Tatiana Bachkirova is Professor of Coaching Psychology and Director of the International Centre for Coaching and Mentoring Studies at Oxford Brookes University, UK. As an academic she is known for supervising a large number of PhD students.
As a practitioner she supervises many coaches and develops new supervisors through the internationally renowned programme of Advanced Study in Coaching Supervision.
As an active researcher Tatiana published many research articles, book chapters and books, including Developmental Coaching: Working with the Self (2011), the Complete Handbook of Coaching (2010 and 2014), Coaching and Mentoring Supervision: Theory and Practice (2011), and The SAGE Handbook of Coaching (2017).
As the result of all the above Tatiana is a recognized author, international speaker and holder of various awards. Amongst Tatiana’s research interests are developmental coaching, the nature of the coaching process and content, coaching supervision and development of coaches.
Her current projects are about the content of coaching conversations, the multiplicity of self in coaching practice, and “beautiful ideas that can make us ill”. She is also at the very beginning of a new exciting project which aims to explore the role of luck in an individual’s journey through life and the implications this may have for coaching.
In the complex and unpredictable world that we live in, knowing at least who we are should give us some solace. However, even this belief cannot be well supported when we look more deeply into the nature of self. In this session we will discuss why understanding oneself is difficult and what implications this has for the coaching process.
There is an interesting similarity between the way we used to believe that the earth was at the center of the universe and the way we still see the nature of self. In relation to the earth we gradually learned that many things are not as they seem and adapted our thinking to deal with this.
The same process may need to happen in relation to understanding the self. We will explore an important contemporary insight on the nature of self which is supported by various philosophical and scientific studies. This view on self will provide us with a more interesting explanation of the many issues that we regularly face during coaching. We will discuss how to make an adjustment to the belief in our own self, experiment with this view and notice how it feels. We will also discuss how this non-reductive approach to the self can be adopted by coaches in their practice and add more value to the development of their clients.
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