If the attention, focus, and tracking is challenging with a single individual or two individuals, multiple that by eight or twenty or a hundred for group coaching. If taking another person’s thinking and learning style into account challenges you in individual coaching, now multiple that times the number of people in the group.
All groups are not the same and so all group coaching is not the same, but can radically differ depending on various variables that come into play. These include intention and purpose, composition and development of participants, resident skill and required skill level, group development toward become a highly effective group or a team, and much more.
Group coaching involves group dynamics and so principles of sociology and anthropology in addition to individual psychology. Group coaching requires people learning to get along well with other people and so the social skills, emotional intelligence, and the skills of collaboration. All of that requires a lot! Are you ready for the challenge?
The skills required for a Group and Team Coach includes all of those for the individual coach and then additional new skills and so involves additional Coaching Conversations beyond the five fundamental Coaching Conversations for individual coaching.
Question: Is Coaching a group the same thing as coaching an individual except there’s more than one person? Answer: No. Moving from coaching individuals to coaching groups means you now have on your hands the challenge of calibrating, understanding, and dealing with many more persons, and all at once. This is a challenge! In addition to dealing with the psychological dynamics of individuals, you also have to deal with group dynamics. Now you have to work with more layers of systems and the multiple groups that each individual belongs to. While it is not easy, it can be extremely rewarding when done well.
Why? Group and Team Coaching enables people to think together, learn together, and solve problems together in ways that can be much more effective, creative, and productive than alone or with just a few talented persons. Group coaching makes teams and organizations much more effective, aligns boards and leadership teams, reduces conflict, eliminates nasty politics, facilitates synergy, and unleashes creativity. Teams, as the primary building blocks of performance in companies are destined to be the future of organizations.
Discover in Group and Team Coaching the power of Group Coaching, the unique Group Conversations, Group Dynamics, Group developmental processes for becoming a high performance team, Group Coaching Skills, Facilitating Group Conflict Resolution, and much more.
Skrevet av L Michael Hall
Innsendt av Lene Fjellheim