Professor Anthony Grant

BA (Hons) in Psychology, Masters of Arts in Behavioural Science
Director Coaching Psychology Unit, University of Sydney

Professor Anthony M. Grant is a Coaching Psychologist. The title of his PhD thesis was "Towards a psychology of coaching: The impact of coaching on meta-cognition, mental health and goal attainment" and is one of few doctoral thesis that explicitly examine Coaching Psychology. He is both a practitioner and an academic.

In January 2000 Anthony established the world's first Coaching Psychology Unit at the School of Psychology at Sydney University where he is the director. The unit offers post-graduate degree programs to Master's level in Applied Science (Psychology of Coaching), the Master of Organisational Coaching and the Graduate Certificate in Applied Science (Applied Positive Psychology), and Anthony was instrumental in the development and introduction of these programs. His coaching research and practice has frequently been reported in the national and international media. He has co-written and co-edited five books on evidence-based coaching and has many coaching-related publications in the peer-reviewed and professional press. His books on coaching have been translated into eight languages, and his is widely recognised as a key pioneer of coaching psychology.

Keynote Topic and Abstract

The Third ‘Generation’ of Workplace Coaching: Creating a Culture of Quality Conversations

This presentation describes the third-‘generation’ approach to workplace coaching that is increasingly apparent in private sector and government organisations. A brief overview of first and second ‘generation’ approaches to coaching will be presented to provide some context to the current trends.

This third-generation approach explicitly focuses on enhancing both the performance and the well-being of individuals and organisations in ways that are sustainable and personally meaningful. It is an approach to coaching in organisations that aims to create the culture of quality conversations needed for the challenges faced by contemporary organisations, including schools.