Leaders understand that the key to meeting challenges lies in the development and empowerment of themselves and their staff in order to achieve results and meet the objectives of their department or organization.
Shadow Coaching can be an essential element in growing effective
leadership. Shadow Coaching is a key tool in creating and
renewing leadership and supporting cultural change within
While there is no single definition of Shadow Coaching, it can be
described as a process designed to assist executives in
improving their competence to attain results and contribute to
the organization's success.
It is a process undertaken with compassion and
appreciation for the unique contribution that each executive has
to offer in their respective context.
This type of coaching is ideally suited to organizational
leaders who must make decisions and act adaptively in intense
“Perspective is both the angle you see yourself and your
life from as well as the viewing height. The higher the
perspective, the clearer the view. A Shadow Coach helps you
increase your perspective by helping you see what you're not
paying attention to, bring your ‘Shadows’ to the light in a
safe environment, by asking illuminating questions,
introducing paradoxes, and co-creating stimulating arenas
and environments that will expand your thinking, as your
world unfolds.” - Donna Karlin
Nothing is as perfect as you can imagine it, nor as
horrible. Intangibles such as fantasies, beliefs, ideas and
concepts may last and influence the choices we make in our
lives. You can help shift how people think; how they see
themselves and how they view the world. That is how you can
be a catalyst for change in the world. Master the skills you
need to get beyond your own limitations and help transform
lives, leaders and the organizations and communities they
serve. Make it safe for people to reveal, identify and
embrace their shadows and become all of who they are.
There is a shadow-like energy that exists which is mostly
hidden from the conscious mind yet contributes to the
overall shape of one's personality. According to Carl Jung,
the shadow is that part of the personality one chooses not
to see. Usually something one is ashamed of, the shadow is
comprised of whatever one cannot accept in one’s idea of
oneself. Not being integrated or even acknowledged by
conscious mind, the shadow sits and waits in the
unconscious. If it's not acknowledged, it doesn't disappear,
it goes under the surface, continuing to influence the
person. The solution is not to repress the client's shadow
but to shine a light on it, help them acknowledge it and
learn to incorporate it into daily life. If not
acknowledged, the shadow will take on a life of its own and
block critical energy. However, once one starts to
acknowledge their shadows, integration begins and incredible
positive energy returns.
Coaching a client around their shadows allows that energy to
be accepted and bring a greater balance to their lives. The
shadow must be neither repressed nor fully exploited but,
through coaching, transform it into appropriate channels,
and bring it into balance with the conscious personality.
Sometimes it is not the darker aspects of the unconscious
but the very best parts, the hidden talents and strengths
that emerge. Acknowledging the presence of previously
unrealized gifts takes courage as, integrating them demands
a change in lifestyle. Through Laser Coaching®, we will
shine a light on these unconscious gifts, helping clients
create change by choice and evolve into their level of
Our work is to help clients find the balance between the
conscious and unconscious, shadows and light.Shadow
Coaching involves observing and intervening in the ways
people act and intervening to assist them to take full
advantage of their talent and competencies in a given field.
The Shadow Coach observes how individuals construct
interpretations about their ways of being which are then
reflected through their language and actions.
It also works with emerging shadow personalities and
helps the client embrace and accept their ‘shadow’
personalities as a vital and valid part of their character.
Through the Shadow Coaching approach, the coach
assists the coachee to become aware of these interpretations
and how they can be changed.
Personal performance feedback comes from real-time
first-hand observation with focus on the difference between
stated objectives and actual behavior.
With that information, coachees identify choices
between what they want and what they are currently doing and
implement change accordingly.
Coaching empowers people to accomplish more than they think
possible and to take responsibility for their own actions.
It is a self-generating and self-sustaining learning
method that promotes and supports cultural change within the
other disciplines, Shadow Coaching has a rigorous ethical
framework. The essence of this framework is that while
Shadow Coaches are able to generate powerful interpretations
from which coachees can benefit, the coach does not hold the
truth about what is best, and always works within the
emotional and physical space of the coachee.
a larger context or group setting, the Shadow Coaching model
is used to maximize the success and efficacy of
organizations at the group level. This encompasses
individual excellence within the global perspective of
building a cohesive, effective team to meet organizational
responsibilities, and become ‘centres of excellence’.
Using this methodology, solutions and strategies are created to help
participants learn how to attract, develop, support and
sustain organizational leaders, thereby building leadership
capacity overall within the organization.
Donna works with global leaders to develop the competencies and practices that enable them to meet the challenges of the future.
What past participants are
The Shadow Coaching Training provided a tremendously powerful coaching tool/skill set that will prove quite valuable in today's "do more with less" environment that clients are demanding.
The Shadow Coach observes how individuals construct interpretations about their ways of being which are then reflected through their language and actions. It also works with emerging shadow personalities and helps the client embrace and accept their ‘shadow’ personalities as a vital and valid part of their character.
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