COACHING CIRCLES® OFFERS
Quick Start Guide
“All the basics to get you started with coaching circles and to support those who join you”
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“Immerse yourself in designing and leading coaching circles from start to finish”
“Experience the magic of being in a coaching circle while getting ready to launch your own”
WHAT ARE COACHING CIRCLES?
Coaching circles are a trusting environment for a small group of peers to coach each other in exploring the challenges and complexities of their roles and in designing effective and authentic ways to achieve what matters most to them.
CREATED BY HIGHLY EXPERIENCED COACHES AND FACILITATORS
For the last 20 years, we have led coaching circles in a wide variety of business, government and volunteer organizations around the world. We have also provided training to hundreds of coaches and facilitators in the design and delivery of this technology. Our goal is to promote coaching circles as a vehicle to help individuals, organizations and communities flourish and achieve what matters most to them.
WHAT THE CIRCLE EVOKES
Seeing each other as equals but unique
Sharing a commitment to grow and learn together
Embracing our respective strengths and vulnerabilities
Caring for and supporting each other
Bringing all parts of us to the process
Cultivating our innate wisdom and compassion
Once you have completed one of our training programs on coaching circles, you will have the opportunity to join the Facilitator-Coach Community of Practice (COP). The COP is intended for people active in creating and leading coaching circles and who share an interest in and commitment to: Be ready to join professionals from around the world who are using this powerful technology to enhance the performance and development of individuals, organizations and communities in every sphere of human endeavor.
COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE
Once you have completed one of our training programs on coaching circles, you will have the opportunity to join the Facilitator-Coach Community of Practice (COP). The COP is intended for people active in creating and leading coaching circles and who share an interest in and commitment to:
Be ready to join professionals from around the world who are using this powerful technology to enhance the performance and development of individuals, organizations and communities in every sphere of human endeavor.
At ILD we are always seeking out opportunities to learn with people who are masterful at their craft so that we can bring profound and practical development experiences for ourselves and the leaders we partner with. Charles and his programme enables us to do this. Learning and being with Charles is a gift in and of itself as he so authentically represents all that he is bringing to the work he is offering. It is a real privilege to be with someone with such integrity. I highly recommend a learning experience with Charles and feel that this body of work is an essential extension to the Integral Development Coaching we offer. For Coaches and organisational Leaders, this programme is for those committed to conscious leadership, expanding and enriching relationship conversations. I will continue to recommend Charles and his programme, to all interested in the cultivation of a high integrity, high engagement relationships. Personally and professionally, profound and impactful.
I participated in Coaching Circles not long after completing the Professional Coaching Course (New Ventures West). It was such a beautiful opportunity to continue my development and see how we can take our integral work into teams - working in a coaching circle is such wonderful proof of integral coaching in action in community. In my business change work, we have found ways to build a team's capacity, to have them develop and generate different outcomes together; a truly wholesome approach to making things happen in a truly developmental way within organisations who are learning that there are different ways to transform.
One of the best investments I have made. When I'm asked about coaching circles I say it enables me to take managers and directors from "good" to great. Suddenly their eyes light up. I highly recommend Charles. He teaches with all heart and you get it. You really do.
Coaching Circles are a unique way of seeing the coaching dialogue come alive in a group context. The power of listening and inquiry get amplified in a shared container where people experience their challenges or opportunities while being held and engaged in community. They leave having been heard in an unequivocal way, with possibilities to take forward that weren't there before.
With Charles guiding us so seamlessly through the study, I experienced coaching circles as a powerful vehicle for development. Coaching a colleague as a part of a group (rather than one-on-one) required augmented listening, sensitivity and attentiveness to each member of the circle, not only to the colleague being coached. In this place of richer presence, our open-ended yet personal questions created new understandings and shed new light on our challenges and what can support our moving forward. The coaching circle allowed me to truly deepen my way of being as a coach. The coaching circle study for me was generative, contemplative and delightful.
I very much appreciate the coaching circle methodology - on the one hand for its relative “simplicity” combined with its ability to reach profound and actionable results in a short period. I totally look forward to running such circles myself, as I am a firm believer in the rich learning and development experience possible not only in the role of the client, but also in the role of the coach. Both bring incredibly important growth possibilities such as quality listening, respecting “otherness”, stretching ones own perspective, practicing empathy, opening to vulnerability, feeling into ones own inner space, etc. And of course, it is beautiful to find the openings that allow participants to move beyond their habitual way of being and doing. Thanks so much Charles.
I trained as a Coaching Circle facilitator-coach mainly because of my appreciation of the trainer, Charles Brassard, who I knew from another context. Prior to the training I had previous experience of Action Learning and peer group learning processes. And I found much more in the workshop than I thought I would: the workshop didn’t just « add » some knowledge to my skill set; it transformed my mindset in a subtle and yet profound way. Since my training, Coaching Circles have grown to play a central part in my professional practice and are for me one of most powerful processes to generate change and vertical development in clients.
Charles’ Coaching Circles Facilitator training course exceeded my expectations. The process that Charles has developed is elegant and powerful. It generates the insights and shifts in perspective that can truly support participants of a coaching circle in addressing their challenges. I would recommend the course to leaders, consultants and facilitators who want to develop themselves and their own coaching skills as well as support others in their growth and development. At the end of the three-day course, I walked away with the knowledge and skills I needed to confidently offer coaching circles as part of my consulting practice.
Coaching Circles are exciting: in all their human simplicity they are undeniably powerful in expanding the capacity of managers and leaders. And, Coaching Circles matter (a lot): they emphasize and honour the importance of collaboration and community.