The Benefits of Group Training

Group Training Builds Camaraderie

Group coaching is a great way to provide cost-effective training and build camaraderie within a team or organization.   It provides a vehicle for members of the team or organization to share their experiences and provide their insights to other team members.   This promotes a sense of team spirit and the team members get to know each other on a different level.

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Various assessments can be used in a group setting as a starting point for discussion, such as the Emotional Quotient Inventory (EQ-i) or the Myers Briggs Type Indicator.   Discussing these assessments in a group setting helps the participants to become better aware of themselves and their colleagues.   The exercise builds a better understanding of each team member’s individual perspectives and the group’s strengths and weaknesses.   It’s also a fun and interesting activity.   The result often is enhanced morale and workforce productivity.

Group Training Is Cost Effective

Training is more cost-effective than one-on-one coaching and a great way to introduce the members of your team or organization to the many benefits of coaching or self-improvement techniques.   It can serve as a cost effective way of determining whether any of the team members might benefit from follow-on individual coaching.

Perfect Ice Breaker For Retreats And Off-Sites

Group training works very well at retreats or off-sites as a program that helps your employees or team members enhance skills that they otherwise would not have a chance to focus on during the workday.   It is very effective at retreats and off-sights where the discussion usually is difficult to start.   An initial group training session can help to set the stage for an open dialog and discussion for the balance of the retreat.

 

Case Study: Group Training Helped Me!
I found group coaching very effective when I went to the Treasury Department and was the new manager of a team of more than 60 lawyers. None of them knew me and I likewise, did not know any of them. I wanted to convey to them that I cared about them and their career development and also about us being successful working together. I called a coach that I had worked with before and we developed a half-day training session. We had an initial assessment of our personality and work traits that we took before the training session and discussed the assessment and its implications at the training. This was a great way for us to open the discussion, get everyone comfortable with the setting and spur some interesting conversation. People immediately felt more comfortable with me and this exercise helped me to be successful. In a nutshell, my new employees left the training feeling like I cared about my relationship with them and our ability to successfully work together.

 

Types Of Group Training

There are many types of group training or coaching that we can do for your organization, including:

  • Establishing a Vision and Core Values—create a culture for your organization and buy-in among the team members for a group vision.
  • Developing Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace—enhance your team members’ ability to effectively relate to colleagues, clients, bosses and partners.
  • Focusing on Peak Performance and Maintaining It—help your managers, employees, attorneys and staff reach and maintain peak performance.
  • Using Proper Tone and Assertiveness in Communication—assist your team to get their point across without being offensive or shutting down the conversation.
  • Motivating a Team to Achieve Goals—provide managers and partners with a toolbox for motivating their staff.
  • Providing Effective Feedback—techniques for providing feedback that improves performance in the future rather than shutting down the recipient.
  • Creating and Using Effective Time Management Skills—using time effectively and completing multiple tasks on schedule.
  • Retaining Talent in the New Age—how to manage today’s workforce and keep them.
  • Effective Presentation Skills—how to make an impactful presentation and use PowerPoint slides effectively.
  • Effective Leadership—defining leadership and establishing a leadership—as opposed to a management—style.

 

Lawyer Training

Coaching can also be tailored to your particular industry.   I developed these training sessions for lawyers:

  • Putting Your Best Pitch Forward—how to obtain the opportunity to make a pitch, preparing for the pitch and persuasively presenting the pitch.
  • Successfully Integrating Laterals—for both the lateral and the firm, this program discusses the steps that will help a lateral integrate into the firm and become profitable quickly.
  • Creating and Enhancing Your Brand—how to develop and maintain visibility in your practice area.
  • Dealing with Lawyer Burnout—how to stay sharp and focused in a stressful environment with long hours.
  • Tailoring Your Practice to Your Interests, Personality and Drives—develop a practice that focuses on your strengths and how to change your practice focus to escape from the generic.
  • How to Balance Competition and Cooperation Among Your Partners and Associates—learn to work together in a supportive manner and promote the success of the team as well as the individual.
  • Recovering From a Lost Case or Client—repairing the damage and picking yourself up when things go wrong.

 

We all can improve the way we manage our relationships and ourselves. That’s where coaching can help. I am in the Washington, DC area.  I can help your team to work together to benefit the whole team as well as the individual team players. 
Call me to set up a training for your organization.