LETTER FROM GREECE: BOATS, OLIVES AND VINES

Greece’s recent economic woes have overshadowed what is important and what is clutter. Coaching can help our people find meaning and empowerment Angelos Derlopas It’s rare to be asked how things are going in Greece nowadays. After the ‘drama tsunami’ that hit us around 2012, life has become quieter here. Now that we don’t make world headlines any more, numbers are better, though our people are not. But what we have found during this journey is treasure. We, the people of renowned authors Nikos Kazantzakis and Odysseas Elytis, resilient as we are, have found ways to rediscover what is important […]

LETTR FROM INDIA: AN INDIAN SUMMER

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, has a strong reputation for success, and its high potential students are being coached to help them achieve their goals I belong to the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India’s premier technology institute. Lots of students vie for a place every year. The brand is so strong, that just entering the institute means you have made it in life! In fact we are told we are the cream of the nation. The 500-plus acre campus is lush green, almost a jungle within the very busy city of Mumbai, with its own flora and fauna. Yet, once […]

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 people as well as a dwindling population of mountain gorillas. Kigali is also home to the 2016 African World Economic Forum (WEF) and I am here with colleagues from Johannesburg and London. The theme is: Connecting Africa’s Resources through Digital Transformation. Talking to business leaders […]

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 riverside homes twinkle on our left. On one side of the sparkling bridge ahead lies Europe, on the other, Asia. Somehow, being here in Istanbul, it’s harder to ignore the plight of desperate refugees. Turkey is now ‘home’ to nearly two million displaced people. In […]

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 to come. Six years later, I’m wondering about what has come to pass and what remains to be seen. Regarding the economic crisis, I can’t tell what the next phase will be like. Many here still adopt the ostrich position, believing things will go […]

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 this vastness, transient and inconsequential. Since my return, the visceral memory of this silence sustains me in challenging moments, supporting me to listen for my deeper wisdom – for universal wisdom. My ability to be present feels steadier and more resilient. I went to Bhutan […]

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, are the source of many of my coaching conversations in Moscow. Some of the expatriate executives I work with are employed by Russian companies, sometimes with opaque or dual private/State (or silent partner) ownership. Their survival requires a very clear understanding of the context they […]

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 for European funds, Tomislav Donchev, brilliantly summed up the event: “A shared, meaningful and creative vision for the future is the path to take, to build a new and positive image of Bulgaria. We need a broad, honest and robust dialogue within which to admit […]

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 new people and immersing myself into a new culture and language. I noticed quickly that I had moved into a country of countries. There are four official languages – German, French, Italian, Romansh – and each of the 26 cantons and language areas has its […]

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 year (March 2010 to March 2011), placing it second overall in the European scores and first in terms of an increase in accredited members, with a 73.5 per cent rise (210 members). This growth is partly because coaching is a young profession that has been […]