Coaching circles are group coaching programs rooted in conscious and strategic leadership principles. As a member, you will have an executive coach and a group of other leaders you can trust as your “personal board of directors” – individuals you can lean on for advice and support on any given leadership or organizational challenge you find yourself in.
What Is Group Coaching?
Group coaching is a powerful peer action learning process that offers a collaborative way to get feedback, diverse perspectives, and learn from the experiences, insights, contributions, and advice from others in similar roles with similar challenges.
Group coaching accelerates the growth of an individual leader and the organizations they lead in a number of ways, including:
- Promotes strategic and productive communication skills
- Builds learning agility and growth mindset
- Supports leaders through change and VUCA challenges
- Develops self-awareness
- Improves team functioning and collaboration
- Develops leaders as coaches
- Provides accountability and accelerates goals
- Deepens creative, strategic, and systems thinking
- Develops interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence
- Inspires strategic navigation through organizational power dynamics and political contexts
- Provides a supportive, confidential community of like-minded leaders
Benefits of Joining an Evolution Coaching Circle
Action Learning: You work through real work-related challenges in a group setting, with the benefit of being able to explore the challenge from multiple perspectives and interpretations.
Economical: You get the benefits of ongoing leadership development at a lower cost than individual 1:1 executive coaching.
Community: Members count on one another. This group is more than just a place to network and members share much more than business cards – they share their challenges, needs, direct feedback, referrals, and resources in a confidential setting.
Practice: Many opportunities to practice coaching, listening, presenting, questioning, connecting, and exploring through the group format.
Accountability: With the support of a coach and the group, you will be held accountable to reaching the goals you say you want to achieve.
Executive Coach: A skilled coach and facilitator leads the group to ensure all members participate equally, problems are approached with open exploration, accountability is held, interaction is productive, and the ground rules and goals of the group are met in each session.
Your Coaches and Facilitators
Coaching Circles are offered through the firm, Evolution, where there are 42 partners, who each have their own coaching and facilitation style. You can learn more about the Evolution team here.
Melissa Eisler, MA, PCC is one of the partners at Evolution and facilitator of some of the coaching circles offered, also the founder of Wide Lens Leadership. Melissa is an executive passionate about supporting leaders on their growth journeys toward greater impact, fulfillment, and success. She is known for her warm and motivating way of challenging her clients, uncovering their blind spots, and holding them accountable for designing and sustaining meaningful change. You can read more about her background, experience, and approach here.
Members are high achievers who are hungry to grow their leadership style, savvy, and capacities. If you are looking to develop more accountability, leadership presence, and systems and strategic thinking, this group is for you.
Each coaching circle is different and unique and can be tailored to the needs of the group.
Currently, here is a list of upcoming coaching circles that Evolution is offering.
Leadership can be lonely, and it can be difficult to get candid feedback from those who work for and with you. That is where the power of group coaching shines. Past and present members have noted that the most valuable reasons for joining the group are:
- Being part of a community of like-minded leaders who have your back and know your business and career
- Structured accountability
- Deep connections with others at the same place in their careers/businesses
- Motivation to up-level your career and keep growing
- An opportunity to work through challenges, push boundaries of what is possible, and uncover blind spots with support of an executive coach and a group
Currently, here is a list of upcoming coaching circles that Evolution is offering.
*Confidentiality Note: Every group has a set of agreements, which includes a commitment to confidentiality. This is an essential component of creating a safe place for vulnerable sharing and exploration.
Group Coaching Wait List
Fill out the form to join the wait list for future Coaching Circles, and be notified when registration opens.
I’ve gotten value in every dimension of my role as CEO
"The changes I’ve made in my role of CEO over the last six months with Melissa's help have been really tremendous, and I would not have been able to make all the progress I made without her support as my executive coach. My ability to problem solve, build confidence and courage, level up my mindset, and initiate difficult conversations transformed while working with a coach. I've gotten value in every dimension of my role as CEO — from the relationships I have with my board, to defining my leadership values and living them, to structuring my team and org chart, to tackling bigger challenges that seemed insurmountable just six months ago. I have appreciated the recommended readings, the thought partnership, the probing questions, the perspective, and I now have a whole set of tools I can lean on for support. I definitely see a major difference in who I was six months ago and who I am now in this role, and I’m looking forward to a continued partnership with her as my executive coach."
Structure and follow-ups continually make me see things with a fresh perspective
I was fortunate to find Melissa in an early stage of our start-up, when my role began to shift from doing the work to overseeing the work. I sought a coach with the sense I'd been feeling confined in my leadership approach for given situations, but then circumstances would change and the issue would resolve. But it wasn't until working with Melissa that I actually addressed some of the root learnings I needed to develop past that phase and into a place where my leadership style can flourish alongside our rapidly growing team.
As someone who hadn't worked with an executive coach, Melissa's structure and follow-ups continually make me see things with a fresh perspective, but they also make me squirm a bit in precisely the way one should be when you are out of your comfort zone and addressing important questions. She is wonderful at helping develop through problem-oriented collaborative sessions, but most of all has a finely honed ability to drive accountability and consistency in your leadership development. My cofounder and I also did a program together, led by Melissa, and that has been wonderful for our work relationship in building communication and trust. I feel really fortunate to work with Melissa and highly recommend her as a partner for leaders at many stages of their business and career.
