Breakfast of Champions for Coaching Training
– A Dialogue between Elaine Li and Henry Chamberlain
Hi everyone, I am Elaine Li and I am a newbie coach who attended the ICF Accreditated, TPC Leadership coaching training facilitated by Henry Chamberlain and Tamara Hofman. This programme made a huge difference in my personal development, I thought that it would be a great idea to interview one of the facilitators, Henry Chamberlain, to share both my experience of the programme and the approach Henry takes.
EL: When you work with leaders during your coaching sessions, how would you describe your approach?
HC: I truly believe in the power of coaching to provide profound insights that lead to profound change and transformation. I have the opportunity to coach on a daily basis and I would love to help others experience the joy and satisfaction of this profession.
EL: Are there any similarities between your approach to coaching and to train up executive coaches?
HC: I’m equally passionate about creating impactful coaching training. When I train coaches, I don’t want to provide mere training, I want to transform behaviour. I want to ensure that participants leave the programme having learnt as much as possibly to take their coaching to the next level, whatever their current capability level is.
EL: I can see that you’re as passionate about training coaches as you are about coaching clients. How did you decide to partner with TPC Leadership on presenting the coaching training programme?
HC: Attending the TPC Leadership programme in 2015 transformed my coaching approach. So, when Tamara Hofman offered me the opportunity to co-facilitate this programme with her, I was truly honoured. The programme embodies most of what I consider to be essential for great coaching. It has an elegant combination of content, deliberate practise and feedback – the breakfast of champions.
EL: I can see that you value and would highly recommend this programme. From a participants’ perspective, being one of the youngest member on the programme, I went from zero knowledge on what is coaching to being a confident newbie coach. The programme has provided lots of useful models, tools and tips. What I found particularly useful was you and Tamara sharing your rich personal experiences to make coaching real and practical for me.
HC: It is great to know that you found those things helpful, especially as a “millennial” coach. I’m, however, a perfectionist and Tamara and I are constantly exploring ways to make the training more impactful, and to find even better ways to enable every participant to extract the maximum value from the programme.
EL: I could see that you two really tried very hard to adjust the programme in order to address every participants’ needs. This is especially demonstrated by the coaching practise. Through the feedback from you guys, I was able to reflect on what I did, receive feedback from peers, and observing how other coaches coach. You emphasised “deliberate practice” a lot. Can you tell me more about your thinking in this area?
HC: You touch on a very important point, I believe that coaching is an art and that it can only be mastered through deliberate practise. In other words, not mindless repetition, but purposeful practice involving feedback and self-reflection. We strive to include as much deliberate practise as possible and to embed and encourage continuous learning in-between the nine days of face-to-face training as well.
EL: Nine face-to-face training days is quite intense. Does this feature of the programme also relate to the deliberate practise approach?
HC: Yes, programmes seem to be getting shorter, more “virtual” and less personal. It reflects our belief that coaching is a more complex skill than generally portrayed, a personal skill that has to be learnt through maximum human interaction. This is something that is not possible through virtual training. The low participant-to-facilitator ratio additionally allows us to provide generous and rich individual interaction, feedback and coaching.
EL: I have grown tremendously in just nine days with the help from you and Tamara. You both demonstrated the coaching values and approach throughout the programme – it was clear that you truly believe and practise coaching.
HC: Thanks, that’s a huge compliment to us. For me the most important thing is that our programme must reflect the coaching values and approach – to truly demonstrate the power of coaching through the way that we facilitate the learning.
EL: Thank you for sharing your thoughts and passion with me in this interview and thank you both for being part of my development journey. All the best for the programme in 2018!
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