Learn to manage your own preferences for learning and coaching as you master the process that will empower your coachees to change.

In your coach­ing prac­tice — as in your fam­i­ly life and per­son­al life — a bet­ter under­stand­ing of the learn­ing process is the key to becom­ing bet­ter and more effec­tive. The goal of any coach is to first help coachees become capa­ble learn­ers who are self-aware and able to con­tin­u­al­ly improve.

Based on the book How You Learn Is How You Live: Using Nine Ways of Learn­ing to Trans­form Your Life by Kay Peter­son and David A. Kolb, the Insti­tute for Expe­ri­en­tial Learning’s foun­da­tion­al coach­ing pro­gram, Four-Dimen­sion­al Coach­ing, intro­duces the prin­ci­ples of expe­ri­en­tial learn­ing by expand­ing the def­i­n­i­tion of learn­ing from what hap­pens in the class­room to what hap­pens in coach­ing and in life. As a coach, this pro­gram will give you a self-aware­ness of your habits of learn­ing, shed light on blind spots, iden­ti­fy the impact of the qual­i­ty of your deci­sions and rela­tion­ships in coach­ing, and enhance your entire approach to coaching.

How can coach­es learn how to learn more effec­tive­ly? Expe­ri­en­tial learn­ing pro­vides a process map with four key steps that are essen­tial for effec­tive learn­ing: the learn­ing cycle. The Four-Dimen­sion­al Coach­ing pro­gram will explain those steps and describe nine pat­terned respons­es to using the process (learn­ing styles), each of which presents strengths and challenges.

Spe­cif­ic strate­gies are pro­vid­ed for build­ing agili­ty to use all nine approach­es and acquir­ing the many cor­re­spond­ing ben­e­fits: more flex­i­bil­i­ty, less stress and con­flict even with more diverse rela­tion­ships, and more choice and hap­pi­ness in life.

The first half of the course focus­es on you as a coach. Here, you will build self-aware­ness of the impact of learn­ing and learn­ing pref­er­ences on your own deci­sion-mak­ing, ses­sion-man­age­ment, and your entire coach­ing prac­tice. The sec­ond half of the pro­gram focus­es on apply­ing the con­cepts to coachees to enhance learn­ing and devel­op­ment, and to empow­er coachees to learn long after the engage­ment con­cludes. Includ­ed in this pro­gram is an intro­duc­tion to the Kolb Learn­ing Style Inven­to­ry 4.0 (KLSI) as a new tool for coach­es to use and debrief with coachees.

How It Works

The course is divid­ed into four modules:

  1. The coach as a learner 
    • The ide­al process of learn­ing and per­son­al pref­er­ences for using it
    • Nine ways of learn­ing and the expres­sions and out­comes of each
    • Link­ing per­son­al pref­er­ences with all aspects of coaching
  2. Per­son­al and pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment of the coach 
    • Defin­ing pref­er­ences through the Kolb Learn­ing Style Inventory
    • Build­ing flex­i­bil­i­ty to use all nine styles and the impact on coach­ing ses­sions, engage­ment and entire practice
  3. The coachee as a learner 
    • Iden­ti­fy­ing per­son­al pref­er­ences for learn­ing and change in coachees
    • Deliv­er­ing and debrief­ing the Kolb Learn­ing Style Inventory
    • Empow­er­ing the coachee to “learn how to learn”
  4. Coach­ing strate­gies to pro­mote coachee flexibility 
    • Guid­ing coachees around the 4‑D process to improve per­for­mance, learn for life, and con­tin­ue to devel­op maturity
    • Cre­at­ing per­son­al devel­op­ment plans using the learn­ing and devel­op­ment process

When you fin­ish the course and com­plete your devel­op­ment plan, you will earn 23 ICF CE Cred­its, and a dig­i­tal credential.

Who Should Take This Course?

Inter­nal and exter­nal coach­es, gen­er­al­ists and all specialties.



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