“Group Coaching is a coaching process similar to individual coaching with a focus on a small group of individuals who share similar challenges and goals”
Group coaching is a platform, focused on sharing issues and deepening awareness around these specific issues. It encourages taking action and accountability which supports change over time.
Group coaching is taking many forms globally, given that it is driven and shaped by the various needs of different client groups
The optimal size for a group coaching is 5 to max 8 participants who commit towards the group in terms of active participation and engagement. The group meets on a regular basis (generally monthly) for a 2 to 4 hours sessions depending on the setting. The participants address their specific topics, share about the actions taken and the progress made since the previous session.
Examples of challenges and goals addressed in the group coaching initiatives are integration of a new acquisition, managing in a matrix structure, female leaders, transforming the business, Growing High Potential …
Group coaching can also be positioned as a training follow-up, supporting learners with the transfer and application of their learning, creating an on-going accountability structure.
Group coaching can also be a cross-company initiative, supporting people facing similar challenges in different work environments, supporting them in broadening their perspective and innovating in their current organization
Group coaching participants benefit from the peer learning effect. This form of social learning has proven to be one of the most effective development approaches. Research proves indeed that people learn best through observing peers demonstrating new behaviors. It does increase their self-belief in their capacity to take action and to succeed.
Organizations benefit from the scalable nature of the process, opening up communication between silos or group members in different parts of the organization. This initiative allows a new dynamics as well as the creation of a valuable network across the organization.