Dublin event June 2013

Coaching bodies deliver ‘first-ever global shared event’

Hot on the heels of the historic G8 Summit in Fermanagh and Barack and Michelle Obama’s visit to Belfast, another historic event took place in Ireland on 19 June.

Dubbed the C3 by Niamh Shiells, chair of Association for Coaching (AC) in Ireland, the event in Dublin is believed to be the first delivered jointly by the AC, the European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC) and the International Coach Federation (ICF). The three co-delivered an event on “Leadership, Culture and Ethics – The Coaching Challenge” to almost 80 delegates, hosted by Deloitte.

We tend to use a different ethical perspective when making decisions at work to the one we use when making ethical decisions outside of the work context, according to one of the speakers, Roger Steare. His research with colleagues shows that the ethics of care and reason fade in the workplace where it is the ethic of obedience that is most widely used. Steare, ‘the Corporate Philosopher’, shared case studies from his work with leading companies worldwide to help them get back to the basics of why they exist.

Mary O’Rafferty, president of ICF in Ireland, opened the event welcoming members on behalf of the three organisations. Shiells applauded how “in less than 18 months it is a testament to the will and generosity of the coaching leadership teams in Ireland, that so much has been achieved in such a short time”.

Orla Graham, head of HR at Deloitte and head of professional standards for AC in Ireland, said, “There is more common ground between the three organisations than there are differences and we all have the professionalism of coaching at our core”.

Wrapping up the event, Pedro Angulo, chair of the EMCC welcomed the initiative and acknowledged the work that had gone on in the background over the past 18 months by all three organisations to make the event happen.

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