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Insight #121

Diane ARBUS – Identical twins, Roselle, N.J. 1966 – Photographie, impression argentique, 35.6 × 27.9 cm


“A picture is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you the less you know.”

“Une image est un secret à propos d’un secret, plus elle vous en dit, moins vous en savez.”

― Diane Arbus


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Insight #98

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Doug AITKEN – Glass Barrier, 2003 – Tirage couleur monté sur plexiglass, 121.5 x 157.3 cm


« Ceux qui rêvent éveillés ont conscience de mille choses qui échappent à ceux qui ne rêvent qu’endormis. »

“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.

― Edgar Allan Poe


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Insight #68

Juan MIRO, Ceci est la couleur de mes rêves, art, insight, coaching, dreams, rêve
Juan MIRO – Ceci est la couleur de mes rêves, 1925 – Huile sur toile, 96.5 x 129.5 cm


“L’espoir est un rêve éveillé.

“Hope is a waking dream.”

― Aristote


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Question de coach (5)

Jean-Michel FOLON - Le Sphinx, art, insight, coaching
Jean-Michel FOLON – L’étranger, 1973


Si la technique de  la « question miracle » élaborée par Steve de Shazer en 1985 est propre à la thérapie brève et trouve une application dans la cadre de l’hypnothérapie, elle permet également dans le contexte du coaching d’explorer ses ressources internes et de s’inscrire dans le mouvement, vers la solution. Cette question permet de se projeter dans un futur où le problème n’existe plus. Elle amène à décrire des comportements différents. Elle initie un processus focalisé sur l’action et non sur le problème.

Somme toute assez simple, elle commence comme un conte pour enfants. Elle ouvre la porte vers l’expression de soi et des émotions, elle fait basculer dans un univers où réside déjà la solution, focalisant sur le que l’on souhaite vraiment.

« Imaginez… lorsque vous allez partir d’ici, vous allez rentrer chez vous et dîner, faire les travaux de ménage habituels, regarder la télé, ou tout autre chose, et ensuite vous allez au lit et vous endormir… et pendant que vous dormez… un miracle se produit, et les problèmes qui vous ont amenés (…) ont disparu, juste comme ça !… Mais cela est arrivé pendant que vous dormiez, alors vous ne savez pas que cela s’est produit… Alors, lorsque vous vous réveillez le matin, comment découvrirez-vous que le miracle a eu lieu ? »

Que l’on se pose cette question à soi-même ou que celle-ci soit au coeur d’un entretien avec un coach, c’est la projection de soi mais aussi la visualisation et le ressenti des solutions qui généreront le changement souhaité.


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Insight #63

Leonor Fini, la passagère, dreams, insight, coaching, dreams
Leonor FINI – La passagère, 1964 – Huile sur toile, 50 x 33 cm


“Je peins des tableaux qui n’existent pas et que je voudrais voir.

“I paint pictures which do not exist and which I would like to see.”

― Leonor Fini


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Insight #56

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Jean DELVILLE – Orphée mort, 1893 – Huile sur toile, 79.3 x 99.2 cm


“Ne renoncez jamais à un rêve juste à cause du temps qu’il faudra pour l’accomplir. Le temps passera de toute façon.”

“Never give up on a dream because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.

― Earl Nightingale


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Insight #44

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Leonor FINI – Le Radeau, 1979 – Huile sur toile – 80 x 116 cm.


“Votre vision devient claire lorsque vous pouvez regarder dans votre cœur. Celui qui regarde à l’extérieur de soi ne fait que rêver ; celui qui regarde en soi se réveille.”

“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.

― C.G. Jung


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Before I die…

before I die
Picture by Trevor Coe

Inspiration can be defined as a kind of enthusiasm, a creative breath that inspires the writer, artist or researcher to have an idea that leads to creation. And if we think of coaching as an art, then it is desirable that art should inspire the coach.

From New Orleans to everywhere else

Art can inspire the coach to help the individual examine his aspirations. Artist and designer Candy Chang offers a similar opportunity to the public with her interactive work “Before I Die…,” which was created in February 2011 in New Orleans. It has since been reproduced in 73 countries in 36 languages.

Affected by the unexpected death of a close friend while struggling to maintain perspective in her daily life, Candy Chang imagined transforming one side of an abandoned house into a giant blackboard that would be covered by one unfinished phrase, painted across the blackboard numerous times, to be filled in with a crayon: “Before I die, I want to…” The wall was filled in less than a day with the dreams of passers-by. This artistic installation represented a renaissance in the form of art and social activism that enabled individuals to express their wishes in a public space.

The first in a long line of walls—more than a thousand in total that spread across five continents—was a neglected space that became a place reserved for constructive reflection and contemplation, a sharing place bearing the memory of that which really counts as we grow up and change. The artist’s message is that in considering death, rather than provoking anguish, we can bring clarity to our lives. In a way, death brings a metaphorical aspect to life (the abandoned house is transformed into a place of creativity), as well as a symbolic one (aspiration rather than regret) and a dynamic one (public participation in the work itself).

From art to coaching

How does this relate to coaching? As coaches, we are frequently confronted with clients who feel they are in a rut, whether professional or other. Dissatisfied at work, convinced they are in the wrong place but without knowing how to define or reorient their career, exhausted and languishing impotently in their own unease, they are locked into a downward spiral of negativity. Focused on all that doesn’t work, fascinated by obstacles, blinded by fear and lacking prospects, it becomes too difficult to avoid a crash.

The role of the coach at this moment is to help them find and relight the internal spark and fan the flame that will eventually become a source of auto-regenerative energy. If we help invert the polarity of the spiral and enable the individual to view each new step as a stage of conscious expansion and endogenous development, we can help them reach the center of a virtuous circle.

Candy Chang’s work is inspirational in the question that it provides for the coach to trigger this process: “What would you like to accomplish before you die?” With a question of this genre—undoubtedly provocative—the present and future merge and potentially forgotten dreams awake in a petri dish, where energy and enthusiasm can be cultivated. It is equally a question that leads to reflection on the theme of the purpose, of the raison d’être, of what the individual would like to leave as a legacy. In fact, these revelations can be used to identify a system of guiding values and beliefs that are deeply anchored in the subject and provide the coach with material to be explored.

In conclusion

Whether it’s finding love or Atlantis, becoming a source of inspiration or seeing an elk, having a boat or being published (some of the examples found on the walls of “Before I Die”); the dream itself is of little importance if the coach is careful to read between the lines. And if the gap between aspiration and reality seems insurmountable and thus unrealistic as a relevant coaching goal, it at least should provide the coachee with a chance to take yet another step towards self-discovery and still become a source of inspiration that leads to action.

And let us never forget that if coaching is a dance, the dance is unquestionably an art.


This article has been published in International Coach Federation blog.  It was originally published here in this blog, in French.

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Insight #33

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Leonor FINI – Le bout du monde, 1949 – Huile sur toile, 35 x 28 cm


“Tu ne peux pas nager vers de nouveaux horizons tant que tu n’as pas le courage de perdre de vue le rivage.”

“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.”

― William Faulkner


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