This programme of Group Coaching is an important source of individual and collective learning and a deepening of emotional intelligence. It will be supportive, stimulating and challenging in equal measure and provides an opportunity for developing self-awareness and hence making more informed choices about how we build relationships (in work and beyond) and how we engage with our world.
It is important to understand that this programme is not a training course. Whilst we will introduce the participants to some key models and frameworks, the real value will come from the opportunity to develop their awareness of themselves and others through group conversation and exploration.
The ideal cohort size for group coaching is 5-7 participants, who will stay in the same configuration throughout the programme. Along with the pre-meets (where individual learning will be discussed), the programme will comprise of 6 x 2 hour group coaching sessions with 4 weeks between each session.
The work has many interconnected benefits, which will be slightly different for each individual. Outlined below are 4 significant benefits but there are, potentially, many more.
- Self awareness of participants
- Awareness of others
- Creation of a self sufficient support group
- Pragmatic work and life improvements
Firstly, and perhaps most importantly, is to develop the self-awareness of the participants. Understanding the habitual patterns that we have in engaging with the world in general and at work in particular, gives us the ability to spot where those patterns serve us well and where they don’t.
Secondly, gaining awareness of others and empathy for their habitual patterns enables us to make better choices in our interactions. Being able to spot where peoples’ perceptions and responses are different from our own is a foundation for developing our ability to engage and manage relationships with others.
Thirdly, this kind of group invariably creates a strong, deep and intimate set of connections and thus relationships that are an ongoing source of insight, confidence and mutual support. In addition, there are often profound learnings from the experience of others.
Fourthly, through the course of the sessions, we will explore some live, tangible business challenges through collective discussion that will, hopefully, make a pragmatic improvement in everyday life and work.
6 month programme
5-7 participants per group (we can help you to identify best groups)
Introductory 1:1 Session (45 mins)
Session 1 - Beginnings (2 hours)
Outcomes, ground rules & contracting. We will start to lay the foundations for psychological safety and begin to develop the intimate group dynamic.
Session 2 - Who Am I, Who Are You? (2 hours)
Self-awareness and awareness of others. We will use the Parent-Adult-Child model to understand ourselves and how we respond in our relationships, both in and out of work.
Session 3 - Dealing with Difficulty (2 hours)
We will look at when our thinking, feeling and behaviour goes awry in response to difficulty, in particular considering Imposter Syndrome.
Session 4 - Energy & Resilience (2 hours)
Examining how our Autonomic Nervous System (our fight/ flight vs our rest/ digest states) impacts our mood, our energy and our way of being in the world.We will also consider introversion & extroversion.
Session 5 - Leadership & Personal Brand (2 hours)
Understanding our individual style of leadership, getting curious abouthow other people experience us, and developing the ability to flex that when needed.
Session 6 - Endings, So What? (3 hours)
Consolidation and what's next.We will reflect on personal development throughout the programme with a group feedback session for each participant, this is generally a profound and moving climax to the Programme.
The group sessions occur every 4 weeks, with the full programme spanning a 6 month period.
Between the sessions, each participant will receive a personalised email with reflections & insights on their work and progress. They will also receive a bespoke monthly video recording on the key models and tools used in the following session.
The participants will also be encouraged to engage in some ‘extra-curricular’ activities, including regular journaling, pre and post-session reading or watching short videos.
WHAT OUR ALUMNI SAY...
"I started the coaching sessions with Famn with very little understanding of what it would be like. Would I be tested or exposed in any way? Would it simply be a bunch of people moaning about their jobs and their own issues?
What I found is they are a forum to explore different ideas and theories and apply them to our real lives. That may sound a bit academic, but in every session, each of the 7 participants would draw upon personal experiences that showed us that, even though we are all very different people, we have all experienced similar reactions, complex relationships and been stuck in repetitive patterns that don’t serve us well. To really understand how we react in certain situations and find ways to overcome issues has been a powerful outcome of these sessions.
While I initially approached the group sessions with apprehension, they quickly became a space of true support, honest reflection and they have helped us all to develop an understanding of each other and most importantly, ourselves. There have been delicate discussions and there have been tears. Amazingly, I have seen participants become visibly more confident in themselves and more positive about their position in life as the coaching sessions have progressed. I admit that I have found some of the discussions or rather self-analysis uncomfortable but always feel better, different and enlightened at the end of them."
SVP, London Insurance Market and Famn Group Coaching Alumni 2020
"Without a doubt it has been the biggest contributor to my emotional, personal and corporate agility. so don't hesitate, just go for it."