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"Cultural Integration And Transformative Leadership Coaching In The Workplace” with John Tse Tow


This week on The UpLevel Podcast, we welcome John Tse Tow, a well-versed coaching practitioner with over 20 years of experience. John shares his evolving definition of coaching, emphasizing its transformative power and ability to unearth hidden aspects within individuals. He recounts his career journey, from facilitating youth programs at age 18 to leading training sessions across China for HSBC and JPMorgan. He reflects on how he witnessed the shift from traditional training methods towards embracing coaching modalities for personal and professional development.

Listen in to gain insights into blending cultural elements into modern corporate training techniques while appreciating the unique challenges faced by the Eastern region market when it comes to embracing new paradigms in organizational development through personal growth frameworks such as Co-Active coaching combined with analytical tools like Leadership Circle. Tune in now!

In this Episode:

  • Discover how John transitioned from facilitating youth programs to pioneering coaching initiatives at major financial institutions like HSBC and JPMorgan.

  • Explore John's perspective on coaching as a method to uncover hidden aspects within individuals that they may not be aware of, thus helping them discover new facets of their potential.

  • Gain insights into how organizations have shifted from traditional training models toward embracing coaching for leadership development, especially noting differences in adoption rates across Asia.

  • Learn about the challenges and rewards of introducing Western-developed methodologies such as Co-Active Coaching to diverse Asian cultures.

  • Understand how John leverages his multilingual abilities to create deeper connections during his sessions by integrating cultural nuances.

  • Hear about innovative ways to engage leaders through playfulness, embodiment practices, and creativity exercises that tap into different cognitive processes.

Order of Topics:

  • John's Definition of Coaching and Career Journey

  • Evolution of Coaching in Asia

  • Cultural Nuances

  • The Role of Playfulness in Coaching

  • Language as Connection

  • Leadership Circle Profile Tool

  • Navigating Uncertainty with Coaching

  •  Co-Active Coaching Approach 

  • Somatic Awareness Enhances Leadership 

  • Vision for Transformational Leadership

Action Items:

  • Identify Potential

  • Facilitate Leadership Programs

  • Transition Focus in Training

  • Educate on Coaching Benefit

  • Embrace Cultural Sensitivity

  • Implement 360-degree Feedback Tools

  • Prepare Leaders for Chang

  • Promote Internal Reflection through Co-active Coaching

  • Address Personal Histories Impacting Professional Behavior

  • Develop Somatic Awareness in Leaders

  • Foster Team Connection

  • Adopt a Systems Perspective

  • Promote Social Consciousness in Business Practices

About John:

John TSE TOW (pronounced see-toe), PCC, CPCC, ORSCC, is an accomplished and highly qualified coach and facilitator with 20+ years of experience in various industries. Being a faculty member of the Co-Active Training Institute as well as a brand ambassador and faculty of the Leadership Circle, John plays a crucial role in training and mentoring new coaches. 

Originally from Brunei, John has lived in Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Brisbane. His multicultural upbringing and fluency in 8 languages have enabled John to deliver and coach in numerous countries and across cultures. He has also led successful leadership culture transformation programs for multinational companies. 

Currently, John works with leadership teams and team leaders across industries, helping them navigate the volatile and complex business landscape. His mission is to elevate leaders' consciousness and unlock their true potential through self-awareness and transformative leadership. With his expertise in corporate culture programs, John has been recognized for his exceptional work in designing and delivering training programs. His leadership style focuses on facilitating transformation and challenging teams to explore their intelligence and creativity.

Join us as we delve into the world of coaching and leadership with John, a sought-after coach and trainer dedicated to unlocking leaders' potential and fostering transformation.

About UpLevel Productions: Founded by Christie Mann, MA, CPCC, PCC, and Rachel Baldi, CPCC, PCC, UpLevel creates, produces, and delivers Transformative Experiences, Workshops, Training, Events + Media that develop leaders who make our world a healthier, more alive, and connected place to be. As Associate CTI Faculty Partners, UpLevel is licensed to sell, produce, and deliver Co-Active coach training and leadership development programs around the world to support the transformational growth of individuals and culture inside the workplace and organization. Instagram @uplevelproductions Facebook & LinkedIn @uplevelproductionscompany


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