Ashridge to Host Session on Improvisation and Spontaneity in Coaching

On December 8, 2015, Ashridge Business School will host a session for alumni entitled “Creative Adventures in Coaching”.

Visiting faculty member Steve Chapman, who will conduct the event, will discuss ways in which professionals can bring the forces of spontaneity and improvisation into their business environments. Chapman, according to his biography, is “fascinated with how… life [in organizations] really works versus how it is supposed to work.” Chapman, whose experience encompasses fields as diverse as pharma, financial services, retail, the arts, and engineering, is interested in the influence of Gestalt psychology in business. Touting the benefits of “a culture of experimentation,” Chapman believes that corporate life can present leaders with opportunities to approach situations with a spirit of adventure.

A former director at a multi-national blue-chip firm, Steve Chapman’s interest lies in the influence of ‘the inner critic’ whom, he believes, inhibits leaders in their ability to innovate and to relate to their clients. He encourages readers in his book “Can Scorpions Smoke? Creative Adventures in the Corporate World” to welcome the forces of improvisation, imagination, play and creativity into their workplaces.

Chapman has also worked as a radio host, DJ, and promoter for musicians and performers. He attended Ashridge with a distinction in Organizational Change and Consulting. In addition to his role as an instructor at Ashridge, Chapman also serves as a visiting faculty member at The Metanoia Institute, teaching courses for their master’s program in Gestalt Organizational Development.


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Maggie Boccella

Maggie Boccella, a lifelong resident of Philadelphia, is a freelance writer, artist and photographer. She has consulted on various film and multimedia projects, and she also serves as a juror for the city's annual LGBTQIA Film Festival.

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