ROI on our work together would be more than a 10x return
"Melissa has been a phenomenal executive coach to work with, and I think any executive that gets the opportunity to work with her, will be pushed to be the best version that he / she needs to be -- for both themselves, and for their entire organization. Back in December 2021, with our company's growth trajectory, I saw I was out of my depth in knowing how to be a CEO, and how to build out methods of accountability and build out a team. I realized I needed help, and started interviewing executive coaches. On my sixth interview, I met Melissa, and I immediately noticed she was different… If I had to put an ROI on our work together, it would be more than a 10x return on the company's financial investment, as I don't think we, as a company, would have made as many strides as we have on building a team and trusting one another, if I had not hired Melissa as my coach. I feel more confident in continuing to improve relationships within my team and improving our culture. There are simple, yet powerful, initiatives and habits that Melissa and I have outlined that I take on a daily basis. Our weekly check-in surveys provide an opportunity for me to reflect on my highs and lows of the week. As the Founder & CEO of a rapidly growing company, Melissa has helped me grow from the "Chief ExecutION Officer" of The 5th Ingredient, to learning to trust my team and starting to walk down the path of an actual CEO. I highly recommend Melissa as a coach to anyone that wants a safe place to openly work through issues and find a person that you can trust!"
Professional, thoughtful, compassionate, and has a wealth of tools
"I'm an executive coach myself, and I hired Melissa to be my executive coach to help me clarify my goals, grow my business, and deal with stress and burnout. She is a consummate professional, thoughtful, compassionate, and has a wealth of tools for any situation. She helped me clear the noise and avoid distractions in my life, create more healthy and sustainable habits, focus on the priorities that matter, and take the leap into some new opportunities. I would highly recommend Melissa to anyone looking to develop more structure, balance, and mindfulness in their lives, and to develop as conscious and compassionate leaders."
Provided invaluable advice on managing a team
"I worked with Melissa as I transitioned into the role of CEO at my company, LitLife. Melissa provided invaluable advice on managing a team, business development and internal systems and structures at a time when I really needed the support! Working with Melissa was more than just a check-in. She pushed my thinking and ensured that my working style was taken into account when we made plans - everything we did was tailored to my authentic style of leadership, which allowed me to integrate all my learning in a sustainable and ongoing way. I highly recommend working with Melissa to gain clarity, move your work forward and gain an accountability and thought partner along the way!"
Uncover deeper cognitive blockages
"Need to make objective progress? Melissa Eisler can help you do that and more. Melissa supported me over a 6-month Executive Coaching program starting in January 2020. I initially started with her to keep me accountable to my specific personal goals and to help me improve in my role as Director of Marketing Operations at Confirm BioSciences, but I quickly found that working with Melissa would positively impact me more significantly than I had imagined. Melissa’s process and ability to uncover deeper cognitive “blockages” help me discover unconscious reasons why I’d historically had trouble achieving many of my plans. During our coaching sessions, she helped me create practices to manage or eliminate my self-inflicted limitations. Melissa truly focused on what I wanted to achieve and helped set me up for success, even after our coaching engagement came to a close. I can honestly say that I have evolved a great deal as a leader, a professional, and in many areas of my personal life. I know I will continue using the lessons and tools I learned for years to come. I’m delighted to give Melissa Eisler my highest recommendation, for anyone with a desire to make positive change and achieve their goals."
Confirm BioSciences / San Diego, CA
Melissa led an engaging session on leadership at our annual conference
"Melissa led an engaging session on leadership at our annual conference for the Women's Leadership Council - and it was a huge success! We have gotten wonderful feedback and favorable comments on her session and hope to have her back someday."
Melissa really has a knack for helping me focus
"Melissa - Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I am so grateful to have connected with Melissa - my coaching engagement was very productive and positive. When I hired Melissa, I was feeling stuck in my career and had a number of important decisions before me. After only three months with Melissa, I was not only able to make those decisions but also feel really good about them. One of the challenges I was dealing with was second guessing the decisions I was making, which kept me feeling stuck in a "hamster wheel". Now I have tools to productively work with my negative thoughts and transform them into something more positive. I also learned how important my physical body language is in my reactions and behavior, and how to become more aware of it. Melissa really has a knack for helping me focus on whatever issue is really going on, and prodding me to come up with a tangible solution or ideas or tools that I could follow or use. She made me focus on what was most pressing in the moment, and then held me accountable to what we discovered and planned together. Overall, I’m feeling more positive and accomplished and although I am pausing for now, I am sure I’ll work with Melissa again in the future."
Helped me step into a new higher profile role with confidence
"I have had professional coaching in the past but recently found myself in need of a refresher. I hired Melissa to help with a career transition and she did not disappoint! She helped me step into a new higher profile role with confidence, gaining both visibility and authority as well as a better sense of my own career ambitions. In just a few short months, I can proudly say that I’ve accomplished my goals as well as established a trajectory for the future. I’ve embraced my new role as a leader of a larger team by running more effective meetings and focusing my team members' strengths to advance projects. As a bonus, I also was able to develop and maintain a new exercise routine with Melissa holding me accountable. In just 7 sessions, my confidence, leadership skills, and team dynamics have come a long way and I’m so grateful for that rapid progress. Melissa was quite attuned to picking up on things that need to be discussed and holding me accountable to my high-level goals. I’d definitely recommend her as a leadership and executive coach."
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