The Blue Sky Visioning Master Class
Ben Dean Ph.D., MCC, MentorCoach Founder and President
Anne Durand, MCC, MentorCoach CEO and Training Director
12 one-hour classes
Tuition: $595 (+ optional CEU fee)
Monthly Payment Option: See #8 below
hear Ben lead a one-hour Q&A about the Blue Sky class and
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1. What You'll Be Doing
in this Course
the 12-week course, you'll design six BHAGs (Big, Hairy, Audacious
Goals*). Together they'll comprise a very large vision of what
your life could be. We have a very specific, concrete approach
that guarantees you can succeed at this--designing a vision much
bigger than you've ever done before.
Then you'll use backward planning to back yourself
back into the present. We'll integrate the cutting edge research
of such scholars as Peter Gollwitzer and Gabriele Oettingen. Then
we'll show you how to create the focus and social support you'll
need as you bring it to life. You'll learn to do this first for
yourself and then for your coaching clients. And you'll walk out
with an outline of how to lead a virtual or in-person workshop
for groups of any size as well.
This class has brought about transformative changes for many
graduates and regularly receives extraordinary evaluations.
*Collins, J.& Porras, J. (July-August 1999). Turning goals
into results: the power of catalytic mechanisms. Harvard Business
2. The 5-Year Life Vision
of us think far too small. Even the big dreams that we have are
almost always constrained by our hidden blinders. This is especially
true for therapists and other helping professionals who are not
used to creating BHAG's (big, hairy, audacious goals).(Collins
et al, 1999).
Yet if you think back over your life and remember
the most important accomplishments you've achieved, almost always
they began with and were sustained by a powerful vision. In this
workshop, we're going to hold your hand and help you create an
expansive vision for your life.
3. What You'll Take Away
from this Course
atmosphere will be light, reflective, and at times playful. But
make no mistake, we will lead you through an exercise which will
allow you to create a vision of your life five to seven years
in the future--a vision that is anchored by six specific outcome
Then we'll show you ways to reverse engineer these goals, backing
yourself back into the present. And how to create the focus and
social support to bring your vision it to life. You'll learn to
do this first for yourself and then for your coaching clients.
Most important, we'll help and encourage you to develop an ongoing
group to support you over the years as you realize your goals.
Take Blue Sky graduate and master coach, D'Arcy Vanderpool, who
has met regularly with her group since 2002:
"We have written books, become published authors, secured
important speaking engagements, won large six-figure consulting
engagements, been presented various awards, been hired for important
jobs or contracts, changed our way of living, moved to second
homes part of the year, successfully gone through cancer, surgeries,
divorces, marriages, mother's deaths, grandchildren's births and
the usual and customary goals and BHAG's as successful Blue Skiers."
--D'Arcy Vanderpool, MA, PCC, Las Vegas, Nevada
6. Open to All?
Blue Sky is open to all, both within the MentorCoach Community
$595 (+ optional CEU fee)
For CEU information, see #12 below.
Three monthly payments of $210 (+ optional CEU fee)
For CEU information, see #12 below.
9. Listen to What Blue Sky
Blue Sky Visioning provides an energizing jump
start to anyone who has goals and visions, but has not been really
able to realize them. More
--Caitilin Stetson, Ph.D., CMC, Bethesda, MD
… so inspiring and definitely just what I needed,
… I've spoken to a other UK dwellers who are interested in joining
the next one. More
…perhaps the best course (of many excellent ones) I've taken
from Mentor Coach!... The instructors were truly inspiring… exhilarating!
--Connie Hillman, LICSW, Boston, MA
…Blue Sky truly inspired me to think carefully about how
I want to live this "one precious life of mine,"…
--Gayle Scroggs, Ph.D., CMC., PCC, Argentina & Washington
One of the best decisions I have made was to take Blue Sky….More
-- Abisola Gallagher, Ed.D.,
Director for Counseling & Wellness Services
New Jersey City University Counseling Center
Blue Sky, which I took twice, was very helpful in gaining
clarity on what I want for my life….The tools and techniques to
keep my focus and move forward have all been (invaluable). I made
great and lasting connections (with other students in the class).
Ben and Anne are a skillful teachers and leaders. If you want
to move your life to the next level, I recommend taking Blue Sky
[maybe do it twice :)]. ….More
--Marnie McNamara, Nashville, TN
10. Coach Certification.
This class provides twelve hours toward MentorCoach
Certification as an elective for students meeting the class attendance
requirement (See #13 below.)
11. ICF Coach Continuing
This class is also approved for 12 CCEs (ICF Core
Competencies) from the International Coach Federation for students
meeting the class attendance requirement (See #13 below.) There
is no fee for ICF CCEs.
CEUs. Graduates of this class will be able to earn
twelve hours of CEUs for social workers (NASW), licensed counselors
(NBCC), and Marriage and Family Therapists in California (BBS).
The CEU administration fee is $75. CEUs for psychologists (APA)
are not provided for this class.
To receive credit for CEUs, students must pay the
CEU fee and be present for 9.5 classes. (See #13 below)
Note: The CEU fee applies only if
you are a licensed mental health professional in the US and need
CEUs from one of the organizations listed above (NASW, NBCC, etc.)
Otherwise, when you register, indicate that you do not need to
pay the CEU fee when you register.
13. Attendance Requirements.
class is recorded. Some students may listen to some or all of
the classes by recording at their leisure. We applaud and support
this practice. We know one well-known Australian professor who
used to end his week listening to Chris Peterson's lectures by
recording on Friday evenings, drinking white wine and reclining
in his hot tub.
to receive credit for CEUs, ICF CEs, credit toward MentorCoach
Certification, or to receive a Certificate of Completion, students
must be present for 9.5 of the 12 classes. (How do you receive
credit for attendance for half of a class? By turning in
only one of the attendance codes.)
Attendance at the actual class is documented by the student emailing
in two one-word attendance codes that are given out during the
class. They must be emailed in within 24 hours of the class ending.
Listening to the class by recording does not count toward the
attendance requirement for receiving CEUs, credit toward MentorCoach
Certification, ICF CCEs, or to receive a Class Certificate of
14. Refund Policy
You may withdraw your registration at any time before the beginning
of the second one hour class and receive a full refund. You are
responsible for the full tuition amount if you do not withdraw
before the beginning of the second class.
About Ben and Anne
Dean, Ph.D. is President and Founder of MentorCoach. He
received his ICF Master Certified Coach designation in 1999
and as that year drew to a close, and as we entered the new
millennium, he taught Blue Sky for the first time. It had an
electric impact on him and on other participants and he has
gone on to teach Blue Sky, with Anne as his co-leader, roughly
once a year ever since. MORE
If you have questions about Blue Sky, you can
reach Ben at info (at) mentorcoach (dot) com or 301-986-5688.
Durand, MCC, an executive coach, is the CEO and Director
of Training of MentorCoach. Anne is a legendary teacher at MentorCoach
who lives in Arlington, Virginia, with her husband and her 3
small dogs. Anne launched her private coaching career after
20 years as an executive for NASDAQ followed by a second successful
career as a small business (art gallery) owner. Her current
areas of specialization are mentoring and supervising coaches
and providing individual coaching to executives and small business
Anne's own coaching experience began before coaching was even
a buzzword. Her first coaching client was the CEO of NASDAQ
who handpicked her to help him (and his direct reports) design
and navigate a delicate and complex culture change within the
If you would like to talk to Anne about Blue Sky, you can reach
her at DurandCoach (at) Comcast (dot) net or 703-920-1319.
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