Thursday, December 08, 2022

6 Core Group and Team Coaching Resources: 12 Days of Holidays 2022 - Day 1 of 12

 For years (and I mean years) I've done a year end series of blog posts. Take a  look at the 2010 and
2016 series here.
My team here at Potentials Realized asked me earlier this month if I'd be doing something special for the holidays and I said, OF COURSE! So here we go with the 12 days of holidays for 2022. The series this year will include some tips and a focus on one of our many programs and services. I hope you join us for all 12 posts leading up to December 23rd (our 12th day!)

I thought I'd start with 6 Core Group and Team Coaching Resources I return to time and time again, ones that I think every coach will want to consider having in their toolkit:

1. Post it notes - Post it notes continue to be a favorite of mine and have been so for decades now. They are a great tool to elicit participation from all group members, see connections and focus thoughts. Read this 2008 post I did entitled Post It Notes: A Facilitators Ally. In the virtual space, Miro and Mural are our digital twin.

2. Visual Decks - For many years I have been using visual cards and photographs with in person and virtual groups. A wonderful "conversation sparker" across differences, photos help group members create new perspectives, insights and connections. Whether you are using Visual Explorer, the JICT Deck, Points of you - The Coaching Game, or Conversation Sparker (my deck) consider the many ways you can use cards as openers, closers, or as the main focus of the session.  In late November 2016 I released the 40 Ways to Use Visual Cards E-Resource, which includes detailed instructions on 40 ways to facilitate activities with cards (from goal setting, to innovation, to strategic planning, to closure) and also five worksheets you can use "as is".

Working with visuals was also my focus of the Design Studio Blab #6 - View it here.

3. A selection of virtual platforms - The last few years have shown the importance of having a variety of platforms at our disposal - from Zoom, to Teams to others, what are you using to bring people together?


4. A variety of back-pocket ideas - You never know what's going to be needed when you work with groups and teams. It's always a great idea to take stock of the different activities and resources we have at our disposal. Spend 15 minutes this week doing an inventory of what you have available and/or going through some of the books/resources you which are accumulating dust. What might you bring into an upcoming session?

5. A community of other practitioners - Developing your own network of follow facilitators/coaches and trainers is not only good for business when you want to scale your work, it's also really important in terms of ongoing development. Consider how you will invest in your relationships with other practitioners this year, and also expand your skill base.

6. Evaluation Resources - Gathering feedback about what's working well, and what's not, helps keep programming expanding, and coaching growing. What are you doing to poll your group and team members throughout the coaching process.  I always like to recommend Lisa Edward's work around evaluation and coaching.

That's it for today - Day 1 of 12 complete for this year's 12 Days of Holidays.

Be sure to check out our Conversation Sparker decks - including the Square Journaling Cards (my favorite) and the standard Conversation Sparker decks - digital edition.


Enjoy!

Jennifer

Jennifer Britton

GroupCoachingEssentials.ca | Potentials Realized

What is your unique style as a coach? Take 2-minutes to complete the NEW Group and Team Coaching Superpower Quiz. You can find it at https://bit.ly/gtcoachingsuperpower. Share your style using the comments below and/or follow along on Instagram at our CoachingBizBuilder site.

Join us for an upcoming program including: 

Group Coaching Essentials - Fridays 1015 - 1130 am ET: January 13, 20, 27, February 4 and 11 (with Evana) - 8.75 CCes

Advanced Group and Team Coaching Practicum - 10 CCEs - Fridays 1230 - 145 pm ET: January 13 - mid-Feb (6 weeks) with Jennifer

Reconnecting Workspaces Certified Coach - 24 CCEs - Join us for an intensive 3 day virtual delivery on December 12, 19, 21  and build out your specialization for coaching in today's evolving workspaces - hybrid, in-person and remote. 1, 2 and 6 payments available.  Calls 830 - 430 pm ET. With Jennifer.

