Group coaching for experienced design leaders

A three month group executive coaching programme for mid-to-senior design leaders.

This event took place on 25 January 2023

Join our Leading Design Group Coaching Programme

Professional executive coaching can be hugely beneficial, providing the space and structure to think more strategically about our personal and professional challenges. We first ran this programme in 2021 and there was such demand for it that we have decided to run it again.

Delivered by Julia Whitney—the former Executive Creative Director and General Manager of UX&Design at the BBC, turned executive coach—we'll take a small cohort of Design Leaders through a series of five online group coaching sessions, taking place every other week.

The content of these sessions will be led by participants, so could cover the whole gamut of leadership challenges from day-to-day interpersonal issues like raising your influence or dealing with conflict, through to more existential questions around career journey, values and purpose.

One of the things we like most about group coaching is the support you get from your peers. There are many common challenges when it comes to design leadership, and while coaching isn’t there to give you definitive answers, it’s always useful to hear a range of perspectives.

Design Leadership can also be a lonely and isolating role, especially if you’re the only one of your kind in the organisation. So group coaching allows you to meet new people in similar roles, form deeper bonds, and ideally create a support network that extends well beyond the programme duration.

If you've been considering executive, leadership or career coaching, group practice can be a safe, enjoyable and cost-effective place to start. Whether you're interested in dipping your toe in the water, or are looking at this as a route to a more longer term coaching relationship.

Due to the popularity of this programme, we will be hosting two cohorts.

Cohort 1: commencing Wednesday 25 January. Every two weeks for 5 sessions. With the last session on 22 March.

Cohort 2*: commencing Thursday 26 January. Every two weeks for 5 sessions. With the last session on 23 March. (*Places on this cohort are now sold out.)

All sessions will take place online at 8am-9.30am PT / 11am - 12.30am ET / 4pm-5.30pm UK.

“As a new leader, the group coaching programme provided a safe space, every few weeks, to talk & reflect on shared challenges with design leaders from a range of organizations. Breakout sessions were a good opportunity to practice techniques learned in the group; silent coaching - listening and getting comfortable with not saying anything has been useful in all aspects of work & life.”

Teak Miu-Tse, Executive Creative Director of Design Systems & Operations | Sky Design

“I could not more highly recommend Clearleft and Julia Whitney's coaching program. This opportunity definitely provided me with the opportunity to practice coaching skills that will be invaluable to my leadership and my team.”

Kristina Lawyer, Design Lead at Goalbook

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