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What’s it like to be coached in a group. By Sharon Gordon 16 January 2014. Why Group Coaching?. It’s an area that interests me and I wanted to find out more: In my quest to learn more I discovered that not much was written about group coaching as there was about one-to-one coaching.

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what s it like to be coached in a group

What’s it like to be coached in a group

By Sharon Gordon

16 January 2014

why group coaching
Why Group Coaching?
  • It’s an area that interests me and I wanted to find out more:
    • In my quest to learn more I discovered that not much was written about group coaching as there was about one-to-one coaching.
    • Quite a lot of data on groups and how they work:
      • We all live in groups – Douglas (2000) in his book Basic Groupwork suggests that individuals can use their experiences in groups to assist them to understand what goes on in group situations.
      • ‘group coaching exists along a continuum of group processes, including training (workshops, retreats), facilitation, and other group processes’ (Britton, 2010, p. 7).
    • I found that the focus tended to be on the coach not the coachee’s experience.
  • Would benefit the coaching profession and other key stakeholders/interested parties if more was known about the experiences of those who have undergone the phenomenon.
my approach
My Approach
  • Interpretative Phenomenological Anaylsis (IPA):
    • An insight into how group coaching is perceived by participants.
    • Investigating and interpreting how individuals make sense of their experiences.
  • 5 participants – 4 from the same programme.
  • Semi-structured interviews so ‘concepts and theories can emerge out of the data’ (Bryman, 2012, p. 12).
  • Questions framed around participants’ group coaching experiences.
my findings
My Findings
  • Three themes emerged
    • Readiness for group coaching:
      • Position in life.
      • Expectancies of the group coaching process.
      • Participation and commitment.
    • The importance of the Coach:
      • Role of the coach.
      • Qualities/skills of the coach.
    • Benefits from the process:
      • Change.
      • Learning.
      • Communication.
      • Cohesiveness.
conclusions
Conclusions
  • Group coaching is a partnership arrangement where the coach, coachee and group as a whole are signed up to the process through shared purpose and commitment.
  • Study would benefit coaches working with groups as it gives an insight into how coaching is experienced by the coachee, thus, I would agree, increasing the likelihood of a successful group coaching intervention.
  • More research is needed perhaps using different cohorts, methods, tools and an increased timescale.
lessons learned
Lessons Learned
  • Make sure the topic you choose is actually of interest…
  • Start early (I wish I did!).
  • Put the work in.
  • Really understand your research methodology.
references
References
  • Bion, W. R (1961) Experiences in Groups and Other Papers. London: Tavistock Publications Limited.
  • Britton, Jennifer A. (2010) Effective Group Coaching – Tried and Tested Tools and Resources for Optimum Group Coaching Results. Ontario: John Wiley and Sons Canada, Ltd.
  • Bryman, Alan (2012) Social Research Methods. 4th edition. New York: Oxford University Press Inc.
  • Douglas, Tom (2000) Basic Groupwork. 2nd edition. London: Routledge.
  • Lewin, Kurt (1947a) ‘Frontiers in group dynamics: concept, method and reality in social science; social equilibria and social change’, Human relations, Vol. 1,Issue. 1, pp. 5-41.
  • Lewin, Kurt (1947b), ‘Frontiers in group dynamics II: Channels of group life; social planning and action research’, Human relations, Vol. 1, issue 2, pp. 143-153.
  • Smith, Jonathan, A, Flowers, Paul, Larkin, Michael (2009) Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis – Theory, Method and Research. London: SAGE Publications Inc.