Team Coaching Essentials (14 CCEs)  - Being asked to coach teams? Equip yourself with the foundations of this quickly evolving field. This program is grounded in our From One to Many methodology PLUS what works right now in today's evolving workspace. 6 week program on Mondays 12 - 130 pm ET  January 9,  23, 30, February 6, 13, 27 2023 with Kathy

Mentor Coaching Group - 10 hours Fridays 9-10 am ET: January 13 - April 13th with Jennifer. 5 spots open. (For ACC renewal or PCC)

Year End Business Planning Retreat - December 13 (1 - 5 pm ET) with Jennifer (4 spots open)

Check out our Intensive December 2022 offerings which will be delivered by Jennifer in early December. More information and schedule at GroupCoachingEssentials.ca.

SAVE THE DATE For our 19th Annual Holiday Party - 10 - 1 pm ET on Tuesday December 20th (virtual on zoom)!

 

 

Wednesday, December 07, 2022

Group Coaching Core Essentials #16 - What Do Your Clients Want, Need and Prefer?

Similar to 1-1 coaching, group coaching is also customer-centric. Just as you co-create the relationship alliance and invite


your client to come up with a topic they want to explore in each coaching session to fulfill their goals from the coaching relationship; group coaching does this too. 

 Integrating your customer's needs, wants, and preferences in all program elements, including program logistics and delivery model, design, marketing strategy, and sales. Doing so will attract the clients you want in your program and contribute to achieving your business goals and success.

Principle: Know what your clients want, need, and prefer. 

 Action: Everything you do comes from this understanding of wants, needs, and preferences. Immersing yourself in their "world reality" will impact your program's design, delivery, marketing, and success. 

 Suppose you are adding group coaching as an additional offering to your existing client base. Consider reviewing your current client base and identify overlapping needs, wants, and preferences that lend to creating a group program and repurposing common themes in a group program offered at a different price than individual coaching. Alternatively, if you are pivoting to a new topic or demographic, reach out to people who may be a good fit and request an opportunity to have a conversation for information/research-gathering purposes. 

 Use this week to review any of the following questions:

      1. How customer or client centric is my 1-1 coaching program?

For example, Does the copy focus on you (what you do) or share the opportunity for your client (based on their challenges or desires)? Re. Logistics, is it based on when you want to work without considering your potential buyer's availability and schedule? Do your rates reflect what you want to earn even if your ideal client(s) can't afford your rates as they have young children and have to invest their money in multiple places? 


  1. Identify what your client's needs are.

For example, what motivates your client to take action? Need for a community? Or possibly accountability? What is the price point my participant can pay? What factors do they consider when spending money? Are they budget-sensitive or not?

 

  1. Identify what your client's wants are.

For example, do they prefer group coaching sessions during the daytime vs. the evening? Or do they choose live in-person sessions over virtual sessions? Or do they like a full-day (6-hour) offsite event more than biweekly 60-minute sessions for six weeks?

 

  1. Identify what your client's preferences are. 

For example, do your clients want access to you for some individual coaching during the group program? 

 

  1. What changes can you make in your program design and ensure your client's voice is included? 

 

I invite you to invest some time this week to ensure you integrate your clients' voices (needs, wants, and preferences) in various elements of your group coaching program.


Have a great week,

Evana and Jennifer

Group Coaching Essentials | Potentials Realized

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Join us for an upcoming program including: 

Group Coaching Essentials - Fridays 1015 - 1130 am ET: January 13, 20, 27, February 4 and 11 (with Evana) - 8.75 CCes

Advanced Group and Team Coaching Practicum - 10 CCEs - Mondays 12 - 130 pm ET December 5, 12, 19, plus 3 calls in January  - 3 spots open (with Evana)

Reconnecting Workspaces Certified Coach - 24 CCEs - Join us for an intensive 3 day virtual delivery on December 12, 19, 21  and build out your specialization for coaching in today's evolving workspaces - hybrid, in-person and remote. 1, 2 and 6 payments available.  Calls 830 - 430 pm ET. With Jennifer.

