Romantics Anonymous

romantics anonymous - leadership and chocolate

I don’t think you need to be a fan of romantic comedies to enjoy the newly imported (available on iTunes) French film “Romantics Anonymous.” Not only is this quirky film about one of my favorite subjects of all time — chocolate (!), but it has such crazy yet likable characters and a plot that is intriguing yet completely unpredictable.

Of course one of my favorite parts of the film is the male lead, Jean-Ren’s, relationship with his mentor/therapist because it is very similar to a great coaching relationship. After each “therapy” session, the therapist gives his client “homework” or an assignment. Slowly through these assignments, Jean-Ren grows his capacity and skills of relating to the people around him. It is through cultivating this new capacity, that he is able to open himself up to a romantic relationship and the excitement, promise, and fear that brings him.

As my clients all know, I am a big fan of slowly building skill and capacity through innovative “homework” and practices myself because it takes time and practice to “be” in the world in a different way.

What about you? What new skills have you consciously worked on to develop through practice?

Jo Ilfeld, PhD

An executive leadership coach, Jo helps C-suite leaders, executives, and high-potential managers develop the flexibility, skill, and frame of mind to meet the challenges of the next five, ten, twenty years…. and beyond. She works with individuals, teams and organizations on four core areas of leadership development. Check out Jo's bio page for more information.

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