Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Next Group Coaching Essentials program starts Tuesday May 2nd

The next Group Coaching Essentials program, held by phone, will start on Tuesday May 2nd. If you are a coach looking to expand your work to include group coaching programs, or are looking to refine your current programs, then you will want to consider joining us in May.

The course covers the fundamentals of group coaching - what it is, developing and implementing a program, marketing and selected exercises. We meet for 5 seventy five minute calls over a two month period, and you will also receive a comprehensive manual full of templates, tools and other resources to support you in designing and running your own group coaching program.

Since October 2004, I have supported over 100 coaches in developing their own retreats, workshops and group coaching programs.

The May course dates are May 2nd, 9th, 16 and 30th, and we will meet by phone from 10 - 11:15 am (EST). I am available between sessions for one-on-one work (included in the course pricing), and I also meet with each participant before and after the course for a 30 minute 1-1 call. Current course pricing is $225 USD or $260 Canadian, with payment accepted by cheque or Visa.

The course size is limited to 8 coaches to ensure individualized attention. To register or receive more information, please email me at or phone toll free 1-866-217-1960. More information on this program, and the sister program Training Esssentials for Coaches (to support coaches in workshop and retreat design and implementation) can be found at

I look forward to hearing from you!

Monday, April 17, 2006

Working and Coaching Across Cultures

I had the wonderful privledge of spending a week earlier this month in the fascinating country of Haiti in the Caribbean. I was travelling on business to deliver a week of Supervisory Skills training to one of the United Nations Agencies attached to the UN Mission in Haiti. It was an incredible week, bringing me back to my roots as a manager and international development practionner. It gave me the opportunity to work with an amazing group of professionals who are really playing a bigger game in the world.

During the training programs (I ran a two day program in English, and then followed it up with a two day program in French) I worked with about 56 individuals, representing probably 25 or more nationalities. As a former UN staff member myself, I have been accustomed to working across cultures for most of my professional career. What was very interesting for me was the applicablity and relevance of much of the coaching work I did with the supervisors, and aspiring supervisors, regarless of their "culture" or even the business cultures they work within. It is truly fascintating how coaching tools and techniques can cut across cultures.

I would like to hear from you, my readers, about your experience of working across cultures, and coaching across cultures. Please comment below. What has been your experience? Your celebrations? Your challenges? The greatest take-aways for your clients?

For those of you intreseted in more resouces for this area of intercultural coaching, there is an interesting book out that I read many years ago, Philippe Rosinski's Coaching Across Cultures: New Tools for Leveraging National, Corporate and Professional Differences. You may be interseted in checking it out.

Jennifer Britton, MES, CPT, CPCC
Potentials Realized