Daniel Goleman, the Dalai Lama and You

How You Can Be
the Spark that Ignites Change

Daniel Goleman, The New York Times bestselling author of Emotional Intelligence, recently addressed members of Harvard’s Institute of Coaching. As a member, I listened to his talk, “Coaching as a Force for Good,” based upon his latest book co-authored with the Dalai Lama, A Force for Good: The Dalai Lama’s Vision for Our World.

Goleman began by sharing his view that coaches influence the influencers. Our planet is at a critical turning point in need of environmental, humanitarian and social justice, and coaches can inspire others to transform the world for the better.  

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Our collective compassion can change the world. It’s a process that begins with one person, and that person is you. According to Goleman, the journey begins with self-discovery, and asking big questions like, “What is my purpose in life? What do I love doing? What am I outstanding at?"

These are typical coaching questions. Coaches encourage people to step outside of their self-limiting thoughts and embrace a long-range view. The simple action of looking beyond this moment can change your life.

One of the stories Goleman shared was about Steve Jobs. While at the Esalen Institute, the birthplace of the human potential movement, on the edge of the Big Sur coastline, Jobs shot an arrow from a bow that sailed far above the man-made target. The arrow went over the cliff and into the sea beyond, to which Job’s declared, “Bulls eye!”