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IAC President´s Award Ceremony & Webinar

It is our privilege to present Des Walsh with the IAC Presidents Award on September 4th, 2017. <Click here for local times>
The Webinar will focus on the “Impact and Opportunities for the Application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the Coaching World.”

Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Coaching: Embrace or Expel?

Krishna Kumar/Des Walsh/ Tamal Bhatia

September 4th 2017 8.30AM (Eastern Time, US/Canada)

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Speech Abstract 

Technology has expanded exponentially since 1997 when Gary Kasparov, Legendary Chess Champion, after he lost to IBMs Deep Blue said, “Few people in the world know better than I do what its like to have your lifes work threatened by a machine. No one was sure what would happen if and when a chess machine beat the world champion.”

Today Artificial Intelligence (AI), though largely invisible, is pervasive in our lives through the use of powerful algorithms that drive search engines, provide social media alerts and e-commerce recommendations to name only a few. Machine learning, the latest entrant that is now propelling AI, enables machines to continuously learn through experience as we find from the widespread use of predictive analytics, diagnostics, image recognition chatbots and voice assistants.

Should coaching and coaches embrace or expel the advent of AI in our profession? How can we embrace this change, if we must?

Or, should we, like Gary Kasparov, ask the deeper and tougher questions, stop worrying about what machines can do and focus, instead, on what they still cant do?

Des Walsh

Des Walsh provides personalised, confidential business coaching for the small and medium business sector, including highly-focused “laser” coaching to help business owners get crystal clarity on their strategic options.

Founder and CEO Des Walsh has been in business for over 20 years, initially as communications consultant and industr y trainer, and as a business coach for the past 12 years. An early adopter in the digital economy and social media, he is a certified social media strategist, a LinkedIn expert and LinkedIn trainer: h e co-authored one of the first books on LinkedIn, the recruiters’ guide and best seller, LinkedIn for Recruiting. Over the past 12 years, Des has been a leader in demystifying LinkedIn for business peo ple and showing them practical ways to use the platform to grow their businesses. He founded and managed the LinkedIn Bloggers Group from 2005, founded the not for profit 30 Day Linking Blitz in 2012 and the LinkedIn group of the same name, which was then expanded to be the Linking Business Professionals group. Des is well placed to support his business clients in addressi ng the opportunities and challenges presented by the convergence of the digital economy, soci al technology tools and culture, mobile, big data, the cloud, and contextual marketing..

Des trained as a coach with Coachville.com and was a founding member of the International Association of Coaching (IAC): he was also at one time a member of the Board of Governors of IAC. He is a certified Social Media Strategist from the S3 Academy. Before establishing his communications consultancy, Des was a senior executive with the Australian and New South Wales Government s, with policy and program management responsibilities in education, cultural developm ent and major event planning. For clients who need to deal with government, Des can help int erpret the language of government and explain its processes.

Krishna Kumar BTME, MBA, BCC, Fellow ICPA
Krishna Kumar is a pioneer in the field of Leadership & Executive Coaching in Asia. A Master Coach and Trainer, he has coached Executives, Entrepreneurs and CEOs and works closely with some of the most renowned organisations in India and abroad. In a career spanning 30 years, Krishna Kumar has donned several hats as a corporate executive, entrepreneur, independent director, management consultant, B-school faculty and Tennis coach.

He is the founder-director of (ISEC) Intrad School of Executive Coaching ( www.ISECindia.in), which runs programs for certifying individuals as coaches. Active in the coaching community, he is the Global President of the International Association of Coaching (IAC) and a Member on the IAC’s global Board of Governors. A Board Certified Coach (BCC) by the Center For Credentialing and Education (CCE), USA he is also a Founding Fellow of the Institute of Coaching Professional Association (ICPA), a Harvard Medical School affiliate.

Krishna Kumar is a USPTR certified tennis coaching professional and also the recipient of the USPTR India Coach of the Year award in 2011 and the USPTR President’s 2002 award for contribution to the field of tennis coaching. His passion for the game of tennis led to the establishment of Kinesis Sports (P) Ltd (www.kinesisnet.com), which is rated as India’s premier tennis academy. Kinesis, India’s first and only ISO 9001 – 2008 certified tennis training institution is supported by a top-notch team of coaches who train around 300+ students every year.

Krishna Kumar is a visiting faculty at the prestigious Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, and his articles are regularly published in leading business magazines.

Tamal Bhatia

Tamal is an entrepreneur for the last 20 years in the space of learning, coaching and training. He is a certified coach with the Intrad School of Executive Coaching apart from training with Marshal Goldsmith in areas of Coaching for Performance. Tamal has worked with CXO teams of a wide number of organisations in getting them to function as better leaders.

Apart from Coaching, Tamal has a great interest in technology and has recently launched a mobile first gamified digital platform that helps organisations and institutions reach a much larger footprint with nano-learning. He is presently working on AI technologies to improve learning interactions. Tamal holds a patent (Applied for ) in the area of behavioural change.

Tamal holds an MBA from the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai and is a certified practitioner of the MBTI, FIRO-B and DISC instruments, tools that he has used extensively in creating learning and development for individuals.


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