Team Coaching Essentials (14 CCEs)  - Being asked to coach teams? Equip yourself with the foundations of this quickly evolving field. This program is grounded in our From One to Many methodology PLUS what works right now in today's evolving workspace. 6 week program on Mondays 12 - 130 pm ET  January 9,  23, 30, February 6, 13, 27 2023 with Kathy

Mentor Coaching Group - 10 hours Fridays 9-10 am ET: January 13 - April 13th with Jennifer. 5 spots open. (For ACC renewal or PCC)

Year End Business Planning Retreat - December 13 (1 - 5 pm ET) with Jennifer (5 spots open)

Check out our Intensive December 2022 offerings which will be delivered by Jennifer in early December. More information and schedule at GroupCoachingEssentials.ca.

SAVE THE DATE For our 19th Annual Holiday Party - 10 - 1 pm ET on Tuesday December 20th (virtual on zoom)!

 

 

 

 

Friday, November 25, 2022

Group Coaching Core Essentials #15 - Incorporate Different Group Coaching Approaches

 Before we explore coaching approaches, trust and connection are foundational to creating the space for participants to be


willing to embark and explore topics and, in turn, themselves more intimately. Previous blogs in this series have discussed strategies around process and design that support accomplishing this, including integrating participants' voices and preferences in the creation of the meta-arc of the coaching journey. 

With participants' needs, wants, and preferences always front and center, the group coach has a variety of options on approaches you can include in the group conversation, some of which include:

 

  1. Laser Coaching – short bursts of 1-1 coaching during a session, typically lasting between 7-10 minutes. The group coach extends coaching to an individual member on a topic of their choice or one related to the group topic.
  2. Fieldwork – assignments, homework, pre-work, or post-work. Fieldwork could include a request, inquiry, videos, or a reading list for group members to reference. It may also be an assessment or other activities (such as a vision board) to complete before the start of the program. Overall, fieldwork is essential in the coaching process as it supports the participant in having awareness, taking action, or deepening insights. 
  3. Individual reflection – includes question prompts shared with participants to write and reflect upon, structured journaling, or work done at the moment to create pause points during the coaching process. This approach can be leveraged in person, virtually, during a session, or between sessions.
  4. Peer sharing/accountability – pairing participants with a buddy, will naturally strengthen the participants' trust/safety/connection while forming a structure for a deepened conversation on program topics throughout the program. In addition, peers can become accountability partners to support one another in achieving program and life goals. 

Body/somatic work – integrate opportunities for participants to tap into their body intelligence and wisdom, deepening their awareness and embodiment of new realizations to support them in taking action. 

 

Principle: Consider applying different coaching approaches/techniques based on your participants' needs. 

 

Action: Include laser coaching, fieldwork (pre-work/post-work), reflection, group discussion, etc. 

 

 

This week, consider how you might integrate some of these coaching approaches in the current or upcoming groups you are creating. Consider the following questions: 

 

1- What are my participants preferences from the approaches (laser coaching, peer accountability, reflection, etc…)

2- What approaches do you want to integrate into your program? 

3- What resources/tools do I have in my toolbox, and can I incorporate them within these approaches?

4- What resources can I source to support my participants' needs? 

5- My next steps are …

  I invite you to identify approaches that resonate with you and what will best support your participants' needs and preferences, co-creating with them to identify possible strategies you can integrate into your programs. Reminder: each group cohort will be different and may require different approaches for maximum results and transformation. 

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What is your unique style as a coach? Take 2-minutes to complete the NEW Group and Team Coaching Superpower Quiz. You can find it at https://bit.ly/gtcoachingsuperpower. Share your style using the comments below and/or follow along on Instagram at our CoachingBizBuilder site.

Join us for an upcoming program including: 

Group Coaching Essentials - Tuesday and Thursday 1015 - 1130 am ET accelerated delivery on November 29, December 1, 6, 13, 15 (with Evana - 2.5 weeks) or Fridays 1015 - 1130am ET starting Friday January 13th - running for 5 weeks (with Evana)

Advanced Group and Team Coaching Practicum - 10 CCEs - Mondays 12 - 130 pm ET December 5, 12, 19, plus 3 calls in January  - 3 spots open (with Evana)

Reconnecting Workspaces Certified Coach - 24 CCEs - Join us for an intensive 3 day virtual delivery on December 12, 19, 21  and build out your specialization for coaching in today's evolving workspaces - hybrid, in-person and remote. 1, 2 and 6 payments available.  Calls 830 - 430 pm ET. With Jennifer.

