This is a two-day workshop on coaching by Dr Robin Lefèbvre (Grow2Excel).

When do you learn the most? When someone tells you the solution or when someone helps you find your own solution? How can you help your students or researchers to help themselves? When you coach someone, it is with the intent to grow that person, so they are more empowered to become independent. This course aims to grow your personal toolset with a non-directive coaching style, so you can grow your people in turn. Furthermore, the difference between leading, managing, coaching, mentoring are often mixed and unclear when what is the right approach. Coaching is not merely a technique to be wheeled out and rigidly applied in certain prescribed circumstances. It is a way of managing, a way of treating people, a way of thinking, a way of being.

As a leader of others, you have two key tasks, delivering the results of the research/business group and growing your researchers / students to become more effective in delivering the results. Growing others can be done via various directive and non-directive management/coaching techniques. One of the most widely used coaching tools is the t-GROW (topic - Goal - Reality - Options – What) model. T-GROW is a simple and powerful framework for structuring and conducting coaching sessions that produce immediate results.

Learning outcomes

After attending this training, participants should be able to...

  • explore and experience different coaching tools,
  • learn and practice the non-directive (t-GROW) approach to coaching,
  • gain insight into how to facilitate high performance in individuals.


An important part of preparing for any further professional step is becoming (more) aware of the competences you have developed and/or want to develop. In the current workshop, the following competences from the UHasselt competency overview are actively dealt with:

  • interpersonal competences:
    • coaching
    • leadership
  • personal effectiveness:
    • self-development


For whom?

  • Ideally, participants are young postdocs or senior PhD students with coaching responsibility. However, it is never too late to start coaching for growth.
  • 15 places available

When and where?

  • November 18 & 19, 2021 - 9:00 - 17:30
  • campus Diepenbeek, building D, room A4


  • Registration is closed since October 24, 2021.
  • Please register only if you can attend both days. As places are limited, registering does not automatically imply that you will be able to participate. You will be notified by email in due time.
  • Please cancel your registration at least one week in advance in case you cannot make it (cf. cancellation & no-show policy).

Acknowledged as?

  • DS BSH: category 'career management & personal development' - workshop on personal development
  • DS HLS: category transferable skills - one compulsory elective course
  • DS ST: category 'career & personal development' - one workshop on personal development

What others say

Don't we all think we have a decent understanding of what coaching means? At least I did. Turns out I hadn't been coaching, I had mostly been mentoring, teaching, and managing, which are all valuable, but different. Coaching for growth helped me to see which road to travel in priming someone for growth without being directive or giving literal advice. This felt extremely counterintuitive and uncomfortable at first, but after the two days of training I started to get used to it and I'm very glad to say I really acquired the basis of a new skill in two days (which I will of course practice and sharpen over time). I recommend this training to everyone, whether you're in academia or industry, or neither. Just knowing about the principles taught in this course can even make you a better leader, supervisor, colleague, friend, spouse,...
(participant in 2017)
We learned about the concept of coaching and the differences between mentoring, teaching, managing and leading. We learned different approaches to coaching and trained using them. It is also offered to maintain the training after the course through meetings with peers. We had a special section on feedback, because we asked for it. This was also very helpful due to the practical training. The training of discussed content was applied to real problems we have, which made the whole experience more valuable and realistic. The instructor did a very good job in explaining, observing and giving us feedback on our training. I recommend this to everyone, because you need it!
(participant in 2017)