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The way people talk with each other is at the heart of relationships and change
Education and learning are sustained by the quality of interactions and relationships between individuals and within groups. The conscious way we act and contribute in different conversational contexts can positively impact relationships and help others move towards their goals.
Coaching conversations are essentially helping conversations. Conversations that help another individual think with more clarity, feel more hopeful and ultimately exert greater influence on their situation.
Coaching conversations are empowering interactions that enable agency
The coachee is in the driving seat in coaching. Their contextual experience, knowledge and identity are the starting points for change.
A skilled coach builds on the resources of the coachee to raise awareness, enable insight and build resourcefulness. The coachee is the expert in their world and best placed to act on it.
A coaching-based approach to leadership is the best-fit style for 21st century organisations
Coaching leaders are excellent communicators and build trusting relationships. They acknowledge and build the strengths of their team members, offer and receive constructive feedback, and are solution focused.
Coaching-based leadership is empowering and motivating leadership. Motivated employees are supported in their ongoing professional growth, feel a sense of purpose and value in their work and have a sufficient degree of autonomy over the way they go about it.
Adopting a coaching stance in colleague-to-colleague interactions helps build engagement, leading to action
Conversations about professional practice are enhanced by the use of coaching skills and an enhanced awareness of conversational dynamics.
Respectfully curious conversations between colleagues build connection and contextual empathy as well as enhancing collaboration and collective efficacy.
A coaching approach to interactions engenders a sense of responsibility and supportive accountability that compels us to action.
Integral to the coaching approach is a focus on next step action and follow up
Effective coaching conversations provide supportive accountability rather than top-down accountability by supporting the coachee in their quest for greater clarity and helping them to identify a way forward.
Supportive or positive accountability is created in the coaching relationship when the coachee thinks through and commits to their own small step actions. Momentum based on signs of progress emerge over a series of follow-up conversations.
Skillfully facilitated conversations about challenges of practice can often be transformational
Coaching conversations are a form of on-the-job professional learning. They happen as ‘close to the action’ as we can get, enabling praxis - the intersection between new learning, reflection and action in the real-life context.
By noticing what’s working and witnessing and celebrating tangible progress towards goals, motivation and hopefulness increase resulting in further striving for that next ‘personal best’.
Change is hard but coaching helps transform good intentions into great results
As adult learners, our practice and ‘default settings’ are inextricably linked to our experiences, beliefs, values, assumptions and identity. Changing these default settings requires critical reflection and conscious effort.
Coaching helps support an iterative process of incremental change towards goals. It acknowledges that habit change takes time and needs support and that it happens in a series of small steps.
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This series is devoted to sharing stories from the field! Educators from the full range of educational settings worldwide share their coaching journeys including their starting points, what’s worked, what’s been challenging, and how they have adapted approaches to suit their contexts. It’s where theory and good intentions meet reality. Gain insights about implementing coaching in educational settings.
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Growth Coaching International (GCI) began as Australian Growth Coaching in 2002, almost 20 years ago. Since 2008 GCI has been focused exclusively on providing coaching-focused professional learning and consulting to educators across the world.
Since 2008 over forty thousand educators have engaged in professional learning with GCI.
‘Our people’ are all committed educators with a depth of experience in a range of educational settings.
GCI works with educators in different locations and systems across the world. Government and independent schools, early childhood and tertiary settings.
As a global leader in coaching in education, we have formal partnerships and alliances with other like-minded organisations and academic institutions around the world.
Our course evaluations, individual coach feedback and testimonials speak for themselves. Our participants and coachees frequently cite significant positive impact on their professional and personal lives.
There is a significant and growing body of empirical research evidence to support coaching in education. See the resources page for more information.
Our Coaching in Education Podcast series showcases ‘stories from the field’. We also feature case studies and implementation stories in our digital magazine GCI Insights.
Every context is different, so there is no one size fits all approach to coaching or to getting started in coaching. Others have found some of these approaches helpful, so perhaps some of these getting started approaches might resonate:
Experience being coached. It really helps to know what it is like to have direct experience of the positive impact that coaching can bring.
Investigate what others have done. Talk with other educators, listen to podcasts, attend a conference, read case studies. Often someone else’s experience will provide helpful things to consider.
Participate in an introductory course on coaching (individually or as an on-site group). This is a helpful way to grow your understanding of coaching and to network with others in similar situations. And, you will learn transferable skills that will be helpful whether or not you pursue coaching further.
Connect on Social Media. Follow coaching in education opinion leaders and practitioners and popular hashtags. This will give you a sense of what is going on in coaching, and it provides a zero cost, low risk way to begin exploring the field. Educators involved in coaching are generally very generous so don’t be shy!
Connect with us directly firstname.lastname@example.org. Our consultants are always happy to have a no-obligation confidential chat with you to discuss your context and explore possible starting points. We care about the difference our work makes in education communities so you can be sure of an honest and trustworthy response.
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