Imagine you could ignite transformation in your community so that:
Seem far-fetched? It’s not.
Coaching for Community Transformation (CCT) training programs bring the skills and mindset of coaching to help you unlock potential in communities, engage with all stakeholders, and include people from all segments of the community, including marginalized groups.
CCT training programs energize community members by taking a refreshing approach that helps you:
We don’t march in and fix your community. We can’t. No one can. Our experience has taught us that each community has its own answers and wisdom. And so we partner with you to discover the most important applications for coaching skills in your unique situation. The applications vary, but the CCT skillset will:
The beauty of a coaching approach is that it builds on what's already present to support actionable goals and measurable results. It transforms problem-focused mindsets to ones of possibilities, creativity and collaboration. The process, once begun, is contagious—it brings about transformation for people, organizations and communities!
Want to talk about your dream community? Call Virginia Kellogg at 785-597-2228.
Our core training programs are fully customized to meet your community’s unique needs. All programs include coaching demonstrations, teaching examples, cultural competency and skill application.
If you would like a “taste” of how Coaching for Community Transformation can benefit your organization, collaborative or community, this short program is a great place to start.
During this highly interactive program you will:
Choose from a 2-hour program or a 1-day workshop.
If you are ready to adopt a coaching mindset in your organization or community, the CCT Intro Course builds a foundational skill set and mindset of coaching. The training includes two modules, delivered 3-5 months apart.
Module 1: An initial 3-day training provides tools and practice to prepare participants for incorporating coaching into their work.
Module 2: A 2-day follow-up training reinforces the foundational skills, plus adds advanced skills. During this module, participants explore how applying coaching skills can enhance the mission of the organization and the community work.
Enhance the success of the CCT Intro Course by choosing from these additional options:
If you are serious about using coaching skills to lead and strengthen your community, the Community Coaching Certification will prepare you to fully integrate coaching into your work. Upon successful completion of the program, you become a Certified Community Coach.
Attending this course will be a major step in increasing your competency as a community leader, coach, activist, and manager or developer of community programs. You will finish the program better able to realize lasting solutions to your community's toughest and most intractable problems.
The curriculum is highly experiential and focuses on learning by doing. You will receive extensive feedback and mentoring from supervisors, instructors, assistants and fellow students throughout the course. The course requirement to log a minimum of 20 hours of community coaching results in 100s of hours of coaching support for members of the community during the training program.
You'll learn how to:
The approaches taught in the program have proven successful in individual, organizational, community, and even national and international spheres. You will be able replicate this success in communities at home and at work.
As a CCT program graduate, you benefit from FREE ongoing support and learning opportunities, expanding your development and reach as a coach.
During these 90-minute calls, you will receive CCT how-to-train tools and timelines so you can orient your staff or volunteers to the CCT coaching skills. These calls also serve as a powerful refresher for yourself.
Need help? Want collaborators? Have a success or an idea to share? Participants tell us that being in a vibrant learning community throughout their training was a transformative part of their learning.
The Leadership that Works Community connects you to coach training graduates around the world and across cultures who share their wisdom, perspectives and best practices with one another. You can also take advantage of ongoing training opportunities and conferences designed to help you stay engaged with coaching colleagues and to strengthen your development as a coach.
Call or email Virginia Kellogg 785-597-2228 for more information.
Coaching for Community Transformation (CCT) was born in response to Leadership that Works’ long-time commitment to social justice and its desire to make the benefit and reach of coaching accessible to as many people as possible. We see CCT as a powerful resource to support social justice and community transformation so all people are able to enjoy more equitable and just communities.
In the early days of the coaching profession, clients were often corporate executives and professionals and their coaches were also from upper-middle-class backgrounds. This initial model of coaching promoted professional development and success. As a consequence, coaching was primarily a profession of and for those who already had power and privilege. We are committed to changing that. We realized early on that the model of training only professional coaches was not broad enough to achieve our vision for widespread reach and social change.
Five critical components are necessary to bring our vision for Coaching for Community Transformation into reality:
We began our work by putting coaching skills into the hands of direct service providers such as case workers, counselors and family coaches who work one-to-one with community clients. We found when service providers add coaching skills to their existing expertise, they shift the way they work with clients.
Rather than fixing the problems for their clients, they shift their focus to the best way to support and help clients to define and achieve their own goals. This is sustainable, empowering change.
