Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Group Coaching Conundrum

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International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring 12, 1 (2014) 79-91

This article begins with a few observations on the state of the art of group and team coaching, to continue with a description of the various conundrums faced by coaches interested in pursuing this kind of activity. Subsequently, it describes a coach’s reflections on leadership group coaching and describes his inner journey toward becoming a group coach.The second part of the article reflects on what makes group coaching an effective intervention technique, discussing the dynamic processes applicable to individual participants, and the “cloud” issues, themes that the group-as-a-whole brings to the table. It describes seven premises that characterize the clinical paradigm, a psychodynamic lens that can be turned on our inner theater. The article also highlights a number of other psychodynamic processes that take place during the group coaching process, creating tipping points for change.