Team Coaching Essentials (14 CCEs)  - Being asked to coach teams? Equip yourself with the foundations of this quickly evolving field. This program is grounded in our From One to Many methodology PLUS what works right now in today's evolving workspace. 1.5 day delivery Tuesday December 7th (830-430pm ET) and Wednesday December 8th (830 - 12noon ET) with Jennifer or 6 week program on Mondays 130 - 3 pm ET December 5, 12, 19, January 9, 16, 23 2023 with Kathy

Mentor Coaching Group - 10 hours Mondays 1230-130pm ET starting January 9 or  Fridays 9-10 am ET: January 13 - April 13th with Jennifer. 5 spots open. (For ACC renewal or PCC)

Check out our Intensive December 2022 offerings which will be delivered by Jennifer in early December. More information and schedule at GroupCoachingEssentials.ca.

SAVE THE DATE For our 19th Annual Holiday Party - 10 - 1 pm ET on Tuesday December 20th (virtual on zoom)!

 

 

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Group Coaching Core Essentials #14 - Coaching Impact Happens Between Sessions

This week we reinforce the fact that coaching happens in between sessions. We know this to be accurate, yet how do we do that when working with groups? The beauty of groups is supporting the group to learn from and lean on one another. A group coach must have a solid program design to ensure this occurs. 

Here are some ideas to consider including: 


Take the learning out of the session and invite participants to acquaint themselves with the topic before the group conversation leaving the group conversations to be a container of sharing and gleaning deeper insights.

  • Extend field work between sessions 
  • Share additional resources to topics in your group program, allowing participants to adapt and personalize their growth journey.
  • Leverage the participants to support one another in accountability in actions/goals between sessions.
  • Activate an ongoing group dialogue between sessions.
  • Introduce dialogue for clients to create more comprehensive accountability partners beyond the program to support their program goals and life success. 

 Principle: As individual coaching, coaching really happens between sessions.

Action: Create assignments between sessions. Fieldwork (pre-work/post-work) supports participants to learn at their own pace (allowing more time for reflection and preparation) while leaving time together to discuss insights during fieldwork.

 This week, consider how you support the coaching between sessions in your group programs. Consider reviewing:

 1- What powerful questions can you ask to deepen awareness that then propels action and accountability?   

2- Your design framework to ensure participants have an opportunity to share learnings since the last session and identify takeaways to reflect/on or apply in their life

3- What structures do participants require between sessions to fulfill their program goals?

4- What materials are relevant to your participant groups to support them in realizing their goals?

5- How do you celebrate client progress and success in your programs?

6- ICF core competency #8 - Client Facilitates Growth for a deeper understanding as it relates to your group program

I invite you to pause and evaluate what would support your participants to continue moving forward to fulfill their goals between your group sessions. There are various ways to accomplish this, and leveraging what works for your participants is crucial.

Enoy your reflections,

Evana and Jennifer

This week's blog post was written by Evana, our Team Lead for Group Coaching. Thanks Evana!

What is your unique style as a coach? Take 2-minutes to complete the NEW Group and Team Coaching Superpower Quiz. You can find it at https://bit.ly/gtcoachingsuperpower. Share your style using the comments below and/or follow along on Instagram at our CoachingBizBuilder site.

Join us for an upcoming program including: 

Group Coaching Essentials - Tuesday and Thursday 1015 - 1130 am ET accelerated delivery on November 29, December 1, 6, 13, 15 (with Evana - 2.5 weeks) or Fridays 1015 - 1130am ET starting Friday January 13th - running for 5 weeks (with Evana)

Reconnecting Workspaces Certified Coach - 24 CCEs - Join us for an intensive 3 day virtual delivery on Saturday December 10, 17 and December 21 and build out your specialization for coaching in today's evolving workspaces - hybrid, in-person and remote. 1, 2 and 6 payments available.  Calls 830 - 430 pm ET. With Jennifer.

