Archive for August, 2009

Red Barn Cooperative evolves

If you have been following this blog for a while you are probably aware that The Red Barn Cooperative is a Red Barn Coaching initiative, a seed of an idea about a cooperative of people coming together with the common goal of providing nourishment, in all it’s guises, to the world’s communities.

The dialogue and ideas we share on this blog culminate The Red Barn vision; it began as an invitation to, coaches, wellness professionals, educators, eco warriors, visionaries, industrial designers, growers of produce, and anyone with a will to nourish minds, hearts, bodies and souls to contribute their knowledge so we can all learn to live well, simply and vibrantly.

The broader dream and vision is to physically bring together a cooperative of trades under one roof. A place where you would feel rejuvenated by walking through a stand of fresh flowers, where you could sip a cup of coffee, purchase organic produce, visit an eco store, have a coaching session, get a massage and take part in some physical fitness, Martial Arts, Pilates or other modalities.

This blog was the first manifestation of that dream and I always imagined the cooperative coming together in the order that it flowed in my mind, I even spoke with a florist to see if we could co-locate our businesses. So with my own personal reluctance to attend a gym, I didn’t ever expect that it would be the ‘body’ part of this vision that would arrive first, but then I didn’t imagine that two close friends would have similar dreams and want to purchase the Pilates and Gyrotonic business above my office.

After approximately 6 weeks of owning that business, today the three of us find ourselves 12 days out from the launch of ‘RBC ONE‘, a simple cooperative approach to the healthy care of your mind, body, spirit and heart.

The concept is a simple one. Our awesome clients arrive at the space and choose their activity, (Life coaching, Business Coaching, Pilates, Gyrotonic or Stress Management) & meet their instructor/teacher or coach to experience beneficial & rewarding results.

If they are just looking to increase their core strength with a Pilates teacher, that’s great, and if they wish to combine that with some additional stress management tools – that works too. Maybe they are wondering about nutrition, and if that is the case they can drop into one of our monthly ‘whole health’ educational events on the topic. We will also have monthly ‘Community Table’ events where folks can just drop in and take part in our ‘wish bowl’ activity, where we will talk about what is needed or desired in our lives – quite possibly over a glass of wine!

RBC One has a diverse team, 9 people strong, working across many healthy disciplines that include Pilates, Gyrotonic, Co-Active coaching and educational platforms. With each encouraging professional able to design a quality, personalized experience for each client entirely based on their wants, needs and goals.

We launch on 09.09.09 at 6.30pm, an auspicious date and time! And if you are local we would love to see you at our small soiree just RSVP to rsvp@rbcone.com.

So while we may not have a florist at our entrance, we do have the beginnings of a charming herb garden and I thank you all for being part of that original seed of an idea. For reading this blog, and being here today as we embark on the next chapter of the cooperative; creating a healthy resource, and integrated approach to the care of our lives. I appreciate you very much.

Looking forward to my own Pilates session, with one of our wonderful teachers in the morning!
C

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Squirrels and bears

In 1956 John Osbourne wrote ‘Look Back in Anger’, you may have seen the 1958 film with Richard Burton, Claire Bloom and Mary Ure. The play was originally produced at London’s Royal Court Theatre, with the press release calling the author ‘an angry young man’, a phrase which came to represent a new movement in 1950s British theatre. Having been the Theater Manager at the Royal Court Theatre back in 1992/93, this is pretty interesting to me, but it is not the reason for this post.

What actually made me think of this play is the last act. The play revolves around two main characters who have a very challenging relationship, but in the last act a truce is called and the couple begin a sort of ritulistic game, lost in their own world, where they become ‘squirrels and bears’. Many couples and relationships create a language of their own in which they find comfort and friendship and in this house we have our bakery items.

This weekend I leave for New York and have an early morning flight but we won’t talk about that. Instead we will use our own language around my departure time which involves souffles, marshmallows and cupcakes. It is a language we developed many years ago and it works as follows. The more ‘treat like’ the bakery item the earlier the time. We never say we have to get up at 5am, instead we will say ‘souffle o’clock’. And if we need to leave the house at 6.15 that is marshmallow.15 and a flight might leave at cupcake.45.

Call it eccentric if you will, we however call it a very savvy coping mechanism. Neither of us want to go to bed thinking about the sharp truth of the hour, we would much rather drift into (forgive the pun), sweet dreams.

Calling something what it is, is usually the most honest, authentic thing to do, and then there are the times when softening the edges is just what is required.

What might you want to soften the edge of this weekend?
C

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Who gets you dressed in the morning?

