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June 26, 2016 Update

Where does the time go? I wanted to provide a quick update on the status of the Columbia Coaching Program 2.0 Redesign Project. The good news is we received over 40 applications from our call-for-volunteers in March. The bad news is a number of other priorities has forced a delay in selecting and launching the redesign team. While we are now ready to launch the redesign team, given the delay,I will be reaching all to all those who applied to check-in our interests this week.

The another good news is we’ve been making good progress with important inputs to the redesign work:

  1. As core member of the faculty for the new Leveraging Neuroscience to Power Organizational and Individual Performance, I made the strategic decision to work with program faculty to learn more about our key thinkers in this space across the university (this has turned out to be a wise time investment);
  2. We applied for and received a Provost Grants to help support expenses for the redesign project (making the team’s effort more efficient once launched); and
  3. I’ve been asked to facilitate a group of neuroscientist from universities and think tanks around the world – all 3 of these factors contributed to the launch of the redesign team;  

Below is a graphic the reflects our branding for the new version of The Columbia Coaching Program highlighting the various disciplines that will inform the new design:

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March 11, 2016 - Post

It's been 8 years since we launched The Columbia Coaching Program. While we've made adjustments to the program after each cohort, it is time to engage in our first major redesign, what we are calling "Columbia Coaching Program 2.0!" There are a number factors influencing our motivation to engage in this work, the most significant is to explicitly align the program with Columbia University commitment to be a world-leader in leveraging neuroscience as a multidisciplinary integrator across the university. An indicator of this commitment is the planned opening of the new Jerome L. Greene Science Center (mind, brain & behavior). Use the link below to learn more:

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I am looking for a diverse team of Program Alums, Program Instructors; Graduate Students; and University Faculty to engage in this rapid redesign process (between April and September of 2016). Given our global footprint, we welcome program alums (who have completed the entire program, including ACI/certification) from around the world to express interests. Depending on the geographic mix, we'll devise a strategy to work across time zones - we'll simply have to be creative and leverage technology. The attached document below provide more detail about this exciting opportunity. I hope to hear from many of you! I have extended to "response" date to Monday, March 21, 2016!

Dr. Terrence E. Maltbia


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  • Good Day CCCP Community and Thanks Terry for your Summer update – it’s great to hear such good news from you.

    “Stuff Happens” maybe an appropriate headline for the story behind the delay in selecting/launching the redesign team. Sometimes life takes a turn we never saw coming. From this update, it sounds like this turn will enable us to see things from several neuroscientists’ eyes. This, in turn, will make the redesign case a pretty compelling one.

    Thanks also for providing a taste of the new design. The photo choice clicks in terms of visual messaging. In comparison to our previous tree pic, it does its job at grounding coaching in how the brain works.  I’m not sure if the asymmetrical shapes mean anything, but they strike me as a maze – perhaps representative of the transitional spaces coaches and clients navigate through. The powerful/bold blue colors generate energy – characteristic of the explosive transformation in peoples’ lives that happens in coaching. Then, the head silhouette reminds me of our focus on developing disciplined and creative minds. All-in-all, I’m excited about the design and the possibilities. 

    As for your reaching out to all to ask the million-$-question about volunteer interests, I remain very interested, don’t want to miss out on the fun, and would be honored to be part of Team 2.0.  Again, it’s so good to hear the good news and hope to hear more about what you are learning.

    Staying Tuned for More,

    Lisa Fenn

  • Thanks Yvonne for sharing the commentary and Terry for starting the blog, both of which I found challenging and encouraging. Let me chime in with 3 statements that capture my response to the read.

    First, Columbia University not only has some of the most brilliant scientists in the world, but also a meticulous commitment to education. In light of that, the Jerome L. Greene Science Center will be a perfect hub to nourish neuroscientists and cultivate interdisciplinary study and curriculum. This is, to say the least, thrilling!

    Second, I am convinced the Columbia Coach Program’s best design is ahead. Our program is young and has a rich history. While not a proven process, it is a legitimate guide, and continues to revolutionize. Neuroimaging too has grown; it has grown in clinical applications, but not in the same proportion have the benefits of neurological interventions grown across disciplines. The role of coach and neuroimaging as a coaching tool continue to emerge.  Being on the cusp of such innovative history is refreshing!

    Third, it is a fascinating time to be a coach! As we hear about our industry’s financial projections and read more about neuroscience explorations, coaching’s growth and neuroscience’s appeal are obvious. All of the excitement about the study of coaching naturally makes a coach smile. At the same time, it is very concerning. Why? First, the “one-size-NEURO-fits-all” frenzy could send a “neuroscience-to-the-rescue” message, and we end up with a neuro-mess! There has been a lot of preoccupation on the topic of neuroscience. It is a powerful subject and definitely one worth more exploration, which brings up a valid concern: Where is the validity? When Team-2.0 dives into the redesign through a neurological grid, the article provides a prompt to avoid dangerous trends, anchor the Team’s thinking, and frame its time together. It will be critical for Team-2.0 to deal with the neuro-ethic issues raised in the article, anticipate controversies, and at the same time carry a compelling CCP message beyond our immediate landscape to what real-lasting progress neuroscience can provide to business coaching.  The journey to our next level sounds like it will be a lot of creative fun!

    Again, I found the article challenging and encouraging. Put the challenge in proper context, add the lab work ahead for the Redesign Team, and we all come out full of promise, improved, and transformed.

    GO Redesign Team!!   

    • Lisa,

      Thanks for contributing to the conversation!

