We host weekly virtual gatherings to practice deep listening skills and support each other in developing new approaches to current leadership challenges.
Coaching circles are the single most effective method for moving your emotional intelligence from concept to practice.
How It Works:
Case clinics. Each week, one person from the group takes their turn presenting a case to the circle of "coaches".
The case-giver has a set amount of time and a loose format to follow in their description of the case/problem/challenge. You will know in advance if you are the case-giver of the week.
The rest of the circle (the coaches) take note of their impressions throughout the presentation. Then, after a quick moment of silent reflection, coaches are invited to share their impressions with the case-giver.
The case-giver responds to each person's impressions and sharings. Then circle is closed with a period of generative dialogue based on everything offered up during the session. All dialogue must remain in service to the case-giver.
The circles are facilitated by a time-keeper who may or may not offer reflections with the coaches but will not present a case.
Each circle cohort runs for 6 weeks at a time. This is so that all participants have a chance to present a case and receive their "hand".
Broaden your perspective on tough challenges that you may be too close to, to see clearly
Gain a better understanding of how your actions and attitudes may be perceived by others.
Getting a chance to speak your mind fully and completely without interruption and without concern for the input of others
Discipline of having to think through your problem, the players involved and the feelings that it creates in you before sharing your case.
Feedback offered from the circle is thoughtful, honest and insightful.
Increased awareness of the emotional states of others
Reduced generalized anxiety by practicing re-directing energy from inward thoughts to outward
The coaching circle process is based on the Theory U framework of social innovation. Participants support each other in developing new ways of thinking about and dealing with their current leadership challenges.