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Coaching Club Or One-to-one?

Here’s a question I recently answered on LinkedIn:

I’m doing some research and interested to hear from those who have participated in either or both of the above. Have you joined a coaching club and how did that work for you? Or do you prefer one-on-one coaching and why?
Group mentoring or coaching needs skilful facilitation. A “hot seat” approach where group members are permitted to ask questions of their colleague but not offer suggestions, promotes insight. Alternatively, exploration to uncover key issues, then brainstorming a range of options is also a powerful use of the mastermind concept. In both approaches the recipient, reflects on the information generated and decides their action for themself. 

One-to-ones have the advantage of confidentiality. Issues can be explored at a deeper and more personal level. The silences that often precede an “ah ha” moment sit more easily between two people who know and trust the process. 

I have experienced both. I have two mentors that I engage for different aspects of my business and one coach for more holistic life issues. I also have a peer mentoring relationship that is reciprocal (I mentor him/he mentors me) and spans both business and personal matters. Both of my business mentors run webinar that provide group interaction. This provides the best of both worlds!
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Ann Rolfe is internationally recognised as Australia's leading specialist in mentoring, and is available for speaking, training and consulting. Here Ann shares her knowledge and allows you to ask your most pressing questions about mentoring.

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