The Bader Group is pleased to announce our new book!

Group Coaching: Seeing Things Differently is a 150-page Handbook designed for Executive Leadership, Sponsors, Learning and Development Project Managers, Facilitators, and Participants. It contains all the worksheets, forms, descriptions, agendas, and journal pages needed for Group Coaching. (The Handbook is available only to our Group Coaching clients at this time.) Under the umbrella methodology of…

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18. Group Coaching: Facilitator Challenges and Tips

It was the best of times…it was the worst of times.  We pushed boundaries, limits, and possibilities. Veni, Vidi, Vici! Group Coaching Participant Most of us can’t forget entirely about our jobs when we open the door to our home or conversely, leave behind all thoughts of family life and personal commitments when we arrive…

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17. Group Coaching: Orienting Participants

PART 1—Welcome and Introductions (1 hour) The Sponsor, Project Manager, and Facilitators introduce themselves, their roles, and the reasons for implementing Action Learning in support of the organization’s strategic goals. The Sponsor may address specifically the short- and mid-term goals of the organization and how Group Coaching has the potential to impact these goals. The…

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16. Group Coaching: Selecting Set Members

Our main objective was personal development, and thanks to everyone’s feedback and support, I came away with more than I ever expected. –Group Coaching Participant We humans learn continuously: our survival, evolution, and success require it. Throughout our lives, we identify and solve problems, observe others, seek guidance, grapple with new experiences, explore unfamiliar territory…

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15. Group Coaching: Journaling—Enriching the Experience

The unexamined life is not worth living – Socrates Self-development is the hallmark of Action Learning—a journey rich in challenging new encounters and events. Keeping a journal helps participants draw together the threads of their experience by connecting their recorded observations and insights about themselves, their colleagues, and their work environment. A journal enables the…

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14. Group Coaching—The Role of the Participant

Group Coaching is a rewarding, exciting (and sometimes difficult) endeavor. Yet, the personal and professional benefits accruing from this process are great—even transformational. For example, set members often experience a shift from dependence on their usual expertise, assumptions, and knowledge to learning with and from each other; from concealing their fears and misgivings to disclosing…

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13. Group Coaching: Preparing to Facilitate a Group Coaching Set

Who among us would not benefit by engaging in a learning conversation, artfully and skillfully led by a competent and caring facilitator who teaches us how to draw on the collective knowledge of engaged and trusted colleagues? In a nutshell, the ideal background for a Group Coaching facilitator is an artful blend of group process…

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12. Group Coaching—The Executive Sponsor and Project Manager

Transformational change programs (such as Action Learning projects) achieve their intended results with the clear, active, and steadfast sponsorship of a senior manager and the attentive planning skills of a project manager. Both roles require organizational influence, strategy, and belief in the value of Group Coaching. Attributes and Roles of a Strong Executive Sponsor (typically…

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11. Group Coaching: It’s not your Traditional Training Experience

Group Coaching differs substantially from traditional training methods. Training offers content: Action Learning builds new solutions and insights. In the words of an experienced practitioner, Work-based learning…differs from conventional education in that it involves conscious reflection on actual experience…one constantly thinks about one’s problem solving process. It is not enough just to ask, “What did…

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10. Group Coaching: Benefits and Key Characteristics

In addition to bringing group members relevant new knowledge and a variety of important peer support skills, group coaching improves peoples’ ability to learn. Group coaching benefits organizations by stimulating constructive change and an entrepreneurial outlook: Encourages the development and improvement of processes, services, and products Increases team functioning and maturity Integrates professional development and…

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