International Coach Federation Switzerland

26-01-2016 - Chapter meeting Suisse Romande

Rising to the challenge of coaching for innovation

Maureen Steele & Cristina Bianchi 

How can professional coaches support clients when they and their organisations are facing the challenge of being more innovative? First of all, you can start by accepting that innovation is accessible for everyone and not something that sits apart from everyday business. Secondly, you can become a catalyst for your coachee and their organisation by encouraging them to appreciate that using coaching skills in their everyday interactions opens the door to creativity and fosters the kind of bigger thinking that is essential for innovation. Finally, as the client must be coached to acquire a specific skill set, you will need to be ready to be more than a coach and be directive at times, consciously wearing different hats - mentor, trainer, facilitator - according to your client’s individual circumstances. 


  • Check out your own assumptions and beliefs about what innovation is and how it happens, and Identify and challenge any barriers to creativity and innovation you might have.
  • Explore a 4-Step Road Map as a basis for tailoring your own coaching programme to support your client’s aspirations around innovation.
  • Support your client in understanding the role that powerful questions have to play at every step of the innovation process.


Designing Actions; Planning and Goal Setting 


Maureen C.Steele
Maureen is an experienced trainer and coach with a strong focus on communication and a background in international business. She inspires and motivates groups and individuals, encouraging them to tap into their hidden potential. She is Founder /Managing Director of The Training Box Ltd and author of “52 Brilliant Communication Tips”. (

Cristina Bianchi
Cristina is an inspirational trainer, facilitator and coach. Truly international, she is an accomplished public speaker with hands-on professional experience. She focuses on management and leadership development, conflict management, women and leadership and the role of diversity in innovation. Cristina is Founder/Managing Director of Enhance Training and Development (

Cristina and Maureen are co-authors of Coaching for Innovation - Tools and Techniques for Encouraging New Ideas in the Workplace by Cristina Bianchi and Maureen Steele (Palgrave MacMillan, 2014)

Continuing Coaching Education Units (CCEUs)

You will receive 2 ICF CCEUs for your participation


Date:Tuesday January 26, 2016
18:30-19:00 welcome and sign-in
19:00-21:00 workshop and Q&A 
21:00-22:00 apéro and networking 
Location:Webster University, Commons Room; 9 Route de Collex, 1293 Bellevue
Fees:CHF 10 - ICF Swiss members
CHF 20 - ICF members
CHF 40 - for non-ICF members
Language: English 


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Webster University
9 Route de Collex (Back Entrance, close to the train station GENTHOD BELLEVUE)
1293 Bellevue

Attendees should park on the Parking Sud which is the closest to the train tracks


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