OPINION: LETTER FROM KIGALI

Transforming Rwanda Digital transformation, the fourth industrial revolution, has the potential to deliver economic growth to Rwanda, but only if its talent can be nurtured We’ve arrived in Kigali, capital of Rwanda. One of Africa’s smallest countries, surrounded by Burundi, Tanzania, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, it is home to about 11 million […]

LETTER FROM ISTANBUL: LET’S GIVE REFUGE

With almost 60 million people in crisis, displaced from their homes, the EMCC conference in Istanbul reminded us to get in touch with our common humanity By Liz Hall I’m sitting on the deck of a cruise boat chugging along the river Bosphorus in Istanbul, along with fellow EMCC International conference participants. Lights of luxury […]

SOCRATIC METHODS

Barbara Asimakopoulou Greece is recovering from its economic collapse. Could coaching help it ‘rebound’? I can vividly remember that September in 2008, when suddenly, having just got back from holiday, something had changed in Greece forever. The past was gone; things would never be the same again. At the time, some predicted the worst was […]

Still waters

Letter from Bhutan The people of Bhutan lack material things, but are rich in spirituality. Can we embrace this in our practices? Amanda Ridings The silence in Bhutan is profound. I could almost reach out and touch it – intense, resonant, forgiving. It seems able to absorb any sound: words and talk simply dissolve into […]

Letter from Russia – To Russia with love

SALLY-ANNE AIREY Managers in Russian businesses want to be heard, and the coaching profession is starting to respond Talking to a Russian friend in business here, I asked if it was fair to say that Russian business people were motivated entirely by money. 
“Oh yes,” he replied, “of course.” This outlook, and its related behaviour, […]

Letter from Bulgaria – Sofia’s choice

Peter Goryalov Coaching is in its infancy in Bulgaria. Change must happen from the inside out if it is to gain a foothold Recently, I attended a conference about Bulgaria’s image, organised by Manager business magazine. Government officials, business leaders and intellectuals explored the future while travelling by train, dubbed the Manager Express. The minister […]

Letter from Switzerland

Switzerland is culturally highly diverse. Coaching must adapt if it is to be understood and accepted Swiss Watcher Maren Donata Urschel After 12 years of living and working in London, I moved to Lugano (canton Ticino) in the Italian speaking part of Switzerland last year. It’s been a wonderful time, full of learning, discovery, meeting […]

Letter from Spain – Gain in spain

César Fernández Coaching is growing in Spain as businesses ‘reinvent’ the rules to meet the difficult economic climate International Coach Federation (ICF) Europe figures for March 2011 put Spain fourth in Europe in terms of membership numbers, after the UK, Switzerland and France. The Spanish chapter also achieved 58 per cent membership growth in one […]

Letter from Afghanistan – surviving combat

Coaching soldiers under fire is at best challenging. But surely any coaching is better than none at all? Eliot Glover The British Army has more than 100 uniformed solicitors and barristers, recruited from civilian practice, commissioned and put through the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. One of the principal roles of the Army Legal Services is […]

Ireland rescue

Paula King Ireland is beginning the long and arduous task of turning its economy around – and coaching will have a major role to play One of the worst kept secrets is out: Ireland is in financial crisis. Only a combination of European financial assistance and refocused political strategy energised by a 2011 general election […]