"The Aid for Aid Workers Coaching 101 Course enabled me to lean into a leadership style that I am proud of and that reflects my values and the values of my organization. I learned a concrete methodology for helping others generate and own their own solutions to challenges. In a fast-paced, high stakes work environment like ours, it can be tempting to make decisions for your team and take on more ownership of outcomes than is really appropriate or helpful. The course reminded me that the best leaders help others identify their own paths to success – and empower and trust them to follow through in a way that is genuine to them and ultimately more successful and sustainable!"
"The most significant thing that’s changed since I have taken the course is making coaching a habit. This has been like a fast track for me, so not only have I learned a lot but I am integrating it into my life. It has impacted the way I am leading – the way I interact with colleagues and volunteers and the way I help them grow and I am also growing while doing that –it's very powerful. "
By spending regular time coaching your team, they will become more confident and independent, thereby freeing up time you would normally spend putting out fires to be spent on those more important tasks on your to do list.
When your team shines, you shine. A leader’s impact is directly related to the strength of their team, and by using coaching to advance your reports you will also show others how much more you can achieve.
Focusing on soft skill development of our direct reports, such as better listening or organizational skills, takes time and is often overlooked. Coaching is an effective way to realistically develop soft skills that are needed for your reports to become their own managers and leaders.
I’m sure you already make an impact through the projects you implement, but imagine how much more impact you can make with a more independent and skillful team through intentional coaching! Gone are the days of constant follow up, worrying about unresolved problems you don’t yet know about and hoping to meet deadlines. Okay, if not gone then significantly reduced. :)
"I am very happy I enrolled in the class (Aid Worker's Guide to Successful Coaching 101). I now have a clearer understanding of what coaching is and what some of its many applications are. As part of the course’s requirements, I coached one of my direct reports based in another country. We focused on how she can improve her relationship and communication with project stakeholders. The session ended with a simple and clear plan for engaging the partners in a meaningful manner, which the direct report came up with. The session also ended with a complete unexpected revelation; the direct report admitted that she was contemplating resigning, but the session changed her mind. "
"If you are interested in becoming a stronger leader and having a productive team, it is in your interest to take this course and learn to support your team and achieve mutual goals together. The course takes a minimal amount of time each week and well worth it, as the skills you will create will have a lasting impact on your team. "
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin
As Ben mentions, successful completion of anything requires proper preparation. We’ll start this level by providing four actions you can do to ensure you have time and incentive to complete this course successfully.
Once you’re set up for success we’ll begin with defining coaching and situations in which it is most effectively used to develop your team. You’ll learn four types of scenarios in aid work in which coaching can help advance your direct reports. Of these four, in this course we will focus on how to coach our reports around problem solving and professional development. Finally, you’ll learn ethical boundaries so you can coach with integrity.
“The important thing is that you have a strong foundation before you try to save the world or help other people.” - Richard Branson
Now that you know what coaching is and when to use it, we can start setting the foundation for a successful coaching session. After all, great coaching begins before you sit down for the conversation.
In this level you’ll understand how to design the perfect scenario for effective coaching and be given some tools to do so. You’ll also learn and apply best coaching practices with your team that will improve your communication and overcome some of those aid work related challenges.
“The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.” – Peter Drucker
Alright, now that we have learned how to create the perfect setting and some best practices, it’s time to start having coaching conversations for a more confident and high performing team!
Here you’ll be given a Roadmap which breaks the coaching conversation structure down step by step. You’ll start with learning how to determine what coaching goal to choose based on your report’s needs (and yours).
You’ll then learn the step by step path to help your report achieve the session goal by tailoring the conversation to their unique perspective and possible obstacles they may face. You’ll also learn how to listen for what is not being said in coaching, which also makes coaching in aid work effective.
By the end of the conversation you and your report will walk away with a clear way forward so they can confidently overcome a problem or advance professionally.
“You don’t have to be the victim of your environment. You can also be the architect of it.” – James Clear
After level three, you’re well on your way to becoming an effective coach! In this final level you’ll begin by looking at specific coaching challenges in aid work and how to overcome them.
To ensure sustainability after the course ends, you’ll spend some time with your team coming up with coaching goals, a schedule and other ways to make sure you continue your journey. This will include techniques designed by James Clear, known for the book Atomic Habits, that will make it easier for you to continue coaching your team.
"Since taking "The Aid Worker’s Guide to Successful Coaching 101", I have used my new listening skills and asking powerful questions in meetings. Knowing how to listen and not just give advice has been very powerful—I see how my relationships have improved with others on my team and there is higher collaboration, and we get results faster. Now that I have taken this course, I am excited to see what other opportunities coaching and the skills gained with it will provide. "
The next course starts April 12th 2021. You can enroll on this page in the section below FAQ.
