CoachX Conversations: Carol Kauffman and David Noble on Real-Time Leadership

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CoachX Conversations: Carol Kauffman and David Noble on Real-Time Leadership

Whitney Johnson interviewed Carol Kauffman and David Noble on Real-Time Leadership and how leaders can find their winning moves when the stakes are high.

When the seas are in turmoil, how do you keep a steady hand on the tiller? We need to create space between what is thrown at us and how we respond. What makes a leader great under high stakes situations? David and Carol spent five years studying this question and created a 4 part model “MOVE” that helps leaders overcome their automatic reactions and find new ways to approach and solve challenges.

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Carol is the Founder of the Institute of Coaching with Margaret Moore and Susan David. 

She is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and a Visiting Professor at Henley Business School and a Senior Leadership Advisor at Egon Zehnder. In 2009 she received a gift from the Harnisch Foundation for $2,000,000 to launch the IOC and we are now a community of over 20,000. 

She is known globally as one of the top leaders in the field of coaching. Thinkers 50 shortlisted her as one of the top 8 coaches in the world for her contribution to thought leadership and coach. With over 40,000 hours of client contact she is described as a lateral thinker who pushes the edges with a sense of humor and can disrupt people out of their comfort zone. Her client roster included many CEOs of Fortune 100 and FTSE 100 and their teams. 

Her book with David Noble, Real-Time Leadership: Find your winning moves when the stakes are high is published by Harvard Business Review. Dr. Kauffman was also the founding editor in chief of Chief of Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice with Tatiana Bachkirova. It was the first peer-reviewed journal from a major publishing house. 

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David Noble is a coach, leadership advisor and strategist. He works with CEO’s and their teams, Boards of Directors, investors and star athletes to help them identify, clarify and resolve their most important leadership issues. He founded his boutique VIEW Advisors in 2009 and is also engaged as a senior advisor to several global professional services firms, including Egon Zehnder and Oliver Wyman Group. Thinkers 50 named David as one of the world’s top coaches. He is also active in the not-for-profit world as an advisor, and lives in New York and Miami Beach.  

Previously, David was a Managing Partner at two global strategy consulting firms, and before that he was a senior executive at two top tier financial institutions. As an operating executive he held several diverse roles including global P&L business line responsibility, and specialty positions such as CEO of the world’s first digital bank, and head of the world’s first digital brokerage. David has lived and worked in China and Canada as well as the US. He has a Master’s in International Management from McGill, a Master’s in Economics from Queen’s University at Kingston, and a first class honors BA in Economics from the University of British Columbia. 

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