Keywords: coaching, emergence, cognitive complexity, repertory grid, self-organising maps
Session on 2 July 2020 15:25 cest - View on timetable
Coaches are increasingly faced by systemic and complex challenges in the application of coaching in the workplace. Wicked problems associated with the sustainability transition have called into question established norms of practice. To be effective, coaches will need to be able to construe the role of coach in more complex ways in order to be able to work effectively in diverse and complex settings.
In this session, we will present research in which we applied the repertory grid technique to study the construing of the role of coach by masters students. The cognitive complexity of the responses were calculated and emergent patterns in the learning were analysed using self-organising maps. The data was collaboratively interpreted and provides insight into challenges associated with construing the role of coach in different settings.
This research proposes a methodology and framework for enhancing the complexity associated with construing the role of coach in coach education. The research provides a direction for coaches in educational and practitioner settings to reconceptualise the role of coach to address the complex challenges that lie ahead.
Dr Salome van Coller-Peter is a ‘pracademic; and spends 80% of her time at the University of Stellenbosch Business School (South Africa) and 20% of her time in private practice. She designed the MPhil in Management Coaching for the University of Stellenbosch Business School in 2010 and, with the knowledge and support of a core team of professional coaches, brought it to the African-market. This programme is in its centenary-year with over 200 alumni already. Her practice focuses on alignment in teams and in organisations: support with shifting of cultures and project-leader during mergers and acquisitions.
Dr Roger Maitland is a visiting lecturer at the University of Stellenbosch Business School (South Africa) working on the M.Phil Management Coaching. He is a Director of LifeLab, a coaching consultancy, which has been operating in South Africa since 2005. Roger focuses his coaching practice on leadership development and the developing the internal coaching capacity of organisations. He also works to develop the capacity of sustainability leaders to operate in complexity. Roger holds a PhD in corporate sustainability from the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business and an MA Professional Development (Coaching) from Middlesex University (UK).