Coaching Circles

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What are coaching circles?

Coaching circles are organized groups of university faculty and staff who come together around a common topic.  Unlike a typical workshop, a learning circle is focused on support and real-world conversation about challenges university faculty/staff are facing.  In a coaching circle, the members actively guide the direction of the discussion and learning.

Why join a coaching circle?

There are a lot of great benefits! A network of supportive peers you can call upon for support, encouragement, and input (a “community of care,” as the Cardinal Principles describe). They offer a  focus on a specific topic for deeper exploration of how to address them effectively, and it provides time for listening, asking good questions, and reflecting that helps every member discover their own answers and celebrates the expertise that each person brings to the conversation.

"Open" and "Closed" coaching circles

Some of our coaching circles are considered “open”. These are designed so that you can join at any time for one or all the meetings. Other circles are considered “closed”. This means that once the original deadline is past to apply, there is an established cohort that will then participate in the coaching circle going forward.

Coaching Circles

Back to campus coaching circles: Transitioning back to in-person work

Many of us are starting to transition back to in-person work and introducing us to a new normal. Even those who welcome the change may find they need new skills to navigate. To help with the transition back to campus, new coaching circles this summer will focus on the necessary tools, support, and encouragement. Gather with other university colleagues and create a network of allies to discuss the unique experiences and stressors of transitioning back from the pandemic, as well as the challenges with managing work life balance. The faculty and hybrid coaching circles will also focus on supporting students transitioning back to in-person learning. 

These new coaching circles were developed in collaboration with the Center for Family & Community Well-Being in the Kent School of Social Work. This resiliency skills-building series will provide a blend of skill-building, peer coaching, and support, and the groups will feature a particular emphasis on short and long-term mental health impacts. Join to connect with and gain the support of your UofL colleagues and friends. Register here:  http://bit.ly/transitioningback 

virtual session All sessions will be held virtually.

Cohort

Time

Dates of  sessions

Staff

9:00 AM

June 22, 29 & July 6, 13, 20, 27

Staff

3:00 PM

June 22, 29 & July 6, 13, 20, 27

Faculty

1:00 PM

June 23, 30 & July 7, 14, 21, 28

Hybrid (faculty and staff)

12:00 PM

June 23, 30 & July 7, 14, 21, 28

Staff

9:30 AM

June 24 & July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Staff

9:00 AM

June 25 & July 2, 9, 16, 23, 3

Supervisor Coaching Circles 

(Currently not accepting new participants. Check back for future groups)  Explore leadership and supervision through supervisor coaching circles. Coaching circles are small, organized groups of university supervisors committed to learning together about effective supervision and leadership in monthly meetings. Unlike a typical workshop, coaching circles are focused on support and real-world conversation about challenges supervisors are facing. In a coaching circle, the members actively guide the direction of the discussion and learning. Why join a supervisor coaching circle? The benefits include:

  • A network of supportive peers you can call upon for support, encouragement, and input (a community of care as the Cardinal Principles describe). 
  • A focus on real supervisory concerns you are facing and deeper exploration of how to address them effectively.
  • A coaching model that includes listening, asking good questions, and reflecting that helps every member discover their own answers and celebrates the expertise that each person brings to the conversation.

(We will strategically work to place individuals in groups with supervisors outside of their unit/department.)

"Open" Coaching Circles

Social Media Coaching Circle

This social circle is available to anyone who manages social media for their area. Coaching circles are organized groups of university faculty and staff who come together around a common topic, in this case innovative and effective social media practices. A coaching circle is focused on support and real-world conversation about best practices and trends in social media. The group will meet during the fourth week of each month in the spring semester. If you are interested in joining the coaching circle, join the Social Media Coaching Circle Team. Have any questions? You can reach out to Christopher Dye or Amanda James.

Next meeting: The next session will take place in August 2021. Please check back for specific date/time.

Campus Event Planners Coaching Circle

Available to anyone who considering how to successfully hold their events in the university’s “new normal.” Join the Campus Event Planners Coaching Circle