The UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School


Coaching Expertise at UCD Smurfit Executive Development


The UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School

Colm Murphy has a wealth of experience in all aspects of coaching. He is a successful executive and team coach whose area of expertise is in taking a psychological approach with leaders and their teams to achieve meaningful behavioural changes that drive business results. Colm set up his own coaching business in June 2008, following ten years in senior global Learning and Development roles. He helps leaders and teams improve their performance by raising their awareness of their attitudes, assumptions and behaviours and the impact these have on their effectiveness.

Colm has extensive coaching experience in large multinationals and in the public sector. His coaching ranges from preparing individual contributors for management roles to helping leaders widen their impact on their organizations. He is also an experienced team coach for senior leadership teams around the areas of team performance and effectiveness.

Colm is currently completing his Doctorate on “How does team coaching contribute to team effectiveness?”.

He has co-authored a chapter on Team Effectiveness for The Practitioner’s

Handbook of Team Coaching published by Routledge (2018).

Colm is an accredited member of the International Coach Federation. He holds the following qualifications:

  • Diploma in Systemic Team Coaching, Academy of Executive Coaching, 2014
  • Postgraduate Diploma in the Psychology of Executive Coaching, UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, 2010
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Executive Coaching, Dublin Institute of Technology, 2006
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Training & Performance Management, University of Leicester, 2006
  • Masters in Accounting, University College Dublin, 1993

Colm is Programme Director of the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School’s Diploma in Team Coaching, and has taught on the Diploma in Business and Executive Coaching since 2010. He also contributes to the UCD Smurfit Diploma in Organisational Change and Transformation, and on the Leading for High Impact and Results Programme.

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