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:
- 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
- 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
- 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”
- 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.
- Kay Peterson, MS, MBA, MS-POD, PCC, GPCC
- Patricia Bright, MA, PCC, BCC, GPC