Grounded in the concepts of ‘cross-cultural difference’ and ‘diversity and inclusion’, HumaNexus Lab offers world-class coaching, workshops and lectures focused on corporate leadership and team and organizational development.
We offer 1) executive coaching, 2) leadership coaching, 3) startup coaching and 4) coaching across cultures. Additionally, we offer team coaching combined with our workshops or lectures. For further information, please contact us here.
We fully adhere to the code of ethics and coaching competencies endorsed by the International Coaching Federation (ICF), yet we also incorporate cultural as well as global perspectives* into our coaching practices. There are three distinct characteristics that dictate our coaching process.
*Please refer to the two books, ‘Coaching Across Cultures’ and ‘Global Coaching’ by Professor Philippe Rosinski, ICF Master Certified Coach (MCC) for further information.
1. Incorporating Cultural Perspectives
Coaches assume people have more potential than they are currently able to use, and coaches help coachees to unleash their potential. We argue that this is not enough, and that the unique culture of the organization, profession, society or nation must be also incorporated into coaching practices. In other words, we believe including cultural perspectives can further enhance the effectiveness and benefits of coaching as coachees become aware of various cultural dimensions, thereby increasing their repertoire of mindsets or behaviors needed in their current cultural contexts. In Prof. Rosinski’s words,’culture must become part of the equation!’
2. Being Mindful about Japanese Cultural Orientations
As coaching originated in the United States, we hold that coaching itself is culturally biased.
For instance, coaching favors a ‘control orientation’ which clashes with the ‘harmony’ or ‘humility’ orientations that are honored in Japanese culture.
While there is nothing wrong in having ‘can-do’ attitudes, coaches need to be mindful of coachees priorities and value systems which might hamper the coaching process.
Our coaching practice not only takes into account this kind of cultural tension but also offers practical tools to our coachees. Raising their awareness of the thinking biases linked to their attitudes and behaviors, they become empowered for enhanced communication and increased efficiency and effectiveness in their workplace.
In order to deliver effective coaching, coaches need to be aware of these Japanese cultural dimensions.
3. Customizing coaching journey to cater to the needs of clients
Aforementioned perspectives in mind, we customize a coaching journey which caters to the needs and expectations of organizations as we incorporate various tools and approaches (e.g., Systemic Constellations, Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholders Centered Coaching).
Ultimately, as in Professor Rosinski’s words, we believe effective coaching is an art that transcends techniques and tools. Equally important, we never assume that an individual’s cultural orientation accords with their surrounding cultural orientations (e.g., organizational, professional or national culture) until we get to know each coachee as a unique person.
In sum, we design a coaching journey to deliver a service that is attuned to each client’s needs and each executive’s specific abilities and personalities rather than a standardized one-size-fits-all procedure.
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