Leader Labs & Salons

Global Leader Labs & Global Coach Salons

Global Leader Labs and Global Coach Salons have been conducted in Tokyo and Shanghai since 2005. These events are designed to help leaders increase their skills in handling global leadership and business coaching situations. Participants share their own experiences and learn from each other.

During the early years, we focused on introducing and practicing the ICF core competencies. The 2011 series introduced participants to 4 instruments: Cultural Intelligence (CQ), Global Mindset Inventory (GMI), Global Competencies Inventory (GCI) and Global Leadership Online (GLO). The 2012 series was conducted as a series of labs to help people explore various aspects of global leadership such as "being" leadership and managing paradoxes.

During 2013 we focused on facilitating "Global Leader Workshops." This lab was an experiential workshop for people to learn and experiment with some approaches to developing global leaders. Participants learned more about planning and facilitating leadership workshops – including tactics to encourage cross-cultural participation. The agenda is shown below.

The morning session will begin with a discussion about the challenges of developing global leaders, including the challenges of conducting and participating in virtual events across time zones. After discussing some “hot topics” in developing global leaders, we will focus on how to organize successful workshops in areas such as: (1) Setting objectives and developing agendas, (2) Orchestrating participation (e.g., using storyboards), (3) Including assessments and simulations, and (4) Facilitating group discussion. Participants will be invited to share sample agenda or handouts from workshops they have conducted. We’ll use some of those as case studies to explore how those workshops could have been enhanced. Then people will work in teams over lunch to collaboratively design several short modules for us to try out in the afternoon. Module topics will be chosen that day, but could include things like cross-cultural communication, global mindset, providing feedback and coaching, developing team vision and values, managing global supply chains, etc.

The afternoon session will consist of members conducting and participating in several short workshop modules. The group will debrief after each one.

Typical afternoon agenda for Coach Salons:
2:00 - 2:05   Welcome
2:05 - 2:15   Introduction & questions
2:15 - 3:25   Structured discussion about main topic
3:25 - 3:30   Case study introduction
3:30 - 4:00   Sharing ideas & best practices
4:00 - 4:45   Roleplay practice sessions
4:45 - 5:00   Observations & learning
5:00 - 5:15   Speed coaching
5:15 - 5:25   Checkout: New insights
5:25 - 5:30   Closing

Attendance is limited to 8-16 people per session, depending on the topic and venue. Each session will be designed to encourage a significant amount of interaction among participants. All sessions will be conducted by Dr. Katherine Holt in English although some particpants may converse in Japanese during group break-outs and role-play sessions.

Please email Katherine "at" if you have any questions.