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CTI Newsletter: Co-Active Global News - Summer 2012

Letter from the Co-founder

It’s SUMMER!!!!! The ocean is glittering outside my office window and Cosmo, our cute new puppy is begging for a walk on the beach...all around me I see Co-Active in action. It is in the waves as they break on the shore, carving and re-shaping the shoreline. It’s in the trees below our house, breaking apart the rocks as they seek moisture. It is in the soil as it yields to the trees, holding them firmly in the ground and providing nourishment.

So what is the definition of Co-Active? Over the years, we have resisted the many requests to create a definition of Co-Active because we didn’t want to create something dogmatic. However, through an iterative process that began with the Co-Active Summit back in February of last year and out of many conversations with our amazing CTI community, I feel we have arrived at a definition that is simple and yet broad enough to represent Co-Active appropriately.

CTI Global News Summer 2012


Basically, Co-Active represents the paradoxical balance between two primary energies of life:
Co:  Relationship, holding, space, BEING
Hyphen:  Non-duality, PARADOX
Active:  Action, certainty, clarity, DOING

We are always in this balance and often we are far out of balance. In some cases, we are far over on the “Co” side. This is a place where we are not able to fully bring our ideas into reality and where we can’t quite find clear boundaries. Sometimes we are backing away from our purpose and from the courage that it takes to act. Other times we are being “co” dependent – so focused on relationship and what others think that we lose our sense of self and right action.

Other times we swing far over onto the “Active” side, running like hamsters on a wheel, frantically dominated by our “to do” list and yet disconnected from any sense of meaning or relationship. This is often a hallmark of large organizations, where focus can be on results at all costs and our interconnectedness is sometimes pushed aside for profit.

The part of Co-Active that makes it so dynamic and alive is not the “Co” or the “Active”. It’s the hyphen in the middle. The paradox. The “both and” rather than the “either/or”.

We human beings are not very good at paradox…we so want to know, to succeed and have it all figured out. Yet, it is the embracing of this paradoxical dance between doing and being that is the key to mastery. It is only when we can embrace paradox that we are truly open to the Mystery and the larger creativity and expansion that is a hallmark of mastery.

It’s important to use all aspects of the Co-Active stand firmly on the cornerstones, to stay curious, to listen deeply, to choose which of our internal voices we want to follow, to open to our intuition, to trust that in every moment we are both deepening the learning and forwarding the action.

I remember hearing my brother in law Pat Carrington house say a few months ago that the most powerful choice a human being can make is whether the universe is a friendly place...whether or not to trust life. For me this dance of Co-Active is about trusting life and surrendering to both the known and the unknown.

I wish for you a magical summer of dancing in the paradox and the balance of Co-Active!

Lots of love,


Karen Kimsey-House
CTI CEO and Co-founder


Co-Active Network News

No Mail, No Hassle
This is the season of summer travels and the inevitable full email in-box upon return. The Co-Active Network doesn’t have to add to your burden. Did you know there is a handy tool inside “Manage Account” that temporarily halts delivery of the Daily Digest from all your Co-Active Network communities with a couple mouse clicks?

Yep, there is a feature called “No Mail” to use while you’re away. Simply go to “Manage Account” and select the box “No Mail” and SAVE your changes. I recommend that at the same time you halt Daily Digest delivery, you set yourself a reminder in your calendar to trigger you to reset your account to receive emails again upon your return.

How handy is that tip? All your other automated email deliveries may pile up in your in-box, but the Co-Active Network doesn’t have to add to your burden.

Let me know if there is something on the Co-Active Network you’d like to learn more about.
Marcia Norris, Co-Active Network Liaison


Upcoming Main Community Events:



Wednesday June 27, 2012 - 10:00 am PDT / 1:00 pm EDT / 17:00 GMT

Find inspiration for your world-changing desires, identify new resources to help implement your changemaking goals, and discover others who are on the same path. You’ll recognize ways of building a better world that you’re already practicing, find new approaches you haven’t yet tried, and learn how to get started doing more changemaking of your own. With C.J. Hayden, author of Get Clients Now! and the new book 50 Ways Coaches Can Change the World.



Thursday July 12, 2012 - 1:00 pm PDT / 4:00 pm EDT / 20:00 GMT

The mistake many coaches make is talking about coaching, rather than addressing their prospects’ deep urgent desire. CTI faculty members David and Marla Skibbins will present The Coaching Investment Cycle. This four stage model will help you address the potential client’s deep urgent desire for a specific result. Learn to focus and refine your marketing efforts and get new clients. Free.



Tuesday August 7, 2012 – 10:00 am PDT / 1:00 pm EDT / 17:00 GMT

The saboteur is the ravenous enemy of our success and shame is its’ all-you-can-eat buffet. Often unrecognized, shame is experienced by everyone and each of us has unique shame triggers. By recognizing our shame triggers and building our resilience to shame, we starve the saboteur and grow our “shame-buster” muscle. Learn a new tool you can use with your clients to identify shame triggers, deprive the saboteur of nourishment. With CPCCs Alison Guinasso and Sally-Jo O’Brien. Free.


