CHN Program

Coaching Without Borders (CHN) is an international workshop series which brings foreign well-known and highly recognised experts on coaching and leadership development to Hungary. We hold one day workshops on different development topics. All our programs are held in English with simoultaneous translation. Our intention is to set such prices which make our programs widely affordable. CHN has been running with great success since September 2011.


The aim of CHN (Coaching without Borders) event series is to bring to Hungary the renowned international experts, the most outstanding professionals from the world of leadership development and coaching who are able to present the rapidly developing leadership trends and coaching industry in its diversity and depth. 8 new themes and new speakers in Budapest in the 6th season of CHN.
From September 2016 to May 2017
The presentations and workshops are held in English – with simultaneous translation provided – on a monthly basis with fixed dates, enabling participants to plan well in advance and to select the programmes according to their interest or professional field.

September 2016 – May 2017

28 September 2016
John Blakey, BSc, MBA, MSc, PCC – The Trusted Executive: Nine leadership habits that inspire results, relationships and reputation

28 October 2016
Professor Patricia Riddell – Developing Leaders who attract Followers: The Neuroscience of Leadership and Followership

25 November 2016
Liz Hall – Transforming coaching practice and workplaces through the Mindful Compassionate Approach

19 January 2017
Anne Rød – Creating Intelligent Change

27 February 2017
Alain Cardon MCC – Systemic Coaching for a digital culture in organizations

30 March 2017.
Aboodi Shabi, ICF PCC – Working with Moods and Emotions at work – The World beyond Coaching

5 May 2017
Cliff Kimber – Enabling Better Business using Kelly, Boyd & Kimber

September 2016


The Trusted Executive: Nine leadership habits that inspire results, relationships and reputation

Presenter:      John Blakey, BSc, MBA, MSc, PCC
CEO & Elite Sports Coach | Speaker | Author | Board Chair

John BlakeyJohn was named as one of the top thought leaders globally on organizational trust at the Trust Across America awards in 2016. This accolade reflects his prize-winning doctoral research on trust at Aston Business School, his writing of the acclaimed book, ’The Trusted Executive’, as well as his practical experience as a highly successful business leader and pioneer in the executive coaching profession. His previous book Challenging Coaching, co-authored with Ian Day, was hailed as a ’game-changer’ in the profession when it was first published in 2012.

Date: 28th September 2016        9.00 – 16.00

This workshop will help leaders deliver outstanding results, create inspiring relationships and provide a positive contribution to society through the power of trustworthy leadership. Its thought-provoking and practical approach challenges executives to develop transformational trust-building skills to create a positive long-term legacy.

Through innovative coaching exercises, personal anecdotes, inspirational interviews with international CEOs, and well-researched business models, this workshop uses material from the acclaimed book, ’The Trusted Executive’ to give leaders the tools they need to create a strategy for building trust in themselves and in their companies.

John will present a proven three-pillared approach to trustworthy leadership, based on ability, integrity and benevolence. These pillars are underpinned by nine key habits of trustworthiness that, when consistently put into action, will revolutionize your leadership style.

In this interactive workshop you will have the opportunity to understand the theory of ’The Trusted Executive’, hear the real-life examples of how leaders successfully apply this approach and practice the tools & techniques on yourself and with your colleagues. You will leave the workshop inspired and equipped to immediately apply and practise new leadership habits.

October 2016


Developing Leaders who attract Followers: The Neuroscience of Leadership and Followership
Neuroscience and Leadership: Developing brains that lead and influence those that follow

Presenter:    Patricia Riddell, Professor of Applied Neuroscience

Patricia RiddellPatricia Riddell is Professor of Applied Neuroscience. She received her doctorate in Physiological Sciences from the University of Oxford.  One of her main research interests is the ways in which neuroscience can be applied in the business world, supporting and extending our understanding of human behaviour. She collaborates with colleagues at Ashridge Business School and IE Business School, Madrid researching aspects of leadership.  As a result of these collaborations she has developed a unique combination of skills that allows her to bring neuroscience solutions to individuals and organisations. Patricia has consulted for International Training Seminars and Kaizen Training, where she has developed customised neuroscience solutions. She has co-authored a book on the Neuroscience of Leadership Coaching with Patricia Bossons and Denis Sartain from Henley Business School.

