Coursera Massive Open Online Course

Conversations that Inspire: Coaching Learning, Leadership and Change

Coaching can inspire and motivate people to learn, change and be effective leaders, among other roles in life. Although most attempts are “coaching for compliance” (coaching someone to your wishes or expectations), decades of behavioral and neuroscience research show us that “coaching with compassion” (coaching someone to their dreams and desires) is more effective.

About the Course

We develop throughout life. Those of us who are able to continuously develop toward sustained, desired change do so, in part, with the help of others. This form of helping is called coaching. The result of effective coaching is that a person feels excited, motivated and inspired to learn, change and try new things in life. Although not required, this course builds on concepts introduced in the MOOC entitled Inspiring Leadership through Emotional Intelligence.

Effective coaching should result in a combination of three changes:

  1. the person being coached finds, articulates or reaffirms his or her personal vision, that is their dreams and passion;
  2. the person changes their behavior, thoughts or feelings to move closer to their personal vision; and/or
  3. the person builds or maintains a resonant relationship with one or more people.
We call this the Positive (PEA) and Negative Emotional Attractors (NEA) through Intentional Change Theory. Most efforts at trying to help or motivate others are what we call “coaching for compliance,” whether by managers, teachers, doctors, or parents. In this approach, the person is brought into the negative emotional attractor by someone trying to fix them or tell them how to change. An alternative is what we call “coaching with compassion” in which the person is brought into the positive emotional attractor by initially discussing their dreams, values, and invoking hope, mindfulness, compassion and even playfulness.

Based on decades of our longitudinal and neuroscience research into coaching, the course will examine the theory, research, as well as techniques and skills in effective coaching (i.e., coaching with compassion). We will explore the building of a coaching relationship, the ethics of helping others.

The course will consist of five weeks, with three modules per week. Each module will consist of a video, some will have assigned and recommended readings, many will have reflective exercises, writing in your Personal Learning Journal, and on-line, asynchronous discussions. There will be four personal learning assignments and five tests of comprehension that will constitute successful completion of the course.

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