Afi U. microprogram

Coaching in a Consulting Role

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Start date

October 15, 2024 | Quebec

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4 days

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$ 3,000

Creating impact through a different kind of support

“The best management consultants are those who have a propensity for strategic thinking,” says Terina Allen in her Forbes article entitled This Is What It Takes To Become A Successful Management Consultant. This statement underlines the crucial importance of strategic thinking in a consulting role.

In an ever-changing world, the ability to provide strategic coaching is just as vital. Coaching guides, supports, steers and influences decision-makers in organizational change.

Having both capabilities—coaching and providing strategic support to your clients—will position you as a partner of choice. You will be able to inspire and orchestrate sustainable transformations within the companies and organizations you advise.

Our microprogram is intended for all professionals in a consulting role who want to hone their approach.

It will equip participants with the skills needed to combine strategic thinking with business coaching skills, creating a more holistic, strategic and human approach to change to generate positive impact within constantly evolving organizations.

Our hands-on, experiential learning approach will enable you to increase your influence and impact through practical, immersive exercises in a collaborative environment, consolidate the skills you have acquired, and measure their impact as part of a continuous development process.

Be ready to ...

  • Adjust your approach as a consultant

  • Acquire key coaching skills to become a strategic and influential player

  • Develop systemic thinking and intervention skills

  • Adjust your actions based on the needs and dynamics of individuals and teams

  • Strengthen your skills in relational intelligence and communication

  • Co-create partnerships and trusted relationships to generate greater impact

  • Helping organizations harness their full potential

... and drive immediate value for your organization

  • Ability to anticipate changes and detect signals within the ecosystem

  • Increasing individual and collective engagement

  • Strengthening collaborations and relationships

  • Building upon skills and fostering a culture of continuous learning

  • Accelerating the organization's ability to evolve and navigate complexity

  • Enhancing overall performance with a focus on sustainability

Experience the learning journey
with Afi U.

Learning experiences designed for professionals seeking rapid advancement in a specific field. Immerse yourself in interactive, in-depth learning sessions led by field experts. Leave with practical, adaptable skills ready for immediate implementation in your workplace.

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Learning activities

  • Preparatory reading and assignments
  • Opening keynote
  • Workshops and practical challenges
  • Based on participants' real experiences and promoting transfer into the work context

Science and technology

  • Knowledge reinforcement
  • B12 platform to support learning transfer
  • Microsoft environment enabling collaboration

The community

  • Mixed cohorts from diverse backgrounds
  • Workgroups with peers
  • Preferred access to the Circles by Afi U.

Study plan

Session 1

Identifying and developing key coaching skills

  • Acquire an understanding of coaching
  • Positioning the coaching stance within an advisory and support role
  • Guiding interventions using the compass coaching model
  • Defining the mindset and key skills of a coach
  • Establishing a deep connection with oneself and others to co-create a relationship built on trust and mutual understanding
  • Enhancing active listening skills and mastering effective and powerful questioning

Session 2

Adopting the coaching stance and enriching the consulting process

  • Mastering a coaching session
  • Crafting a relevant agreement and objectives
  • Facilitating effective and rigorous communication
  • Eliciting the intentions, needs, and underlying issues behind every consulting request
  • Providing feedback that fosters and reinforces individual/team learning

Session 3

Fostering systemic thinking and skills development

  • Embracing a systemic perspective of both organization and individuals
  • Understanding the consultant-client system
  • Developing systemic relational skills and using interaction as a catalyst for change
  • Exploring the paradoxes of the coaching stance in consultory mode
  • Tailoring interventions to suit the needs and dynamics of individuals and organizations, thereby boosting their ability to adapt and evolve

Session 4

Anchoring the coaching mindset

  • Co-development to further explore participants’ case studies
    Feedback on experiences and debrief
  • Review of what has been learned and sharing
  • Defining your new consultant identity
  • Commemorating the journey

Microprogram Lead

Marie-Hélène Demers

A manager, leader and ICF Professional Certified Coach (PCC), Marie-Hélène facilitates the emergence of inclusive, ethical and resilient leadership by helping managers create work environments and dynamics that nurture talent. With a career spanning more than 30 years, she has forged a solid reputation as a driver of organizational transformation through her coaching and leadership development activities and her many publications.

Through a practical and experiential approach, the training programs offered by Marie-Hélène enable professionals, managers, and leaders to enhance their skills, navigate complex organizational environments, and transform into agents of change.

Microprogram lead

Diane Francoeur

Passionate about personal and organizational development, Diane is committed to enhancing human experience in the workplace and cultivating healthy, high-performing organizational cultures in dynamic environments.

As a Practice Director within the Transformation, Culture, and Change ecosystem at Edgenda, she guides managers and teams in realizing their projects, with a specific focus on leadership and coaching.

Invited contributors and experts

Véronique Morin
Véronique Duguay
Gabriel Pouliot
Pierre Ouellette