What is Community Coaching you might ask…simply stated, Community Coaching is a new and different approach of working with communities to stimulate sustainable community change. Community Coaching is:
Adaptive ● value-based process ● tailored to unique community contexts ● supports and builds on the best in the community ● leads to catalytic change
Coaching is not facilitating, teaching, training or consulting, rather the core distinction about coaching is that coaches help unlock what is already present in people and communities and help them frame their own solutions. Change is a process that can be messy, daunting and difficult to sustain particularly with this rapidly changing environment, which is why Coaches focus on developing leadership capacity within the community to provide continued support, guidance and direction.
Benefits of Community Coaching to Communities:
A Community Coach emphasizes the value of learning from one another, from their own experiences, history, and how to use community assets: cultural, natural environment, human, social, financial and political to self-manage and to sustain community change. In a community setting the coach designs visual and story-telling tools, exercises and technologies to facility greater creativity, intuition, awareness, wisdom and insights that lead to solutions and positive actions. Community Coaching strengthens and amplifies community pride; values for culture and heritage; trust and respect for one another; problem solving skills and a new way to live and work together. Most of all, a Community Coach helps the community find its own solutions and builds the capacity and strategies for the community to sustain themselves.
Sharp Image Consulting uses the Six R’s of Community Coaching developed through a collaborative process of community coaches in the mid-west United States: Readiness, Relationships, Results, Reflection, Reach and Resilience.
By first establishing the community’s readiness for change, the coach can adapt the tools and exercises needed for success. The integration of iterative leadership modes at the performance stage respects the approach and perspective of each participant in building their community. The focus throughout the engagement is to develop community capacity that will strengthen the skills for resiliency and community self-sustainability.
Please contact us if you’re interested in further exploring the benefits of community coaching for your community.