Date: 28th October 2016    9.00 – 16.00

The current revolution in our understanding of the complexities of human behaviour provides an opportunity to use our brains better. Understanding and communicating this information requires a new breed of professional both with expertise in neuroscience and experience in the ways in which neuroscience can be used to tackle real world issues. Patricia’s range of experience and expertise is exquisitely suited to this role. She enjoys working at the interface between science and the business world, and finds this role challenging and exciting.
The brain is the starting point for all of our thoughts, emotions, choices and behaviours.  Leadership aims to influence people to follow a vision and to motivate them to work at their best.  Thus, understanding more about the brains of leaders, and those of their followers, has the potential to allow leaders to better influence employee behaviour to suit the way our brains work.
In this one day masterclass, Professor Patricia Riddell will provide a basic introduction to the working of the brain, describe the functions of its most important components and outline the way these work together to create different behaviours.  She will introduce some recent neuroscientific concepts that help to understand how to make decisions in complex environments, and will describe the neural systems involved in different leadership styles.  She will also consider what happens in the brains of people who choose to follow and in those that don’t, and will discuss how employees are motivated. The day will include both content and interactive exercises to allow you to put new ideas directly into practice.

The aims of the masterclass are to provide a basic working knowledge of the brain and its function, and then to show how knowledge of some aspects of brain function and its evolutionary developments can help us to better understand leadership.  At the end of the masterclass, you will have a better understanding of the brain, its components and how these are put together to produce flexible behaviours.  You will have explored some of the difficulties in decision making in complex environments, and will have considered the types of systems activated both when leading and following.  Finally, you will have practiced some techniques that have the potential to enhance your ability to lead.
The masterclass will explore how change occurs in the brain including discussion of epigenetics and neuroplasticity.  We will look at the decision making in complex environments and consider how best to use the different decision making processes in the brain.  We will consider what changes in the brain when we make a decision to try something new.  We will also consider the different neural systems involved in different styles of leadership and what happens in the brains of followers in response to different leadership styles. Finally, we will consider how to motivate people to bring their best selves to work. There will also be plenty of opportunity to practice new ideas and techniques, to network with other people who are interested in neuroscience of leadership, and to ask questions of an expert neuroscientist with many years of experience of research and teaching in this field.


Transforming coaching practice and workplaces through the Mindful Compassionate Approach

Presenter:      Liz Hall
Coach | Writer & Editor | Speaker | Mindfulness Teacher & Trainer

Liz HallLiz Hall is Editor & Co-owner of Coaching at Work magazine (; author of Mindful Coaching (Kogan Page, 2013), author/editor of Coaching in Times of Crisis & Transformation (Kogan Page, 2015), and chapter contributor to books including Mindfulness in Organisations (Cambridge University Press, 2015), and Mastery in Coaching (Association for Coaching/Kogan Page, 2014).

She is a Senior Practitioner Coach (European Mentoring & Coaching Council), and a founding member of the Association for Coaching Spain. She delivers one-to-one coaching, runs Mindful Coaching programmes as open programmes, and also within a range of organisations. Clients include and have included Corus (now part of Tata); Portsmouth University; Green Alliance; Sustran; the Escuela Europea; the UK’s NHS (National Health Service); News UK; Open University, and Imperial College London. She also delivers Mindfulness programmes for leaders and other professionals within organisations, and a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction programme for the general public. She is an Associate with the UK’s Institute for Employment Studies, and with Rising Minds. She is involved in coach training for FRC, and for the Academy of Executive Coaching amongst others.

Liz is also an award-winning HR, health & business journalist who started her career in journalism almost 30 years ago and who has written for publications including The Financial Times; The Guardian; People Management; Personnel Today; Employers’ Law; Occupational Health; Doctor; Hospital Doctor, and Practice Nurse.

Liz won the Association for Coaching’s Award for External Impact on the Coaching Profession 2010-11. Liz is passionate about mindfulness and compassion can heal and transform, helping us lead authentic, courageous and ethical lives.

