This is my definition as a work in progress of systemic coaching. I am still working on it as my knowledge and experience evolves.


Systemic Coaching is the practice of coaching a person, team, or system, in an interdependent relationship that includes the coach to cocreate the insights needed for a positive benefit to the coachee and the inter-related systems they are a part of.

Systemic coaching focuses on the parts, and the connections between the parts, as an organic systemic whole that may include the whole organisation, it’s stakeholders and customers, as well as the wider industrial and ecological context that the organisation interacts with.

The systemic coach recognises that the person or people in front of them are a voice of which the interdependent system is speaking through, and that the coach is hearing this voice with their own background, filters, and biases. The coach always asks, ‘of whom am I in service of?’ and makes sure that the value they are adding is in service to the wider system as well as the person or people being coached.

Simon Powers is the CEO and founder of Adventures with Agile. He has over 20 years’ experience helping very large organisations to thrive in the market and to be better places to work. His approach led him to create our transformative ICAgile Certified Enterprise Agile Coaching training courses, which run worldwide and online. Simon is one of the first ICE-EC experts in the world.