✔️ More budget-friendly than 1 to 1 coaching
✔️ Deeper cross-functional relationships and development
✔️ Extended life cycle as the group becomes self-sustaining
✔️ To assist your group through lots of change
✔️ Help teams bond even when working from home or remotely
✔️ Resolve issues & challenges before they escalate.
Group coaching is an on-going conversation, which supports change over time. Traditional coaching is typically seen as a 1:1 relationship where one coach works with one client and typically deep dives into one has a conversation theme. Group coaching brings the coaching conversation into a small group context either virtually or face-to-face. It is focused on gaining a deeper awareness around key issues, supporting group members, taking action, and accountability. Our clients tell us it is extremely helpful to have an external & independent coach to facilitate difficult conversations & brainstorming sessions etc.
Group coaching can take different forms depending on the brief and needs of the organisation. And here are some examples of group coaching programmes:
Example #1: A four-month programme with 45 min sessions every 2 weeks focussing on solving a specific problem (for example how to work effectively as a virtual team) or improving a specific project.
Example #2: Group coaching for new managers – talent teams etc as a follow-on to leadership topics e.g. managing through change, building trust in virtual teams, time management etc. Consists of 1-hour monthly virtual meetings over a year.
Example #3: A group coaching program for senior managers exploring leadership strengths and weaknesses – face to face, half-day kick-off session plus 2-hour sessions over six months.
Group coaching is different for every business here’s what I’d suggest we do next….
Step 1 – In the lead up to group coaching, we prefer to have pre-program video calls with each group member. The aim is to build rapport, answer any questions, understand their motivations and goals and ensure they are ready to hit the ground running. If the calls aren’t possible then this happens during the first group coaching conversation.
Step 2 – The agreed groups of individuals come together (virtually or face-to-face) to help each other deconstruct, discuss, and resolve workplace concerns. Ideally, there are 4-6 people who ‘meet’ seven or more times over 6-12 months. The team takes responsibility for solving their own problems through improved understanding, greater awareness, building knowledge, and improved interpersonal skills. The overall goal is to learn from and with each other in order to take effective actions.
Step 3 – The role of the lead coach is to help team members reflect on what they are learning and how they are solving problems. The lead coach may focus on things like:
Step 4 – The lead coach facilitates most of the time at the beginning of the sessions and over time encourages group members to observe and regulate their own process and take on some facilitation responsibilities so that ultimately, they own the process fully.FIND OUT MORE