“SPOT on Facilitation Alumni Gathering” Alumni Gathering Vol.3 Recap ”What’s the difference between facilitation and coaching?” 卒業性のラーニング・コミュニティ 第3回開催レポート「コーチングとファシリテーションの違いとは何か?」

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In SPOT Alumni gathering held in April 11th 2018, we delved into the difference between facilitation and coaching and craft ideas how to apply Facilitation & Coaching to our expertise.
It’s very honor to have various background professionals in this SPOT Alumni community.
This time we invited two forefront professionals, Lionel Bikart and David Nevin who established professional career as executive coach.

Firstly, Lionel introduces the basic concept of coaching. Generally coach is well known as executive coach for company CEO, director, practitioner who gets involved in critical mission or someone individual who seeks for high growth.
But actually, other than individual coaching, Coach deliver “Group coaching” and “Team coaching”.
Group coaching is basically for individual but coaches multiple individuals concurrently in the group format, like management training.

Team coaching is delivered for the unit as a team. It’s is almost facilitation. In fact, many coaches are hired as a facilitator to facilitate group. Team coaching, Facilitation whatever clients call it, the key function is almost same.

We reviewed both competencies of Coaching and Facilitation and referring to ICF, IAF, INIFAC competencies description. And we found a lot of similarities.

ICF Core Competencies(Coach)
IAF Core Competencies(Facilitation)
INIFAC The Master Facilitator Competencies(Facilitation)

David Nevin delivered a group work to guess which competency. Participants review card written certain competency description which is not clear whether coaching or facilitation, and determine it belongs to either of them or both of them.
As a result, many competency descriptions are perceived as applied to both of them. Not only for the case of team coaching, the basic value required by clients is quite similar between coaching or facilitation.
In term of skills, Facilitators and Coaches are need to be equipped with similar skill areas.

In my personal observation though, coach seems to pay more attention to personal growth and facilitator seems to pay more attention to solution.
Anyway, most of professional wear various hat, facilitator, coach, trainer, consultant or sales representative. As we’re becoming more matured professional, we need to change our hats flexibly to adjust the situation and finally meet our client’s expectation.
Broadening our learning by borrowing other professional’s knowledge and experiences in this community would be helpful to gain our expertise.

Hideyuki Yoshioka
SPOT Certified Trainer, CPF


Lionel Bikart (LinkedIn)

As an international leadership coach, member of the International Coach Federation, I am passionate about supporting managers and leaders who decided to strengthen their leadership and intercultural competencies.

Grounded in openness, curiosity, authenticity, positivity and creativity, my coaching approach sharpens the executive’s or teams’s understanding for his/her/their functions, strengths and talents, ensures value-based decision making and promotes the emergence and reinforcement of successful leadership practices and leadership attribution.

Coaching focused on intercultural competencies inspires more effectiveness in multicultural diversified teams in both home and foreign country settings and ensures a thriving international work experience.

Anchored in practice and theory (in particular Positive Psychology), my coaching is dedicated to help and empower great individuals and teams to shine towards their best selves.

David Nevin (LinkedIn)

He’s a global leadership development specialist and I help individuals and organizations transition into new cultural contexts and manage conflict. I work mainly in Japan and the APAC region as a consultant, executive coach, professional facilitator and trainer. My mission is to help global leaders evolve in order to promote sustainable social and economic development.


International conflict management (professional facilitator and communications director): stakeholder meeting facilitation and communication with sponsors and media on UN-affiliated projects in Asia and the EU aimed at managing ocean/island jurisdictional conflicts. Other NGO/IGO projects include human rights education and urban-development technology transfer.

Global business wisdom & skills development (executive coach & trainer): over 2,500 hours of coaching and 5,000 hours of training in global corporate environments. Design and delivery of global leadership and communication skill development workshops in Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, and Honolulu.

Team leadership & project management (executive director): management of diverse teams of up to 30 professionals to complete multilingual publishing and broadcasting projects, including programs for NHK Radio. In addition to commercial activities, more than 100 NPO communication projects for international organizations based in Japan, the EU, and Canada.

-IAF Certified Professional facilitator (CPF)


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