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We’re lovin’ the Expedition Coaching Model!

EXPEDITION_CoachingThe Expedition Coaching program is a fantastic program which is easily understood and embraced at all levels within an organization. Shana Ring of Destination Leadership has done a brilliant job bringing together the key aspects of the coaching including questioning and listening, with powerful founding principles of trust, intention, and agenda. For more information go to: http://www.destinationleadership.ca.

As a certified executive coach and the author of a thesis based on organizational coaching, I have seen a lot of coaching models. Although most models lead you in the same general direction, the Expedition GUIDE coaching model is the best I’ve seen. It’s easy to understand, and the supporting materials which have been developed are fantastic. The video series that has been developed to support the learning is excellent.

After a thorough comparison of all of the coaching programs on the market, Expedition Coaching was an easy choice for the First Group of Companies for a variety of reasons including the easy to understand GUIDE and DIRECT models, well designed support materials, professional video’s, professional support and price.

Last year (spring 2012) we introduced the senior leadership team of First and managers to Expedition Coaching. The engagement and learning was fantastic. Since then we have introduced it to almost all of the 140 employees of our organization. We chose to introduce the program as a communication tool they could use in any aspect of their life. All employees loved the program and are asking for more, and many have indicated that they would like to volunteer their time to learn more. Front line staff were able to make an immediate connection as to how the Expedition Coaching model is applicable to sales and have already begun planning the next training sessions for the spring of 2013.


2 Responses to “We’re lovin’ the Expedition Coaching Model!”

  1. ian whitfield

    Hi Sandra! I happened to ‘bump’ into you on Linked in tonight … i love your blog site and the crispness of everything, well done! I hope you are doing well … it sounds like it!! I will look into this model a bit more since, well, frankly I don’t think the CEC program gave a great model to work with. Are you using this exclusively in your practice? Thanks.

    • Sandra McDowell

      Hi Ian. Great to hear from you…and thanks for the great feedback on the blog. Things are going very well for me. I heard about the Expedition Coaching model through some of our cohort from SaskPower. As soon as I saw it I loved it; because it is simple to understand and easy to remember. Shana Ring has done a wonderful job of building a coaching model founded on effective leadership and communication practices. She’s also developed some great video’s and support materials. Essentially all coaching models I’ve seen support forward-action solution based thinking. What makes this one so great is that it’s easy to learn and remember, and is founded on ‘why’ it’s important to support the coachee’s agenda, and how best to do so. If you are supporting people to learn to coach or to develop the coach approach to leadership – it’s excellent. We’ve introduced it companywide at First Credit Union, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it for any size of organization. You can bring in facilitators who have been trained, or you can get certified to train as well. Shana’s contact information is as follows: Shana Ring, Destination Leadership, shana@destinationleadership.ca. If you have any more questions let me know and we can connect by phone or skype; or email me at sandra.mcdowell@firstcu.ca. I hope you are doing great. Thanks again for the great feedback about the blog!


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