We want to give you a peek inside our Coach Certificate & Mentorship Program. Coaches taking part in this academic-year-long journey have graciously given us permission to post some of their learning and reflections from the private coursework they are undertaking during this program. Where possible, we have shared the course and the action task to give context for the guest post.
The Topic: Coaching Challenges
The Task: Tell us how you are currently collecting and reflecting on the data you collect.
How often do you collect feedback? What form does it take?
I collect verbal feedback at the end of each meeting with a coachee, and use a survey at the end of coaching cycles. When I presented at the regional conference, I invited participants to email me afterwards. I wish I had had time to design a super short survey, though, but I was trying to be conscious of time between sessions.
What are the patterns that are emerging?
After conversations, I have found that most coachees say that being able to talk about what they are thinking about is most helpful, and that I express their thinking back to them in a way that helps them reflect. After cycles, most coachees have given me positive feedback about the way I interact with them, which I interpret as reading their needs appropriately and meeting them where they are at. After the conference presentation, participants said that it was helpful and informative and they appreciated they way I presented and how I was “vulnerable” which I interpret as authentic and honest.
How are you acting on the results of this data?
As a result, I try to continue to develop my questioning and paraphrasing skills. I am also trying to listen closely to understand my coachee, and their perspective. I also want to be as authentic as possible and just be me.
In what way has collecting feedback improved your coaching practice?
Collecting feedback has improved my practice in that it has helped me reflect, set goals and grow. It has helped me to be more responsive and put the needs of my coachee first, in a way that prioritizes student learning, which is the ultimate goal.
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