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KOSHEEK SEWCHURRAN

Associate Professor and Integral Coach

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I am a reflexive practitioner-scholar who does impactful work with executives, skilfully, to ripple impacts. The goal is to walk alongside clients, students, businesses to uncover pathways to grow zest, excellence, and overall wellness to feel more alive with leadership, strategy, and business model innovation.  

 

My coaching approach draws on Integral coaching, the Enneagram, and ontological coaching following the ArtistryinEverydayness (TM) approach.  My coaching work and style can be gleaned from my book, Sounding the Depths of Leadershipwritten during a 6 month sabbatical in 2021 and published on 28 April 2022. The book brings together my industry experience (as a software engineer), with nearly 20 years of philosophical study and over a decade of working in practice with executives to understand how to foster authentic leadership in the ongoing present.  

My executive coaching includes the following formats: 

  1. Personal one-on-one coaching of professionals and executives to grow zest and connection

  2. Personal one-on-one coaching of managers and leaders to grow leadership capacity, strategy execution ability and business model innovation skill

  3. Group coaching and facilitation to grow connection, healthy team functioning, build trust and enhance conversation effectiveness.

  4. Strategy facilitation for organisations and groups to develop and refine strategic direction.

  5. Leadership development facilitation for organisations and groups to improve organisational effectiveness.

Until 2013, I directed the Executive MBA programme at the University of Cape Town's Graduate School of Business for ten years, and I remain an Associate Professor there. My teaching focus is leadership, strategy and business model innovation in the flow of practice. 

I am currently working on my second book, What's your telos? 

Education

2006-2008

Doctor of Philosophy University of Cape Town

2001-2003

University of KwaZulu Natal (Pietermaritzburg)

1999-2000

University of KwaZulu Natal (Pietermaritzburg)

My PhD study, titled "Towards a regional ontology for information systems project management" fused the theories of Heidegger's Dasein, Bourdieu's Theory of Practice and Maturana & Varela's Theory of Living Systems, to develop a relational model of social construction that also has related phenomenological, existential and biological perspectives.

The core principles of the regional ontology I developed implied that Information Systems projects are sites of continuously evolving action. Project organising or change is the result of re-weaving actor beliefs and habits through the institution of particular cognitive representations, which may be referred to as a temporary organisation, to encourage new experiences. The experience of being together as a project organisation is therefore nothing more than a temporal process of human relating, in which the project team members continually review their futures by actions in the present.

Team coherency, synergy and cooperation are directly influenced by the pace and extent to which the projects mandate is absorbed into the background as a phenomenal domain, and the extent to which it provides affordances for project participants. 

Masters in Science (Msc) in Systems Thinking

Bachelor of Science Honours (BSc Hons) Computer Science

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