I took a Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) called Conversations That Inspire: Coaching Learning, Leadership and Change. The session went from October 5 to December 19, 2015, and was offered by professors at Case Western Reserve University through Coursera.
Coaching for compliance occurs when a person is coached according to the coach’s wishes or expectations. Coaching with compassion is a method where someone is coached with their personal goals and desires in mind. The class examined the theory and research behind both coaching for compliance and coaching with compassion. Research shows that coaching with compassion is a more effective method of coaching.
The capstone project at the end of the course was to provide coaching to two colleagues. There were five coaching sessions for each of my colleagues. My coachees and I discussed personal vision, strengths, weaknesses, and career vision, among other things. We talked about their ideal selves, and their real selves, and we worked on goal setting. Some questions that we covered were “What do you strive to become?”, “How will you apply lessons learned?”, “Are you building on your strengths with these goals?”, and “What common themes do you see in your feedback?”. I was also coached by a classmate while I was coaching my colleagues. Being coached by someone while coaching others was a very helpful experience. I was able to see the effects of coaching while coaching others, and apply my experiences.
Since I’ve never done any coaching before, this class was invaluable. I learned why coaching with compassion is so effective and how I can go about coaching in that way instead of coaching for compliance.