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Auriel Majumdar

Working with artists – implications for our development as coaches

Theme: Approach/school/theory
Area: Coaching
Type: Research and how it has been used in practice
Keywords: Creativity, Co-creativity, Artists, Reflexivity, Artistic Mindedness

Session on Wednesday, Jul 11th, 11:50
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The concept of ‘psychological mindedness’, the capacity for self-reflection and insight is a familiar one for coaches and can help us pay attention to what is going on for our coachees but also for ourselves and our own self development.

In this workshop I will reflect on my coaching work and PhD research with artists and propose a new concept of ‘artistic mindedness’ which allows coaches to recognise and perform artistic processes creatively with the coachee. Together we will explore this concept and how it might manifest in our coaching work, taking our definitions of creative coaching beyond merely recourse to a toolkit of creative techniques and offering the possibility of new definitions of creativity in coaching practice.

Questions we will explore together will include:
– How might artists be different to other coachees and what does this require of us as practitioners?
– What can we learn from working with artistic and creative coachees and how might this impact on our practice?
– When and how can we most usefully employ creative techniques with our coachees?
– When are we at our most creative as practitioners, and what do we need to support us in this space?


Auriel Majumdar is a Creative Business Coach and Consultant. After twenty years working in change management and service development at a senior level in the national voluntary sector and local authorities in the UK, Auriel now runs her own coaching and consultancy practice working with a diverse set of organisation and individuals who want to transform and grow.

Auriel is a Visiting Fellow at Sheffield Hallam University in the UK and is a part of the academic team developing, teaching and supervising the Masters in Coaching and Mentoring. Auriel is also part of the delivery team for the award winning University of Sheffield leadership development programme, Sheffield Leader. She is an accredited Time To Think practitioner. At the grand old age of 54, Auriel is studying for a PhD, researching the relationship between Coaching and Art. Her research will include her making Art for the first time in her life!

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