Date: 25th November 2016,   9.00 – 16.00

In a world in which VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) has become shorthand for ’it’s crazy out there’ and stress is overtaking musculoskeletal problems as the

biggest cause of absenteeism, many organisations, teams and individuals are struggling to cope, let alone thrive. Against this backdrop, Mindfulness is all the rage. Not only are Mindfulness-based therapies the preferred treatment for recurrent depression, this year saw the UK Government recommend Mindfulness pilot programmes in settings including the workplace and in healthcare. An impressive evidence base highlights many benefits from practising mindfulness including heightened emotional intelligence, improved resilience & ability to manage stress, and closer alignment to values and increased ethical behaviour. And compassion development too is increasingly the subject of studies, with a range of benefits being highlighted. Mindfulness and compassion go in hand, and are the ideal bedfellows for transformational coaching, and leadership development.

This workshop will be highly experiential and interactive, and will also share some of the latest research on mindfulness & compassion and their applications in coaching and the workplace. You will have the opportunity to experience mindfulness practices to help you be more intuitive & emotionally intelligent, and more resourceful & resilient, and which can be used with clients. You will also have the opportunity to practice Mindful Compassionate Coaching, including Liz’s FEEL framework (Hall, 2013), trying out the process with colleagues.



Creating Intelligent Change
It is time to reframe change and seriously examine how to navigate the constant flow of impulses and activities which is impacting our teams, organizations and life in general.


Presenter:  Anne Rød                    Website:

Anne RødAnne Rød is an international management consultant and executive team coach, who develops and delivers team development and leadership programs for global organizations. Prior to becoming a consultant, she held senior management positions in business and academia for more than 20 years, both in the UK and Norway, and has published numerous books and papers on organizational and strategic communication, organizational change, Relationship Systems Intelligence, as well as on intercultural competence. As senior faculty member with CRR Global, spearheading Relationship System Intelligence training in organizations and management teams around the world, Anne is also a highly experienced facilitator and keynote speaker. Anne Rød is the co-author of newly launched Creating Intelligent Teams, the first book to be written about Relationship Systems Intelligent. Anne holds a Master’s degree from the universities of Sunderland and Lancaster in the UK, and has three certifications in coaching (NLP, CTI and CRR), from both the Coaches Training Institute in the USA, and from CRR Global. She is presently taking her doctorate at University of Bedfordshire, UK on systemic change in organizations.

Date: 19th January 2017   9:00-16:00

Most leaders, and organizations, are stuck in the modernistic world of measurements and numbers, adhering to an approach that has been the most prevalent since the philosopher Renee Descartes introduced dualism and the scientific approach in the 1600 century. Our business logic today is based on an Anglo-Saxon individually focused management style centred on command, control and measurement. It is a kind of mind set that bases itself on the same consumption which is slowly but surely depleting the resources of our own planet. This hegemony of consumption and battle of the individualistic agendas does not work anymore, it simply cannot go on this way.

We are losing and abusing the talent we have. We are not getting the best out of our people, our resources. We cannot rule nor innovate on a diet of fear and control. The challenges we are facing are too complex to leave it up to a few people alone to solve.

We need to create environments and a language where intelligent teams can be created and sustained, allowing us to tap into to the immense resources and intelligence that exists before our very eyes. It is time to take a leap from modernist ideas with one strong leader at the helm, to engaging the talent and expertise that is readily available in teams and organizations. And to harness this potential through empowerment and engagement.

Take-aways from the workshop include:

  1. An introduction to Relationship Systems Intelligence
  2. Creating intelligent teams that can navigate change
  3. How to create successful change
  4. What happens in a change process?
  5. Navigating intelligent change



Systemic Coaching for a digital culture in organizations


Presenter: Alain Cardon MCC      

Alain Cardon MCCAlain Cardon is an executive, team and organizational systemic team coach.   His international and creative training, consulting and coaching career has seen him work on most continents and in a wide variety of industrial, mining, distribution, government, service, communication, and consulting fields.  He has specialized in accompanying breakthrough transitions and cultural transformations in large systems.  Since 1979, he has authored over fifteen books on communication, management and coaching, many of which are translated into numerous languages, and some more recently published on Kindle.
As far as his personal style, Alain has developed a direct, confronting and empowering coaching approach that may be defined as a blend of brief, systemic, creative, and breakthrough posture and techniques.  Although French national and part-time resident, his North African upbringing, his US education, his intensely international personal life and career make it difficult to define Alain’s executive coaching heritage as originating from one or another coaching school of thought, one or another national frame of reference.
ICF MCC and past assessor for over ten years, he now lives and works mostly between France and Romania.

