To take part in the Colloquium, participants need to submit a short paper describing a difficult, exciting, or unusual leadership coaching case from their practice and a separate description of their way of handling that particular situation. The “Human Sustainability: Reflections in Executive Coaching” theme gives the authors an opportunity to reflect on their own sustainability in a coaching relationship or to explore challenges associated with working with executives (un)concerned about the impact of the workplace on their and others’ subjective wellbeing. We specifically invite cases that can reflect the coach’s struggles, temptations, anxieties, hopes, and choices. As usual, we at ESMT are more interested in finding out what is really taking place, rather than what some of our colleagues fantasize about. The paper should consist of two parts:
The authors are asked to briefly describe the context of the leadership coaching intervention, outline the challenge that they faced in working with the particular client, and put together the questions that they may have regarding this particular situation, and regarding their own feelings or behavior in this situation. Obviously, the authors should take care of the necessary client identity protection measures, while providing enough information for the colloquium participants to be able to work with the situation at hand. Let us emphasize once again: the case is NOT about the difficulties of the coachee, it is about the difficulties of the coach.
Part 1 should not exceed 2,000 words.
This part of the paper should contain a description of the steps taken by the coach and the out-come of those steps. Please make sure that part 2 covers the following aspects:
- What was the approach taken to handle the challenge?
- What could or couldn’t the coach deal/cope with?
- What are the questions that still remain unresolved for the coach?
Part 2 should not exceed 1,000 words.
All the submitted papers will be reviewed by the Colloquium Convenors for acceptance for discussion at the 13th ESMT Coaching Colloquium. Acceptance will be based on the perceived match of the submission with the topic of the Colloquium and expected interest for those who attend it. Authors of the accepted papers may be asked for additional revisions or editing of their submissions for actual presentation at the Colloquium. The Convenors reserve the right to reject submitted papers without explanation. Please note that the submission of the paper means the submitter’s willingness to have their case made available to other participants of the Colloquium and to have it discussed as part of the event.
Examples of cases presented in the past Colloquia can be found in:
- Korotov, K., Bernhardt, A., & Radeke, J. (Eds.) (2021) Cases in Executive Coaching: From the Annals of the ESMT Coaching Colloquia. 2nd Edition. Berlin. ISBN: 9798769553929
- Korotov, K., Kets de Vries, M.F.R., Florent, E., & Bernhardt, A. (2012). Tricky Coaching: Difficult Cases in Leadership Coaching. New York: Pagrave McMillan. ISBN: 9780230280229.
Please send your papers to CoColl@esmt.org.