Organizations are changing fast, driven by emerging new technologies and globalization,that makes our world smaller and more inter-dependent. This demands new forms of leadership.
Coaching also has to make a step change, and shift its paradigm from offering coaching tools and technique approaches that mimic the machine metaphor of 20th century management thinking,
‘find the tools to fix the problem’.
The 21st century organizational and leadership metaphors are networks and eco-systems, in place of control and hierarchy. Leadership has to become more adaptive, ethical and distributed and coaching has to discover ways of supporting these ‘Eco-Leaders’ (see Western 2008, Leadership a Critical Text, Sage for full description of Eco-Leadership).
Dr. Simon Western
Dr Simon Western is the founder and Director of Analytic-Network Coaching Ltd. He coaches and consults to c-suite leaders in global business and in the public and not-for-profit sectors. Recent clients have been London Business School and IMD Business School, Switzerland, Gobal OD teams in the international banking sector, and the Hospice and Education sector.
www.simonwestern.com / www.analyticnetwork.com
Previously he was Director of Coaching at Lancaster University Management School, UK, and a Family Therapist. Simon is an active academic, andwill next year publishCoaching and Mentoring a Critical Text by Sage Publications.
Simon is a Quaker, and is inspired by the early Quaker’s imperative to ‘living adventurously and letting your life speak’. He holds the following positions:
Honorary Teaching Fellow Lancaster University Management School
Honorary Associate Fellow Department of Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck University
Senior Fellow Birmingham University
Associate Tutor Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre
Member ISPSO and OPUS