This is a three-day workshop in which participants are introduced to the principles and methods of coaching circles and apply them in an action-learning environment. Each day of the program participants work on a project or challenge key to their personal or professional lives and support their colleagues in doing the same. Participants gain experience as members of a coaching circle while learning and practicing the role of facilitator and coach. Upon completing the program, participants have the ability to lead coaching circles in their own organization or with their clients.
Coaching circles are typically composed of 4 to 6 peers who meet at regular intervals to learn together and coach each other on complex projects or issues they face on the job. In addition, a facilitator/coach helps the group to master the process and build their learning and coaching competence.
Coaching circles serve three main goals:
- Firstly, they provide a safe space for individuals to consider difficult challenges and uncover possibilities for addressing them in concrete ways.
- Secondly, they provide opportunities for people to reflect and learn from their experiences in ways that empower them and their organization to take effective actions.
- Thirdly, they also help them gain first hand experience in coaching their peers in ways that open new possibilities for action, reflection and learning.