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KEYNOTE: Dr Paul Brown

Incoherent coaching and the amygdala hi-jack trap

Session on Thursday, Mar 02, 09:00
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Dr Paul Brown went to live in S E Asia after half a century practising as a clinical and organisational psychologist, and as a coach and supervisor for the past fifteen. For two years he was part of the National Science Council attached to the Prime Minister’s office in Laos and has more recently established himself in Vietnam developing executive coaching, the applied neurosciences, and teaching on the Fulbright MPA programme in Ho Chi Minh City. He has also started a distance learning MSc in Applied Neuroscience in Organisations through the Professional Development Foundation at Middlesex University, and has just completed twenty-five years of annual teaching at the Royal College of Defence Studies in London.

Paul has co-authored four books over the past four years:
- “Neuropsychology for Coaches: understanding the basics”
- “Neuroscience for Leadership: harnessing the brain gain advantages” – which took Gold in the Practical Manager category at the Chartered Institute of Management’s Book awards in 2015
- “The Fear Free Organisation”
- A first novel under the pseudonym Tyndale King called “River Dragon”.

He is currently Faculty Professor, Organisational Neuroscience at Monarch Business School, Switzerland: International Chairman of Vietnam Consulting Group: and President of Global Leaders/Executive Coaching Vietnam.


This keynote argues that a lack of agreement about the knowledge base of coaching mitigates against Coaching becoming a true profession. Now that twenty-first century neuroscience has made it quite clear that all behaviour is predicated on the emotions, and that humans are not rational but rationalising creatures, there is a professional dilemma as to how to create the conditions under which Coaching becomes a coherent profession. The direction of travel towards such an end is outlined.

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