"You have the Power of One to start a fire, but you need the Power of Many to keep the fire burning." (Meg Whitman).
When it comes to coaching, as with many things, there is often strength in numbers.
Joining together with a group of like-minded individuals is a cost-effective way to work with a professional business coach to grow and develop your business.
But the real benefits of group coaching are exponential. These include:
1. Being part of a fire-storm of creativity
The initial idea behind a business venture is often sparked by a flash of creativity. But as the business grows, the day-to-day demands of management take over. Putting together a group of smart, talented ‘ideas’ people, and taking them away from the office routine, is a sure-fire way of getting those creative juices flowing again.
2. Gaining a range of external perspectives
Sharing regular coaching sessions with a group of your peers will build trust and rapport. The coach holds a ‘safe space’, enabling you to learn from each other. How do others meet their business and creative challenges? What experiences, insights and ideas can they share with you which will help to drive your business forward?
3. Getting value from the feedback of others
Running a small business can be isolating. Group coaching provides a confidential environment in which can gain insight, ideas and solutions you may never have thought of on your own. Consider your group as a kind of non-executive board. It has your back, and wants you to succeed as much as you do.
4. Building collaborative partnerships
Group coaching can introduce you to new people who may catapult you to success. The coach is there to bring you together but you can also use the energy of the group to build a powerful network of collaborative partnerships. This may well result in gaining knowledge, resources and even people to take your business to the next stage of its development.
5. Connecting with a coach
In the sporting world, a team’s staff will include several assistant coaches as well as a head coach. Their role is to clear the path and develop the skills and energy of the team so that they can operate at their best. A business coach has much the same aim. He or she is totally committed to your success. Your work together may well extend beyond the life of the group coaching sessions, perhaps by exploring your longer-term vision, deeper wisdom and purpose during one-to-one coaching sessions.
I am a certified Bird Table™ coach, running group coaching sessions for female founders in SE London. Please contact me for more information!