AC Webinar Series - What is a Systemic Coach?
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AC Webinar Series - What is a Systemic Coach?

26/09/2019 to 17/10/2019
When: Thursdays, 26th September, 3rd, 10th, and 17th October 2019
07.00 EST / 12.00 BST / 13.00 CET / 19.00 SGT / 21.00 AEST
Presenter: Dr. Paul Lawrence, Principal / Centre for Coaching in Organisations
Contact: Smaranda Dochia, Director of Digital Learning & Events

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Dr. Paul Lawrence, Principal at the Centre for Coaching in Organisations


A series of 4 online seminars: 60-minute interactive webinars.
Recordings, slides and other resources will be available to all registered.


26th Sept.   Defining systems thinking

3rd Oct.       First and second-order systemic coaching

10th Oct.     Complex adaptive systems

17th Oct.     Beyond systemic 

Course Rate

Members: £85 + VAT
Non-Members including 1 year AC Associate membership: £135 + VAT**

** This offer applies only to those who wish to become AC members. 
It cannot be used towards the renewal of current AC membership.

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What is a Systemic Coach?

‘Systemic coaching’ is becoming increasingly popular, the term often being used as if it represents a single approach/set of ideas. The emergence of the term has accompanied a new level of focus on complexity. For example, “The crises we face are systemic in nature. To overcome those crises, we need to understand how systems work. To arrive at such an understanding, we need to think systemically.” (Hofkirchner & Rousseau, 2015).

Whilst becoming more popular, the term ‘systemic coaching’ is already being used to describe some very different approaches to coaching. There is a risk that the term becomes appropriated by a plethora of practitioners, many using the term to describe approaches that lack substance or grounding. Indeed, systemic coaching may become the new neuro-leadership, a good example of “pop-science band-wagoning” (Grant, 2015).

In this webinar series, Dr. Paul Lawrence will outline four quite different approaches to systems thinking and illustrate how each might show up in the behaviour and style of a coach. Paul will offer a critique of each approach, while at the same time arguing that each approach may have value at least as a metaphor.

The four-part webinar series is aimed at Executive Coaches, Leaders, Internal Coaches, HR practitioners and those inside organisations responsible for contracting coaching services.

In this webinar series you will learn:

  1. Four different approaches to systems thinking
  2. How to define your own practice in systemic terms
  3. Principles for working systemically


Topics and schedule for the webinar series

**Live webinars will take place at: 12:00pm BST on the above mentioned dates.

Webinar 1: Defining systems thinking 
In this first webinar, Paul shares some current perspectives on systems thinking and coaching and frames the need to develop a common language to compare and contrast different approaches. 

Webinar 2: First and second-order systemic coaching 
In the second webinar, Paul outlines first- and second- order approaches to coaching systemically, and invites participants to reflect on their own practice through these lenses.

Webinar 3: Complex adaptive systems
In the third webinar, Paul attempts to cut through some of the language used by those advocating approaches to coaching based on theories of complex adaptive systems (CAS) and invites participants to integrate new pragmatic approaches to working with complexity into their practice. 

Webinar 4: Beyond systemic
In the last webinar, Paul questions the value of the systemic metaphor and invites participants (with tongue in cheek) to consider if they are in fact ‘post-systemic’? Paul talks to theories of dialogue and complex responsive processes to again illuminate how coaches might best tackle complexity in their work. 

Recordings and slides will be made available for all registered participants.


Speaker Bio

Paul LawrenceAfter completing a PhD in Psychology, Paul embarked upon an 18-year corporate career, leading teams and businesses in the UK, Spain, Portugal, Australia, and Japan. Paul has been working as a coach and consultant since 2007, based in Sydney Australia.

He conducts an ongoing and regular program of research and has more than a dozen academic articles and book chapters published. He has written/co-written three books – “Leading Change: How Successful Leaders Approach Change Management” (2015), “Coaching in Three Dimensions: Meeting the Challenges of a Complex World” (2018) and “The Tao of Dialogue” (2019) – as the outcome of a dialogue between seven practitioners. He is currently writing a book for Routledge on Systemic Coaching.

Paul runs his own practice providing coaching services and coach training and teaches coaching at the Sydney Business School, University of Wollongong.

Price and special offers

As with all AC continuous professional development events, the fees are offered at a very good value, with an extra special price for AC members.

AC member: Your investment for the entire series is only £85 + VAT.

Non AC member: Pay £135 + VAT and you get access to the full series and ONE YEAR Associate Membership with the Association for Coaching immediately. 

For this price you get:

  • 4 x 60-minute interactive virtual seminar with Dr. Paul Lawrence;
  • References and resources to explore the concepts and apply your learning:
  • Recordings of all webinars and a copy of the slides for your own library;
  • A Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Certificate at the end of the series;
  • One-year Associate Membership with the Association for Coaching (if you are not already a member)

For any questions, please contact Smaranda Dochia, Director of Digital Learning & Events at


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