From the Introduction to Effective Group Coaching:
Over the last few years, economic realities and client requests have propelled group coaching to become one of the most quickly evolving areas of the coaching profession. Moving out of its early adopter days, group coaching is starting to become recognized as a subdiscipline of coaching by coaches and clients, organizations and individuals alike.
This book provides a foundation and practical perspective on group coaching what it is and how it differs from one–on–one coaching and training, and includes ready–to–use tips and resources for coaches/practitioners in the development, implementation, and marketing of their own group coaching programs. Highlighted in this book are case studies from coaches who are undertaking this work with widely diverse groups around diverse topics.
Written for coaches (both internal and external), HR professionals, trainers, and facilitators wanting to expand their work into this area, this book provides tested tips and tools. New and seasoned coaches will find Effective Group Coaching a practical road map and goto guide when designing, implementing and marketing their own group coaching program.
What coaches are saying about Effective Group Coaching:
"In Effective Group Coaching, Jennifer Britton takes you through the process of group coaching essentials from start to finish. No matter where you are on the continuum of experience with group coaching, Jennifer provides insights, ideas, stories and exercises that will stimulate your imagination. You will be inspired to create dynamic groups and rise to greater heights with your work."
Marlena Field, PCC, CPCC, Body–Centered Coach Trainer
"Jennifer Britton has taken her many years of group coaching experience and extensive knowledge and concentrated it into this rich handbook. In Effective Group Coaching you will find everything from the must–have tools for every effective group coach to valuable online resources and the how–to′s to facilitate effectively in a virtual coaching world. Once you become immersed in this book, you will want to keep it by your side."
Leslie Bendaly, Leadership Coach, Author and Principal, Kinect Consulting Group
List of Figures and Tables ix
Chapter 1: What Is Group Coaching? 5
Chapter 2: Making It Stick The Business (and Learning) Case for Group Coaching 33
Chapter 3: Th e Foundation of Group Coaching Th e Essentials of Adult Learning 51
Chapter 4: Core Skills and Best Practices of Group Coaching 71
Chapter 5: Designing Your Own Group Coaching Program 95
Chapter 6: Powerful Delivery Options: In Person or Virtual 117
Chapter 7: Essential Elements for Your Group Coaching Program 141
Chapter 8: Marketing Essential Principles 161
Chapter 9: Preparing for the Program Systems and Logistics 187
Chapter 10: Implementing Your Program 205
Afterword: What s Next? Trends in Group Coaching 225
Appendix: Exercises for Group Coaching 227
Recommended Resources 273
About the Author/Contact Information 287
Jennifer J. Britton is the founder of Potentials Realized, a Canadian–based performance improvement company. Jennifer works with groups, teams and organizations in the areas of leadership, teamwork, and business success. Her global clients include government, corporate and non–profit sectors, from financial services to education and health care. She also offers a range of group coaching programs and retreats for the general public.
Jennifer fuses her rich experience as a former global program manager with the UN, experiential educator, coach and workshop leader. She has delivered group programs in over eighteen countries in the last twenty years. Since early 2006, her Group Coaching Essentials program has supported hundreds of coaches in the creation and implementation of their own group coaching programs.
Accredited as a PCC with the International Coach Federation, Jennifer was originally trained and certified by the Coaches Training Institute as a CPCC. She has also completed advanced coach training in the areas of ORSC and Shadow Coaching. Jennifer is also a Certified Performance Technologist (CPT) and Certified Human Resource Professional (CHRP). She holds a Masters of Environmental Studies and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.