The investment to take the course is $299.99. This can be made in one payment or two payments of $149.99. Payments are preferably by debit or credit card but can also be made by wire transfer if you contact Torrey directly.
If you are lucky enough to work for an organization that provides "coaching" training, that's great. The problem is, from my experience many times those trainings are done in a two day block or a few hours, and do not incorporate practical use immediately. This means in a week or two, you will forget most of what you learned and it will be basically...well, a waste of your precious time. The Aid Worker's Guide to Successful Coaching 101 is designed specifically for the busy aid worker who wants a proven roadmap that can be quickly applied for immediate results. And on top of that, you'll get support from Torrey as well as others in the course, even after it's over.
Investing in coaching means you’ll learn a skill you can use for the rest of your supervisory career. And the good news is, the more you use it, the better you’ll get! Imagine what kinds of opportunities will open up for you and your team for the fraction of the cost of a certified coaching course.
I know you’re crazy busy – I’ve been there! But somehow with a full time job as a Country Manager I managed to squeeze a year and a half of coaching courses into my schedule, and boy am I glad I did! (Puts six weeks into perspective, huh?)
I’ve designed this course to make it as time efficient for you as possible, with all assignments and training videos as well as meetings with your accountability partner all amount to less than four hours a week. That’s like sitting through one agriculture working group meeting each week (although way more fun)!
I have designed this course for those starting out with coaching, meaning the tools and roadmap you receive are easy to follow guides to become an effective coach. In addition, the community of support you’ll receive through the Community Support Group and your accountability partner as well as the weekly Q&A sessions with me will help build your confidence with coaching.
….And as far as I know, this is the only coaching course designed specifically for aid workers! That means we’ll be discussing YOUR specific challenges and how to overcome them. And you'll be able to learn from others in different organizations as well!
If you are a supervisor in international development, you can benefit from learning how to coach. That means regardless of whether you are admin, finance or programming.
You can learn some coaching basics from a book or podcast. But to REALLY learn coaching and take your reports to the next level, you need support over a period of time. This is because you’ll want a community to troubleshoot problems you’re having and get feedback from your practice. And especially in our aid worker context, this course will be designed to show you how to overcome our unique challenges.
Well it depends. Where did you learn coaching? Is your "coaching" a checklist of questions, or do you understand how to form a goal, listen without an agenda and ask powerful questions? Have you had someone listen to one of your sessions? Do you feel like your direct reports are advancing with the coaching sessions you’re having?
If you want me to help you determine if this course is right for you because you already have experience coaching, just contact me [email protected].
Yes! If you’re a new supervisor (even of only one person) this is a great opportunity for you. I wish I had learned coaching when I only had one direct report – it would have helped me really refine my coaching skills and accelerate their development with the extra support. This is a skill you can use the rest of your supervisory career, so for sure the more practice and sooner you learn it the better!
I have several students who learned coaching before supervising a new team, and were glad to start from the beginning with their new skills.
Every week you’ll receive a new level for the course. There are four levels, but level three released week three you have three weeks to complete in order for you to have plenty of time to practice what you've learned.
Every week we’ll also have a Zoom Call, or a live video webinar discussion in which you can ask questions and get immediate feedback on your coaching. Once you sign up you will have access to the videos as they are released in addition to the tools, Road Map and other supporting documents.
You will also have structured conversations on a weekly basis with your Accountability Partner. This is one of my students' favorite parts of the course, since you are able to learn from another person (often in a different organization!) and evolve as coaches together.
Although The Aid Worker’s Guide to Successful Coaching 101 is not a course that will make you a certified coach, you will receive a certificate if you’ve completed all the assignments and levels by the end of the course.
If you can demonstrate you’ve done the work for the first two weeks and you decide this isn’t the right time for you to learn coaching, you can ask for a refund before the third week of the course starts. See here for full policy.
Terms may be different for agreements with organizations rather than individuals.
"The course is little investment for the amount of positive energy you receive in return. It is a very realistic, practical training that leaves you with a plan integrated to your work. It does not require too many hours a week, and there is more content if you choose to learn even more. Also the Accountability Partner really helped me – not only to stay on track but during one of our practice coaching sessions it helped me to address something with one of my staff. "
"After taking The Aid Worker's Guide to Successful Coaching 101, I was equipped with the tools with how to start a coaching conversation. This included guidance on how to ask specific questions, how to open the conversation, how to move that conversation forward, and how to interact with the person I am coaching. I see now how transformative coaching is for personal and professional relationships, and can’t wait to see what other ways I can help others move closer to their full potential! "
"What I’ve learned through this course has already helped me in my work, even before doing formal coaching sessions. Where before I focused on provided advice, now I focus on helping my team contribute to solutions themselves. Also, I have applied the communication best practices during interviews, in terms of not asking leading questions and letting the interviewee drive the conversation, which has given a better opportunity to really understand people I am interviewing."