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Coaching others to coach
Coaching others to coach

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Session 1: What do coach developers do?

Introduction

Welcome to Session 1 of this free course which aims to improve your capability as a coach developer.

It is common to describe the process of learning to become a better coach as a journey, one that is unique to every coach. This journey has many twists, turns and difficulties. This course assumes that as a coach developer you are a ‘skilled helper’ (Egan, 1998); you guide a coach on their way, helping them with a particularly difficult challenge, suggesting an alternative path or a different way of getting them to where they want to go. Your role can add value to their journey by enriching the learning that takes place along the way.

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Figure 1 Making sense of the coach developer role

In this, the first of 8 sessions, you will consider the different roles coach developers can undertake and follow the case study of a relationship between a coach and a coach developer that has been transformational. You’ll then examine ideas about what makes an effective coach developer and how the expertise of a coach developer can be described. Finally, you’ll begin to explore the ways your practice as a coach developer can be developed. There are a lot of fascinating things to consider, so it is time to get started.

By the end of this session, you should be able to:

  • understand the different roles coach developers undertake and the contexts in which they are undertaken
  • describe the process of building relationships in a model of behaviour change
  • explain how coaches describe an effective coach developer
  • consider how the expertise of a coach developer can be articulated.

The Open University would really appreciate a few minutes of your time to tell us about yourself and your expectations for the course before you begin, in our optional start-of-course survey [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] . Participation will be completely confidential and we will not pass on your details to others.