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Coaching as driving change and engagement.

Interview with Alexandra Aster Akinbiyi   Your job title is Change & Engagement Manager. Can you give us an explanation of this role? It’s interesting you ask because even though this job has been around for many years, I do get the questions of what it is that I do quite a lot. And the funny part is that once you know what it is it seems so vital to every big organization. Change refers to adjustment, transformation, difference and this can relate to anything changing within the company – a change in organizational structure, a new vision or a new technology. Anything that differs from a current state and has a future state, is considered a change and for me considered a project I would get involved in and help drive. The engagement part of the role evolves around engaging audiences who are impacted by the change. This includes awareness, communication and the creation...

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The path to innovation is created by start-ups.

Interview with Peter Cowley, UK Business Angel of the Year 2014/15   Peter Cowley, a Cambridge-based serial tech entrepreneur and angel investor: it sounds a complex definition with a lot of experiences and always new things to do. How did all these things start? I graduated from Cambridge University in Engineering and Computer Science, after a couple of years of corporate experience and I went to Germany where I was co-founder of a tech company. Then I went back to UK as founder of Camdata, my own tech company. 25 years later, after founding another 8 or 9 companies, I became a business angel and helping other to develop their companies with equity, advice and mentoring. As business angel you financed 55 start-ups. I read that there are 3 good exits and several failures. Technically speaking, is it a good balance? I think it's a quite positive result, you need some pretty good results from one...

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Clinical coaching.

INTERVIEW WITH CINDY VAN DE KREKE-FREENS, PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COACH AT VALIANT CLINIC   You work as a Personal and Professional Development Coach at Valiant Clinic. What is Valiant Clinic and what does your job entail? Valiant Clinic is the premium multi-specialty outpatient clinic in the UAE and the region, that offers world-class diagnostics, wellness and healthcare services with an emphasis on preventive care. Valiant Clinic is managed by Houston Methodist Global Health Care Services (the international subsidiary of the world-renowned Houston Methodist Hospital located in Houston, Texas, USA) and powered by Meraas, a Dubai-based holding company. The clinic marks Meraas’ entry into the healthcare field in its efforts to support the Dubai healthcare sector in fulfilling UAE vision 2021. I am the Personal and Professional Development Coach at Valiant Clinic, and a part of the wellness department. My mandate includes working with internal and external clients, along with the other dedicated physicians...

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Creating relationships is adding value.

An interview with Adam Cox, CEO, serial entrepreneur, founder of Radio Relations and The Relations Group. A property investor, blogger, writer with a passion for psychology, branding, marketing, and business, Adam is a thought leader in a wide field of subjects, so we couldn’t wait to hear what he had to say.   People have said that we live in an age of relationships. Do you agree with that? I agree, and, if we look at big brands, we can discover that they dedicate a lot of resources to building and maintaining relationships, maybe more than to product innovation. If we take a look at the PR industry we can see that there is a big concentration on helping companies have good relationships with their customers, a sure way to build loyalty with distributors and any other kind of stakeholder. Is there a way to educate people to have better business relationships? The main thing to consider when trying...

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Social media: a place of humans

Interview with Deirdre Breakenridge, communication strategist, CEO of Pure Performance Communications, Podcaster, host of Women Worldwide, LinkedIn Learning Instructor and adjunct professor.     You say that modern public relations demands an integrated, multichannel approach in order to successfully build awareness, loyalty, engagement, and advocacy. Could you explain which kind of multichannel approach do you suggest? What we realize within all these new media, especially social media, is that consumers are in so many different places. This is at the side of all traditional media. When you can figure out when people want to receive information, what excite them and what they want to share, you know how to reach them, and you will do this in different ways, in different channels and in different formats. With social media we have two big news in the organization of communication. The first, as you said, is that people want to decide how and when receiving information,...

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Good teachers build a better world.

Interview with Prescott Price, CEO of ‘Lessons for Life’ a foundation focused on the education of African sub-saharian children.       Dear Prescott, thank you for the interview. Let's go direct to the main points of your very important and very difficult job: how much is big your budget for education? And how many children the 'Lessons for Life' foundation can educate with this budget? In this year 2017 our budget for education is 1,9 million euros. It’s a small amount in the scale of the total investment for education, but it’s very important for children and community member we support. We will reach about 25.000 children, many of whom wouldn’t have gone to school without our help. This is our fundamental aim: that a lot of children can go to school. At the same time we work with the community of their children, to help them to understand the benefits of their children going...

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Leadership as caring people.

Interview to Deepak Trivedi, sports consultant for London Olympic games and now Tokyo Olympic games, head of European and Asian projects for New York based firm Strategic Influence, member of the National Speakers association and has spoken and consulted with many organisations such as Microsoft. He teaches Sports and Leadership programmes in 5 countries.   You have a lot of experience but what is that a big company needs from you that is not already present in the company? The main reason for a company to hire people outside the organization for working on an issue is that they want an outside perspective that is completely objective. The insiders are connected each other with loyalty and attachment and are more likely to open to a stranger about any problem that may be. You work as Leadership consultant. What do you teach? Let’s talk about the organizational aspect. I think that the most important thing in any organization should...

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Coaching crossing culture.

Interview with Eefke Bodt.  Consultant, Trainer, Performance Coach.   You have a long carrier in human resource, and now you are in NetExpat, one the most important company in the world focused on assessment, training and coaching mobile employees and relocating their partners too. Could you explain deeper your function in the company? In NetExpat I help all the experts that are moving all around the world in the difficult issue to adapt to the country. For example if you come to Vietnam you find that the way local people think is so much different. I had a German lady who came to Vietnam with that straight way to act that a German has, and I had to train her about what she could do and how she had to adapt to the country. In Vietnam people will never say no. If you ask a question, and a person is not happy with...

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Coaching a big company.

Interview to Almudena Haro, Certified Supply Chain Specialist Iberia Cluster Lead at DHL   What is your definition of coach? The coach is a person who interact with another one empowering her or him to access to their natural resources and their creativity. It’s a process made with that person to let him discover and gain self-awareness. Many clients come looking for advices about a particular situation and they want to know your point of view as a professional. My approach with them start asking the individual ‘what are your values’ , ‘what is your essence’ and ‘what is important for you in life’. It’s from there that they realize what really want to do or what they really don’t want to do. We can say that coaching is a 2 parts process: first really discovering the client, what is supposed to be his role in this world, and from there creating actions...

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Mind training – an interview to Diana Bacosi

Interviewing Diana Bacosi, the gold medalist in the Women's Skeet at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro. Hello Diana: could you tell us how to train in specialist skeet? A practitioner of my discipline is, first of all, trained into the routine, even to the point of monotony. As any other athlete we wake up early and repeating the same technical gestures again, again and again, with the objective of making that innate and as automatic as possible.   What is the work of a skeet coach? The coach first and foremost plans the season, to have me in the best shape for important competitions. There are a number of factors in this sport that impact the mind: a certain level of psychological stress, the boredom of the repetitiveness of gestures, the recovery after a break. Obviously the coach is the cornerstone to creating the psychological calm needed for any athlete.   What are the...

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