Coaching Course: The Co-Coaching Circle

Coaching Course: The Co-Coaching Circle

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This coaching course utilises the co-coaching circle combining professional development and action learning to support you in creatively confronting your challenges and developing the next step in your career. The first part of this coaching course will focus on what co-coaching is and how it can be utilised in the workplace. In this coaching course you will engage with other participants in discussing each others issues/projects. You will work on your own project whether it is related to developing the next step in your career, leadership or team relationship issues, conflict management or something similar. The co-coaching circle will afford a safe learning space for you to reflect on difficult challenges and uncover tangible ways to resolve them. Through this you will gain practice as an equal member of the co-coaching circle. You will be coached in advancing your issue/project.

Learning Aims

To learn from the knowledge and skills within the co-coaching circle by:

  • Setting and meeting your professional and business goals with support and accountability from the facilitator coach and circle members.
  • Develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
  • Providing greater networking and peer support towards meeting individual professional goals.
  • Developing professional relationships for sharing and supporting.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this coaching course you will:

  1. Understand the principles, practices and dynamics of action learning through participation in a real coaching circle.
  2. Increased confidence in handling issues.
  3. Develop peer support and widened network.
  4. Benefit from the sharing of wisdom from within the organisation.
  5. Develop your collaborative learning skills.
  6. Have a sense of empowerment in conducting crucial conversations with others.
  7. Make tangible progress in advancing the project or challenge you bring to the group.
  8. Know what skills you could work on to be a better facilitator and coach of a coaching circle

Course Content

This coaching course will cover the following topics:

  • What is coaching and how is it best facilitated?
  • Development of issues for course discussion – participants nominate and select issues
  • Each participant will present the' issue or challenge they are facing
  • Inquiry-based learning
  • Exploration and generation of appropriate actions
  • Reflective practice
  • Insights
  • Next step

Intended Audience

This coaching course is suitable for experienced or aspiring leaders, managers of teams as well as team members, who are interesting in coaching or those seeking to develop their basic understanding of effective leadership. This course is designed for individuals who are looking to benefit from the implementation of proven coaching techniques within their organisation, enabling them to recognise the benefits of effective coaching..

Delivery Style

This coaching course will be delivered as an interactive workshop consisting of an instructor-led lecture, group and individual activities. This training approach allows you to challenge your understanding of the concepts introduced by the instructor and consider their application once back in your workplace.

Course Prerequisites

This coaching course has no prerequisites and is open to all members of the public.

Recommended Reading

Brewer, Ann M. 2014 Leadership, Coaching and Followership: An Important Equation, Switzerland: Springer ISBN 978-94-007-7463-6

About your instructor

Ann Brewer

Ann Brewer

Professor Ann Brewer is the Dean, University of Newcastle, Sydney. Her career has spanned organisational behaviour, psychology, education and business as a researcher, lecturer, and author. Her research expertise is people at work including conflict, change, leadership, commitment, stress as well as gender.

Ann is an accredited executive coach with more than 20 years of experience enhancing the performance of individuals, teams and organisations. In that capacity she designs and develops coaching programs for whole-of-organisations as well as 1:1 coaching consultations. She begins with establishing a foundation for each client to clarify their professional aims and values for developing and sustaining leadership resilience. Her coaching strategy is focused on leadership, relationship and culture building as well as dealing with thorny issues and conducting difficult conversations.

Ann’s professional background incorporates diverse programs and initiatives for individual development, team building, organisation design, and facilitation. Her practical approach to leadership and organisation development is derived from her own senior leadership positions.

Her work has been applied in diverse industry sectors such as business, education, industrial relations, human resource management, health administration, public policy, transport and logistics; banking and mining. She has led commercial facing entities including a start-up to success.


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