Group coaching is a great approach for teams that are looking to leverage team strengths more effectively, resolve challenging group dynamics, or just improve overall team communication. Sessions will be customized to meet the organization’s goals while facilitating open and honest conversations that can be used to drive actionable takeaways. Scroll down to learn more!
GROUP COACHING PROGRAM
Our group coaching program has been developed to help teams move past group challenges and communication issues and identify strategies to work more collaboratively. This program, built with a foundation in emotional intelligence, determines the EQ strengths and development opportunities of team members and recognizes how these competencies play to support or hinder group effectiveness.
All of our coaching programs come with an EQ assessment. We use the Emotional Quotient Inventory (EQ-i 2.0), which is the world’s leading measure of emotional intelligence skills. This web-based assessment consists of 133 questions and usually takes between 20-30 minutes to complete. The purpose of this assessment is to collect information on leadership effectiveness. It is imperative that participants understand that the results of their EQ Assessment are kept completely confidential and will only be seen by themselves and their EQ coach.
We encourage each employee to be as honest and accurate as possible while completing the assessment to ensure they can make the most of this professional development journey. We will generate an EQ Leadership Report for each employee, which is a 27-page report interpreting their EQ results through a leadership lens and will be used as the bedrock for the coaching program.
The program is built off of leveraging each group member’s EQ strengths and identifying each colleagues’ development opportunities and determining how these competencies impact group dynamics.
Our program consists of a recommended six sessions but can be customized depending on the needs of the group. An overview of our program is as follows:
SESSION 1: EQ DEBRIEF (INDIVIDUAL)
Each participant will complete one private session to debrief the results of their EQ assessment. The coach and coachee will dive deep into the EQ assessment results by looking at how each competency is displayed and how it impacts the coachee in the workplace.
This session will set the foundation for the participant to understand what their strengths and development opportunities are and how these competencies play into group dynamics.
- Discover what emotional intelligence is and why it is critical to leadership effectiveness.
- Learn about the EQ-i 2.0 model and explore its five composite scales – self-perception, self-expression, interpersonal, decision making and stress management.
- Analyze leadership capabilities, strengths and development areas.
- Determine how the 15 EI competencies relate to, and impact, communication, relationships, leadership, team effectiveness, productivity and quality of performance.
Discover possible root causes for low EQ competencies.
SESSION 2: GOAL ALIGNMENT
Session two is the first session where the group meets as a whole. Prior to this session, everyone will have completed their EQ assessment and had a private debrief. Now, the group will come together for this alignment session to determine the current challenges the group is facing. Then they will identify what each member hopes to accomplish from the process, diagnose the core reason emotional intelligence coaching is necessary, and establish what each person is doing to help and not hinder the process.
Next, each person will share their EQ strengths and development opportunities and discuss their core values, personal motivators and what they are looking for in an ideal team member.
To close, the group will create a team success agreement to address the following:
- Vision: Where are we going?
- Mission: Why are we going there?
- Values: How will we get there?
- Goals: What goals will help us reach our vision?
- Expectations: What are our agreed-upon expectations?
- Diagnose the core challenges facing this group and identify what each group member hopes to gain from this process.
- Explore the strengths and development opportunities of individual contributors within this team and determine what the group needs to do their best work.
- Set a road map for how the team is committed to improving and what steps they will take to succeed collectively.
SESSION 3, 4 & 5: ENHANCING TEAM CAPABILITIES
Sessions three, four and five will be focused on supporting the group to move from the problem recognition stage (session two) to the problem resolution stage (session six). The goal will be to facilitate honest conversations, activities, and exercises aimed at meeting the expectations they identified during the goal alignment session.
Strengthen and amplify the lowest EQ competencies that are impeding the group’s ability to move to effective group collaboration.
Build awareness on how to leverage EQ strengths to be a more collaborative team player.
Gain awareness of the necessity of balancing one’s emotional intelligence to better support the group.
Walk away with practical tools for enhancing crucial emotional intelligence development opportunities.
Understand how the dark side of emotional intelligence can impact the group and identify steps to overcome these challenges.
SESSION 6: LONG-TERM APPLICATION
The final session will push participants to critically analyze the group’s development to date while focusing on what long-term success looks like following their coaching program. The session will identify possible leadership derailers facing the team and determine how the group plans to deal with these challenges moving forward.
After finishing the six-part program, participants should fully comprehend their emotional intelligence strengths and recognize how to best support their team. Participants will also take this time to recommit to the team to continue to work on their emotional intelligence development opportunities. Finally, the group will have a clear, concise roadmap on how they will continue to move towards team success.
Recognize the importance of ongoing learning and the role it plays in being an effective team player.
Investigate how EQ plays a role in the organization’s strategic objectives and analyze its implications on internal and external stakeholders.
Conduct an audit of the group’s development plan, assess success and determine steps required for ongoing development.
All group coaching programs can be customized to meet you or your organization’s specific needs. Our recommended approach is just a starting point.
Our private coaching programs can be delivered virtually, in-personal (locally), or a combination of both. It is recommended that sessions are scheduled for between 1.5 to 2 hours to ensure the group and the coach can really dive into the material.
Virtual coaching sessions are available across North America. All virtual group coaching sessions will take place via video conferencing.