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Building Effective Coaching Relations (1 Day Class)

Helping others develop their problem-solving thinking and skills does not happen in a one-time interaction.  It requires an ongoing relationship that is based on clearly defined and agreed upon expectations rather than assumptions.

Intended Session Outcomes for the Building Effective Coaching Relationships

Upon completing this workshop participants will be better equipped to:

  • Describe how adults learn best through intentional doing and reflection
  • Recognize the fundamental difference between coaching for development and coaching for correction or result
  • Use humble inquiry questioning to engage others in responsibility for being self-directed learners
  • Use humble inquiry questioning to help others compare their capabilities to the requirements of their performance situation
  • Lead others in setting self-development goals and contracting for a developmental coaching relationship
  • Create coaching agreements that are the basis for a relationship of safety and trust
  • Observe and provide feedback without judgment or taking over the thinking
  • Apply the scientific method of PDCA to coaching cycles
  • Lead others in focusing their development aims on specific skills and designing small learning experiments
  • Facilitate others in self-refection to consolidate their learning from their development experiences


This workshop is designed to extend the ideas and practices introduced in the Humble Inquiry Coaching programs that LEI has offered in recent years. It will explore the key aspects of a coaching relationship which focuses on helping others develop the capabilities and thinking required for implementing lean and building the culture of continuous improvement. In the course of the workshop, participants will examine the requirements for a helpful coaching relationship and practice coaching techniques needed to support the development of lean thinking and problem solving by others.

An important focus in the program will be on helping the attendees become more aware of the impact of their own thinking, intentions and assumptions when they are coaching others.  This will include the examination of how a coach’s presence and intentions can influence the success of a coaching relationship.

This workshop will focus heavily on self-directed learning and experimentation.  Activities will include readings, discussions, and demonstrations to introduce new concepts and techniques and set up skill practices.  The four-part coaching model and techniques for helpful coaching, attentive listening and humble inquiry questioning introduced in the Using Humble Inquiry in Coaching and Advanced Techniques for Humble Inquiry Coaching workshop will be reviewed, and participants will be asked to self-reflect, self-assess and set learning targets for the class.  

Workshop Suggestions:
To maximize your learning experience we recommend that prior to attending this program you take following workshops or have a good understanding of the concepts presented within them.

Participation in either of the two Humble Inquiry Coaching programs or in the Coaching in the Moment workshop is urged to get the maximum benefit from the self-directed learning and practice opportunities in this workshop. Attending Lead with Respect: Practicing Respect for People to Enable Engagement, Teamwork & Accountability

Suggested Reading for this Workshop:

  • Helping: How to Offer, Give, and Receive Help, Edgar H. Schein
  • Humble Inquiry: The Gentle Art of Asking Instead of Telling, Edgar H. Schein



Workshop Suggestions:
To maximize your learning experience we recommend that prior to attending this program you take following workshops or have a good understanding of the concepts presented within them.
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Price: $800.00 ($700.00 if the participant is taking 2 or more workshops at one location)
Price includes all participant materials, breakfast, lunch and snacks each day

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Our workshops are designed to cater to a limited number of participants.  If you must cancel a workshop registration, you will be given a full refund up to four weeks before the workshop.  A cancelation occuring within four weeks of the workshop will be subjected to a $350 cancelation fee.  If cancellation is required to comply with coronavirus guidelines from federal, state, or local authorities, no cancellation fee will apply.  LEI will not be held personally responsible for any incidental cost incurred (hotel, airfare, change fee, etc).  To cancel a workshop registration, please call LEI at (617) 871-2900.