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Brain-Based Coaching & Leadership Program Outline

Phase 1

Zoom meeting with the Principal, Head Master or CEO

- Collaboration with the leadership team to refine aims

- Site visit to meet team in context if possible.

Phase 2

- Pre-professional reading


Phase 3

- Face to face workshop, 2 days

- How to build your leadership strength and foundations of coaching

Select a peer coach to support each other through the leadership journey. The content is research based and will explore some of the following:


  • Okojo mindset protocol (Newman)

  • 17 Trust behaviours (Newman)

  • Contribute and agitate state (Newman)

  • Approach and avoid response (Gordon)

  • Icecap model of Influence (Newman)

  • Values (Collins)

  • Purpose (Sinek)

  • Feedback (Williams)

  • The learning pit (Nottingham)

  • Brain (Rossouw & Willis; Cacioppo; Cozolino; Gordon; Kennedy, Immordino-Yang; Perry)

  • Perceptual positions (Psychology)

  • Positive framing (Lemov)

  • Knowing your impact on others (Scott)

  • High performance teams (Stebbins, Wagner, Collins)

  • Distributed leadership (Dunbar)

  • Change leadership (Cotter & Waters et al)

  • 12 Attributes of Inspirational and influential leadership (Newman)

  • The SIM model (Newman)

  • Motivation response model (Newman)


- Participants collect feedback from colleagues and supervisor around their leadership behaviours using the Leadership Attribute Reflective Took to assess their strengths and gaps. Personality profiling.



Phase 4

- Practice coaching with peers and teams in context at work.

Phase 5

- Face to face workshop, 1 day master class.

- Scale up strategic leadership influence.

- Differentiating your leadership approach to manage, mentor and coach.

- Opportunity to deepen your coaching experience.

- Journey deeper into the neuroscience research.

- Feedback is analysed.


  • Time management (Newman 2018)

  • Change management (Cotter; Waters et al)

  • Strategic leadership layers (Newman, 2019)

  • Accountability chart (Newman & Stebbins, 2019)

  • Ways to influence (Newman et al)

  • How to have a hard conversation and keep the relationship intact (Newman, 2019)


Phase 6

- Executive coaching session: Zoom group coaching session to support the team’s strategic leadership development and their leadership challenge project.


Phase 7

- Select a ‘on the job - in the job’ leadership challenge

- Leadership Challenge project

- Participants identify a leadership task from the corporate improvement agenda within their normal role, in consultation with the Principal/Head Master/CEO.


Phase 8

- Face to face graduation, one day. (Within six months after master class)

  • Presentation of 5min ‘Ted Talk’ of their leadership challenge to show evidence of how they have scaled up their leadership using their coaching skill set to make a difference.

  • Share and collaborate on insights and learnings.

  • Award executive coaching participation certificates to participants who have chosen to complete the written component of the coaching course. 

  • Deepen coaching experience.

  • Using a suite of learning conversations for different contexts.

Assessment for graduation:

  • Log four coaching sessions

  • Complete the leadership table assessment talk (Questions and answers)

  • Five minute Ted style talk to share leadership insights

  • Coaching Judi for feedback

  • Attendance to the four days

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