Narrative approaches to
coaching are about the stories we tell ourselves to make sense of our
experiences and worlds, and how these stories hold within them our values, our
identity and our social and cultural worlds, past and present.
All of us have
dominant narratives, which are stories we have told ourselves and our
significant audiences over and over, to the extent that we "become"
these stories. The powerful and generative parts of ourselves that contradict
these tight dominant stories become ignored, forgotten, and invisible. Our
dominant stories can profoundly influence and create our futures, as we live our stories.
Narrative coaching explores our dreams and desires for growth and development,
and in the process helps people to access new stories from forgotten values and
actions, that are large, open and hopeful, giving us different possibilities to
create different futures as we live these alternative storylines.
About the facilitator: Eileen Thayser, MCC (ICF) executive coach, Outperformance
Eileen Thayser, a coaching psychologist with many years of experience as a coach and therapist. Eileen has a unique combination of qualifications, skills and experience, as she has a long business background, operating as finance director of M&R Plastics and Fedstone (Firestone Tyres), before a major career change. Eileen is credentialed as the Master Certified Coach (MCC) level with the International Coach Federation (ICF). Eileen has a particular interest in coaching leaders in organisations, having a keen insight into the challenges and demands faced by business leaders.