Date: 27th February 2017    9.00 – 16.00

Obviously, the ongoing digital revolution is not only radically questioning all past organizational models, it is challenging the very fabric of society, the concepts of work and leisure, the pertinence of boundaries, the existence of states and governments, the purpose of education and communication, our very foundations of identity…  As a profound systemic transformational process, there is no area of human existence that is spared by its effects.  Ah. Yes.  Let us not forget technology.  But to merely focus on the technological dimensions of this extraordinary revolution is to ignore the widespread effects it has on every dimension of our global human civilization.

Interestingly, coaching as a new individual posture that rests on a deeper, more authentic and respectful human foundation, as a creative set of transformational tools, as both a large social movement and a very precise breakthrough profession is also born at the turn of the last century.   Solidly resting on a clearly stated purpose, set of values ethics, it is spreading like wildfire to accompany rapid and sustainable change in individuals, teams, communities and larger organizational systems.
The synchronic developments of coaching and the digital revolution, both serving to accelerate our change of civilization is not a mere coincidence.  In a systemic way, both serve the same purpose.  Each is here to accompany the other.
In this workshop, you will be invited to embark on an exploration of individual, team and organizational systemic reality in the current social context.  You will get an opportunity to glimpse into the new fractal paradigm that our much more collaborative present and future is suggesting we address, and understand today’s role of coaching as a transformational profession.
Focused on applications of systemic life and individual, team and organizational coaching in a corporate context, the workshop will rest on short interpersonal practical experiences, presentations, illustrations, question-and-answer sequences.
Be prepared for some authentic sharing, changes of perspectives, challenging experiences and other forms of personal discomfort.
Participants will also be provided with a few practical tools and resources to accompany individuals, teams and organizations in a systemic perspective.

MARCH 2017


Working with Moods and Emotions at work
The World beyond Coaching


Presenter:  Aboodi Shabi, ICF Professional Certified Coach

Aboodi ShabiAboodi Shabi has been working in the field of personal and executive development for over twenty-five years, and in coaching since 1996. In that time, he has worked with thousands of coaches and executives across the world.

He was also founding co-President of the UK ICF, and has served the profession at all levels internationally. Aboodi has led workshops and seminars for coaches and executives across Europe, Asia, and South Africa. Aboodi is also an invited facilitator on mastery in coaching for various European coaching schools, as well as being a regular speaker on the coaching conference circuit across Europe. He writes regularly for coaching publications, and is on the editorial board for Coaching at Work magazine.

Aboodi has also worked with executives and teams from organisations all over the world including BP, SAB Miller, Deloitte, the BBC, NedBank, Massmart and Standard Chartered.

Date: 30th March 2017   9:00-16:00

Session One: Working with Moods and Emotions at work

In today’s working environments, we often operate under high pressure, with tight deadlines to meet and highly complex situations to navigate. Coaches and leaders work with people to support them in taking actions towards their organisational or personal goals.  However, focussing on the goals alone is often insufficient to achieve change, or to function effectively under pressure.

Several contemporary thinkers, particularly Daniel Goleman, have been working with the issues of emotions and how they impact us in both our personal and professional lives.
Emotions are not just about how we feel.

Moods and emotions pre-dispose us to action – when we are affected emotionally by an experience, then it fundamentally alters our capacity for action. This understanding is crucial in leadership and coaching, in terms of understanding how to work both with your own emotions and moods, and also with the moods and emotions of the people whom you lead or coach.

In this highly interactive session, we’ll explore the role of moods and emotions in the work-place, how they affect performance and team dynamics. We’ll also look at what it means to take care of our emotions under pressure, and how to go beyond simply being ‘in control’ or ‘out of control’ of our emotions.

Participants will come away with:

  • experiential understanding of the impact of moods and emotions on performance;
  • new practices that will help you to be in touch with your emotions, but not at the effect of them;
  • greater understanding of how to work more effectively with the emotions of the people whom you coach and lead.