Team Coaching Essentials (14 CCEs)  - Being asked to coach teams? Equip yourself with the foundations of this quickly evolving field. This program is grounded in our From One to Many methodology PLUS what works right now in today's evolving workspace. 1.5 day delivery Tuesday December 7th (830-430pm ET) and Wednesday December 8th (830 - 12noon ET) with Jennifer or 6 week program on Mondays 130 - 3 pm ET December 5, 12, 19, January 9, 16, 23 2023 with Kathy

Mentor Coaching Group - 10 hours Mondays 1230-130pm ET starting January 9 or  Fridays 9-10 am ET: January 13 - April 13th with Jennifer. 5 spots open. (For ACC renewal or PCC)

Check out our Intensive December 2022 offerings which will be delivered by Jennifer in early December. More information and schedule at GroupCoachingEssentials.ca.

SAVE THE DATE For our 19th Annual Holiday Party - 10 - 1 pm ET on Tuesday December 20th (virtual on zoom)!

 

 

 

 

Thursday, November 03, 2022

Group Coaching Core Essentials #13 of 18 - Incorporate the 4 Core Elements of Coaching

 This week our blog post comes to you from our Team Lead - Group Coaching, Evana Valle. 

As I shared earlier today in my conversation with the ICF Team and Group Coaching Community


of Practice (COP) the four elements of group coaching (and any type of coaching) are:

Accountability

Awareness

Action

Goal (Attainment)

These four elements make coaching, coaching, and the emphasis on these four areas makes them distinct from other modalities like facilitation, training, etc.

Here's what Evana shares in our 13th post in the Group Coaching Core Essentials series, as part of our 18th anniversary:

This week we discuss what's at the core of coaching, which also supports us to stay out of training or facilitation.
 
Frequently, new group coaches come with years of training or facilitation experience and wonder, "How is group coaching different from training or facilitation"?
 
In 2009 International Coach Federation surveyed over 11,000 coachee's to know why they hire/work with a coach, and the following reasons emerged: Goal-setting, Accountability, Awareness, and Action. 
 
Whether you are designing your program or a session, please keep these four elements front and center. 
 
These four core elements ensure you are in the coaching conversation.
 
Principle: Always ensure that at least one of the core coaching elements (goal-setting, accountability, action, and awareness) is incorporated into any activity, tool, or exercise.
 
Action: Awareness with followed action comes from speaking more than thinking.
 
Consider the following questions:
 What activity can you introduce to support your participants with goal-setting? And Accountability? Awareness and Action?
  • What powerful questions can you use when working with each core coaching element?
  • Identify the element leveraged for each of your program sessions.
  • Is your program designed with a balance of core elements used throughout your program? 
  • Consider how you can support your participants to anchor their awareness and, in turn, activate them into action.  
  • What activities do you already use, and where do they fit within the core elements? For example, consider asking yourself to do this activity:
  • Support your participant in establishing goals.
  • Support creating awareness? 
  • Activate your participant into action?
  • Create accountability?
 
If you notice that you can't relate an activity or tool to a coaching element, consider not using it or modifying it so it does connect back to one of the coaching core elements.

Enjoy your next steps around this!

Jennifer

What is your unique style as a coach? Take 2-minutes to complete the NEW Group and Team Coaching Superpower Quiz. You can find it at https://bit.ly/gtcoachingsuperpower. Share your style using the comments below and/or follow along on Instagram at our CoachingBizBuilder site.

Join us for an upcoming program including: 

Group Coaching Essentials - Mondays 130- 245 pm ET starting November 7 with Jennifer (5 weeks) or the Tuesday and Thursday 1015 - 1130 am ET accelerated delivery on November 29, December 1, 6, 13, 15 (with Evana - 2.5 weeks)

Reconnecting Workspaces Certified Coach - 24 CCEs - Join us for an intensive 3 day virtual workshop November 18 - 20 and build out your specialization for coaching in today's evolving workspaces - hybrid, in-person and remote. 1, 2 and 6 payments available.  Calls 830 - 430 pm ET. With Jennifer.

