Help your leaders flex their coaching muscles.
According to a study done by Google, the seven top characteristics of success at Google are all soft skills, including being a good coach; communicating and listening well; possessing insight into others; and being supportive of one’s colleagues.
Your leadership team has it all. They’re smart, caring professionals… but you’re seeing a troublesome pattern in their interactions with staff – they’re sometimes doing too much for them instead of helping them to learn and grow themselves.
Now don’t get me wrong, a little hands-on help never hurt anyone… but this is different.
Your executives and managers are often stuck down in the weeds, stick-handling details when you’d much rather have them focusing on their own work. They’re feeling overwhelmed and their employees are feeling disempowered.
Something needs to shift.
You wish they knew how to take more of a coach-approach to help others problem-solve for themselves.
You wish your leaders would strike a better balance between mentoring and coaching. You want them to know when to tell others what to do… and when to inspire the people they lead to take more accountability and stretch out of their comfort zones.
Imagine walking into the office and seeing your staff engaged in growth conversations.
Your leaders are asking powerful questions, listening between the lines to get to the core of ongoing issues, and gently challenging their employees to show up as the best versions of themselves.
Most importantly, imagine seeing all your staff members reach their full potential and feel thrilled in the process, because the coaching culture you’ve created is inspiring them to learn and grow.
And guess what? Productivity is also increasing because people are feeling more supported and empowered overall!
Sounds fantastic, right? It is possible… and I can help!
I facilitate peer coaching circles for executives and managers who would like to do less fixing and more motivating. They’re tired of being stuck down in the weeds, while their own work is piling up.
I help leaders take more of a coach-approach so they can stop feeling so overwhelmed and start inspiring others to take more action and accountability.
But wait… What exactly is coaching and how is it going to help my executives and managers?
Coaching is a skill set that leaders can use to support employees by providing a safe space for them to reflect on issues and come up with their own creative solutions.
Coaching conversations include soft skills such as asking powerful open-ended questions and active listening (i.e., giving your full undivided attention, listening between the lines, reflecting emotions, summarizing, etc.).
Coaching does not involve giving advice or potential solutions and it is just one of many types of skill sets that can be used by leaders. Others, for example, include giving and receiving feedback, setting clear expectations, having accountability conversations, etc.
All of these skill sets are important, however, for most leaders, the coaching skill set is vastly underdeveloped and underutilized, which leads unnecessarily to leaders feeling overwhelmed and employees feeling disempowered.
Managers who adopt a coach-approach must learn the challenging skill of relaxing their “problem-solving muscle” and set aside their own personal views.
They must instead learn to flex their “curiosity muscle” and encourage the employee’s own thinking process, which helps empower them to take more ownership.
Adopting a coach-approach only adds a few minutes to conversations… and it can be very effective at producing better results when combined with other core leadership skills.
But wait again now… What exactly are peer coaching circles and how are they going to help my leaders develop their coaching skills?
A peer coaching circle is a facilitated process where a small group of peers (usually 5) meet regularly to help each other reflect on their own real and meaningful issues and take action to reach their goals.
The coaching circle process typically spans a 14-week period. It involves an experience-based approach to coaching that enables participants to integrate this skill set in an ongoing and sustainable way that is not possible through traditional training.
The group members help each other find their own solutions to issues by asking powerful questions, rather than providing advice. And this is how they master the core coaching skills needed to be fabulous leaders! Practice, practice… and then more practice!
My Peer Coaching Circle Program is “virtual,” which means that it takes place online via Zoom. So this process is IDEAL for leadership teams that are spread out across cities or even countries!
The Leadership Coaching Circle Program will help your leaders:
✔ Stop feeling so overwhelmed.
✔ Inspire those they lead to take action and grow.
✔ Address ongoing workplace issues.
✔ Feel less isolated and more empowered.
✔ Develop their leadership skills!
The 14-week Leadership Coaching Circle Program includes:
1.5-hour Introductory Session
All of the coaching circle meetings take place on Zoom (online). At the introductory meeting, the circle members will learn about the coaching circle process, including the art of asking powerful questions, how to listen for what’s really going on beneath the surface, and much more!
