How virtual Expertship programs work

Written by Alistair Gordon 07 Jun 2022

THE BENEFITS OF A VIRTUAL SMALL GROUP COACHING STYLE

Our Expertship programs can be delivered using a unique combination of a short interactive online workshop, followed by five, two-hour small group coaching sessions (we call these ‘pods’).

Each pod has four participants, and one Expertship coach. Clients often launch two or three pods together.

The coaching nature of the program is hugely effective, and popular, as there are many benefits:

  • Time efficient – the program takes places in two-hour time blocks once a fortnight, making it easier for experts to be available; after an initial one day online workshop;

  • Learn and deploy – experts tackle several foundational topics in the one day workshop, and then have time between coaching sessions to deploy new skills and techniques. Participants tell us they love this design;

  • In real-time for real challenges – the small group coaching format allows each of the four experts quality time with their coach to discuss real life challenges, and work together to find effective solutions; experts tell us they love this applied learning design; this aspect strongly appeals to those experts for whom large workshops are a stressful environment;

  • Creative matching in pods – the small group coaching format allows for great flexibility in bringing participants together – either from different divisions, domains, geographies, or time zones;

  • Just-in-time – clients don’t have to worry about gathering a large list of participants together for a workshop. With just four “program-ready” participants, the pod can be up and running in a fortnight;

  • Multi-client pods are easy too – if you only have one participant, that’s no problem! Expertunity offers multi-client pods that start each month; there are additional advantages to these types of pods, particularly for experts who have worked in one organisation for six years or more.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The configuration of Mastering Expertship Pods is simple, but very comprehensive:

  • Four participants in a pod;

  • One day virtual workshop; followed by

  • Four, fortnightly coaching sessions;

  • One final session where experts present their growth plans to their managers in a group setting. An inspiring session for all concerned;

  • One dedicated Expertship coach throughout the entire four month journey;

  • The Expertship 360 survey is included, with 121 feedback. Very often, this is the first structured feedback experts have ever received;

  • A copy of the Expertship Growth Guide for every participant; Two 1:1 coaching sessions between an individual participant and the Expertship coach;

  • Comprehensive manager engagement and 3-way sessions between coach, participant, and their manager;

  • Access to the Expertship learning portal;

  • Access to the Expertship Alumni Program (upon completion);

A comprehensive program that produces outstanding results.

MANAGERS MATTER

One of the highlights of the small group coaching design is that we significantly elevate the role managers play in the program. They are actively involved throughout the four month journey. How do we achieve this?

  • Induction videos – we have recorded specific videos to help managers understand the program, the experience their participant will have, and their role as manager during the program; and also a detailed description of the Expertship 360;

  • The Expertship 360 – managers are involved in helping their participants build a suitable respondent list, and then take part in a 3-way review of themes sessions with their participant, and the Expertship coach;

  • Manager Toolkits – every topic in the small group coaching program has a manager’s toolkit which is emailed to the manager the day after their participant has done the topic; this helps managers have meaningful and informed discussions and follows-ups with their participants, and also helps build their knowledge of the Expertship Model;

  • Access all materials – we provide access for managers to all of the materials on the program via our Learning Portal; and

  • Surveys – we now survey managers twice on the progress their participant is making, and also seeking their feedback on the program so we can improve the manager experience.

All of these measures increase the likelihood of the manager assisting their participant to grow their Expertship skills substantially.

Contact us for more information.

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