5 Surprising Ways Group Coaching Can Move Your Career ForwardMar 23, 2021
If you’re reading this, you're probably exploring the next steps in your career. Or maybe you’ve already made the decision to take control of your career trajectory and are exploring the ways in which group coaching can help get you there. Either way - Congratulations!
Whether you’re newly entering the workforce, reentering after a break or completely changing careers, group coaching can set you up for success as you step into the next phase in your career.
Don’t take our word for it! Here’s what the former CEO of Google and author of Trillion Dollar Coach: The Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley's Bill Campbell, Eric Schmidt has to say about career coaching:
“And so, in my first year at Google, John Doerr, who had placed me here at Google, said, “You need a coach.” And I said, “I don’t need a coach. I’m really good.” And he said after some back and forth he said, “Well, do tennis players have coaches?” And I said, “Yes.” And then, he got me. I had to say, “Okay.” So, we met and then, the rest is history.”
So, What Exactly is Group Coaching?
Similar to one-on-one coaching, group coaching focuses on setting goals, deepening awareness around key issues, and (everyone's favorite) accountability.
A quick Google search will show you hundreds of group coaching programs covering many topics - from leadership development, to real estate, to health, to getting your baby to sleep through the night.
Like many things in life, group coaching programs are not “one-size fits all”. They can differ from the number of people, duration, meeting space, and core content. There’s also group coaching programs geared towards specific industries, career stages, and even gender.
For example, at Career Organic we recently launched Career Cram, a specialized course and community for those newly entering or reentering the workforce or those who are re-evaluating their career path.
The course makes career transitions much simpler through community support and life-time access to our resource library which includes, guides, how-to’s, worksheets, and opportunities for group coaching when you need it most.
Our coaching community is perfect for those who:
- Want to learn how to position themselves perfectly for the opportunity they have in mind.
- Desire an actionable plan to propel them forward.
- Enjoy community support (and accountability!) to help achieve their goals.
- Are looking to determine if a certain job, company, sector, or opportunity is right for them.
- Are eager to identify the skills required to navigate and thrive in their next work environment.
Like many group coaching programs, our community program is a great alternative to one-on-one coaching, from both a timing and cost standpoint. Through LinkedIn and other networking opportunities, you’ll gain valuable organic connections and career engagement.
Group Coaching Benefits
(That You Won't Get from 1:1)
Group coaching benefits are as wide-ranging as the individuals in the group —but there are a few core reasons group coaching works so well.
Here’s a few we want to highlight:
- Cost: In group coaching, the cost is shared among a group of people —making your out of pocket cost far less than the cost of one-on-one coaching.
- Collaboration & Community: Being part of a group coaching program allows you to share ideas, brainstorm solutions, and gain insightful perspectives of others.
- Networking: Group coaching fosters relationship-building among a group of peers meaning that you are making ever important connections that will help you along your journey for years to come.
- Shared perspective: Not only do you gain perspective from your coach, but also from your coaching team. Together you can deconstruct and problem-solve workplace issues and concerns.
Combining both coaching and community is the secret sauce to success.
Now that we understand what group coaching is, it’s benefits, and who it’s ideal for, let’s discuss how group coaching can benefit your professional development and career.
5 Surprising Ways Group Coaching Can Move Your Career Forward
1. You’ll gain more confidence.
If you’ve been in the same position or job for a while, it may be difficult to identify (or remember) how your competencies, background, and skills can lend itself to that new role you’ve been thinking about.
Group coaching can guide you through some introspection, help you identify your value proposition, and guide you through your next steps.
2. Resolve problems with a fresh perspective.
Group coaching offers the chance to discuss workplace challenges and offer each other different perspectives with, and potential solutions that you may not have thought of on your own. (Are you seeing the firestorm of creative problem-solving here?)
As you take these fresh perspectives, with creative solutions to management and peers, you’ll deepen trust and inspire creative thinking among your colleagues and team.
'Problems cannot be solved by
the same level of thinking that created them.'
3. Move forward faster with a tailored action plan.
If you’re ready for a career change, seeking a promotion, or looking to transition from an accounting position to another sector (like graphic design, or perhaps project management), group coaching sets you up with the appropriate strategies and actionable roadmap to move you forward. (Who has time to waste flailing around?)
4. Reinvigorate your motivation and gain accountability.
Lack of motivation at work can easily lead to burnout, and no one wants that.
Group coaching can teach you ways to challenge yourself, set goals, and change your perspective. Your coaching community will support you as you pursue personal and professional development opportunities to help you stay motivated in your career, or as you pursue that passion job you’ve been thinking about.
5. Develop soft -skills necessary for leadership roles.
Strong soft skills promote a collaborative work environment. Group coaching will help you develop and improve interpersonal skills such as, active listening, collaboration, presenting ideas, and communication.
A report by iCIMS, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-based talent acquisition solutions, found that 94% of recruiting professionals believe an employee with stronger soft skills has a better chance of being promoted to a leadership position than an employee with more years of experience but weaker soft skills.
Yes, that says 94%!
Ready to See What Group Coaching Can Offer You?
So, let’s explore together what group coaching can offer you:
We are here for you! Learn more about Career Organic and our affordable career coaching options here.
If you need additional guidance or have more questions, we encourage you to schedule a complimentary consultation designed to help you reset and refocus so you can start your journey to a more fulfilling career.
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