My work in group coaching brings the coaching conversation into a small group context. This is an intimate conversation focused on deepening awareness around key issues, goal setting, taking action and creating accountability.
With group coaching, participants benefit from the collective wisdom of the group which is often regarded as being as important as the interaction with the coach.
In essence, group coaching is an on-going conversation supporting change over time which is provided face to face or virtually where members are in different geographical locations.
Group coaching generally consists of a series of one-hour sessions over a period of three to six months with groups of six to eight participants. The general flow of a group coaching session involves:
Within group coaching, the participants may be in a similar phase or timeframe of their life, business or career but will each have their own goals and aspirations. It is therefore important for the coaching session to unfold around a common theme that gives the session cohesion and structure.
The theme may be determined by the group itself, introduced by the coach or provided by the organization commissioning the session. Some common group coaching themes include:
The ultimate purpose of a theme is to connect each of the group members, create unity within the group and provide a common thread around which individuals can learn.