Thursday, June 13, 2013

One month to the Group Coaching Intensive: July 11-12

We are a month away from the third annual Group Coaching Intensive which will be held in Huntsville, Muskoka, CANADA on Thursday July 11th and Friday July 12th. It is an opportunity for two-days of hands-on training in group coaching for coaches looking to add teams and groups to their mix. The program is approved for 15 CCEs with the ICF (including 13 hours of core competencies).

For information on more than 15 topics we will cover, please visit our new GroupCoachingIntensive site. We will be exploring topics including group development, program design, marketing, resources and exercises for group coaching, evaluating programs, tricky issues, virtual programs, corporate programs, public programs, engagement and building connection in groups.

You can also view a short 3 minute video about what we will be looking at during the program. 

Regular pricing is $950 CDN plus HST (payable in one or two installments). For those registering with a colleague you will both save $150 off the registration rate. Register here or you can contact me directly at (416)996-8326 if you are registering with one or more colleagues.

A special room rate is available at the hotel we are holding the program.

Registrants will receive:
  • A copy of the Effective Group Coaching Book (Wiley, 2010)
  • A copy of my newest book - From One to Many (Jossey-Bass, 2013)- being released July 2nd!
  • A 75+ page manual full of templates and resources
  • A light lunch both days
  • A group follow-up call after the program
  • A pre-program 1-1 call with me (15 mintues)

Please phone me or contact me at info{at}potentialsrealized{dot}com if you have any questions.

I look forward to having you join us!

With best wishes,

Jennifer Britton, PCC, CPCC
Phone: (416) 996-8326
Email: info{at}potentialsrealized{dot}com

Monday, June 10, 2013

The Role of Fieldwork in Group Coaching

Coaching is a sustained conversation, usually over multiple touchpoints. When you work with groups as a coach, fieldwork (or homework) can play a key role in keeping the conversation going (a topic of a recent blog post).

Field work may include:
1. A coaching request - which people have the opportunity to say "yes" to, no to or make a counteroffer
2. An inquiry - a "big" question that group members think about.
3. A coaching challenge - something that will stretch individuals more than an request.

As always, your group members, or group "clients" should be the ones indicating what field work is useful, or most useful, to them.

Field work may also include
- an assessment such as DiSC, Team Diagnostic, StrengthsFinder 2.0
- Readings - online or books (related to the themes you are looking at)
- Tip sheets
- Connection with accountability partners/learning partners
- Journaling

Consider what fieldwork will benefit the collective of the group, and ask individual members what individual fieldwork will best support them with the action and awareness planes of coaching.

As you consider an upcoming group or team event, what possible fieldwork will support them - individually? Collectively?

Have a terrific week!

With best wishes,

Jennifer Britton, PCC, CPCC
GroupCoachingIntensive (New site): Join me July 11-12 in beautiful Muskoka for the 3rd Annual Group Coaching Intensive (approved for 15 CCEs by the ICF). Special room rates available for coaches coming in from out of town.
Phone: (416)996-TEAM (8326)

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Keeping the conversation going: group programs

"Keeping the conversation going" between group members can add tremendous value to the connection,
learning and trust amongst group members. Whether you are running a group coaching program, offering a teleclass/teleseminar or webinar, how do you keep the conversation flowing between touch points?

You may want to consider incorporating into your work some of these options:

1. Structured assignments/fieldwork between sessions which individuals share insights by email to each other
2. Journalling assignments group member share  using a platform like JournalEngine
3. Learning partners or triads which meet in between sessions (with formal or informal assignments)
4. Tips sent out by email or posted a group site (for example if you are working on busienss development issues, providing group with links to articles written/online resources)
5. Quotations sent out by email or posted to a group site (generated by you as leader/coach or the group)
6. Audios or videos for group members to tap into
7. Private Facebook page

In today's busy world it is easy to lose focus and get pulled into many other areas. What can you do to support accountability, learning, insights, and engagement, with your group members between touchpoints?

Have a terrific week,

Jennifer Britton, PCC, CPCC
Author of Effective Group Coaching and From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (Jossey-Bass, 2013)
Phone: (416)996-8326
Join us for the 3rd annual Group Coaching Intensive in beautiful Huntsville, Muskoka this July (Thurs/Fri July 11 and 12). 15 CCEs with the ICF (including 13 hours of core competencies)!