One of the skill sets which continues to grow in importance in the evolving workspace – whether you are working back in-person, virtually or in hybrid world is that of coaching.
What is coaching?
The International Coaching Federation 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.”
Coaching can look very different across the spectrum of one-on-one coaching when a leader or external or internal coach sits down with their team member and takes a deep dive into the areas they would like to explore.
Peer coaching, where peers come together to share their experiences, and help others expand their awareness perspectives, and options, by listening and asking great questions is also an increasingly important modality.
The area of coaching I have been very involved with for close to two decades now is group and team coaching (having written the world’s first book on Group coaching – Effective Group Coaching back in 2009.
In group coaching we are bringing together people with a shared and common interest. Group size can range from 4 – 15, with the smaller the group providing more connection, trust and intimacy. Group coaching groups, or circles, are hosted by a coach who supports the group by providing a process focus around the topics the group wants to explore. Part conveyor, part coach, the group coaches role is to provide the space for accountability around the group member’s goals (which often are individual goals, and sometimes collective goals), as well as holding the space for the experience to provide new awareness and action towards what’s important.
In team coaching we are coaching an entire team, whether it’s an intact team, matrix team, or project team. The leader is a key part of the conversation and is instrumental in ensuring that what is explored in coaching gets put into practice by the team. In team coaching, we are often coaching the team systemically, so focusing on their own alignment as well as connections with their wider ecosystem.
What are the different ways you might integration more coaching into your organization?
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