ICF Coaching Day 2019: Agile Leadership in a Digital World

Mid November in Munich. This year’s Coaching Day 2019 (#CT2019), an international two-day specialist and public congress for the coaching industry, once again focused on future-oriented topics relating to agility, digitalization and leadership. The diverse program was designed by the International Coach Federation Germany with various speakers, experts and insiders. We were involved in different ways.

The panelists on the panel “Coaching & Digitalization – Opportunities, Threats & Ethical Aspects” discussed the introduction of digitalization into the coaching process living from the human relationship in a very controversial way. There was a lot of curiosity, but also restraint and resistance.

One of the highlights of #CT2019 was the presentation of the second Prism Award of ICF Germany, sponsored by RELEVANT from the very beginning. Why it is important for us to present the ICF Prism Award is explained in one of our previous articles.
The Prism Award 2019 went to adidas and Vodafone for their outstanding coaching programs. The jury’s special prize, awarded for the first time this year, went to Volkswagen for its differentiated system of interlocking coaching offerings, which was recognized as the “lighthouse of the industry”.

In his laudation to adidas, Dr. René Kusch said: “Other coaching programs can learn a lot from adidas: In the competition for the German Prism Award, the jury particularly emphasized your commitment to the evaluation of the seemingly soft topic “coaching process”. You have calculated the return-on-investment of your measure at 130%. Even if numerics cannot always take everything into consideration, numbers are the language that secures our community a place at the table of line managers. Your program is a great example of how coaching can make a real difference.”

René praised Vodafone’s coaching program as follows: “Vodafone is part of the spearhead of digitization in Germany. Your presentation will give us a glimpse of how Vodafone is helping to shape technological progress – perhaps we should say technological revolution. You are the first to put G5 into operation. What is possible with it all fascinates me, among other things it is one of the prerequisites for autonomous vehicles. You have just teamed up with UnityMedia. The mobile phone industry is undergoing considerable upheaval.
Your concept Coaching @ Vodafone is geared to the changes and challenges. You describe your ability to control yourself as a core competence at Vodafone. Your coaching uses content and methods to promote these. Consistently. And it’s so fresh and modern that you don’t immediately notice this theoretical foundation.”

On Saturday, as part of the HR Barcamp, we held a workshop on “How to develop humility in alpha people” for interested attendees. The main focus here was on charismatic managers typically showing strong self-confidence, determination and visionary thinking. Charisma ensures that managers in companies are recognized. However, too much of something good can become a weakness. Many charismatic leaders with power become narcissists, which can have devastating effects on others. Today, there are fewer ways for them to hide their misconduct. To meet the demands of the 4th Industrial Revolution, companies need leaders who can be effective through others. Humility allows leadership teams to deliver business results, productivity and effectiveness.

In our interactive session, we have explored our views on

1. the difference between individual emergence and team effectiveness at work
2. how emerging and effective leaders can be identified in organizations and
3. how the coaching ability of overly charismatic leaders can be increased with an empirically proven approach and discussed with candidates,

and put them up for discussion.

We enjoyed the intensive exchange with the participants and continued some of the discussions at our stand afterwards. Strategic self-awareness is important to everyone, and we are delighted that we can make a significant contribution to this with our commitment and advice on the Hogan Assessment Suite.

If you are interested in delving into our workshop topic, we would like to give you access to our article “Our View on New Leadership: How to Develop and Assess Humility in Charismatic Leaders”, which we wrote together with Dr. Robert Hogan and Dr. Ryne Sherman and of which we are proud with all modesty. We are looking forward to your feedback!

We took a lot of food for thought, ideas and insights from #CT19 with us. It was touching to see the joy of the winners of the German ICF Prism Award. And we were pleased about the possibilities to look at the quality of coaching from different angles (e.g. with regard to ethical aspects, the use of diagnostics, standardized processes, etc.). Next year we will be there again and are looking forward to it.

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