UK ICF Symposium 8th May 2019

Creating a Competitive Edge Through Coaching


08:30 – 09:00
Coffee and Registration

09:00 – 09:30


Sarah Gornall, President UK ICF & Tracy Sinclair, Immediate Past President ICF Global Board

09:30 – 10:00

The Leading Edge of Coaching in Organisations 

Tracy Sinclair, Immediate Past President ICF Global Board & Veronica Lysaght ICF Strategic Regional Director EMEA

Don’t get caught out – find out how these new trends affect you AND your client organisations (and get brownie points for knowing!)

Presentation of the key themes from recent research, including the research underpinning the report ‘Building a coaching culture for change management’, to provide insights into how coaching can impact organisation performance and provide a competitive edge.

Session format: Presentation with Q&A

10:00 – 11:00

Coaching has nothing to offer the strategic intent of a business….so you’d think

Moderator: Ginny Baillie, MCC
Bernadette Bruton, Global Talent & Organisational Development Director, Aviva
Louise Buckle, EMA Head of Partner Development and Coaching, KPMG
Jamie Cooke, SVP Chief of Staff, Discovery EMEA
Bob Hughes, CEO, Forton Group
Iona Ledwidge, Executive Director at Resurgo

What are your organisational strategic ambitions – and where are you underestimating the ability of coaching to contribute?

Organisations often treat coaching and their strategic intentions as two different beasts.  They bring in coaching to support individuals and teams.  It is less usual for them to consider their plans and ask “How could our coaching resources support what we are trying to do here?”   They are possibly unaware what the true potential is.  Companies that do could open themselves up to a creative, innovative and connected approach far beyond what they first thought possible

In this hosted panel discussion we will explore some of the ‘wicked’ problems and core trends organisations are facing today and how coaching might provide a competitive edge to the solution. Our experienced and diverse panel will share their future perspectives including their view of how the role of the coach will evolve to support the delivery of corporate strategy.

Session format: Panel discussion with Q&A

11:00 – 11:20
Refreshment Break

11:20 – 12:15

Let’s Talk

An opportunity to respond to the themes highlighted in the panel discussion in closed door discussions with your peers.

The focus of the discussion will be responding to what we’ve heard from the panel; answering the questions:

  • What are the key questions that need to be answered about coaching in organisations to create a competitive edge?
  • What is needed from the ICF?

Session format: Round-table discussion within peer groups

12:15 – 13:00
Lunch & Networking

13:00 – 13:30

Why aren’t more businesses paying attention to team coaching when the results suggest they very much should?

Sharon Toye, Vice President UK ICF, Liz Rochester, Director UK ICF & Lucy Widdowson, Associate Director UK ICF

High performing team create an economic impact of 22.8% higher than underperforming teams.  What needs to happen for businesses to take this up?

This session will explore the value of team coaching and it’s contribution to the bottom line and provide an update on the work of the ICF in developing team coaching competencies.

Session format: Presentation and Q&A

13:30 – 14:30

A Look into the Future of Team Coaching 

John Leary-Joyce

In this deeper dive into team coaching John Leary-Joyce, co-author of Systemic Team Coaching, will present and explore the need to take a more systemic view on team coaching; what it takes for an internal or external coach to support a team; what corporates demand of team coaching now and what they are looking for in the future; and how team coaching can create a competitive edge.

Session format: Presentation and Q&A

14:30 – 15:00
Refreshment Break

15:00 – 16:30

The coaching industry = mainly white, middle-aged and female, so how can we support diversity?

Dr Jonathan Ashong-Lamptey

Look around you – how alert can we be to supporting leaders and organisations on diversity and inclusivity when our own industry stumbles on this issue?

There is increasing awareness of the benefits of having a diverse workforce at every level in the organisation.  One of the challenges corporates in the UK continue to face is how to meet this need and demand.

Dr Jonathan will explore the diversity challenge of today and tomorrow, and the role the coach can provide to support and enable organisations to fulfill their diversity strategy/objectives and create a competitive edge.

Session format: Interactive and experiential session

16:30 – 17:00

Close & Round Up

Recap on the highlights from the day and identification of next steps to take the agenda forward.