Monday, October 07, 2019

Building Your Group and Team Coaching Toolkit - Strategic Issues (20)


Many teams and group members will want to build in a focus around strategic issues into their
coaching process. Strategic issues are important as they usually take us to the 30,000 foot view, or macro view of our work, context and landscape.

While strategic years ago meant 10 – 20 years, in today’s super-charged world of work, strategic now may mean 3-5 years down the road.

There are a variety of excellent strategic planning tools we may incorporate into our work as coaches, as we help individual group members and teams identify what is important to them. 

Three tools you may want to explore are the:
SWOT – one of the more traditional strategic planning tools which explore strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats
PESTE – an environmental scan which explores the political, economic, social, technological and environmental layers
Strategic Issues Mapping

I often will incorporate one or more of these into a team coaching conversation, or as pre-work for a group coaching conversation. The insights gleaned around our context (the SWOT and PESTE), or what we see in our landscape (Strategic Issues Mapping) can be a great spark for a conversation.

For a description of what Strategic Issues Mapping is all about, take a look at my 2014 Teams365 blog post here: https://www.potentialsrealized.com/teams-365-blog/teams-365-85-strategic-planning-tool-2-strategic-issues-mapping
 

As previously mentioned, I will often have teams or group members create their own SWOT prior to a coaching conversation. You could also get group members to work in breakouts (Virtual or in-person) to explore one or more of the SWOT categories, presenting it back and then sparking a deeper conversation with the team.

Six questions you might explore as you coach around strategic issues:
1.       What are the strengths and weaknesses?
2.       Looking to our external environment, what threats and opportunities exist?
3.       As we move to the 30,000 view, what’s important to notice?
4.       Keeping in mind our strategic priorities, what do we need to say YES to? What do we need to say NO to?
5.       3-5 years from now, how will we know we have been successful? (Ask this on an individual level if group coaching, or team level if team coaching)
6.       If _____ ($/resources/ etc) were not a priority, what would we do?

Enjoy your conversations,
Jennifer



Jennifer Britton, CPCC, PCC – Potentials Realized 
Leadership | Teamwork | Business Success
Author of Effective Virtual Conversations (2017), Coaching Business Builder Workbook and Planner (2018) and From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (2013)
Follow along with the #90DaysPlanDoTrack series over at Instagram @CoachingBizBuilder 
Join the conversation at the Conversation Sparker Zone - our online community where you can explore virtual and team issues, coaching, productivity and business development)


Join us for an upcoming ICF CCE approved program - Group Coaching Essentials (8.75 CCEs, starts Monday October 21 at 9 am ET), Advanced Group and Team Coaching Practicum ( 10 CCEs starts Monday October 28 at 3 pm ET) or the PlanDoTrack Certified Facilitator Program (24 CCEs) starting November 15th.

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

October CCE Coach Training: Group Coaching Essentials, Advanced Practicum, PlanDoTrack (24), Virtual Faciltiation

As we step into the last quarter of the year, what are your learning goals? A reminder that this
month several of our most popular ICF CCE approved programs are starting again. Here's what's on tap this month:

PlanDoTrack Facilitator Training (24 CCEs):  Do you work with virtual teams, leaders or virtual entrepreneurs? Looking to add a set of programming tools, and templates around productivity and teamwork to your mix? Consider becoming a PlanDoTrack Facilitator. 

This training will run virtually (on zoom) on Tuesdays from 1230 - 3:30 pm Eastern/Toronto from October 8 - November 12, 2019. The training is approved for 24 hours of CCEs with the ICF (including 19 hours of core competencies). 

A second (and possibly third) cohort will start in late November, running into early December. Choose from Mondays and Tuesday evenings from 6-9 pm ET (starting November 25 for 3 weeks) or a more intensive weekend program.  Learn more about the program here. PlanDoTrack can be incorporated into individual coaching, team coaching, workshops, retreats etc. Reach out to set up a call to discuss if this will meet your programming needs for 2020. 

Group Coaching Essentials (8.75 CCEs) - Looking for key tips, tools, ideas and processes to support your work with groups (and teams) as a coach? This five week interactive virtual learning session covers the best practices of DESIGN, MARKETING and IMPLEMENTING group coaching. This program is approved for 8.75 CCEs with the ICF. Weekly assignments support you in putting your ideas together, and sketching out your marketing plan. The next October group starts on Mondays from 9 - 1015 am ET meeting on October 21, 28, November  4, 11, 18. Learn more and register here.

Advanced Group and Team Coaching Practicum (10CCEs): Geared for those who want to gain practice, feedback and confidence about their skills, this program brings group and team coaching into action. Coaches lead a group or team coaching conversation of their choice, and we also take a deeper dive into the nuances of group and team coaching. This program builds onto what is covered in the Group Coaching Essentials program. We'll be meeting for 6 weeks starting Monday October 28th on MONDAYS from 3 - 4:15 pm Eastern/New York on October 28, November 4, 11, 18, 25 and December 2nd. Click here to learn more and register.