Team Coaching Essentials (14 CCEs)  - Being asked to coach teams? Equip yourself with the foundations of this quickly evolving field. This program is grounded in our From One to Many methodology PLUS what works right now in today's evolving workspace. 1.5 day delivery Monday November 7 (830-430pm ET) and Tuesday November 8 (830 - 12noon ET) with Jennifer.

Check out our Intensive November 2022 offerings which will be delivered by Jennifer between November 7 - 20. More information and schedule at GroupCoachingEssentials.ca.

 








Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Group Coaching Core Essentials #12 of 18 - Consider Group Dynamics and Stages of Development

Welcome back to our twelfth of eighteen Group Coaching Core Essentials. This week’s focus is on the


principle of “ Understand the five stages of group formation: forming, storming, norming, performing, and adjourning”.

It’s essential to consider these five stages in your programs’ planning, design, marketing, and delivery. Bruce Tuckman is the grandfather of this area.

Whether we are working in person, virtually or in the hybrid space it can be important to consider where groups are at in terms of their development.

A few weeks ago I did a call on this topic, covering forming, storming, norming in depth. You can find that call at  You will also want to refer to what I have written in more depth on this topic in Effective Virtual Conversations or Effective Group Coaching.

Check out the 30 minute community call on Tuckman's model at  https://youtu.be/KSxATjwjo6o

Stages of group development influence connection, safety and trust levels. The group dynamics are also going to shape what’s required from you as a professional in terms of support.

Consider these elements around the first few stages:

Forming – As groups come together they need:

·    *  Clarity around what the program is all about, expectations, and who is par to the group.

·     *  It’s important to learn more about each other and find common ground

·     *   Part of this process also about getting clear on what goals are and the journey is all about

·      *  Coaches, leaders and facilitators will want to focus on helping the group create clarity, connection and a roadmap.

Storming – As groups come together, often the second group coaching conversation, the group is working to figure out who they are and how they operate. This can lead to conflict, which is often a good sign that people are showing up and leaning into the process.

At this stage it’s important to reconnect people to what has brought them to the group and what they are committed to.

Practically, you will want to:

·       Figure out roles

·       Have the group identify how they want to operate

·       Reconnect with how the work connects to their world.

The focus on group development is a large part of the focus for group coaches.

In our next post we’ll explore the last three stages and what’s needed. Be sure to circle back for the NORMING, PERFORMING and ADJOURNING stages.


Activity this week:

Consider what stage your group is at and what they need

Enjoy the conversation! Consider joining us this November for our Intensive programs, where our usual 5 week programs are delivered in one or two day offerings.

Warm regards,

Jennifer

Jennifer Britton - Head Coach and CEO

Group Coaching Essentials and Potentials Realized

What is your unique style as a coach? Take 2-minutes to complete the NEW Group and Team Coaching Superpower Quiz. You can find it at https://bit.ly/gtcoachingsuperpower. Share your style using the comments below and/or follow along on Instagram at our CoachingBizBuilder site.

Join us for an upcoming program including: 

Group Coaching Essentials - Fridays 1015 - 1130 am ET starting October 21st running for 5 weeks (8.75 CCEs). Best practices for design, marketing and implementing group coaching. Led by Evana. OR Mondays 130- 3 pm ET starting November 7 with Jennifer (5 weeks)

Reconnecting Workspaces Certified Coach - 24 CCEs - Join us for an intensive 3 day virtual workshop November 17 - 19 and build out your specialization for coaching in today's evolving workspaces - hybrid, in-person and remote. 1, 2 and 6 payments available.  Calls 830 - 430 pm ET. With Jennifer.

Team Coaching Essentials (14 CCEs)  - Being asked to coach teams? Equip yourself with the foundations of this quickly evolving field. This program is grounded in our From One to Many methodology PLUS what works right now in today's evolving workspace. Mondays 12 - 130 pm ET starting October 24 running for 6 weeks - with Kathy Vaughan or 1.5 day delivery Monday November 7 and Tuesday November 8 (half day) with Jennifer.

Check out our Intensive November 2022 offerings which will be delivered by Jennifer between November 7 - 20. More information and schedule at GroupCoachingEssentials.ca.