Group Coaching has many advantages. Simply put, group coaching is coaching in a group. However, there are several different ways to approach this. You could have one, some, or all the members of the group do the coaching. For example, a professional coach might coach each of the members of the group and/or the group members might coach each other.
Such coaching could be done in one or several group meetings. It can also be done face-to-face or via teleconferences over the phone or Internet or a combination of both. As you see, group coaching is as flexible and agile as one-to-one coaching. All Parts Welcome Group Coaching is an on-going conversation, which supports change over time.
The Benefits of All Parts Welcome Group Coaching
What makes group coaching so powerful is the opportunity to learn from peers and the collective wisdom of the group. This peer learning is often as important as the interaction with the coach. Many clients find the process “less on the spot”, giving them more time to reflect and integrate their insights.
Some of the powerful applications of group coaching are :
All Parts Welcome Group coaching is very popular because it can be used for a wide variety of results and applications. Here are some of the most popular:
Problem solving among members
Coaching is great for solving complex problems because it guides and supports group members to closely clarify the problems, identify powerful strategies to solve them, and specify relevant and realistic actions to implement those strategies. Members can share support and accountabilities to take those actions.
Guarantee transfer of training
That same support and accountabilities can be used to ensure that group members actually apply the content that they got from some form of training, for example, from lectures, book studies and podcasts.
The close engagement among members and their strong focus on helping each other can quickly form a close and confidential bond in which members come to rely on each other to achieve the goal of the team.
Because members completely count on each other, they feel free to share more than business cards – they share their needs, open and honest feedback, and useful and practical resources among each other.
Quickly spreading, low-cost core coaching skills
Coaching has been proven to be a powerful means to cultivate change in people. Organizational change, including cultural change, requires change in people as well. In some formats of group coaching, the members not only get coached, but they practice coaching. The groups can be low-cost because the members do much of the work in the groups.
Engagement of all employees
We are learning that, unless a change effort has the complete buy-in, participation and commitment of employees, then the change effort is not likely to be successful. That engagement has to start with the employees being authentic – open, honest and direct about what they are experiencing. They need to feel listened to — and respected. That can occur in these groups.
Support and renewal groups
Research shows increasing burnout and cynicism among employees. Burnout is not necessarily caused by a person’s workload. It can be caused by the person’s perspective on their workload. Coaching can clarify that perspective and what can be done about it
Core Leadership Skills
There are many skills that group members will develop, regardless of the purpose of the group. For example, they will build skills in presenting to a group, asking for and accepting help, listening, asking good questions, action planning and learning from reflection. A good group will also cultivate authenticity, engagement and accountability among members. All of these skills are critical to good leadership.