Media Release

May 7, 2009
Leadership expert to address the value of coaching

Coaching is critical in tough times

LONDON, ON, May 7, 2009 - Leadership coaching is important for companies at all times, but it's especially critical during tough times.

Jane Howell, Professor of Organizational Behaviour and holder of the Taylor/Mingay Chair in Leadership, Richard Ivey School of Business, will discuss how coaching should be built into the ways companies operate, rather than a random act, during a lecture on Tuesday, May 12.

"How to Build Coaching Capacity in Your Enterprise" will be held from 12:30-2 p.m. at the Toronto Board of Trade. The lecture is part of a talent development lunch series for executives.

"Effective leadership during a crisis can mean the difference between a company surviving and thriving or disappearing. When times are tough, employees turn to leaders for cues on how to react," said Howell. "Companies can prepare by ensuring leadership coaching is part of their culture."

The lecture will tackle the myths about coaching, examine the costs and benefits of external and internal coaches and discuss how to integrate coaching into an enterprise so that every executive, manager and supervisor is a coach and uses coaching to deal with performance, career and development issues.

Howell develops and delivers customized programs on leadership, change, teams and coaching for many companies in numerous countries. Her research on these topics has been published in more than 50 journals and book chapters and has received international awards.

Event: "How to Build Coaching Capacity in Your Enterprise", Jane Howell

Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2009, 12:30-2 p.m.

Location: Toronto Board of Trade, 1 First Canadian Place, Toronto, Ontario

For more information on the talent development series, please visit:

Media interested in attending, please contact Dawn Milne at 519-850-2536,


About the Richard Ivey School of Business, The University of Western Ontario
The Richard Ivey School of Business at The University of Western Ontario ( offers undergraduate (HBA) and graduate degree programs (MBA, Executive MBA and PhD) in addition to non-degree Executive Development programs. Ivey has campuses in London (Ontario), Toronto, and Hong Kong. Ivey recently redesigned its curriculum to focus on Cross-Enterprise Leadership - a holistic issues-based approach to management education that meets the demands of today's complex global business world.


For more information, please contact:
Dawn Milne, Communications Specialist, Richard Ivey School of Business, 519-850-2536,