing inside of me for some time. As an ICF Coach, I understand that the mission statement from ICF is “To lead the global advancement of the coaching profession”, and that coaching is defined as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential”.
I believe both to be true; my question for all of us is this:
· If racism is systemic, global, and it impacts us all; then how should we engage in coaching as it relates this systemic issue?
· What could it look like for Coaches who are trained to engage in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires people to maximize their personal and professional potential as it relates to race relations?
I believe Coaches are the type of people who should be leading the way in this area. A major part of racism is a mindset that locks folks into a particular negative behavior. Unhealthy response to racism can and often does create new barriers and can lead to a negative mental loop on reality.
· What could happen, if Coaches who are trained in helping folks, unlock mental barriers and explore new opportunities, were to focus in on racism and how to respond to racism?
· If this were to happen, then wouldn’t we as Coaches truly be able to help shift this global issue?
It was Benjamin Franklin who once said, “Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.” As long as this global systemic issue isn’t dealt with there will be more death and more cities burning. Also, Martin Luther King Jr, said “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”.
The death of George Floyd and the burning of the twin cities impacts everyone in Minnesota and the world. Until everyone decides to see this act occurring, we will continue to have to deal with unjustly death’s and cities burning.
Rev. Dr. Shawn Moore, ACC, CPCC, Ethnicity, Diversity & Inclusivity Coach (EDI)