Virtual Facilitation Essentials - 8.5 CCEs: Want to create more memorable virtual events - webinars, virtual meetings, virtual coaching? Looking to boost your skills in navigating zoom and other virtual platforms? Join me as we explore the realm of Effective Virtual Conversations (the focus of my 2017 book), in 5 sessions. Each week we explore a different area related to designing interactive, engaging virtual events, platforms and support you in building your toolkit of impactful things you can incorporate (more than 3 dozen covered!). The final 2019 group will meet on Mondays from 1:30 - 2:45pm ET on October 27, November 4, 11, 18, 25, 2019. 
$450 US for the course. Learn more at https://www.groupcoachingessentials.ca/vfe.html.

Hope that you will consider joining us for one of these last cohorts of the year. Students appreciate that most courses include some modelling, PRACTICAL and TACTICAL tips and tools they can use right away, as well as the resources (which are never in short supply!).

Questions? Email me to set up a short call to discuss your needs and see what program works best.

I look forward to hearing from you!
Jennifer

Jennifer Britton, CPCC, PCC – Potentials Realized 
Leadership | Teamwork | Business Success
Follow along with the #90DaysPlanDoTrack series over at Instagram @CoachingBizBuilder 
Join the conversation at the Conversation Sparker Zone - my online community where you can explore virtual and team issues, coaching, productivity and business development

Monday, September 30, 2019

Building Your Coaching Toolkit - Innovation (19)


The Oxford Dictionary defines innovation as “a new method, idea, product, etc.”. Innovation is also about responding to changes, and doing things differently in the face of change and disruption. With this in mind, the landscape of coaching groups and teams around innovation is quite broad.

Innovation may have many layers of exploration, from innovating to create different products and services, to changing business models such as moving from in-person programming to virtual programming.

There are many ways to “mix things up” and make sure that every voice is in the room. In the virtual space, I regularly talk about the importance of using annotation, breakouts and polls as a way to get everyone’s voice represented. If you haven’t viewed this Effective Virtual Conversations call I hosted a while ago, please take a few minutes to view it now.

Innovation can be a very hot topic for exploration with both groups and teams. What are some of the different ways we can work around innovation?

Innovation is often seen as a very creative process, and an increasing number of professionals are being called on to innovate. This may require that group members spend their time in different ways and locations when they undertake this work.

There are several great resources for coaches to explore when looking to boost their toolkit around coaching for innovation including Coaching for Innovation: Tools and Techniques for Encouraging New Ideas in the Workplace – Cristina Bianchi and Maureen Steele. Check out their related website https://www.coachingforinnovation.com

For those that work with different visual cards, you might want to consider pulling out a deck (or two) and bringing it in as an icebreaker or "conversation sparker" for your next group or team coaching conversation. A few years ago I created the 40 Ways to Work with Visual Cards ebook and shared the following exercise around Innovation (check out #12 of the 40 Ways):

Innovation - Exercise #12 of The 40 Ways to Work with Visual Cards

Time needed : 10 - 30 minutes

Instructions:  Get group members to think about what they need to innovate around. 

With this in mind, have them select a card which represents a new perspective on the situation. Alternatively you could also randomly hand people a card. 

Ask each participant to take a deep look at the photo (individually) and reflect on: In the context of innovation, what does this image invoke for you? What’s significant? If you were to apply this image to what you are innovating around, what would be possible? 

After each person has done this, get each person to lay out their cards. Depending on group size, either have people pair up, or have everyone look at each card. Give a few minutes to reflect on what innovation “Spark” is created by each card. Have people write this down.

In pairs, or in the small group give each person the opportunity to speak about what they are realizing about what’s next for them, or what’s new for them, around innovation based on the photos. If you are working with a team, you may simply have each team member select a photo of what innovation represents or means to them and have them share it.
Collectively ask the team to make up their own story or synthesis of all the cards. "

Excerpt: 40 Ways to Work with Visual Cards, Copyright 2015. Britton. 

Questions around coaching for innovation:
1.       What’s another way of looking at that?
2.       What’s important about making a change?
3.       What does innovation mean for us?
4.       Who do we need to collaborate with for innovation?
5.       What mindsets do we need to shift in order to innovate more effectively?
6.       What will help us be successful?



Enjoy your week,
Jennifer

Jennifer Britton, CPCC, PCC – Potentials Realized 
Leadership | Teamwork | Business Success
Author of Effective Virtual Conversations (2017), Coaching Business Builder Workbook and Planner (2018) and From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (2013)
Follow along with the #90DaysPlanDoTrack series over at Instagram @CoachingBizBuilder 
Join the conversation at the Conversation Sparker Zone - our online community where you can explore virtual and team issues, coaching, productivity and business development)

Join us for an upcoming ICF CCE approved program - Group Coaching Essentials (8.75 CCEs), Advanced Group and Team Coaching Practicum ( 10 CCEs) or the Certified Facilitator Program (24 CCEs) for PlanDoTrack and the Coaching Business Builder starting this coming week.