“Relationships are all there is. Everything in the universe only exists because it is in relationship to everything else. Nothing exists in isolation. We have to stop pretending we are individuals that can go it alone.”
Margaret J. Wheatley
“Boundary spanning” showed up this week in several of the feeds I subscribe to. A new one on me. Such a technical term for what really boils down to building relationships between individuals or groups of people.
The whole idea of boundaries—inherent in politics, leadership and organizations—seems so militaristic. Boundaries, borders, barriers, limits: all definitions of territory. Markers where we distinguish between you and me, us and them. Where we protect ourselves from harm. Where battle lines are drawn.
Not the healthiest way to look at our relationships. Or our world.
My relationships with great coaches ‘span’ boundaries. They are the bridge where we meet to acknowledge and appreciate differences, share common commitments, expand our capacity for compassion. A place where I can look at my worldview, open up to other perspectives, have new insights occur, create new options … in total discretion.
My coaching relationships are opportunities for extraordinary learning and partnership.
In an age of collaboration, great coaches are model boundary spanners.
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