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Coaching Circles

„I am the kind of person that learns from experience rather than books, hence I signed up for the coaching circle. I wanted to hear from the experiences of others – and also contribute mine.

Participating in the monthly circle meetings did not only help me develop solutions and next steps for my own challenges and project situations I was facing at the time. It also gave me an opportunity to enhance my coaching skills by helping other participants to explore the scenarios they shared. Joint reflection in the group certainly helped me grow my skills in the agile field.“

Nicole N., Muenster, Germany

What is a coaching circle?

A coaching circle is a closed group that meets regularly over several months. During each session, circle members have the opportunity to support each other on current work challenges or issues.

What’s the benefit of being part of a coaching circle?

Being a team or enterprise coach, facilitator or change agent can often be quite a lonely place. People in such roles often spend the majority of their time supporting others whilst themselves feeling unsupported. A coaching circle is a safe place to explore their fears and concerns and to work through problems and stuck patterns that often they’re not able to work through on their own.

What are the main methods used?

The main methods used are Action Learning Sets and Dialogue.

An Action Learning Set is a closed group that meets regularly over several months. During each session, members have the opportunity to support each other on current work challenges. The objective is to explore a question from your work with discussion and input from a group of colleagues, so that you learn from their thinking and experience and from the questions they bring. It is a deeply enriching process and a wonderful way of learning through reflection and shared experience.

Dialogue, on the other hand, allows for a more organic process to unfold, so that powerful insights emerge from the group field.

This combination of Action Learning and Dialogue makes for a very powerful combination of actively working on individual challenges whilst simultaneously allowing for the emergence of insights in a more co-created, generative way.

We may draw on other approaches including Presencing Institute’s Case Clinics, Relational Mindfulness, Insight Dialogue, Systemic Constellations and Bohmian Dialogue.

 Other benefits of coaching circles:

  • Receive support in finding new creative solutions to challenges or issues in your day-to-day work as a coach or practitioner
  • Work through issues relating to you and your work teams, allowing you to go back and approach them with confidence
  • Develop yourself and your career
  • Learn from the experiences of others
  • Enhance team working and collaboration skills
  • Develop problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • Enhance your ability to reflect on and learn from individual and collective experiences
  • Develop awareness of how individual behaviours, attitudes and assumptions impact on individual and team performance

In addition you will:

  • Practice reflective learning both individually and as a group
  • Receive support on your progress month-by-month
  • Develop networks and relationships with fellow coaches that are deeper than most work relationships


The circles are particularly relevant to coaches, facilitators and change agents supporting teams and organisations in transforming themselves to be highly adaptive to change. It is particularly relevant to Team Coaches and Facilitators, Agile Coaches and Enterprise Agile Coaches, Scrum Masters, Change Agents, Change Leaders or people in similar roles.

Frequency and Timings:

Circles run in blocks of 3 sessions. Each session lasts 2 hours. 

Interested in this?

Check our schedule here or contact us for bespoke requirements.

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