Coaching new leaders for new times

Dr Simon Western (Director, Analytic-Network Coaching Ltd, UK)

CA113, Cairnes Building (Ground floor), NUI Galway 13:00 :: 7th September 2012

Leadership development too often attempts to apply 20th century leadership to 21st century challenges. Globalisation, new technologies, environmental challenges, and a recent financial crisis reflect the inter-dependencies of our network society. Organisations can no longer be conceived as fixed entities, as closed systems, as 'machines manufacturing profits'. 21st century organisations are 'eco-systems within eco-systems', connected, vulnerable and fluid entities; and they demand new forms of leadership. This seminar gives an overview of leadership in the past century, before offering a networked coaching process to help develop ‘new leaders for new times’. It draws on Simon's wealth of practical experience as a consultant, and his two recent books, including "Coaching and Mentoring: a critical text" (Sage 2012).

Bio: Dr Simon Western
Currently: Director of Analytic-Network Coaching© Ltd.

Interests are wide ranging from leadership, organizational culture, architecture, environmentalism, religious studies, politics and social sciences. Simon’s work emerges from a critical and ethical perspective, our task is to “work in good faith’ to build the ‘good society’”.

Thought Leader and People Development: Academia and Teaching
Previously: Director of Coaching at Lancaster University Management School and of Masters in Organizational Consultancy (psychoanalytic approaches) Tavistock Clinic. Simon has a pedigree of teaching internationally, and publishing on both leadership and coaching. Coaching and Mentoring a critical text (2012) and Leadership a Critical Text (Sage 2008/2013) capture his thinking.

Practitioner: Leadership and Strategic Coach, and Consultant
Simon works in diverse organizations in order to learn from difference, and cross-fertilize and share this knowledge. Simon works with C-Suite leaders, and is invited to work in teams that face big challenges; and in organizations that are working to transform cultures to distribute leadership and create matrix structures.

• Honorary Teaching Fellow at Lancaster Univer¬sity Management School
• Honorary Associate Fellow Department of Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck University
• Senior Fellow Birmingham University
• Associate Tutor: Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre
• Member: ISPSO. OPUS.

London Business School, Global OD team HSBC, CEO of SME, Leaders in the educational sector, CEO of hospice. Previous clients: Snr Leaders in Astra Zeneca, Gaz de France, Gap Inc. USA, NHS Chief Executives, International Red Crescent/Cross (Sudan) & U.N. (Kosovo), leadership team of IMD Business school.

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