Help your leaders flex their coaching muscles so they can stop feeling so overwhelmed and start inspiring others to take action!
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 my clients take more of a coach-approach to leadership 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.
Click HERE to see a short demonstration of a coaching conversation between a manager and employee. 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 Say Less, Ask More: Virtual Peer Coaching Circle Program will help your leaders:
Develop the skills needed to take a coach-approach to leadership, including active listening and asking powerful questions, so that they can stop feeling so overwhelmed and start inspiring others to take action.
Know how to strike the delicate balance between when to give advice and when to ask questions so that they can help those they lead learn and grow more effectively.
Successfully navigate through workplace issues with the help of their peers in a structured process that helps them take action to reach their leadership goals.
Feel less isolated and more empowered so that they can show up as their best selves and inspire others to do the same.
Gain the satisfaction that comes from taking positive steps to improve their themselves and the impact they have as leaders in the workplace!
The 14-week Say Less, Ask More: Virtual 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 5 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! Over the course of the 14 weeks, each group member will have a chance to be the coachee and share an issue with the group, as well as the chance to coach their peers in the other sessions. Commitment and confidentiality are key, so we’ll also discuss the how everyone can ensure that they are present and that the issues discussed remain confidential. (Sending a replacement is not an option for this type of specific type of learning process.)
Five 1.5-hour Coaching Circle Sessions (starting 1-2 weeks after the Introductory Session)
The coaching circle sessions take place every 2 weeks at a set date and time. At each session, an assigned coaching circle member (the coachee) will present an issue to the group (any topic is fair game) and the other 4 circle members will ask the coachee powerful questions to help the coachee come up with their own solutions. As the facilitator, my role is to help ensure that the questions are appropriate coaching questions (i.e., open-ended, non-leading, etc.) and that the process is supporting the coachee. Once the coachee has come up with their own action steps, everyone will have a chance to share their experience and further integrate the learning. I’ll also provide the coaches with feedback on their progress after each session!
1-hour Wrap-Up Session (1-2 weeks after the last Coaching Circle Session)
At the wrap-up session, the circle members will have the chance to share what they’ve learned throughout the entire coaching circle process. They will also give each other updates on the issues that they presented when they were the coachee and what further steps they’ve taken to reach their goals. And last but not least, I’ll facilitate a discussion about how the coaching circle process and skills can be further integrated into your organization now that the coaching circle is coming to a close.
Coaching Circle Toolkit
This Toolkit contains my favourite tips, strategies, and cheat sheets, which have all been designed to help your leaders learn the core coaching skills and how to take more of a coach-approach on a day-to-day basis. They cover a 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 executives and managers out there who are using a coach-approach to help their team members thrive. 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 particular muscle!
Are you ready to help your leaders take their leadership skills to the next level? Let’s get them on track for success!
Your investment in this 14-week Say Less, Ask More: Virtual Coaching Circle Program for 5 members of your leadership team: $1,500.00 (Canadian)
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“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
“Working with Nayla has increased my confidence as a supervisor and given me great new ideas about how to approach difficult situations so that I can achieve better outcomes. I’m now much more able to tackle difficult conversations head on instead of avoiding them.” – Anna Wong, Senior Policy Associate, W. Haywood Burns Institute, Oakland, CA
“Nayla’s been great at helping me get rid of the negative thoughts that were running through my mind and undermining my confidence. I now have a much more realistic and positive mindset and this has enabled me to find the courage to put myself out there and run my business like a true leader.” – Rocio Fallas, M.Eng., Owner, Solmed Business Strategies, Heredia, Costa Rica
“As a director, I have an extremely busy job. After working with Nayla, I feel more in control of myself and more organized. I have moved from a state of disconnection, where I felt that I was doing things in a very hurried manner, to a more structured place that I had always wanted to achieve. Nayla was great at helping me figure out what steps I needed to take to become more productive and at the same time feel calmer.” – April Chavez, Director of Financial Aid, Clovis Community College, Clovis, NM, USA