CoachingOurselves 2016 Global Conference Hosted by J.Feel
"A society where each person can live in their own way and pursue happiness is anyone’s ideal. Through the accumulation of knowledge and effort over countless years, human beings have achieved a society with both a high level of culture and a highly developed economy.
Conversely, however, oppression due to differences in wealth and power as well as differences in ideologies and creeds has resulted in deep-seated antagonism between people as well. Even in familiar situations such as our workplaces and local communities, the truth is that it is difficult to respect and trust each other.
We are confident that regardless of the size of the challenges each of us face, their essence can be resolved through the release of selfish desires and the giving of mutual respect. And the principles behind the thinking and actions which will achieve this are “reflection” and “dialogue.”
The Reflection Round Table World Conference comprises mastering the essence of reflection and dialogue together with the sharing of company-focused case studies and the expansion of CoachingOurselves ideals to include social problems. This conference will be held as a space for participants to take the first step toward new action, as an individual, as a member of their organization, and as citizens of the global society."
Dates: Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016, to Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016
- Bellesalle Shinjuku Grand Conference Center, Oct. 5, 2016 to Oct. 7, 2016.
- 8-17-1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0023
- Company visits in the Tokyo area on the morning of Oct. 7, 2016 (see list below).
- Fujitsu Marketing Limited Collaboration Space, Oct. 8, 2016.
- Recommended Hotels:
- Hilton Tokyo :http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/japan/hilton-tokyo-TYOHITW/index.html
- Hyatt Regency:http://regency.hyatt.com/en/hyattregency.html
- Hotel Gracery Shinjuku: http://shinjuku.gracery.com/
- JR Kyushu Hotel Shinjuku http://www.jrk-hotels.co.jp/en/Shinjuku/
- *If you prefer Airbnb, please go "www.airbnb.com" and put "Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo" in "Where to?" then you will see room information around the conference center.
Register for the conference by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. It will be our pleasure to personally organize your conference trip. You can reach us through this email to inquire about the conference as well.
You may also register directly on J.Feel's website at the following link: http://jfeel.urdr.weblife.me
Featured Conference Speakers
Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies, McGill University, and co-founder of CoachingOurselves
Henry is an internationally renowned speaker and author on organizations and management. He has been described by Tom Peters as “perhaps the world’s premier management thinker”. Henry has published more than 150 articles and 15 books, including Managers not MBAs, from which CoachingOurselves has sprung. More on Henry Mintzberg.
*Please note, Henry will not be at the conference in person. He will be speaking by Skype.
Executive Director and co-founder of CoachingOurselves
Phil developed CoachingOurselves, a new approach to management development pioneered in the International Masters Program in Practicing Management. Using content derived from the IMPM, he experimented with delivery formats and began facilitating management learning sessions with his managers, and later with peer groups. Phil is working to bring CoachingOurselves to organizations worldwide. More on Phil LeNir.
Professor and Director of the Centre for Leadership Studies, University of Exeter, UK and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Leadership Development, INSEAD, France.
Jonathan’s research focuses on leadership and ethics in current strategic changes, and on contemporary innovations in leadership development. A current research program, Virtual Mindsets, investigates how top managers provide leadership in the new economy. His most recent articles are on leadership education. More on Jonathan Gosling.
Diane Boulet is an organizational development consultant and a professional coach with a passion and focus on raising her clients’ awareness, helping them develop more authentic and collaborative relationships so that they may realize their goals and mission. She has dedicated her professional life to fostering collaborative practices and organizational empathy. Twenty-five years of mindfulness practice inform every aspect of her life and has heightened her awareness of the interconnectedness between people and organizational systems and their interdependence. More on Diane Boulet.
The conference also features sessions with directors from our partner J.Feel and company managers currently using Reflection Round Tables (i.e. CoachingOurselves) in their organizations (see below). Plus, participants will get to reflect in unique ways through sessions with a Zen master and a specialist in forest therapy.
Company visits include:
- Fujitsu Marketing Limited
- Fujitsu Social Science Laboratory Limited
- Japan Tobacco Inc. Pharmaceutical Division Clinical Development Dept.
- JTB SYSTEM SOLUTION, Inc.
- Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. ("K"LINE)
- Renesas Electronics Corporation
During company visits, participants will be greeted by HR managers who will share with them their experience in implementing and using CoachingOurselves in their organization. Participants will also visit with managers who practice peer-group coaching as part of their management and leadership development.
Changing organizations and society through the cultivation of communities using reflection and dialogue
The CoachingOurselves 2016 World Conference comprises mastering the essence of reflection and dialogue together with the sharing of company-focused case studies and the expansion of CoachingOurselves’ ideals to include social problems. This conference will be a space for participants to take the first step toward new action, as an individual, as a member of an organization, and as citizens of the global society.
Watch this video from Henry Mintzberg for a short introduction to last year's conference.
1. The essence of reflection and dialogue/ Learning from Oriental thinking
On the first day of the conference, a Zen session will be conducted by guest Issho Fujita, a world-renowned Zen guide. Afterward, a discussion will be held on the meaning and methods of reflection together with Professor Jonathan Gosling.
2. Practical case studies of reflection and dialogue/ Organizational development using reflection and dialogue
On the second day of the conference, Professor Henry Mintzberg (via Skype), as well as Phil LeNir, will address participants. This will be followed by presentations on practical case studies from Japan and around the world.
On the third day of the conference, participants will visit companies based in Tokyo and nearby to experience their environments for themselves. Further, a session will be held on connection-oriented leadership and how to create the future as means of future organizational development.
3. The potential of reflection and dialogue/ Changing society through reflection and dialogue
On the last day of the conference, participants will go beyond the business world to deepen their inquiry of the state of society. The goal is to acquire new insights on social problems, engage in mutual exchange, and learn from each other through reflection and dialogue. Learn more about Mintzberg's thoughts on Rebalancing Society.
About Reflection Round Table
Reflection Round Table (developed around the world under the name “CoachingOurselves”) is a program created in 2006 in Montreal, Canada, by Professor Henry Mintzberg, Professor Jonathan Gosling, and Phil Lenir, based on the idea of studying and learning about management through our own experiences.
The aim of the program is for managers to learn while reflecting on their own experiences and engaging in dialogue with fellow managers in order to create movements for organizational change.
CoachingOurselves’ style of learning while gathering each week for managers to discuss their experiences has overthrown conventional wisdom. Be sure to keep an eye on the spread and development of this program. Japan was the first country to which the new program was brought in 2007, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg – CoachingOurselves has been introduced in some 20 countries around the world, including the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Brazil, Australia, and Denmark, and continues to grow.
J.Feel became the program’s first international partner. J.Feel has engaged in developing the program uniquely in Japan, using 75-minute weekly meetings for managers with a focus on making reflection into habit. Reflection Round Table has already been introduced into 43 companies and groups in Japan, and its graduates total over 2,500 managers. Through managers engaging in continuous dialogue over 20 to 30 consecutive weeks, CoachingOurselves has forged strong communities and resulted in middle-manager originated movements to change their organizations (truly the “Middle-Out” approach advocated by Professor Mintzberg).