Ethics: Straight Talking and Myth Busting

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Ethics: Straight Talking and Myth Busting

Ethics: Straight Talking and Myth Busting

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This event is the fourth in a series of Roundtables co-hosted by pairs of signatories to the Joint Global Statement on Climate Change. The group is known as the JGSG – Joint Global Statement Group. We have created a dedicated JGSG website to reflect the focus of our global collaboration.

The purpose of the Roundtables is to provide a forum for coaches to explore information, views, trends, concerns, and hopes regarding the huge and complex challenges we face around climate change, biodiversity loss, and the attendant social and economic disruption – and the implications for their practice and for coaching as a profession.

The provocative question we are holding for our Roundtable on Ethics is: should we be thinking the unthinkable?

The ethical codes we live by are often unconscious, part of the culture we have been brought up in. Given the huge global challenges we face and the widespread contesting of the narratives of Empire and Neoliberalism, it is right that we should examine our coaching and leadership ethics also.  As professional coaching bodies, we can hold the space for just such an exploratory dialogue.  

The dominator leadership and business models of the West are intrinsically extractive and have proven to be ultimately destructive. In our complex and damaged world, this is no longer viable. In the context of activism around the climate crisis, we think it important to confront some of the myths of ’traditional’ coaching  – for example, we must always follow the client’s agenda – and to also highlight alternative narratives and leadership models. This is reflected in our choice of speakers from both the global north and south. 

This roundtable event will give you the opportunity to:-

1.  hear from renowned coaches on what activism means to them – and how coaching is truly a space to raise awareness and responsibility

2. consider new narratives for coaching, leadership, and living in more eco-systemic ways on our planet

3. be provoked into re-considering some of the ‘myths’ around what coaching is – and explore what it could be

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Linda is an executive coach, facilitator, supervisor, therapist, Active Hope facilitator and global faculty at Time to Think. She draws on climate psychology to promote better climate change communication, engagement and mental health. Linda provides activists with psychological and emotional support and resilience-building sessions, and runs public climate cafes. She is co-editor of “Holding the hope: reviving psychological and spiritual agency in the face of climate change” published March 2023 by PCCS books.

Zoe Cohen, is a Mum, Citizen and experienced accredited Coach and Supervisor who has worked with leaders across almost every sector in the economy. Zoe has been passionate about nature, social justice and sustainability all her life, and was the founding chair of a local community energy company. Originally working in the NHS, she now dedicates most of her energies to activism including nonviolent civil disobedience and civil resistance. Over the last 4 years, Zoe has been a speaker and media spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion, Insulate Britain and Just Stop Oil. Zoe is one of the 130+ citizens who the UK Government has imprisoned for taking peaceful direct action and now has a 7 month suspended prison sentence for taking action at Barclays global HQ.

She has developed a significant ‘voice’ and following on LinkedIn for her forthright posting on all aspects of the drivers and consequences of the climate, ecological and social justice emergency. And Zoe has also been ‘catalysing’ her own profession in the UK and internationally for the last 4 years. Zoe initiated and co-wrote an open letter to the coaching profession and professional bodies in July 2019. She also speaks and writes on related topics.

Presenter/Host 2

Dr Siphokazi Joy Ntetha is an award-winning psychologist on a mission to humanise business and other spaces she cares about. She is currently the chief visionary and healer at The Nomalanga Tribe, a healing start-up organisation focused on helping leaders invest human energy to work in a more regenerative manner towards collective and holistic wellbeing. Her scholar-practitioner approach to her work comes from her previous experience as a management consultant, Fulbright Scholar and her role as chief of staff to two Deloitte consulting CEOs. Siphokazi has a deep passion for contributing towards a brighter future for Africa, her people and beyond.

Presenter/Host 3

Stanley Arumugam is Senior Leadership Advisor for Action Aid International, based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has a PhD in Community Psychology, MA in Counselling Psychology and is currently studying towards a MSc in Coaching with Reading University. Stanley has over 20 years’ experience in HR and OD in the South African private and public sector. Over the past 5 years he has worked in the international development sector with an emphasis of OD, Governance and international HR. As part of his role, Stanley provides coaching to senior leadership teams across the federation of 46 global member countries. His research and practice interests include multi-cultural coaching, international leadership and spirituality in the workplace.

Liz Hall is a leadership/ executive coach, trained mindfulness teacher and the editor of Coaching at Work since 2005. Liz is the author of publications including Mindful Coaching (Kogan Page), Coach your team (Penguin Business), and author/editor of Coaching in times of crisis and transformation (Kogan Page). She is currently working on a book for Routledge with Dr Emma Donaldson-Feilder on relational mindfulness, and another on compassion in coaching with Professor Stephen Palmer.

An award-winning HR, health & business journalist, Liz started her career in journalism 33 years ago. Liz is committed to making a positive difference, including in the area of the climate emergency- she launched the annual Climate Coaching Action Day through Coaching at Work in March 2020, which celebrates and promotes climate coaching, amongst other initiatives.

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Mar 21, 2023 @ 12:00 PM (GMT) to
Mar 21, 2023 @ 01:30 PM (GMT)


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