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Coaching Creatives (SF)

  • 564 Market Street #300 San Francisco, CA (map)

As creatives transition into leadership, they often rely on directing and problem-solving as a primary interaction mode with their teams. Over the course of two days, you will develop skills to introduce a new mode of leadership into your practice to help your team thrive.

Move beyond direction to unlock the potential of your team.

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What you'll learn

The workshop is designed to create a safe space for participants to experiment, practice and gather feedback from experienced coaches. We will practice real coaching (no role play), so participants will experience both sides of the coaching relationship.

Coaching Creatives expands participants’ management approaches, introduces the coaching mindset and develops the following skills:

  • Active listening to improve communication

  • Asking powerful questions that clarify, empower, and develop team members

  • Building trust with team members and peers

  • Coaching to create clarity and perspective

  • Creating goals and coaching towards action

  • Encouraging risk taking through championing and accountability



Get into the coaching mindset and develop a series of fundamental coaching skills.

Breakfast and welcome

Modes of leadership + coaching mindset


Active listening + powerful Inquiry

Coaching for clarity

Coaching circles

Wrap up


Begin applying your new coaching skills to real scenarios to drive action and accountability.

Breakfast and recap

Coaching to creative perspective


Coaching toward action

Integration + application

Wrap up

* Schedule may change

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Cancellation policy

We understand that plans can change and your workshop may have to wait. If you need to cancel, please email us at to let us know as soon as possible.

While we cannot transfer or allow for substitutions, we can help you with a refund.

  • Within one week of registration: Registration is 100% refundable.

  • Between one week of registration and one month before workshop: We'll refund 50% of your registration fee.

  • One month before workshop: Registration is non-refundable.

This policy is subject to change; all registered participants will be notified of any changes.


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