I enjoy Thursdays.

On a Thursday the majority of my clients are via phone or Skype, and the ones who I do see face to face are those that (I like to think), have strong foundations built on trust. So among other joys it means that within reason, I can wear pretty much what I like to the office and just like a news anchor, for the people I Skype with, I just need a very presentable top half!

It seems somehow archaic that we are still often judged by what we wear, and a little sad that I will sometimes catch myself bowing to some of these pressures. Coaching an executive around leadership, you bet I will be found wearing something a little more ‘structured’. And I have completely taken on board Stacy and Clinton’s advice in regard to length of skirts, and my particular favorite, that toe cleavage is ‘still cleavage’!

I do however wonder if these considerations are for my perceived client’s comfort or only mine. Dress can definitely be a prop for us, and our outfits will often indicate the role we are choosing to occupy; mother, working professional, flirty date. Actors use ‘costume’ to help them find character, so why wouldn’t we be influenced by what we wear in any given setting?

Yesterday as I was mid coaching session, I believe I was swirling around a special edition ‘David Beckham Sharpie’ in a complex Olive color, when the client stopped and stared at a large ring I was wearing, commenting that it didn’t seem to fit my personality. I assure you this is not what you need during a session where you are supporting someone with their life. In that moment I could have got curious about why this person thought this, in fact I am still curious about why they thought this. It is a piece of jewelry I am extremely fond of, instead I took the alternative route of muttering something about the observation and moved on with the exercise.

I want for all RBC clients to arrive at our coaching space and find new ways of looking at things, to open their minds and experiment, and to do that I feel that coach and venue need to set the scene to promote that behavior, but not have so much personality that it gets in the way. That ring may need to stop coming to the office..IT may have too much personality??!

I have my own curious relationship with the color of clothes. When I imagine my future self, she is wearing white and ivory colors. I even made a recent commitment to only buy clothes in these colors because when I wear clothes in these tones I do leverage that serene energy from my future self. It is a structure and cue for me to show up a certain way. Would these clothes work in that executive coaching session? Yes I think so, we are not talking flowing garb here, my future self doesn’t suddenly turn into a glowing organic mother earth. These lighter color clothes can still have structure and convey a certain professional togetherness which feels like me.

I have been known to set clients homework around the way they choose to dress; they may choose to express their dormant outrageous self, add more eclectic accessories, or explore that more feminine side that they have been hiding from the world in fear of criticism or too much attention.

I have a friend who lives by the Coco Chanel quote “Dress shabbily and they notice the dress. Dress impeccably and they notice the woman.” I would like to add to that and say, dress consciously and purposefully, and you will shine. Your wardrobe could be your cue to show up as the person you want to be that day, and yes, that ring will be worn to the office once more.

Have a good look in your wardrobe this weekend, are its contents reflective of you?
C
P.S this is not about having more clothes, in fact it is more likely to be about paring down. For inspiration to do that check out www.theuniformproject.com, quite a fun and disciplined approach!

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Much bigger than denial…

In a similar way that others may collect vintage egg beaters, table cloths and sneakers, I collect questions. I am a shameless collector. If I hear a good question I calmly snatch it from the air and pop it into the mental file labeled’ for use in client sessions, as relevant’.

The questions do however need to have a certain quality. Ask a simple ‘Why’ question and people go shopping for an answer in their minds. You can witness this, ask your partner, your kids and colleagues ‘Why’ and they tend to ‘go to some place’ to find an answer usually in the past. Ask a ‘What’ and people feel it out, are somehow more deliberate about their choice and sometimes see something completely new. Coaches like ‘what’ questions, they help folks shift their regular patterns.

This week I read a great question. It asked ‘What are you pretending not to know?’..my mind reeled and then I looked around me looking for clues… ‘What am I pretending not to know?…wow, um…probably quite a lot of things. I am pretending not to know that it is definitely my time to unload and reload the dish washer. I am pretending not to know that I need to go to the dentist. I am pretending not to know a whole slue of more edgy things around why I lost a good friend and that I am far more capable of a bunch of things than I give myself credit for, also that …..ooh do I have to say it out loud? No I don’t, but inside I am very aware what I am pretending not to know and the impact it has on me and possibly others.

There were a couple of situations in sessions this week where I was given the perfect opportunity to use this question. One of which was met with a kind of painful animal like grunt from my client, followed by an incredibly insightful response. This question is a powerful question indeed.

So powerful infact, that I really must attend to that dishwasher…

What are you pretending not to know this week? And what will you do about it?
C

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