Personal Groundwork for Coaching Program™

When coaching, the only place a coachee should be lead by a coach is into deeper discovery about themselves and their situation. However, leading a coachee into the coach’s way of thinking is strictly off-limits.  The chasm between the two is often a murky and gray area for many coaches. How do you bring someone into new awareness and discovery without tossing something out that comes from the coach’s line of thinking?

For years, the Personal Personal Groundwork for Coaching WorkbookGroundwork for Coaching Program™ has been used by coaches to do just that. It allows coaches to highlight and explore areas that are often at the source of where a coachee becomes stuck, self-defeating, or demotivated.  The Personal Groundwork for Coaching Assessment™ and accompanying workbook is a widely used tool to help coaches move their client's past daily symptoms and into the deeper source of what gets in their way when moving toward bigger and broader goals.

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Key Skills Covered

In this 8-week program participants will learn:

  • How to use the Personal Groundwork for Coaching Assessment™ with coachees.
  • Better ways to coach for sustainable change by getting to the root source.
  • How to bring about awareness of where a coachee may be kidding themselves or are blind to seeing.
  • Ways to identify resistance to change – what to listen for and questions to ask.
  • How to coach someone who is playing a role(s) that no longer serves them.
  • Coaching someone from being driven to being pulled forward by core values.
  • How to identify what your coachee is passionate about and how to step into that.

To further embed the learning, you will work (outside of the classroom) with a different learning partner each week to coach one another around the concepts covered in the class.

The Personal Groundwork for Coaching Program™ has been a foundational piece of learning for several years at the Royal Roads University Executive Coaching program and the University of Texas Executive Coaching program.

Upcoming Program Dates

Our next virtual course starts on November 23, 2021. Eight classes held on Tuesdays, from 9:30 - 11:00 am Pacific / 12:30 - 2:00 pm Eastern on November 23, 30, December 7, 14, 2021, January 4, 11, 18, and 25, 2022. (No classes on Tuesday, December 21, and 28, 2021.)

*For Fast Track Participants, please refer to the Fast Track Program Page for course dates.

PRICE - $1,095 CDN / $995 USD



International Coaching Federation (ICF) ACSTH Approved Program

The Personal Groundwork for Coaching Program is Segment 3 of the Coach Approach to Leadership Series™, approved by the ICF as an ACSTH Program.  

ICF Core Competency Hours: 20

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Coaching Out of the Box® is recognized by SHRM to offer SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP professional development credits (PDCs).  This program is valid for 20 PDCs.  For more information about certification or recertification, please visit

SHRM Personal Development Credits: 20

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