Session Two: The World beyond Coaching

It is my deeply held belief that coaching needs to go beyond the territory of merely supporting individuals in working towards their own personal goals and ambitions.
In this session, we will explore the wider context in which coaching sits – the world we and our coachees live in.

If coaching is to have a real future, and truly to be of service in this world, then coaches need to acknowledge the global concerns we are facing, from environmental and political issues to questions of wealth inequality and poverty. Some of these questions may be uncomfortable territory for us, but they are the critical questions of the world we, and our coachees, inhabit, and we need to explore them in order to better serve our coachees and our world. It is increasingly clear that more of the same is not an option – human beings have to engage with fundamental questions about the assumptions we have made about how we live and work, and I believe that coachees have a very important part to play in these questions.

This will be a thought-provoking and stimulating conversation, offering questions and new perspectives about coaching and the world in which we do our work. Participants will leave, provoked and stirred to reflect on some powerful questions about our work and what it can serve.

MAY 2017


Enabling Better Business using Kelly, Boyd & Kimber


Presenter:      Cliff Kimber, MSc. FRSA FinstLM
Coach | Speaker | Consultant | Facilitator

Cliff KimberCliff Kimber is a Founding Partner of performance-consulting firm, BigBlueStuff. He holds a Master’s Degree in Coaching & Development from Portsmouth University Business School and is an elected Fellow of the Institute of Leadership & Management (FInstLM) and a Fellow for the encouragement of arts, education and commerce.
In 2015 Cliff facilitated on the ‘Strategic Leadership Consultation’ at Windsor Castle for the Windsor Leadership Trust and has visited as an Associate Consultant at Bristol Business School at University of Western England. He was also Associate Faculty at Myles Downey’s School of Coaching, Europe’s leading coaching school.
Cliff has a commercial background in media-sales and publishing, where he held various positions including Publisher, General Manager and UK product manager, which ensures an understanding of the pressures worked under and the acumen required to help drive his clients business’ forward.
He is a trusted resource to senior executives at C-Suite, Partners, Directors and teams across a broad range of industries and sectors including management consultancy, financial services, HM Government Departments, & engineering.
Myles Downey acknowledged Cliff in the latest edition of ‘Effective Coaching’ for ‘having pushed my learning, at personal and professional levels, more than any other(s), sometimes to the point where it hurts’.

Date:  5th May 2017,   9.00 – 16.00

‘The barriers to performance breakthrough are often embedded in the environment where we need to perform the most’
(Kimber. C MSc. Research, 2005)’.

If the above statement is true then, as coaches, facilitators and leaders in business, part of our role must be to enable the client/organisation to identify the barriers and break through them.

  • How the client construes the personal and organizational environment will set up success or failure.
  • How they map their internal reality onto the external will enable or disable them.
  • How they anticipate events can stop ideas progressing or lead to bold innovation.

Combining some of the thinking of George Kelly and Col. John Boyd with 20 years coaching and facilitation experience Cliff Kimber has been enabling clients to survive and thrive on their own terms and sustain the direction of travel that enables better business.
Kelly’s fundamental postulate, ‘A persons processes are psychologically channelized by the way they anticipate events’ is one of the great, undiscovered coaching tools and dovetails into John Boyd’s OODA (Observe, Orient, Decide, Act) loop effectively to enable clarity of thought and thinking about the right thing.
The above themes are primarily concerned with combining some of the thinking to compress time and enable clients, or indeed your clients’ clients to step into the safe space you create and accelerate their decision making and learning, in short, to enable better business.
The day will demonstrate the ways in which you might incorporate some of the ideas shared, it will be interactive and it should be, above all things, fun, given that performance, enjoyment and learning are inextricably linked.

Your takeaways for the day:

  • Understand Colonel John Boyd’s legacy for coaching.  You will recognize OODA in an instant and use it for the rest of your coaching/leadership career
  • Using OODA to grow the GROW model.
  • Start to think about George Kelly’s breakthrough postulate and what it could mean for coaches and business leaders.
  • Why enabling your clients to really consider why the barriers to performance breakthrough in their environment might be constricting their performance and tightening their thinking around their beliefs.
  • Knowing whether your thinking is too tight or constricted or too loose and dilated can enable moving through the barriers to your breakthrough!

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