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Alan Sieler

Welcome to our final issue of Observing Differently for the year.

To say that the world of relentless and unpredictable change that we have been living in for decades has been intensified in 2020 is an understatement. Most of us have been challenged like never before to draw on our inner resources and personal capabilities to deal with the circumstances we have been thrown into. Cultivating our inner resourcefulness and developing our personal capabilities is probably the most significant way of positioning ourselves to effectively cope, and have the quality of existence we desire

Ontological Coaching offers a uniquely powerful way to recognise and shift unhelpful perceptual and behavioural patterns and open new practical possibilities for being more resourceful in the face of unexpected challenges. Learning to be an ontological coach and leader is more than learning a uniquely comprehensive and powerful skill set. At a deeper level, it is an opportunity to significantly enhance your ontological security, which includes a deeply grounded faith in your ability to continually generate your own learning and position yourself to deal effectively with a wide variety of life circumstances.

In response to the COVID challenge, we are delighted with the online success of our programs, being able maintain the invaluable experiential activities that make learning about the ontological approach to coaching, leadership and life so special. We now have the versatility to conduct all our programs in-person or online, depending on the circumstances.

We will continue to offer our foundation workshop - Ontological Coaching and Leadership in Action – next year in South Africa, UK & Europe and Asia (see dates and details below).

"Was it worth it? There is no money in the world that could make me go back in time and undo the experience of this workshop! It was not just a learning experience but a very healing one too. Every minute, all content and every detail, wording and intonation all contributed to an experience that took learning to a deeper level then I ever experienced. As a clinical psychologist, Gestalt therapist, NLP trained and co-active coach (PCC) I’m not exactly new to the field of coaching and training. I can definitely advice anyone who wants to integrate earlier learning on a deepening level to join this workshop and potentially the longer program after that (as I did) to finally integrate all insights in the own personal way of being."
John van Roij, Executive Coach and Organisational Facilitator, Netherlands

The in-depth 18-month Certified Ontological Coaching and Leadership Program commences on February 1 in South Africa and March 25 for the UK and Europe region (see dates and details below). We have the flexibility to run this program either in-person or online, depending on what the COVID situation allows with international travel. Brochures for this course and the three-day workshop are available here.

"The Ontological Coaching Program is one of the best and most intense programs I have done so far. It is valuable for every coach and trainer and provides helpful concepts, methods and techniques. Especially the concept of our way of being, helped me to develop myself and my way of coaching. I can’t imagine to not work on all three levels (language, body and emotions) anymore. For people who are motivated and willing to study and to practice every week, this is the program I would recommend. It will change your life and it will help you to become more successful in whatever you want to achieve."
Stefanie Thies, Executive Coach and Coach Trainer, Düsseldorf, Germany

And now to this month’s article ... I am especially pleased to share with you a wonderful piece of writing by my South African colleague Karen White. Karen insightfully writes about the intertwining of what she calls our "habits of being" and what is most important to us, i.e. our concerns, sharing some deep learning about her own habits. Engaging in such learning plays a vital role in the strengthening of ontological security. Karen’s also outlines a set of practices that provide an opportunity for you to reflect on and make some shifts in your own habits of being. When you take the time to read the perspective and practices in this article, I think you will find it an enlightening and a very worthwhile experience.

Until next year ... with very best wishes for the remainder of the year and a relaxing and enjoyable summer break.

Alan Sieler


To BE Human is to have Concerns and Habits
By Karen White

We all have what I call Habits of Being, which said in a slightly longer way, are ways of being that are habitual. These are strongly linked to our Way of Being, which simply put is who and how we are in the world. In Ontology we can observe our Way of Being through three distinct aspects, namely Language, Emotion and Body, as well as how they interrelate and interplay together. For example, our emotions will inform our language and how we are in our bodies, and likewise language will influence emotion and body, and body, emotion and language. These three aspects are what we arrive with in this world and are what make us distinctly human. Enlightening ourselves about these three areas and being able to inquire into them, provide a very powerful way of observing and learning new and different Ways of Being. Instead of being driven by them, we can put ourselves in the driver’s seat!

Growing up, we learn those "Habits of Being" that I referred to initially. These habits we have learned and then honed over years and decades of living. We don’t announce to ourselves and others that we are learning them, and more often than not, we do not know that we are learning them. We learn them through the culture we are born into, our family of origin, and then all the various ways we are socialized in our culture. One of the definitions Wikipedia gives to socialization is the following: "Socialization essentially represents the whole process of learning throughout the course of life and is a central influence on the behaviour, beliefs, and actions of adults as well as of children."

»  Read the article in the Ontological Coaching section

The Ontological Coaching Institute operates as the Newfield Institute in Australia and New Zealand. Ontological programs also run in the USA through EFL Seminars.




• 25, 27 and 29 March 2021 (Online)


• 29 - 31 March 2021
• 26 - 28 July 2021

Cape Town
• 1 - 3 February 2021
• 20 - 22 April 2021


To be announced

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South Africa
• Commencing 1 February 2021

EU and UK
• Commencing 25 March 2021 (Online)

ICF Accreditation

This program has received ACTP (Accredited Coach Training Program) status from the International Coach Federation.

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Ontological Coaching Institute

Ontological Coaching Institute
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