My name is Massimo, and I am a hybrid professional working at the intersections between leadership and business development, education and coaching.
Originally from Verona, I lived in Cape Town for about 16 years, working as a tourist guide and tour leader and travelling throughout Southern Africa. What I have learned from this experience is to hold space for people, create trust, team building, and constructive dialogue, get creative and manage crises, conflicts and chaos.
In Africa, I have learned the traditional way of living called "Ubuntu".
Ubuntu, short for "Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu", means that a person is a person through others and that we are all interconnected. Ubuntu embodies all those virtues that maintain harmony and the spirit of sharing among all the members of society. It represents collaboration, humility, and humanity.
Inspired by Ubuntu and Systemic Coaching, I explore the ecosystem in which an individual or a team functions to create harmony and unlock the potential and performance of an individual, family, or team members, conscious of the fact that the elements and people within a system are all interconnected and affect one another.
In the context of a business coaching intervention, the ideal outcome is to create the conditions for systemic wellness and psychological safety within the workforce to ensure ideal communication, exchange, creativity, and feedback and for the employees to function effectively in their roles in line with the vision and mission of an organization and in return allowing for greater and sustainable ROI.
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What coaching is
The International Coaching Federation (ICF) defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. The process of coaching often unlocks previously untapped sources of imagination, productivity and leadership.
What systemic coaching is
Systemic coaching is defined by coach and author, John Whittington as an approach to coaching which, “coaches the individual client or team with the system in mind—exploring the part in the whole, and the whole in the part—so as to unlock the potential and performance of both.”
By highlighting the system (e.g. organization, team) that an individual functions within, systemic coaching can add wider context to the coaching process. Fundamentally, systemic coaching attempts to bring wider perspective to the process by encouraging individuals and teams to consider the ecosystem they’re embedded within while also developing their own self-awareness.
Systemic coaching is rooted in Systems Theory, which explores the interconnections between elements and encourages the client to consider the system in which they operate and the connections between the parts of the system.
Partnerships and Affiliations
The Self-Worth Academy is a global network of people who are interested in promoting self-worth as a foundation for life and work. The purpose of the Self-Worth Academy is to encourage a fresh understanding of self-worth in professional and personal life; in education and in leadership. As an Associate I create relationships between members of the SWA and the recovery and wellness world.
The Ubuntu Addiction Community Trust (U-ACT), a Section 18(A) Trust, is a non-profit and public benefit organisation committed to supporting individuals, families, organisations and communities that are trapped in the cycle of addiction, substance use disorders and dysfunctional behavioural patterns.
As an active member of the organisation I facilitate meetings, workshops and courses and assess students in the process of being certified as Recovery Coaches (PRS, CPRC) and Systemic Business Coaches (CSBC) held at the Ubuntu Academy of Coaching and Training.
Vista Health is an organisation based in the Netherlands that aims to bring sustainable wellness solutions for individuals and organisations. My role is the one of organisation developer, cross pollinator, coach and facilitator for the systemic wellness meetings, workshops and courses held online using web2 e web3 technology.