Coaching and Systems Coaching

Intro

Working As A System


We have developed approaches for:

  • Eco-system design and coaching
  • Organising and co-ordinating for change
  • Stronger together

 

Whether it’s a group of organisations looking to coordinate their efforts around a common mission, or a group of foundations and funders who want to coordinate their resource around collective outcomes, the need and demand for understanding how to do this kind of collective work is growing.

At the Point People we have been involved in various versions of this, from the collaboration of 10 large charities in the UK at the Good Lab, or the coordination of the “tech for good” intermediaries into a Community Squad. The principle that lays at the heart of our activity is ”what can we do together that we can’t do alone?”

This approach requires a combination of relational skills as well as assembling skills - working with power and strengths, making things feel tangible through the changes, as well as being able to translate across different sectors and theories of change.

At the Point People we now have a group of practitioners who bring a blend of ORSC and Tavistock methods, as well as our own design-led methodologies, to offer a new service to other organisations. We think this is useful if you are trying to create coalitions, systems-wide co-operation, or active participatory systems where people need to build trust and act together.

We’ve written a blog post about this that includes some further reading.

A Node In A Network


We have developed approaches for:

  • Strategic coaching
  • Network coaching
  • Influencing for change

 

Part of working more systemically, and as a system, requires building new networks of trusted relationships. This is also crucial for any systemic change work, as “systems readiness” (preparing the system to adopt difference and change) is all about the relationships and networks you have in place to initiate and deliver the change. We know this isn’t necessarily how people naturally operate or think, so we’ve decided to offer coaching in how to build networks and how to use networks to influence change.

As an organisation we’ve developed network strategies for the British Council, the RSA, Somerset House and as part of the Systems Changers programme we run with Lankelly Chase.

We’ve written a blog post about this here, which talks specifically about what it means to be “of the network’, and, more crucially, what we consider to be “the network mindset” - a set of principles which act as an operating system for the group.

Deeper Work


We have developed approaches for:

  • Working with trauma
  • Belonging to yourself
  • Intution and moon work

 

A third of the Point People are trained as Co-Active coaches with the CTI.

“The “Co” in Co-Active suggests relationship, connection, intimacy and collaboration. Thus, the “Co” in us is curious, listens deeply, hears nuance, holds space for others, intuits and nurtures. The “Active” in Co-Active stands for power, direction, action and manifestation. So, the “Active” in us is courageous, has clarity and conviction, takes charge and achieves goals.”

As a group we are not interested in coaching for individual performance, but we do value the space that coaching opens up for self-discovery, for finding more ways of belonging to yourself, and in developing our emotional and relational intelligence in order to make things happen together, better. We are excited by the developments in coaching thinking, and the more connected and transformational role of coaching, as explained in Hetty Einzig’s compelling vision for coaching, here.

Some of our team blend their coaching practice with systems thinking and nature connection practice, others on leadership and legacy and transitions. An area that we are also developing further expertise in is trauma, something that we know exists in many people’s lives and the systems in which they are a part, whether that family or at work. We’ve seen how trauma plays out in systems through the work we’ve been doing with Agenda and in some of the other organisations set up by members of the Point People.