Catalyzing Change Through Group Coaching Interventions

When it feels like time to unlock potential

Frédéric Bagutti

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Illustration: Quilt by Susana Allen Hunter, 1950

When we spot a disconnect between what is espoused and what is experienced inside the organization, it may be time to reintroduce the organization to itself.

It’s only from current reality that transformation can emerge, and so having a deeper understanding of how the organization is lived seems like a sensible place to begin.

Group coaching interventions based on a psychological understanding of human functioning, coupled with elements of systems theory, can prove a structured and safe way of confronting and clarifying situations, opening up new avenues of action and successfully leading and shaping individual, team and organizational change.

Group coaching arouses and encourages reflection, brings people together at their own pace, and enhances insight into interpersonal dynamics, power structures, and communication patterns within the organization. During the process, questions such as “What generates the emotional experiences registered by the group coach and by the client?” can be explored. The aim is to enable the client to gain awareness of what is happening “below the surface” within the organization, and the impact this has on the organization’s mission.

Through the process, individuals are revalued, a chance is given for them to express their potential, and for change to become a reality. The intellect is enriched by new-found sensations, feelings and intuition are welcomed, making value judgments possible, as well as the perception of new possibilities. As information sharing and processing improve, individuals will shift from “cruise control” to a more deliberate approach. They regain control over the functioning of the organization.

The group coaching process will open up new perspectives and motivations, and extend the repertoire of what can be considered to chart new courses of action. In supporting executives delve deeper into the role they assume within their organization, they will explore entrenched organizational beliefs and behaviors, identify where change is most needed and how they can implement new processes and structures to support the organization’s “flourishing”, development and growth in an effective and…

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Frédéric Bagutti

Organizational behavior consultant and executive coach, licensed psychologist, EMCCC INSEAD. You can find me at: www.bagutticonsulting.com