Tuesday, September 24, 2013

September program offerings: Mentor Coaching Group starts Sept 30, Early Bird Intensive Rate

A quick note about a couple of program offerings starting in the next few weeks including the Group Coaching Essentials teleseminar (6.75 CCEs) and the Mentor Coaching Group.

The Group Coaching Essentials teleseminar is designed for coaches who are looking for tools and techniques to design, market and implement their own group coaching programs, whether in person or virtually, with corporate, non-profit or public groups. The program consists of 5 x 75 minute teleseminar classes with a maximum of 8 coaches. The program includes weekly module notes along with weekly 1-1 laser calls with course leader, Jennifer Britton, author of Effective Group Coaching and From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching.

The October program will be held on Thursdays from 10 - 11:15 am Eastern: October 3, 10, 24, 31 and November 6, 2013.

For more information and to register you can visit this link. Cost is $425 and there are still four spots available.

The Mentor Coaching Group will also be held on Mondays from 10:30 - 11:30 am Eastern, starting September 30th and running to December 30th. It is geared for ACC renewals and ACC/PCC portfolio Sept 30, Oct 7, 28, Nov 4, 11, 18, Dec 9 and 30 (half hour call on 30tih of Sept and Dec). 
candidates, who are looking to sharpen their skills. We take a deep dive around the ICF core competencies and also give you an opportunity for practice and feedback on your skills. The Mentor Coaching Group will meet on

Cost for the 10 hour program is $1000 US or CDN (plus HST). Space is limited to 6 coaches. Click here for more info and to register (monthly payment installments available).

Finally, the early bird rate for the November 2-3 Group Coaching Intensive in Toronto is on until September 30th. Save $100 (plus HST) on your registration. This is a two-day in-person group coaching training program and is approved for 15 CCEs (including 13 hours of core competencies). We'll take a look at core topics including group dynamics, team versus group coaching, tricky issues, exercises/resources and also give you an opportunity to practice your group coaching skills and get feedback. More info, registration as well as 2014 dates are available at GroupCoachingIntensive.com.

Hope to have you join us!

Best wishes,

Jennifer Britton, PCC, CPCC
Author of From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (Jossey-Bass, 2013) and Effective Group Coaching (Wiley, 2013)
Phone: (416)996-TEAM (8326)

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Team Coaching Characteristics

As someone who has been active in the context of team development for more than two decades, I am often asked what is the difference between team building, team coaching and other team interventions. I explore this topic of team coaching in my latest book From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (Jossey-Bass, 2013).

As I write in Chapter 6, some of the characteristics which are foundational to any team coaching context are that the work is:
  • "Conversationally based.
  • Sustained conversation: typically coaching takes place over multiple touch points
  • Incorporates strengths work, key focus areas, goal setting and action planning
  • Establishes, and revisits, team agreements. These team agreements become accepted ways for the tam to operate.
  • May include some skill development so teams can achieve their goals or become more effective. For example, teams may struggle in having difficult conversations. Providing teas with a model, and some skill practice in this area, can be useful.
  • Focused on outcomes including action and accountability.
  • Deepened awareness around issues facing the team in the interpersonal and productivity realms."
Source: Britton, pp. 137-138, From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching, Jossey-Bass, 2013. All rights reserved.

How do you distinguish team coaching from other approaches? If you are undertaking team coaching, how do you describe your work to sponsors and teams? What differences do you notice in impact and focus for teams?

Have a great week,

Jennifer Britton, MES, PCC, CPCC
GroupCoachingEssentials.com | PotentialsRealized
Phone: (416)996-8326

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Jennifer Britton, MES, PCC, CPT is known as a thought leader in the area of group coaching and brings extensive experience in working with teams and groups globally since the late 1980s. She is the author of Effective Group Coaching (Wiley, 2010) and From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (Jossey-Bass, 2013). Jennifer works with organizational clients in the areas of leadership development, coaching skills training, and teamwork. She also offers a number of ICF-approved CCE programs for professional coaches. She is the founder of Potentials Realized, a Canadian based performance improvement company. More information at GroupCoachingEssentials.com and Potentials Realized.com.