5 Coaching Circle Sessions (1.5 hours per session)
At each session, an assigned circle member (the coachee) will present an issue to the group and get coached by the other circle members. After the session, everyone will have a chance to share and integrate their learning. And I’ll also provide the coaches with feedback on their progress!
1-hour Wrap-Up Session (1-2 weeks after the last Coaching Circle Session)
At the wrap-up session, each circle members will update everyone on the issue that they presented when they were the coachee and what further steps they’ve taken to reach their goals. I’ll also facilitate a discussion about how coaching can be further integrated into your organization.
Coaching Circle Toolkit
This Toolkit is full of tips, strategies, and cheat sheets to help your leaders learn how to take more of a coach-approach on a daily basis. It covers variety of topics, including the golden rules of coaching, interactive listening skills, the art of asking powerful questions… and more!
This is possible!
You know that there are leaders out there who are using a coach-approach to help their teams go from surviving to thriving. So it’s not a question of it being impossible, it’s a simply question of having the right support in place to help your leadership team flex this muscle!
Are you ready to help your leaders take their leadership skills to the next level?
Let’s get them on track for success!
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Schedule a FREE consultation with me so that we can determine if this program is right for you. We can also discuss the option of customized themed coaching circles for your team!
“I was a little concerned before participating in Nayla’s coaching circle training, as I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. That said, I’m so glad to have had the opportunity to participate in this process! I’m now much more aware of when I’m asking questions that are closed or limiting. And I’ve experienced the positive impact of asking more open questions, which allows others greater space to explore their own thinking and, as a result, learn and grow more in the process.
Nayla is a very supportive and encouraging facilitator. She did an excellent job of course-correcting us during the coaching circle to help us stay on track and ensure that we integrated the coaching skills. She has a wonderful way of providing feedback that doesn’t make you feel judged and that actually inspires you to progress. If you’re looking for a learning experience that will help your leadership team bond and communicate more effectively, I highly recommend Nayla’s coaching circle program.”
Liz Green, Ghostwriter, Green Goose Ghostwriting, Kimberley, BC, Canada
I was initially really nervous about practicing my coaching skills in the peer coaching circle. I was worried I would ask the wrong questions or talk too much. But I’m so glad that I participated – I loved the whole process.
The coaching circle experience has helped me embody the feeling of slowing down and listening. I got so much out of reading the peer coaching circle resources, but reading and doing are not the same. Not only do I listen more deeply now, I also ask questions that help others clarify where they are and what they need to move forward. Having that “sense memory” from the coaching circle to refer back to is huge!
I also find I’m even speaking more slowly and with calmer energy now. Nayla modeled energy that is focused and engaged, but also really grounded. And I love having that as a new leadership paradigm for myself. In a recent interaction, I found myself listening more than I was talking and asking follow-up questions to dig deeper. As a result, the other person shifted from telling me about a “someday” project that she might want my help with to taking action right away. It felt amazing!
I would love to participate in more peer coaching circles! As a facilitator, Nayla is the perfect mix of kind and compassionate on one hand, and practical and goal-focused on the other. I’m so grateful I had the chance to experience her magic :)”
Megan Barnhard, Writing Coach, Grover Beach, California, USA
“The coaching circle gave me a better understanding of the value of asking powerful questions and I’m also much more mindful of the types of questions I ask. I’m a high-achiever and I used to think that I had to overextend myself to get results. I’ve now realized that I was unnecessarily giving my energy away instead of helping others do the work that they need to do themselves to learn and grow.
My approach needed an upgrade and the coaching circle provided me with the right tools to do just this. I’m much less anxious about “fixing things” now because I’ve seen how taking more of a coach approach can actually lead to better outcomes. The skills that I learned have not only improved my interactions in the workplace, they’ve even improved the way that I communicate with my husband!
Nayla is a wonderful facilitator. She’s patient, encouraging, and generous and she intuitively knew when to give us space and when to intervene to help us learn and stay on track. The personalized feedback that she provided was also super helpful and appreciated. Her coaching circle program is awesome – you won’t regret signing up for it!”
Jackie Dominas, Yoga Teacher and Life Coach, Fort Mill, SC, USA