A CoachRetreat follows a very specific format. This book wants to share the knowledge of people who organized a CoachRetreat.

What is it?

Code Retreat + Coaching Dojo

Coach retreat is a one day workshop to experience coaching techniques.

The idea of improving as a coach, using the code retreat framework of “persisting by repeat and change techniques ” to handle a “problem”.

Rachel Davies has put in place a wonderful model about Coaching DoJos. That is a great way to experiment with coaching during a conference. (As it’s a short workshop.)

Coaching DoJo

One stop session, it goes this way :

I have a problem ( kata) . A pair (or team) of coaches coach me – in a free coaching style way – to realize what are the issues/some solutions, etc. The observers give feed-back about the coaching style and suggest improvements. End of the session.

Coach Retreat

Lasts on a day long with time-boxed sessions focused on the same topic. It will go like this :

Global check in.
We select a kata.
do a coaching exercise during 65 mlinutes
5 minutes of explaining
4 * (10 + 5 minutes)
10: minutes of practise
5 minutes of feedback
loop 5 times
circle of questions

Coach team participate to solve/have more insights about it in a timeboxed period. Retrospect, evaluate the results.

Repeat : as in code retreat, let’s say that we’ll use some “specified” techniques ie “double loop learning” to go through the problem. Take the time box and do the coaching session. Retrospect/evaluate the results

Repeat : Use another time box and use other techniques. Retrospect and evaluate new findings.

Repeat …

What type of coach are you at the end of the day ?

The CoachRetreat manual can be bought on leanpub.

Written by Yves Hanoulle Creative Collaboration Agent