I used to think that being authentic means being honest, about the way things are, the way I feel about an issue.
In “The practice of Adaptive Leadership”, Jeff Lawrence points out ” there is no such thing as a dysfunctional organisation, because every organisation is perfectly aligned to achieve the results it currently gets.”
Any social system is the way it is, because people (esp important people) in that system want it that way. “No one who tries to name or address the dysfunction will be popular.”
As a coach, if you take on the task of pointing out flawed thinking or any gaps thinking you are “authentic”, “truthful”, being ethical and doing someone a favour, dont be shocked when you do not receive an applause for identifying a gap between the professed value and current reality.
Adaptive change is a risk.
Authors advise that a change coach/consultant focus on “how to mobilise and sustain people through the period of risk.”
I found this statement so simple and profound.
Coaching question of the day
Is there a broken system you see? Whats better left unsaid? Are you prepared to speak only when your words are worthy of being heard? (The Daily Stoic)