Oxford Brookes Business School

Typology With a Twist for Coaching Clients at the Time of Adversity

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Working with clients at the time of adversity is a challenge that requires from coaches more than empathy, positive thinking, problem-solving skills or ability to empower. In this talk I will make a case for something that I believe is even more important – pluralistic thinking. Pluralism is a philosophical perspective that positively values multiplicity in the world in all shapes and forms. For example, the diversity of individuals can be recognised in terms of their psychological differences in beliefs, attitudes, thinking strategies, motivations, drives, etc. This is why navigating adversity cannot rely on magic means suitable for everyone. In this talk we will discuss how some dimensions of differences in the clients can indicate recognisable patterns which would offer useful pointers for a coach. Although looking like a typology these patterns will require from us as much of pluralistic attitude as possible, which could be developmental for us as coaches at the same time. 

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).