      Related to your first point, while there has been many who have taken the "promise" of neurosciences out of context, the fact that Columbia University has so many experts in the space provides a solid foundation for us to ensure that our efforts in this area, are in fact, grounded in science and evident. It helps to have such world-class thinkers such as Nobel Prize winning Eric R. Kandel and others here. While the center is scheduled to open during Fall 2016 (fingers crossed), the Mind, Brain and Behavior Institute has a long and accomplished history in this space, see their website to learn more:

      Great point about leveraging this, and other critiques, of neurosciences, as part of the work of the soon to be commissioned CCP Redesign Team, to ensure we continue the challenge the assumptions that inform our design decisions, while at the same time, strive to push our work, and the overall field, of executive and organizational coaching to new levels of excellence!

      Lastly, for now, you are so right, it is in fact, both a challenging time, and an exciting time, to be involved in this emerging field of professional practice, we call executive and organizational coaching!



  • Columbia Coaching Program 2.0 Redesign Team - Update | April 9, 2016

    First, the level of interests from program alums, program instructors, TC graduate students, and other friends of the program, to be involved in this important work, is nothing short of amazing!  We received over 50 formal applications to our call-for-volunteers, within the requested time frame, with inquirers, still coming in. Thanks to all of you, who have expressed interests. As a result, it as taken me, and the program's team of advisors, more time than expected to review and make decisions regarding the core team. We hope to wrap-up this process in the coming week!

    Second, related to point #1, given the unexpectedly high-level of interests, and the quality of the applications, my team of program advisors and I, are rethinking our rapid design team strategy, by considering various levels of involvement - more on that shortly.

    Third, the coaching program recently learned that we were awarded support from the Provost’s Investment Fund for our proposal “Columbia Coaching Program 2.0 Redesign: Leveraging Columbia University’s Commitment to Neurosciences as an Interdisciplinary Hub to Establish a Platform for Program’s Future." This is great news, because it will allow acquire "project manager" needed to keep this work on track!

    Lastly (for now), I received a notice from Yvonne Thackray (MEng), APECS Accredited Executive Coach, and who also completed Columbia Front-end Residential Coach Intensive, that pointed to a very interesting article, entitled "What neuroscience can(not) bring to the world of business" recently published in the LSE Review. Use the link below to access this piece:

    I'd be interested in our members observations and reactions to the piece, in light of our redesign work with neurosciences serving as an interdisciplinary hub for the CCP redesign 2.0. To start the conversation, I've listed my early reactions and insights having read the piece:

    • The article clearly reinforces the high level of interests in neurosciences in leadership in general, and executive coaching in particular; 
    • It also presents a valid potential risk of "neurosciences" being used to make inappropriate claims (e.g., making better leaders and other misleading promises);
    • The article quotes "the recent ruling by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in the US against ‘Luminosity’ - the firm has to pay $2 million to settle FTC deceptive advertising charges for its “Brain Training” programme" as a clear example of the potential misuse of neurosciences;
    • I found the estimate of the so called "whole brain fitness market" expected to grow 6 billion by 2020 (according to some news articles), represents a real opportunity for providers who can bring credibility to leveraging insights from neurosciences to enhance various human capital development applications;
    • Columbia University's long history and achievements in the area of neurosciences (including multiple Noble Prize Winners), combined with it's expanded commitment in this space with the pending opening of the new Jerome L. Greene Science Center (mind, brain & behavior) - well positions Columbia's Coaching Program to excel this area - very exciting; and
    • Lastly, to me, the article, despite the valid concerns listed, actually reinforces, the strength of our strategy to leverage insights from neurosciences as an interdisciplinary hub, that is, integrating these insights with evidence from other academic disciplines vs. seeing it as a single panacea, is consistent with the scientific method of using multiple sources of evidence to strengthen the validity of a given findings. 

    Call-to-Action: I would love to hear reactions from our learning community to: (a) the observations I've taken from the piece and/or (b) additional insights and observations from the article.   Looking forward to hearing from many of you!


  • Hi Terry,

    Not sure if i missed the extended timeline, I was on the road for a number of days and didn't have access to an internet connection. I am very interested to be a part of the redesigning team. Will share my area of interest and expertise including a brief credentialing. 



  • Hi Terry,

    I would love to help out on the redesign project! Other than my experience you know about, I participated as a volunteer for two summer meetings of the Mind & Life Research Institute, a conference of contemplatives and neuroscientists that meets each June at Garrison Institute in New York. It has since become a community that I stay in touch with. My interest in being a part of the redesign has to do with my passion for teaching people how to learn better and faster. I see coaching's combination of skillset, mindset and process as one of the best ways to learn from one's own experience. Additionally, I think I have a profound appreciation for the thinking and decisions that went behind the current CCCP. 


    Elizabeth ps I have a bio if you'd like me to send to you directly.

  • Hi Jane,

    Not sure why the link is not working. There are actually two at the top of this discussion thread: (1) the first is related to Columbia's neuroscience center, it is a short video and (2) the 2nd is a under my signature line (Dr. Terrence E. Maltbia (it is a pdf) - most people who have applied have done so, by getting the information from the call (via the PDF). I hope that helps... I'm about to go into a long meeting, yet if you can't get it to work, send me an email and I'll send the call to you. We'll figure out what to do if you miss the deadline given I know you are trying.


    • Hi there,

      I would also be happy to volunteer.



  • Hi Terry,

    I'm interested in being a part of the redesign. I'm often in NY on business and can make myself availble to participate


    Jim Ward, Cohort 8


  • Hi Jane (Sadowsky), thanks for the reminder. As you can see from the page 2 of the program redesign "call-for-volunteers," writing and editing are listed amongst the mix of skills we are seeking for the design team - if you are open to a sole focus on editing, we could certainly use the help once we have a draft of the revised materials; and of course, you are welcome to apply for full team membership as well. 

    Roseli (Matinheiro), given that we have a global learning community, we are open to applications for this team from all over the world, depending on the geographic mix of the team selected, we'll then explore various options for managing a global team. 



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