Group Coaching is not a new concept. It has been around since, well, Cavemen. Groups of our ancestors got together to plan and organize how they would go about gathering food for the coming year. There was a leader who kept everyone focused and a leader who made sure everyone did their part. Not much different than today. Take out “gathering food” and replace with increasing the bottom-line or generating revenue and you basically have the same concept.
So, let’s set the stage for today’s world. Everything is instant. Email is the king. And if you actually happen to get a meeting face to face with a potential client, it will be fast and typically over a coffee at a Starbucks. Cold calling is pretty much no more. And most of your leaders are playing a more present role in the actual production of revenue instead of watching from the sidelines.
Those leaders are short on time and must rely more and more on those non-personal ways of communication with their teams or passing those duties off to HR – and that just won’t cut it. We are still dealing with people who have goals and dreams and who look to our leaders to help them achieve and stay motivated.
Here are a few things group coaching sessions can do for your team and organization in the coming year:
- Get everyone on the same page. Delivering goals and objectives of an organization can get lost in translation when the time to communicate and encourage is not available. Setting aside a once a month group development session allows all parties involved to communicate their progress toward those goals and you as a leader can see that everyone is heading in the right direction.
- Group Accountability is huge. No one wants to fail in front of others. Knowing that there is a coming coaching session where results are discussed is a huge motivator. So your borderline all-stars tend to kick it up a few notches when they know they have to discuss their activities.
- Group Learning. You’ve heard the expression “the more the merrier” – this is true in the coaching world. The more minds we have in place working on the same or similar issues, the more productive the people can be, the stronger the ideas are, the more solid the plan of attack will be. We are pack animals by nature. Working with our peers in a group setup is how were were designed – we just get more out of it.
- Costs are low. If you have benefited from a personal coach you know the cost can be high. I charge $450 per hour per individual. This can get quite expensive if you have a large team. Typical group sessions are a quarter of that number and tend to be more time efficient in terms of focusing on company objectives.
Which ever way you choose to grow your people in 2017 is a positive. I have been coaching people for the last 20 years and see my business only picking up more in the coming year. Companies are beginning to realize the benefits good coaches can bring to an organization. If your results in 2016 were not where you wanted them and you know you have talented people in place, then reach out us and get a conversation started to see if there might be fit.