By Malcolm Nicholson (United Kingdom)

The geopolitical and business outlook is set to become even more complex. Are business coaches well enough equipped to add value to their clients?

I have been speaking to some of my senior business clients over the last few weeks and getting a feeling from them of the business landscape for the coming year.

The consensus is that there is even more uncertainty and complexity. This of course is happening on a geopolitical level with wars in the Middle East, tensions in the far East and Eastern Europe and what Pope Francis has called “A piecemeal World War III” as well as economic tensions in Europe.

The US economy and to a lesser extent the UK appear to be growing, with Europe uncertain and some down turn in the emerging markets.

Regulation has also spread from the financial services to other industries and is being taken far more seriously. Non executive directors and boards are being held into far more account at a regulatory level whilst greater shareholder involvement is holding boards to account and there is a rising awareness and push back on the amount of C level remuneration.

Source: iCN Issue 10 (Business Coaching); pages 41-43

About Malcolm Nicholson

Malcolm Nicholson is the owner and Coaching Director for Aspecture, and has worked successfully with a wide range of senior business people for over 15 years, enabling them to improve business results through transformational changes. To find out how he can help your organization contact him at or on +44 1932 267597.