Oxford Brookes Business School

Developing as a coach by dealing with paradoxes, contradictions, and tensions

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Who this event is for

  • Everyone


Online session


Some people rely on a naïve picture of the world and may be blissfully happy in the belief that they know everything they need to know. In our business, this kind of bliss is not possible. However, the wish for simplicity is hard to abandon. This is why we might avoid recognising contradictions, gloss over serious tensions and might be oblivious about paradoxes. Some of these can be resolved through deep understanding and making a choice, but with some of these we have to live. What is interesting is that engaging in a deeper understanding of paradoxes and contradictions, however painful this might be, is developmental. In this session, if you are willing, we will engage with this opportunity.


Professor Tatiana Bachkirova

Tatiana Bachkirova is Professor of Coaching Psychology and Co-Director of the International Centre for Coaching and Mentoring Studies at Oxford Brookes University. As an academic, she supervises PhD students and leads various research projects. She is also a tutor on an internationally renowned programme of Advanced Study in Coaching Supervision. As a practitioner, she supervises coaches individually and in groups.  
Tatiana is a recognised author, international speaker and holder of many achievement awards. She published more than 70 research articles, book chapters and books, including the Complete Handbook of Coaching (2010, 2014 and 2018), Coaching and Mentoring Supervision: Theory and Practice (2011), Developmental Coaching: Working with the Self (2011) and The SAGE Handbook of Coaching (2017).


How to attend:

The session will start at 5.00 pm and will finish at 6.30 pm.
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