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Effective, Efficient, Economical: Adult Education Through Coaching

Posted By Leanne Cusumano Roque, Esq. , Thursday, May 20, 2010
Updated: Monday, January 28, 2013



Transcript: What if you could give your students the ability to constantly and effectively adapt to change in a way that leads to consistent success? Hi. I'm Leanne Cusumano Roque, President and Executive Coach at CRC Consulting. I believe the way to enable students, leaders, and entrepreneurs to consistently adapt to change in a way that leads to consistent success is through coaching. After talking with Guy Pfeffermann and Nora Brown at GBSN, I'm opening up a discussion with you about 3 things:

  1. What is coaching?
  2. How are GBSN Member schools currently using coaching?
  3. What possibilities exist for how GBSN, its Member Schools, its Programs Schools, their students, and entrepreneurs, can use coaching to be successful in a way that is efficient, effective, and economical, across the board?

First: What is coaching? When I talk about coaching, I'm talking about using the International Coach Federation competencies and ethics in a way that allows the client to best notice what they are doing, identify what makes them successful, and repeat success over and over again. Some of those competencies include:

  • asking open ended questions
  • being in a position as the coach of not knowing the answers, and
  • trusting that my client, an adult learner, does have the answers.

For example, "What possibilities exist for increasing sales?" is a coaching question." "Why don't you have a one-day sales event?" is not a coaching question.

Second: How are GBSN's Member schools using coaching with their Masters of Business Administration or Executive MBA program students nowadays? I know, from my own experience, and from other colleagues here in the United States and in Europe, that there are Member Schools using techniques called coaching with business students. I'm curious about what those programs look like, sound like, feel like for you, and whether those programs are ICF-types of coaching, or other types of [programs that are] useful and different from coaching programs. For example, something that might more often be called mentoring or consulting.

Third: How might GBSN, its Member Schools, its Program Schools, students and entrepreneurs, use coaching? From my perspective, the possibilities exist in a couple of different arenas. First of all, GBSN, its Member Schools, and its Program Schools can use coaching for themselves to do strategic planning, tactical implementation, and [create] a learning feedback loop to accurately identify how to spend time, money, and energy. A second way that coaching can be useful for students and entrepreneurs is as a practice that [creates a vision,] takes an accurate picture of [current] reality, enables students and entrepreneurs to identify what is working, how they are able to succeed, and then apply those lessons, over and over again, to consistently be successful at what is most important.

I'm very interested in hearing from you about:

  • what your perspectives are on coaching,
  • how you're using coaching nowadays, and
  • what you think are possibilities for using coaching in the future.

Please, post your responses here at GBSN's blog, and I look forward to meeting you in June at GBSN's conference.

Leanne Cusumano Roque, Esq., A.C.C.
President, CRC Consulting, Inc.

Leanne supports successful individuals and organizations in creating awareness for conscious choice, with a sense of well-being, through Executive coaching, effective meeting facilitation, and career coaching. She specializes in working with nonprofits, attorneys, scientists, and Federal leaders.

She is a graduate of the International Coach Federation (ICF) Accredited Coach Training Program® Success Unlimited Network® (SUN), and is an ICF-credentialed Associate Certified Coach. Leanne became a coach after she experienced the power of coaching for long-term change. She is also a certified MBTI practitioner and author of a 2010 Independent Press Publishers Award-winning book Live Light: Simple Steps, a book of meditations and inquiries to help shift perspective and make effective choices. You can reach her through her website.

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