The New Blue Sky Visioning Project
Led by Ben Dean Ph.D., MCC,
MentorCoach® Founder and President and
Anne Durand, MCC,
MentorCoach® CEO and Training Director
Start date TBA
8 hours of CEUs and ICF CCEUs
8 hours Toward MentorCoach and ICF Coach Certification
Or 3 Payments of $247
Class Size Will Be Limited.
First Come, First Served.
Hear Ben and Anne as they lead a Blue Sky Q&A for professionals
from around the world. Includes the Blue Sky approach to creating
a personalized, multi-year life vision and the crucial importance
of an intensely focused, deeply supported process for bringing
that vision to life. Coming soon.
1. Is this really a "new"
Blue Sky Master Class?
was first exposed to the ideas in Blue 2017 in a private workshop
with one of the most impressive psychologists I have ever met:
He was incredibly famous, successful, eloquent…and fun. One of
the real rock stars of psychology of his or any other time. He
was not only a brilliant researcher but he had everything else:
a wonderful marriage, friends, happy kids. He was also a sensational,
authentic, spellbinding teacher, unpretentious, approachable,
warm, the best writer in psychology, and if that were not enough,
one of his book reviewers noted, "He was handsomer than
most of (the rest of us)" as well!
He ran amazing encounter groups, often co-leading them with his
He was even recently named #28 on "An
Incomplete List of (the 100 Most) Eminent Psychologists of the
Modern Era," a very select group, indeed.
Like most graduate students in the helping professionals, I admired
Elliot and even once hitched to Maine for a transformative two-week
NTL encounter group for 37 professionals that he led along with
five colleagues--one that was, again, focused on individual transformation.
I've since done a fabulous
interview with him on the occasion of the publication of his
extraordinary memoir, Not
By Chance Alone. If anyone seemed to know the secret of
success, he was my guy.
And so years before, when he and his wife offered a workshop
on, in effect, "How to Create a Life You'll Love", I
took it. And found it both amazingly simple and effective. It
was not constrained by the limits of peer reviewed research anymore
than most of his intuitive interventions when running an encounter
group. I was comfortable with someone getting out in front of
the science. I loved it.
This was the first piece of Blue 2017.
2. What You'll Be Doing
in this Course
the 8-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, Dan Gilbert, and Gabriele
Oettingen. Then we'll show you how to create the blazing 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 Review.
3. 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 consultants, coaches, teachers and and other helping
professionals who are not used to creating BHAG's (big, hairy,
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.
And we'll be the first to tell you that an expansive
vision and a dollar will buy you a paper. You need more, including
practical, powerful ways to bring your vision to life.
4. 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
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:
Our Blue Sky group still meets quarterly and sometimes more
each year. Our class was in June, 2002. Goals from the class I
have accomplished include:
Founded a coaching company, employing other coaches,
doing culture consultation, C-suite, and top 5 levels of management
Started a retreat center (The Happiness Retreat) in Utah;
Became a successful author;
Coached many entertainers in Las Vegas including celebrity
stars, NFL and NBA players, top ranked tennis
players, bands, internationally touring band members, etc;
Have couples coming from around the world for my Private
Adopted a daughter;
Bought a second home for part-time living;
Engaged (domestic partner) with a most wonderful man;
And many other smaller, personal and professional goals;
People in our group have accomplished sooooo many different
things including changing our coaching careers, developing our
specialties, writing books, second homes, retiring, dealing with
all types of life issues. And we have done it with each others'
support. It has been great! (Kevyn Malloy is in the group, Susan
Robinson, Kathryn Lord, Azaria Akashi, Bernie Belicki and others
who have since dropped out.)
D'Arcy Vanderpool, MA, MFT, PCC
Las Vegas, Nevada
5. Class Time
7. Course Tuition
$699 (+ optional CE fee*)
For CE information, see #12 below.
Three monthly payments of $247 (+ optional CE fee*)
For CE information, see #12 below.
*The CE fee is $75. Only register for CEs if you are a licensed
mental health professional in the US and need CEs from one of
the organizations listed in #15 below. Otherwise, when you register,
indicate that you do not need the CE fee by choosing the "Base
Unit Price with NO CEU's" registration option. (There is
no fee for ICF CCEs.)
Enrollment Will Be Limited. First Come; First Served.
8. Open to All
There are no prerequisites for this class. It is
open to all, both within the MentorCoach Community and without.
9. What People Say About
Blue Sky Visioning
...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
…Without a doubt, the most practically useful
coaching class I've ever seen. (Also the most profitable.) I use
Blue Sky in my own life. I regularly present a killer Blue Sky
workshop as well (your guidance was invaluable). And I have confidence
and wonderful tools in my hip pocket for every client who wants
more from their lives.
--Stan Ledbetter, PhD, Austin, TX
… so inspiring and definitely just what I needed,
… I've spoken to 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've taken 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 eight hours toward MentorCoach
Certification as an elective for students meeting the class attendance
requirement (See #13 below.) It can also provide
8 hours toward ICF Certification via an Accredited Coach Training
Program such as MentorCoach or via the ICF Portfolio Approach.
11. ICF Coach Continuing
Live Class Attendance. This class is pending
approval for 8 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.
Listening by Recording. For students who
will be listening to this class by recording, this class is pending
approval for 8 CCEs (ICF Resource Development) from the International
Coach Federation for students meeting the class attendance requirement
for listening by recording (see #13 below).
Graduates of this class will be able to earn eight
hours of CEs for social workers (NASW) and Marriage and Family
Therapists in California (BBS). The CE administration fee is $75.
To receive credit for CEs, students must pay the
CE fee and be present for 6.5 classes. (See #13
Note: The CE fee applies only if you are
a licensed mental health professional in the US and need CEs from
one of the organizations listed above. Otherwise, when you register,
indicate that you do not need to pay the CE fee when you register.
13. Attendance Requirements
class is recorded. You may listen to some or all of the classes
by recording at your leisure.
However, to receive credit for CEs, ICF CCEUs (Core Competencies),
credit toward MentorCoach Certification, or to receive a Certificate
of Completion, you must be present for 6.5 of the 8 classes. (How
do you receive attendance credit for half of a class? By being
present only at the beginning or end of a class.)
14. Listening by Recording
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.
Listening by recording does not meet the requirements for CEs
or ICF CCEs (Resource Development). However, listening to the
class by recording does count toward the attendance requirement
for receiving eight hours of ICF CCEs (Resource Development).
To document your attendance for those eight hours of listening
by recording, you must simply turn in all class attendance codes
by a week after the last class and possibly pass a multiple choice
exam on course content as well.
15. 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
every three to five years since. MORE
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 organization MORE
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