Enhance your coaching skills with HR Employee Learning and Engagement’s Coaching Lab

Build and enhance your coaching skills in HR Employee Learning & Engagement’s Coaching Lab! 

Whether you’re a high-level administrator, people manager or individual contributor, building your coaching skills can enhance your communication, performance and success—and that of your team members, whether they report to you or work with you. Infusing coaching skills into your work can transform communication, enhance effectiveness, motivate employees and strengthen relationships.  

In fact, coaching has been the top-ranked skill for leadership development in the 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 Leadership Development Survey by Training Magazine. (*The 2022 survey results included feedback from more than 820 learning and development experts, including beyond higher education.) 

The best way to develop your coaching skills isn’t just to read about coaching, but to actually practice it in a low-stakes environment, where you receive feedback and have opportunities to observe coaching and offer feedback as well. The Coaching Lab was designed to offer you just that—you’ll gain foundational knowledge about what coaching is, explore a coaching framework and build your coaching skills through observation, practice and feedback.  

In this three-part series, you will: 

  • Define what coaching is and differentiate coaching from other styles and supports (like mentoring, advising, etc.) 
  • Identify benefits of coaching for individuals, teams and the organization  
  • Evaluate what effective coaching looks like 
  • Assess where your current coaching skills are and where you would like them to be 
  • Identify opportunities for coaching 
  • Practice coaching peers in a triad form and receive feedback on your coaching 
  • Build confidence in your coaching skills 
  • Explore and plan for how you’d like to infuse coaching into your communications and/or leadership and how to continue to grow your coaching skills 

Sessions will be: 

  • June 13, 10 a.m.–noon 
  • June 20, 10 a.m.–noon 
  • June 27, 1–3 p.m. 

Participants should be available to participate in all three sessions. Please note that all three sessions will be heavily interactive (Collaborate & Create on ELE’s participation levels), and participants will engage in discussions and coaching.  

To enroll in this virtual series, please visit or search for “Coaching Lab” in Oracle Learn.  

Please note that this series will not be recorded, and a limited number of seats are available. Register today! 


The HR Employee Learning and Engagement team unlocks the potential of every Vanderbilt employee by offering innovative and meaningful learning experiences, creating space to foster conversations and connections, and encouraging a culture of learning and growth. Our vision is for every employee to feel connected and integral to Vanderbilt’s mission, empowered to invest in themselves and succeed in their role, engaged in the campus community and inspired to design their best future.  

HR ELE workshops are offered at no cost to VU employees. Click here to view all of HR ELE’s upcoming learning experiences and self-paced resources. HR ELE also offers workshops for departments and teams upon request.