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EMCC GPS Dialogue Series

 The EMCC Global GPS Dialogue series aims to enable future development and thinking in coaching, mentoring and supervision, bringing together practitioners, providers and thought leaders as we continue a theme of co-creating our profession. Expect a video-on and verbal involvement as we bring peers together in interactive sessions.

The Series is informed by our EMCC Global Accredited Organisations and Training Provider ‘THOUGHT LEADERS’.  Dialogue continues from the EMCC GPS (Global Provider Summit) bringing together prominent leaders from our global partners as well as international thought leaders and pioneers to define and share a common purpose of Co-creating the Future for our Professional Practice – Leadership, Coaching, Mentoring and Supervision.

Upcoming EMCC Global GPS Dialogues

Geetu Bharwaney is facilitating a three-part EMCC Global GPS Dialogue on Issues and Opportunities for the Coaching Profession, in a time of flux and social distancing.

Session 2: Challenges – Problem solve the barriers and tensions

Thursday 6 August 2020, 11:00-12:00 BST

  • What barriers do we need to overcome? Conflict of needs/priorities?
  • Where are we stuck? What are the tensions? Which challenges need to be addressed?

Session 3: Solutions – How do we resolve these needs?

Wednesday 2 September 2020, 16:00-17:00 BST

  • What do we want to do?
  • What can we do?

These dialogue sessions aim to interrogate and develop each of these areas, bringing in our collective perspectives in order to share what is happening, learn from each other and provide supportive challenge to our profession.

Your input would be both appreciated and valued, and will contribute to future research and the co-creation of our professional practice as well as providing you with peer perspectives to advance your current thinking.


Previous EMCC Global GPS Dialogues


Dr Geetu Bharwaney: Issues and opportunities for the coaching profession in a time of flux and social distancing

Session 1 of a 3-part dialogue: Needs – Taking a pause from what is going on 

  • What are we learning in this situation? What are the fears that we are needing to manage? What is our role as professional coaches in a time of flux?
  • What are the needs of multiple stakeholders/teams/EMCC/Us as coaches? What role do we want to play? What does our utopia look like as a body of professional coaches?
  • What are we aspiring to… survival or emerging stronger as a force for change, from what we are learning?

This was the first of three conversations exploring needs, opportunities and solutions for this new normal.


Dr Alison Hodge: Factors to consider in team coaching – Part 1

(Part 2 video coming soon)

Alison led the first of two discussions with a group of team coaches, researchers and professionals who are supervising team coaches, to develop further for the profession those factors involved in the supervision of team coaching.

The conversation builds on research initially carried out by Alison and David Clutterbuck in 2017, which contributed to collaborative book chapters Guidelines for Team Supervision Coaching (in Coaching Supervision: Advancing Practice, Changing Landscapes, 2019, ed Jo Birch and Peter Welch) and Supervising Team Coaches: Working with Complexity At Distance (in The Practitioner’s Handbook of Team Coaching, 2019, ed David Clutterbuck and Judie Gannon)

Alison developed a map of factors to consider in team coaching; the factors are fluid both within each domain and with each other as part of a living and evolving environment. This dialogue session aims to interrogate and develop each of these factors, bringing in real-life experiences and case studies in order to reinforce and test the methodology.


Dr Riza Kadilar, EMCC Global President: Democratisation of coaching

The world of education and certification goes through a disruptive change. The online platforms providing algorithm based certification offer a unique possibility for an inclusive and diverse society where individuals can benefit from a life-long learning journey where they can redefine their skill sets, and provide evidence of their learning with a universal certification.

This is already in use in many major corporations.

So what about coaching? How can we incorporate online cloud based integrated learning platforms in coach training, and use this data for accreditation purposes as well?

What possible technology providers and EduTech and L&DTech partners are available for EMCC to cooperate in order to initiate a new paradigm for work force reskilling in coaching, and also for coach / mentor training & accreditation?

Video coming soon

Jackie Arnold and Elaine Patterson: Executive Reflection

At the EMCC Global GPS Conference at Heathrow in November 2019, Elaine and Jackie presented the findings from their action research project, which explored the Value and Relevance of Executive Reflection to Global Leaders leading in today’s GVD World.

In thoseround table conversations Elaine and Jackie asked participants

  • “what does it mean to lead wisely in turbulent times?”,
  • “what does it feel like to help leaders to lead wisely in a VUCA GVD world?”
  • “what training, support and resourcing of practitioners is needed to help leaders to lead wisely in a VUCA GVD world?”

(VUCA: Volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. GVD: Global, virtual, diverse)

This session continued this dialogue, reflecting on what is needed now in our world shaken by the Coronavirus and the climate emergency, share some early thinking on what a hybrid practice of “Executive Reflection” might look and feel like, and invite webinar participants into further Circle Conversations to test thinking and explore next steps.


