The format of the gathering is called a case clinic. 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 their 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 what each person has shared about their impressions. 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.
Speak your mind fully and completely without interruption or judgement from others.
Broaden your perspective on tough challenges that you may be too close to see clearly
Gain a better understanding of how your actions and attitudes may be perceived by others.
Learn how to access your empathetic and generative levels of listening
Receive thoughtful, honest and insightful feedback from a circle of empathetic coaches.
Increase your awareness of the emotional states of others and yourself
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.