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Tim Bright

Coaching for high integrity organisational politics and networking

Theme: Practice
Area: Mentoring & Coaching
Type: Workshop
Style: Mainly Lecture

Session on Wednesday, Mar 01, 17:00
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Tim is an experienced executive coach and HR consultant, and is a partner with OneWorld Consulting, based in Istanbul. Tim has been coaching since 1997 and has lived and worked in Asia, the US and Europe. He now mostly works in Turkey, the Middle East, Russia and Central Asia. Tim uses a diverse range of coaching methodologies and aims to create effective reflective time and space for his clients, and to balance a supportive and challenging approach. He aims to help clients raise their self-awareness and often uses strengths based and solutions focused methodologies. Tim also works as a leadership team consultant and facilitator, mentoring programme consultant and executive search consultant. Tim’s interests include on-boarding coaching, the first 90 days, authentic leadership, leadership team effectiveness and high integrity corporate politics.

Tim’s clients include Adidas, Anadolu Group, Avon, BASF, Bayer, Borusan, Bosch, Coca-Cola, Henkel, HSBC, Microsoft, Sabanci Group, Siemens, Vodafone and Yildiz Holding. Tim also leads a team of five coaches working on client projects for OneWorld Consulting. Tim has completed the EQA accredited Master Coach programme with the Professional Development Foundation and a Masters Degree in Executive Coaching from Middlesex University. He is a co-founder of EMCC Turkey.


Coachees and mentees often bring corporate politics and networking as issues to focus on in sessions. Despite this, there is relatively little discussion or research on these areas in the coaching or leadership literature. Many coaches and mentors feel uncomfortable or ill-equipped to deal with these subjects. Networking and politics are different, but the unhelpful beliefs underlying our attitudes to them are often the same, and we need a more nuanced approach to both. Based on my own experience and a literature review I will argue that we need to challenge common views on corporate politics and that we can maintain a position of being ‘appropriately political’ and that we can (and indeed must) engage in ‘high integrity politics and networking’. I recommend an approach that combines integrity with an honest view of real organisational life and can be of great benefit to coaches, mentors and their clients and organisations. I will offer some simple thinking tools that coaches and mentors can use with clients to help them think about and be more effective in organisational politics and networking. I will use the research and insights of Brandon & Seldman, Egan, Ibarra & Hunter, Hartely, Ferrazzi, Grant and others.

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