Jo Birch and Shirley Smith: Using creative tools in supervision and coaching

Join psychotherapist, coach and leader Jo Birch as she leads a dialogue on using creative tools in supervision and coaching. Jo has been working with creative approaches for over 20 years. Previously one of Liesl Silverstone’s small team of specialist trainers for Person-Centred Art Therapy Skills courses, Jo integrates creative approaches throughout her portfolio of work. She has extended her skills in creative approaches through Jungian Sandplay, Aikido-based leadership with Wendy Palmer (Leadership Embodiment), Toke Moeller (Warrior of the Heart/Practising forPeace); 5 rhythms dancing; voice work and more. Jo is currently studying social presencing theatre, and the application of drama based techniques and improvisation in coaching and supervision. Through Crucial Difference, an initiative with Graham Wilson & Louie Gardiner, Jo designs and delivers standard and bespoke Certificate & Diploma in Coaching Supervision; and Alchemist learning opportunities. These are delivered wholly online or blended, and delivered in English or Russian. In fact, Crucial Difference’s first coaching supervision programme was delivered in Russian, presenting ample opportunities for creativity for the English speaking team, as Jo explains: “We embraced and enjoyed this enormous learning opportunity, becoming adept in the nuances of working through a translator: using visuals, tone, pace and phrasing; avoiding jargon and acronyms; adapting to cultural and other differences; and leveraging the use of small groups.”


Dr Lise Lewis: Making difficult conversations easy

This was the first of EMCC Global ‘s GPS Dialogue Series of conversations leading on from the GPS – Global Provider Summit which brought togetherQuality Award (EQA and ESQA) training providers, ISMCP Award Holders and EMCC Organisational Members, EMCC Global ‘Thought Leaders’ and organisations currently interested in accrediting their programme/s . Dr Lise Lewis, executive coach, former EMCC Global President and winner of the 2019 EMCC Global Supervision Award , opens a discussion about relational leadership as a resource for making difficult conversations easier and managing potential conflict situations in the workplace. Lise draws from the Relational Leadership WAY© model, which is also pivotal to her book published in February 2020: Relational Feedback: Why Feedback Fails and How to Make it Meaningful and offers a new and refreshing approach to engaging in authentic feedback that is willingly given and well received. The framework works through perfecting a ‘way of being’ that is productive and generative in interactions with others and especially in feedback conversations.

Video coming soon

Dr Raija Salomaa: Using the career capital framework to coach expatriates

Career capital (Inkson & Arthur, 2001) is a concept covering a broad set of competencies that employees need in order to be successful in their employment paths: Knowing How in relation to technical skills, Knowing Why in terms of motivation and Knowing Whom in terms of social networks.

As part of her own PhD research and thesis, Raija studied this framework in relation to how coaching enhances career capital, especially for expatriates.

Raija carried out a narrative study, with the aim of exploring expatriates’ narratives of how coaching supported the development of each element of their career capital. Her work was the first academic study to focus on the development of expatriates’ career capital capabilities through coaching. Since her doctorate, Raija has successfully utilised the career capital framework for the benefit of her international coaches – as she will outline in this EMCC Global GPS Dialogue.

Video coming soon

Raja’a Allaho: Coaching for alignment

The Coaching for Alignment model is based on The Ershad Coaching Framework, itself developed by building on theories from coaching psychology and positive psychology and designed for use in Islamic culture. We have adapted and revised the framework based on our professional experiences, reflective practice and feedback from experts and clients.

The “coaching for alignment” methodology allows clients to align their personal values to their everyday professional and personal practices. In our experience, a widening gap between a person’s values and what she is required to do at work and in life can lead to disengagement and stress. This purpose of this framework is to increase engagement and wellbeing by supporting clients to gain greater alignment.

Video coming soon

Ruairi Kelleher: Embedding a coaching culture

EDelia Group is a coach training and education consultancy providing accredited coach development services to individuals and organisations across the private and public sector in Ireland and the UK. EDelia Group has been engaged by the Teaching and Learning Unit and the Student Engagement Office at Cork Institute of Technology in the Republic of Ireland to grow the mentoring and coaching capacity of staff and students with a view to cultivating a coaching culture throughout the organisation and to gain EMCC ISMCP accreditation.

Ruairí Kelleher is EDelia Group’s Lead Consultant in this project. Ruairí is an accredited Coach with EMCC and has 38 years ‘experience in the Education sector as teacher, principal, coach, mentor, coach educator, mentor trainer, course facilitator and EMCC accredited course provider.

Ruairi says:

‘This dialogue is an attempt to share our experience so far, learn of other people’s experience of doing similar work and leverage the wisdom in the group to inform our work .’

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