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

Community Building Supervision Coaching Circles

UofL's Employee Success Center is offering Community Building Supervision Circles focused on compassionate leadership and supervision. This is a 10-hour commitment over six weeks this fall. Because the intention is to create a circle of trust, we ask that those who register commit to attending all six weeks.

To provide consistent and highly engaged supervision to people can be a challenge in the best conditions, and we can all agree recently we have not had the best conditions. Current strategies to handle difficult conversations often leave staff feeling unsupported. Meanwhile, it can feel awkward or embarrassing to admit to peers or your boss that you’re at a loss for how to handle complicated situations.

The format for this series is the Circle, a facilitated dialogue model rooted in Indigenous practices from around the world, of community building, connection, and accountability to each other. Set within the framework of UofL’s Cardinal Principles, this discussion circle will review principles from trauma-informed supervision and restorative practices, and explore how these approaches can help guide supervisors. 

The circle is limited to 10 people. If we are unable to place you in the current cohort, we will let you know and be sure to notify you when future opportunities arise.
 
Sessions take place on weekly. Please note that the first and last sessions will be 2 hours; the others will be 1.5 hours.

Please indicate your interest via this form by Thursday, September 30th at midnight. 

Circle Keeper for Group #2
Lindsey Brown Ronay, Director of A&S Communication & Special Projects
RaShaundra Jacobs, Director, HSC Budget & Financial Operations 

  • Tuesday, October 5th, from 12-2:00pm
  • Tuesday October 12th, from 12-1:30pm
  • Tuesday October 19th, from 12-1:30pm
  • Tuesday November 2nd, from 12-1:30pm
  • Tuesday November 16th, from 12-1:30pm
  • Tuesday November 23rd, from 12-2pm

virtual session All sessions will be held virtually.

Supervisor Coaching Circle

Explore leadership and supervision through the supervisor coaching circle. 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.)

The circle is limited to 10 people. If we are unable to place you in the current cohort, we will let you know and be sure to notify you when future opportunities arise.

Please indicate your interest using the form below by Monday, September 20th at 5:00pm.

Supervisor Coaching Circle Facilitator: Courtney Abboud, Executive Director of Metropolitan College

  • Session 1: Thursday, September 23 9am-10:30am 
  • Session 2: Thursday, October 7 9am-10am
  • Session 3: Thursday, October 14, 9-10 am
  • Session 4: Thursday, October 28, 9-10 am
  • Session 5: Thursday, November 11 9-10am
  • Session 6: Thursday,  November 18 9-10:30 am
virtual session All sessions will be held virtually.

Transitioning Back to Campus Coaching Circles

In partnership with the Center for Family and Community Wellbeing invites staff and faculty to participate in 1-hour coaching circle sessions, once a week, for 6 weeks.

The program is developed to assist in the transition back to in-person activities and our new "normal". This program focuses on: 

  • New challenges in the transition period
  • Update on coping skills for transition 
  • Supporting students and other faculty/staff
  • Managing ongoing mental health issues
  • Recovering what was lost

Cohort

Time

Dates of Sessions

Student-Facing 

(Staff and Faculty)

9:00 AM

October 11, 18, 25 & November 1, 8, 15

Staff

2:00 PM

October 13, 20, 27 & November 3, 10, 17

Staff

1:00 PM

October 14, 21, 28 & November 4, 11, 18 

Register here.
virtual session All sessions will be held virtually.

"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