Request from a recent webinar: what shall I read? I offered a webinar recently where a participant asked what books I would recommend, books that might give a window into the topics I was speaking about. That is the book that I am writing myself. But until that is published, I offer a selection of books that I draw from, books that inspire me. Each of us are going to put the ideas together in our own ways. Each of us brings something to a text. It is sacred ground between the reader and the writer. Maybe some of the [...]
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What does sociology have to do with coaching? Or how can I be a sociologist and also a coach? Is that a paradox? One is about society, the other is about the individual, right? Sociology is all about the connection between structure and agency. That’s one of the ways I think and teach about Sociology. Read more about it in this blog. Agency describes the fact that with action, we can affect courses of action. And this is the part where I bring sociology together with coaching, and coaching with sociology. One of my favorite questions in general and in [...]
What is sociology, in a nutshell? The way I explain it Sociology is all about the connection between structure and agency. Structure affects and influences agency. Agency creates, changes, and reinforces structure. In any given situation, one can ask oneself, where is the agency, and where is the structure? It’s a chicken-and-egg question, which came first, although one fun starting point is biology, physics, and chemistry: how do the structures and constraints of our social world begin with some basic physical science phenomena? Have I lost you? Try this: in humans, who gives birth? Biologically, structurally, so far people without uteruses [...]
Why a blog, why read this? This website has a blog because my mission is all about making connections. That means connecting ideas – seeing things that hadn’t been brought together before – and connecting people, me to you, and people to their highest potential as well. And I connect to myself here, too, as any act of creation and gift to the world is a way of getting to know oneself. And, I am a sociologist. I identify with sociology and fell in love with it at age 18 because the field comes closest to expressing the diversity of [...]