Course 2: The Coaching Conversation in the Context of Work


The Coaching Conversation in the Context of Work looks at the individual in the context of systems, find and how the coach supports people in their work and their lives. This class substantially expands coaching skills while providing additional tools and context for helping clients with work-related issues. This course offers:

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  • A deeper understanding of the place of work in people’s lives and of the impact of coaching in the workplace
  • An introduction to the concept of organizations as systems and an awareness of the impact these systems can have on both coach and client
  • Enhanced proficiency in use of the core coaching competencies applied in the work environment

Explore the power of professional coaching and discover the opportunities for professional coaching in the workplace. Class participants never look at work in the same way again; they come away with a purposeful perspective about work and the workplace that serves both them and their clients in powerful ways.

Course 2:

The Coaching Conversation in the Context of Work

Eligibility Contents Hours
Anyone who has successfully completed the Foundations of Professional Coaching course, and is interested in deepening their coaching competency by completing the Adler Certificate in Professional

Prerequisite: Foundations of Professional Coaching

Effective use of coaching knowledge and skills in the domain of work and within the context of organizations

Application of specific new tools, techniques and processes for coaching in the context of work, and across other domains

Further honing of skills and deepening of general coaching knowledge to support effective coaching in any niche

5 classroom days (30 hours)

Follow-up teleclasses

Two assignments for independent work


The Coaching Conversation in the Context of Work highlights the practice of coaching in the realm of work.  Whether the student expects to coach within a workplace setting or as a life coach in a seemingly unrelated niche, work is an important part of people’s lives.  It becomes a key topic in most coaching relationships and impacts other spheres of life. Therefore, understanding the context of work and learning to coach around the topic of work is important for all coaches.


Course Objectives

1.  Deepen understanding of the Adler coaching model, mindset and skills

  • Gain a fuller understanding of the Adler Guiding Principles and their application in the context of work
  • Learn a framework for how to think about and go about coaching people in a work context

2.  Explore a three dimensional model for navigating the world of work – understanding self, understanding self in relationship with others and understanding the relationship between self, self and others and self and task

  • Study the place of work in people’s lives and work as a domain where people can benefit from coaching
  • Survey the factors that influence how a person relates in a work system and how to create conditions for optimum functioning
  • Understand the role of developing others as a work task of managers/leaders
  • Explore issues related to working in a team or work group context

3.  Practice and enhance the core coaching competencies in a variety of work contexts and situations 

  • Understand the general principles, ethical guidelines and practices for structuring and managing a professional coaching engagement within the organizational context
  • Practice the coaching competencies of questioning, listening, planning and goal setting in the context of developing a business opportunity for coaching
  • Recognize what coaches need to pay attention to if they want to be effective when coaching people on work related issues.

4.  Identify how models and tools can be used in coaching engagements and how to select, personalize and use such tools

  • Examine the practice of feedback as integral to understanding the distinctions between an individual’s intention and impact on others and the system
  • Increase understanding of change models and the implications for coaching around personal change and change in work systems
  • Examine intentional change, personal development and mastery


What You Will Learn 

Because the context of work is complex, the course offers a broad spectrum of information on the following:

  • The power of professional coaching as it relates to the work context and opportunities for professional coaching engagements in workplaces
  • The concept of organizations as systems; gain an awareness of the impact these systems can have on both coach and client
  • The context of work and learning to coach around the topic of work

Rapid change is the norm is organizations and requires a workforce that can function with resilience through transition and change.  The course offers exposure and practice in how to coach people around external change factors, interpersonal issues and role related issues at work.

The course also takes a deeper look at the impact coaching has on coach, client, relationships and feedback:

  • An awareness of your impact as human beings and coaches, what it means to be at choice about impact and how you engage with the world
  • Provide a framework and approach to “step outside yourself” to become more aware of state of mind and attitude
  • Examine how awareness of impact can open up new choices for ways of being different, as coach and client
  • Gain an understanding of self and one’s impact in relationship with others in the work context
  • Examine ways in which you have conversations about yourself, about coaching and the benefits of coaching with individuals who sponsor or engage coaching services in workplaces
  • Develop an increased understanding of the role of power in relationships
  • Examine self-responsibility and freedom of choice in relationships and within systems

The Coaching Conversation in the Context of Work offers a supportive learning environment that provides the following:

  • A way of integrating the knowing about coaching with the doing and the being of coaching, through various practice coaching opportunities
  • A forum for exploring states of being and the impact of our states of being on work with others
  • Opportunities for interaction and discussion about typical issues that come up when engaging in coaching in organizations using case situations
  • Exploration of the power of vision and its role in holding a coaching focus for yourself and in working with clients
  • The introduction of resources and sources of information that can inform a self-directed learning path and action plan

In addition to looking specifically at the context of work, students continue to acquire a wide array of skills and tools that can be broadly applied in any context.

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