When we set out to create a literacy coaching model we spent time thinking about why coaches were important and how they ultimately could impact teacher learning. We sat around tables and discussed articles about the importance of coaching in a variety of fields such as in medicine, in sports, and in business. One pattern that emerged from our initial research was how the most elite and already accomplished athletes and surgeons had coaches. Coaching was not about remediation in these fields. In many schools and districts educational coaching, on the other hand, is viewed as an intervention for less effective or early career teachers. It was as if the message was implied, “Coaching is for those who need extra help.” Our conclusion from the research and from speaking with a variety of professionals who have coaches led us to a different message: “Everyone can benefit from a coach.” It became important as we began to think through the logistics of the model to keep this in mind.
Group coaching is continuing to take root in many different forms these days. From group coaching processes that are part of a leadership development initiative, to public groups bringing together individuals with a common focus, group coaching is an "intimate conversation space". In today's world group coaching provides an important space for conversation, dialogue and reflection for small groups of individuals. The synergistic experience of being part of a peer learning process is at the heart of the group coaching experience, which is grounded in the individual goals of each participant and, where applicable, the collective goals of the group.
This article explores five core skills any group coach needs, many of which we can also encourage group members to sharpen their own skills around.
Five highlights from the April 30-May 2, 2014 NY gathering organized by the Institute of Coaching, .Conference provided a chance to hear candidly from the front lines about the future of leadership coaching – concerns facing today’s leaders, issues trending in the market, and innovative strategies emerging to coach and support leaders as they navigate business challenges.
Just imagine, men and women communicate in the same language, in the same place and have the same backgrounds, but they are unable to understand each other. What is the reason for so many misunderstandings? As academic researches point out, the various communication styles are closely connected with psychological differences as well as coined gender …
As an Instructor and Leadership Coach at the Stanford Graduate School of Business for the last seven (!) years, I've worked with hundreds of MBAs, and the books, articles and other resources below have been important tools in my efforts to help students develop their leadership and interpersonal skills (and in my private coaching practice as well.)
While I make use of these resources in my work at Stanford and my practice, almost all of them can be applied by a leader or manager within their organizations or by any individual seeking to self-coach.
Literacy Coaching as Hands-On PD Reading Today Online Having taught for 30 years, I participated in many of those days and recall longing to work alongside a colleague, a critical friend with whom I could try out new ideas, give and receive...
A lot has been said about the leader as “servant”. I expect, given that it is a relatively young term (having been ‘born’ in 1970), it is also subject to wide interpretation. As such, while some people will experience great results from their efforts to serve, others will consider it a fad that will go away if they ignore it. Still others will make every effort to embrace the notion of the Servant Leader but find themselves exhausted, confused and possibly resentful because people seem to be walking all over them.
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