Cooperative coaching is a special form of group supervision aimed specially at the self-employed and freelancers starting up their own business or in a situation of transition. This networking-friendly package is suitable
Cooperative coaching initially takes much the same form as a group supervision. The participants become aware of their internal and external situations, which they analyze with a view to consciously shaping future developments. The results can be a change of tactics, or the reinforcement of proven strategies.
As well as supervising the above process, I go beyond the boundaries of my usual role and encourage participants to take on the role of the coach. In other words, cooperative coaching is about learning how to moderate a discussion, to document the process and the results, and to assess the outcome . Particularly the self-employed will find that many of these roles and capabilities come in extremely useful in social situations, too.
In addition, cooperative coaching fosters synergy – be it that the participants pass on jobs, or profit from the others’ experience with legal conditions, loan applications, or customer acquisition. In many cases, it is encouraging simply to learn that others have to cope with the same problems.
Cooperative coaching is a form that can also be used by teams within companies or organizations, e.g. in order to enhance the structure and efficiency of team meetings or case discussions. I also teach this method in compact further-education courses.