concepts of spirit and soul, once held at the forefront
of life by our not too distant ancestors, have up until
recently been subjects uncommon in the average conversation,
particularly conversations in the workplace. But over
the years, these concepts have become the topic of frequent
conversation within the public at large, and even within
the "soulless corporation." The skills required to excel
in today's corporate world are more specialized and at
the same time, more divergent. In a world where strength,
speed, and adherence to procedure were once prized, today,
innovation, creativity, and radical new approaches are
encouraged. Leaders are scrambling to unleash the potential
of the individual, while tapping the synergy of the team.
They are beginning to explore the Soul of their corporations
and of their individual employees in an attempt to identify
and advertise the very core of who they are. They are
also examining the Spirit of their efforts -- the quality,
intent, and impact of their actions on the larger community.
In this issue, through interviews with several coaches,
you'll read about spirit and soul and their interplay
in our personal lives, in our work as coaches, and in
our organizations. You'll read stories from coaches who
share their own blends of coaching and spirit, and from
clients whose lives have changed by cultivating spirit
and soul in their lives and work. Our new SIG column introduces
several special interest groups-communities that meet
to discuss and collaborate around soulful and spiritual
ideals. Our new resources and links sections offer a variety
of books, articles, and websites that support and build
on this theme.
Though it's easy to get very abstract and talk ourselves
into confusion around the subject of soul and spirit,
we attempt to keep our discussions down to earth and relevant
to everyday living and working. When it really comes down
to it, all we're really talking about is everyday living,
but seeing it from a more grand and honest perspective,
and this alone sometimes makes it more magical than we
might have otherwise imagined. As Winston Churchill once
said, "Men stumble over the truth from time to time, but
most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened."
I believe more and more people, with the help of coaches,
are beginning to realize that maybe something did happen
that they might use to change their lives for the better.
Awareness is in fact what life is made of, and awareness
of our spiritual essence, of our soulful existence, makes
life far richer for us, and those around us.
Thank you to all who contributed your time, knowledge,
and wisdom to the content of this issue. Your contributions
to the world at large go far beyond these pages.
In our next issue, our focus will be coaching on the
international scene. Though our publication is read globally,
the majority of coaches are currently located in North
America, so we don't often hear as much as we'd like from
those outside these boundaries. So if you are a coach
from outside North America or are working with clients
from other nations and cultures, we'd like to hear from
you. We'll be looking for coaching stories highlighting
cross-cultural issues, stories from international clients,
and any resources, articles, books, and other info with
an international or global flavor. Please send your input
and ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Davis, Managing Editor