If you have questions on a Co-Active Network technical issue or comments on other Network topics, please email



CTI Chairman Writes Book

Chairman of CTI and a popular Stanford University lecturer, Shirzad Chamine’s groundbreaking research exposes ten well-disguised mental Saboteurs. With Positive Intelligence, you can learn the secret to defeating these internal foes. Positive Intelligence (PQ)SM measures the percentage of time your mind is serving you as opposed to sabotaging you. While your IQ and EQ (emotional intelligence) contribute to your maximum potential, it is your PQ that determines how much of that potential you actually achieve.

The great news is that you can improve your PQ significantly in as little as 21 days. With higher PQ, teams and professionals ranging from leaders to salespeople perform 30 to 35 percent better on average. Importantly, they also report being far happier and less stressed. The breakthrough tools and techniques in this book have been refined over years of coaching hundreds of CEOs and their executive teams. Shirzad tells many of their remarkable stories, showing how you too can take concrete steps to unleash the vast, untapped powers of your mind.

Discover how to

  • Identify and conquer your top Saboteurs. Common Saboteurs include the Judge, Controller, Victim, Avoider, and Pleaser.
  • Measure the Positive Intelligence score (PQ) for yourself or your team—and see how close you come to the critical tipping point required for peak performance.
  • ncrease PQ dramatically in as little as 21 days.
  • Develop new brain “muscles,” and access 5 untapped powers with energizing mental “power games.”
  • Apply PQ tools and techniques to increase both performance and fulfillment. Applications include team building, mastering workload, working with “difficult” people, improving work/life balance, reducing stress, and selling and persuading.

To learn more about Shirzad and his work, read his Transforum post titled "How the Co-Active Way Has Changed My Life!"



New Courses, New Locations

English-speaking Leadership Program in Japan
CTI will be running a uniquely focused English-based Leadership Program in Japan in support of Chinese participants who have taken our work in China and want to qualify to be leaders for CTI. There will be seats available for participants from outside of mainland China. The location for the program is near Mount Fuji, it’s beautiful, the food is great and the leaders are the incredible Henry Kimsey-House and wonderful Jeff Jacobson. If this is of interest to you, the retreat dates for the program are:

R1:August 20th-25th, 2012
R2:October 26th-31th, 2012
R3:January 25th-29th, 2013
R4:March 27th-31st, 2013

Contact a Program Advisor at 415-451-6000 option 3 or 800-691-6008 option 3 to register or learn more. You can also email

Co-Active Courses Now Available in Hawaii
There’s a sparkle about the islands that attracts people from all over the world. As we work to determine the best Hawaiian location for CTI to offer coach training, we will be holding fundamentals courses late this summer and early fall on three islands: the big island of Hawaii, Oahu, and Maui.

The upcoming Fundamentals dates and locations are:

  • Kona HI | August 10-12, 2012
  • Honolulu HI | September 14-16, 2012
  • Wailea HI | September 21-23, 2012

A full curriculum series is scheduled to follow these fundamentals. Please contact CTI for dates.

Contact a Program Advisor at 415-451-6000 option 3 or 800-691-6008 option 3 to register or learn more. You can also email

Executive Coaching Program
Designed for coaches wanting to step up from coaching middle managers to coaching in the C-Suite, the Executive Coaching Program will prepare you to stand toe-to-toe with an executive. We’ve teamed an active, high-level CEO with a senior CTI faculty member who focuses on corporate engagements to help you break into the executive suite. If you are serious about coaching executives at a high level, this workshop presents a not-to-be-missed opportunity.

Prerequisites for this course are: CPCC status and previous experience working in organizations and experience coaching managers or above. The pilot program will be held in San Rafael, CA on August 8-9, 2012. Visit the Executive Coaching Program webpage for detailed information and to listen to a short audio about what the co-leaders have planned for you if you attend.

Contact a Program Advisor at 415-451-6000 option 3 or 800-691-6008 option 3 to register or learn more. You can also email



Put Co-Active Thinkpal on Your Website

Co-Active coaching is becoming more accessible. Recently, CTI rolled out Co-Active ThinkPal, a brand-new app for the smart phone/iPad/preferred device, which gives you an up-to-the-minute way to engage people in conversation about the Co-Active Way, coaching or just powerful questions. You can use it to engage with people not inclined to coaching. Or try it with those who are too closely related to be appropriate coaching clients but could use a simple nudge or structure to practice asking and answering powerful questions.

As coaches, it’s a cool tool to add value to your coaching practice without costing you much in time or overhead. Most of all, it’s really fun with a variety of different features and a tool for recording your thoughts and ideas real-time. Download for Apple or Android here.