When service providers are coached, there is often a shift in attitude about themselves in their jobs—discovering that they enjoy their work much more when they do not see themselves as responsible for solving everyone’s problems all the time.
As more and more community members and organizations add coaching skills to their tool box, we notice a coaching-based approach to service delivery becoming the norm. As coaching skills spread throughout a whole community, clients who seek services from multiple agencies are being supported from a common, client-centered, empowering, coaching-based service delivery model. This broadens the support for personal and community transformation.
In addition, when managers and directors take the coaching skills training with their staff, they jointly discover how to create a coaching culture within their organization. This coaching culture supports them in working collaboratively and in shifting their focus from problems to possibilities, creative action, accountability and achievement.
The early experience with direct service providers was a microcosm of what we are now discovering about taking coaching deeper into communities. The horizon for community coaching has endless possibilities as each community begins to imagine and explore how coaching skills can support the change they wish to create.
Leadership that Works is at the forefront of this innovative and cutting-edge work. We are bringing culturally-aware coaching into groups, neighborhoods and organizations that are committed to enhancing the quality of life for all people in their community.
Coaching projects our CCT faculty are supporting and exploring with community partners include:
Leadership that Works provides Coaching for Community Transformation (CCT) training to a variety of community members and groups: nonprofit leaders, nonprofit and government service providers, executives, consultants, educators, community organizers, community residents, board members, and volunteers.
CCT trainees have come from organizations working on community and economic development, affordable housing, financial asset building, workforce development, early childhood and youth development, as well as human service agencies, and social justice organizations, school districts and community initiatives.
It depends on your needs. Coaching in communities is taking many forms:
Possibilities are limited only by the creativity and resourcefulness of inspired community members.
Leadership that Works may ask you some of the following questions to help you think about what is possible for your organization and/or community:
What is possible if parents are trained in coaching skills?
What impact is possible if coaching skills were taught in languages other than English to include those leaders and community members who are often left out?
We look forward to discussing how coaching skills training and coaching may support your local needs. Your vision for enhanced connection, engagement, communication and collaboration in your local organizations, schools and community will serve as the basis for what may be possible as people in your area learn coaching skills. Call or email Virginia Kellogg at 785-597-2228 for more information.
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One way to assess the impact of Coaching for Community Transformation is to look at the ways Leadership that Works is partnering in Battle Creek, Michigan with various community groups committed to improving the lives of all children and families
Our coach training partnership in Battle Creek demonstrates how creating a coaching culture and embedding coaching skills can improve community service and increase successful outcomes. This is an example of what is possible when communities come to understand the power of coaching.
Following are a few of the many ways Coaching for Community Transformation coaching and coach training have created a coaching culture and enhanced community projects and initiatives in Battle Creek:
Calhoun County's Early Childhood Connections (ECC) provides free services to families with children from birth to age 5. Many ECC services are provided by trained family coaches who listen, acknowledge each family's hopes and dreams, and support them in taking steps to achieve those dreams. ECC has an ongoing commitment to coaching skills training and one-on-one coaching for family coaches and administrators. This commitment is embedded in the ECC model for working with the families they serve. The training also supports the staff in creating a coaching culture within the organization. http://www.calhoungreatstart.org/early-childhood-connections/family-coaches
Over 100 direct service providers and administrators from a number of nonprofit organizations, as well as consultants, educators, board leaders, and volunteers participated in basic and follow-up coaching skills training in Battle Creek to date. They added coaching skills to their existing expertise and are using these skills to partner with clients they serve, and with educators, nonprofit boards, and food justice initiatives. Coaching skills enhanced the productivity of meetings and strategic planning sessions, and improved personal communication between community members.
Twenty-six (26) participants completed the requirements for the 9-month in-depth certification training and are now Certified Community Coaches serving in the Battle Creek area. These coaches support the community as a part of their regular work roles and expertise. During the training alone, these coaches logged over 1300 hours of community coaching in the Battle Creek area.
A coaching approach is the foundation for the work of the BC Pulse leaders who are CCTC Certified Community Coaches. BC Pulse works to bring local organizations, community leaders and residents together to improve the lives of all children and families in Battle Creek. Through a people-first, collaborative approach, their efforts help coordinate local services, align policies and practices, and provide greater access to quality programs for all Battle Creek residents. http://www.bcpulse.org/
Call or email Virginia Kellogg at 785-597-2228 for more information.