When we began, just over 10 years ago, we had a somewhat idealistic view that managers in organizations could get together in small groups and self direct (i.e. self-facilitate) their own CoachingOurselves sessions. This, as we learnt fairly quickly, was not realistic for most organizations we encountered in the early 2010s. So we prepared partners and customers to design and facilitate CoachingOurselves programs or interventions. This works very well and there are an ever increasing number of groups benefiting from CoachingOurselves sessions facilitated by professional facilitators. We expect this mode of deployment to continue to expand.
However, during the last 10 years we’ve noticed a steady evolution in organizational needs. The world is changing, the nature of work and organizations is changing, and the people working in our organizations are very much changing. Partially as a result, there is a growing consensus among the HR professionals we meet; they want managers to take charge of their own learning and development. In other words organizations want managers to “fish for themselves”.
For CoachingOurselves, this means managers self-facilitating their own sessions. Most managers are capable of learning how to run CoachingOurselves sessions on their own — the real issue is whether they want to and whether they will actually carve out time from their busy schedules to do so even when they want to. This problem can be solved. We already have a number of large scale (between 100 to 500 participants) self-directed CoachingOurselves programs running around the world.
Self-directed CoachingOurselves will not be appropriate for all organizations. But when appropriate, it has a transformational impact on organizations, preparing them for the 2020’s and beyond.
We look forward to the next 10 years of CoachingOurselves. We will continue to focus on Henry’s vision of changing the practice of management and so making the world and society just a little bit better.
Our world very much needs this to happen!