Aboodi Shabi – ICF regional workshop review

A new initiative to bring high-quality coaching workshops to the North of England has been so successful its organisers have begun planning next year’s series!  (See details of our Feb 15th MasterClass on Team Coaching with AoEC Founder and president of the EMCC, John Leary –Joyce.)  The series has been devised and hosted by executive coaches and mentors, LeaderShape, together with the International Coach Federation (ICF.)  The first one-day seminar welcomed individual practitioners as well as corporate attendees, including from the telecoms and aerospace industries, to the renowned Work-Based Learning centre, the University of Chester.

One of the UK’s most senior coaches, Newfield Networks’ Aboodi Shabi, delivered the specialist session “The Art of Masterful Coaching – beyond a set of techniques,” to offer new perspectives to its audience.

Said LeaderShape Director, Danielle Grant: “This hands-on, experiential workshop has brought the highest level of development to senior coaches in our area.  We’ve been delighted by feedback saying this event will be “difficult to beat!”  We will try, however, as the ethos behind the programme is our belief that good intentions regarding work-based learning are often undermined by a lack of training or proper framework.  To this end, the workshop provided accreditation worth 8 CCEUs which can contribute to a prestigious University qualification, including the PGC in Coach-Mentoring and Facilitation in Organisations.  We are launching this executive level course with Chester University in 2012, to offer practitioners the greatest possible support for success.”

Aboodi Shabi, Newfield Network, 1 day coaching workshopAboodi Shabi, a pioneer and leader in the UK and European Coaching community and founding co-President of the UK ICF, said: It’s invaluable for us to be able to offer access to quality networking and training sessions in the regions to maintain the best outputs in the workplace and individual practice. Those who attend will be enhancing their skills and their ability to cascade them to others.”


The masterclass in ontological coaching examined ways to develop deep listening to allow the authentic human being to speak. Focusing practically on the world of work, the day offered both coaching and reflective exercises. Presentations and interactive study explored a framework to understand beyond presenting goals, then to move beyond coaching techniques to discover the true expression of the client.

Facilitator Aboodi Shabi says: “In our increasingly rational culture, we have learned to invalidate that which can’t be measured or analysed. We don’t value that which makes no sense, or has no apparent purpose. We learn to communicate strategically, effectively and intelligently, but at the expense of truly expressing ourselves.

“And when we cannot express ourselves fully, our magic cannot show up.  We might well be performing well against measurable targets but we are like empty shells, living lives that are automatic and soulless.

“I want to suggest that the human soul longs, perhaps more than anything else, to express itself and be heard or seen. It doesn’t need to be fixed or told what to do next or given a solution. It simply longs to be witnessed. Coaching that doesn’t include this capacity to deeply listen misses out on the essential core of the client’s being and can only really be skin-deep.”

This philosophy is applied to meet corporate agendas, encouraging coachees to understand resistance to change, the journey to new values and ideas and how to achieve better results in their organisations and their lives.


LeaderShape’s faculty of former CEOs and business leaders aims to enable and embed leadership maturity in the daily lives of organisations including T.K. Maxx, the NHS Ridgeway Partnership, SEEDA, the IoD, Sodexo, Cephalon, Oxford Brookes University and many more.  LeaderShape is a corporate member of the not-for-profit think tank, Tomorrow’s Company.

LeaderShape is co-operating with the University of Chester, at the forefront of work-based and lifelong learning, on a tri-partite post-graduate qualification to tackle issues that can lead to business underperformance. The PGC in Coach Mentoring and Facilitation in Organisations is a recognised academic award, enabling superior delivery of important staff development needs and cascaded learning.

The International Coach Federation – formed in 1995,  is the leading global organisation, with over 17,000 members, dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by setting high professional standards, providing independent certification and building a network of accredited coaches. The ICF exists to support and advance the coaching profession and to be an authoritative source on coaching information and research.

Aboodi Shabi is a pioneer and leader in the UK and European Coaching community. He has worked in the field of personal development for nearly twenty years, and in coaching since 1996. In that time he has worked with hundreds of coaches across the world. Aboodi is a Newfield Network Certified Ontological Coach and is currently manager of European Public Programmes, also regularly working in North America.

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