As Executive Director for 7 Paths Forward, David is responsible for building an organization that supports the development of great coaches worldwide.This includes workshops, community development and helping organizations source great coaches.

As a pioneer in the coaching industry, he worked closely with Thomas Leonard and served as the first president of Coach U. During that time, he and Thomas founded the International Coach Federation.

He later went on to lead through its expansion. He and Ruth Ann Harnisch co-founded the Foundation of Coaching which later became the Institute of Coaching at Harvard furthering the profession’s commitment to research. The Foundation provided journalism, community, research and resources to the profession.

As coaching spread around the globe he trained the first Japanese coaches working closely with Coach 21 and Coach A to help establish coaching in Japan. He is one of the first to attain the Master Certified Coach and Board-Certified Coach credentials.

As a coach for over 25 years, he primarily works with executives, professionals and entrepreneurs. Often known as the coaches “coach,” he has worked with many of the leaders in the industry.” Mr. Goldsmith is a graduate of Cornell University and is a member of the International Coach Federation. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with his wife Marie Motroni.

Thriving as a Coach Amidst Global Disruption

2020-06-01T09:00:00-04:00 2020-06-10T08:00:00-04:00 Monday, June 1st 9:00 EDT Length: 45 minutes

David Goldsmith

  • ICF Co-founder & Pioneer of the Coaching Industry
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We are going through norm shattering disruption. And we don’t know where it will end. Most things will be different, personally and professionally. The economy will shift, politics will change, and our lifestyles will be different.

Coaching is needed now more than ever. However there are many factors you have to be aware of if you want to thrive:

  • Now that more people are working virtually, how can you deliver more impactful results?
  • What do you need to know to be effective as the way work gets done changes?
  • How will you stay resilient and flexible?
  • How do you build your practice as a global coach?
  • How has the Covid-19 disruption changed how people think and approach life and business?
  • How do you calibrate assumptions in this new environment so that you are not using outdated thinking in a new landscape?
  • How will you deliver better results faster?

This action-oriented session will provide strategies and guidance on navigating the new world of coaching. While this description was prepared in March of 2020, the session will be designed to address the issues that are current at the end of May, 2020.

  1. The world has changed, how have you and how does this affect your clients and your coaching?
  2. There is a new strategy to building a practice in these disruptive times. How will you adapt?
  3. The work from home experiment has unleashed new ways of working and collaborating. How do you expertly coach in this environment?

Panel Discussion: Thriving as a Coach Amidst Global Disruption

2020-09-17T09:00:00-04:00 2020-08-07T11:06:44-04:00 Thursday, September 17th 9:00 EDT Length: 90 minutes

David Goldsmith

  • ICF Co-founder & Pioneer of the Coaching Industry

While we are still working through the global consequences of COVID-19, there are lessons to learn to help coaches support more sustainable organizations.

COVID-19 upended longstanding norms worldwide, providing a rich opportunity to observe the impact of diversity, equity, and inclusion on organizational and community resilience, agility, and smarts. We've observed that organizations with genuine diversity have distinct advantages when it comes to responding to crises.

The panel discussion will tease out critical lessons such as:

* Keys to diversity "beyond lip service."
* What it means to cultivate diversity at depth and not only at the surface.
* Best practices for building more diverse, resilient teams.
* What is the coaches' role in diversity?

1. COVID-19 has changed almost everything, where was diversity an asset as organizations and governments dealt with the disruption?

2. Coaches can build on the learning that this disruption created and support organizations more effectively.

3. You can be a catalyst for helping clients grapple with the issues of diversity, equity and inclusion.

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