Do You Love Co-Active ThinkPal as Much as We Do?
Give access to the Co-Active ThinkPal app right on your own website! Copy and paste the code we’ve created to install these ‘Recommended Coaching App’ buttons on your website.

Click here to to obtain HTML code to put your choice of the black button or the steel button on your website.

Don’t have a smartphone, but still want to know what it’s about? Click here for an offline tour through the features.



Global Co-Active Summit Venue Chosen

We’ve got it marked on our calendar. Do you have it in yours? The next Global Co-Active Summit will take place April 10-12, 2014.

The latest bit of news is, drumroll please, the Summit will be held at The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa, California wine country. Set against rolling hills with its own private vineyards, the Tuscan inspired complex features beautiful meeting spaces and farm-to-table cuisine. (While we’re excited too, don’t book your room just yet. A discounted room rate will be announced later.)

CTI staff is planning and designing and dreaming of all the possibilities. We hope you are doing the same. The Summit 2014 will be an incredible Co-Active learning experience combined with time and opportunity to connect with the wine and world-class food of Napa. The Co-Active community will be the only group/activity on the Meritage premises, which gives us a unique opportunity for creating connections, both personal and professional.



Meet the New Co-Active Model Workshops

by Grethe Deinoff

Editor’s Note: Between September 2011 and March 2012 Karen and Henry Kimsey-House embarked on an international tour, meeting with Co-Active Communities around the world to share the updated Co-Active Model and teach material from the updated Co-Active coach training curriculum. The tour was very well received. On 29 March 2012, the city was Oslo, Norway.

What a day! We are SO grateful that Karen and Henry took the time and extra effort to visit Oslo!

Seventy eager coaches were waiting for them. Never have so many Nordic Co-Active Coaches met in the same room. They came from Sweden, Denmark and all over Norway. We all wanted to play and to learn about the new things in the model, and even more, I think we were all longing for the co-activity and the feeling we experienced in the courses. And that was what happened that day. This day was also about being seen, feel the belonging, relationship, trust, and really recognize that this community works – all over the world!

The first outcome of the workshop is that more people got to know each other, a platform for working together was created. We have also created a Nordic Co-Active Network site on Facebook. Here we can easily support and help each other cross borders – and it works!

By taking this huge roundtrip, Karen and Henry showed us that Co-Active coaches live what they learn, and we so recognized why we all fell in love with this work and way of being.

Karen and Henry created a magic, inspirational day. Full of playfulness, encouraging and championing. I hope that we also contributed to their reinforcement for the importance of our collective Co-Active work.

To see images from multiple cities on the “Meet the New Co-Active Model Workshop” tour, please visit our Facebook album.



Update: The Leadership Circle Profile

CTI is no longer directly offering the Leadership Circle Profile Certification course. However, we are pleased to announce a new affiliate relationship with The Leadership Circle. Because of license arrangements that TLC has outside of North America, this affiliate relationship only pertains to activities in North America.

Rather than offering The Leadership Circle Profile Certification course directly to our community, we will be referring students to TLC. What this means is that CTI will continue to market TLC courses on our website and in our North American courses just as we have done in the past. We will note TLC course dates in North America on our website. And CTI students who identify themselves as CTI students at the time of registration with TLC will receive a complimentary TLCP profile tool upon completion of a TLC Profile Certification course. This represents a $250 value to CTI students.

The philosophy and framework behind TLC Profile fits perfectly with the Co-Active Model and is a great tool for any coach to extend and deepen their work with any client who works as a manager in any organization. Please continue to support our work with The Leadership Circle.



Conscious Business Summit

Karen Kimsey-House will be one of the 14 world-class speakers of the Conscious Business Summit from August 4 through 10, 2012. Karen’s topic will be How to Generate a Creative Business Culture. At this virtual conference, you’ll also hear other keynote speakers who will share their practical tools to grow your business such as:

  • How to turn your creativity into a profitable business model
  • How to save time by building more successful business relationships
  • How to become rich with purpose

Win $10,000 for Your Business Idea
By submitting your own business idea, you could win a $10,000 USD prize from the Conscious Business Summit. The contest is simple: register for the conference and describe briefly what kind of business you would like to set up. And you might win $10,000 to boost your business quickly.

Sign up for FREE today for this conference, and join the contest to win the prize. Karen is looking forward to meeting you at the Conscious Business Summit.



New to CTI?

CTI is the world’s oldest and largest in-person coach training school in the world and a global leader in experiential leadership development. CTI is passionate about changing business and transforming lives.

The Co-Active® Model is the foundation of all our offerings:

Co-Active Coach Training

Co-Active Leadership Development

Customized training within organizations for executives, managers and others in coaching and leadership skills as well as Co-Active culture change

To learn more about CTI, visit our website or our International partner page.



About Co-Active Global News

Co-Active Global News is a quarterly publication of CTI Headquarters with delivery in mid-month of March, June, September, and December. If you have comments or questions about content, please send them to Marcia Norris, Director of Marketing Communications at

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