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7 Building your coach developer 101 guide

Already in this first session of the course you have come across five practices and ideas that you can implement in your own work. You will see them summarised in Table 1 below.

At the end of each session, the main expertise practices – between three and five practices for each session – will be summarised and developed into a ‘101 guide’. ‘101’ is a term that is often used to refer to an introductory book or a document that provides an overview of a subject. The intention of the ‘Coach developer 101 guide’ is to provide you with a summary of the coach developer role in a succinct and concise format that can be shared and discussed with your colleagues, particularly others who have already completed this course. The guide is a point of reference about how coach developers should support coaches to learn and improve their practice.

By Session 8, you will have studied thirty-six practices and ideas in total. The complete 101 guide, containing all the practices and ideas, will be available for you to download in Session 8.

Here are the practices and ideas covered in Session 1.

Table 1 Some practices coach developers can use to build expertise in their role
Practices and ideasDescription
1. Sense-makingThe role of a coach developer is often to help coaches make better sense of what they already know rather than just providing more information.
2. Surfacing beliefsThe process of raising awareness and making implicitly held beliefs, ideas, values and biases explicit, therefore making them subject to discussion, debate and change.
3. Behavioural change stairway

An illustrative model that describes a process of behaviour change through a sequence of five steps: it takes time.

4. Effective coach developers

People who have a positive and meaningful impact on learning and development which is achieved consistently from coach to coach.

5. Coach developer expertise

The ability to skillfully use a variety of tools, techniques and ingredients to facilitate and enrich learning to improve coaching practice.