Organizational Leadership Coaching(R), LLC

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Organizational Leadership Coaching® Institute

General Program Vision and Goals

Vision: The OLC Coaching Institute is dedicated to help support organizations to transform all leaders into Legacy Leaders who use coaching skills to build bright futures. (Thriving cultures)


  1.  To train and support coaches that engage in transforming the cultures of organizations…
  2.  To form a community of learners who collaborate together, continue to evolve the discipline of coaching and build networks internationally…
  3.  To contribute to coaching research and development by aligning with academic institutions who design coaching methodology and philosophy…
  4.  To present a system of learning that integrates the disciplines of Organizational Effectiveness, Leadership Competence and building Coaching Cultures…
  5.  To continuously scan evolving approaches to organizational/personal wellness for integration into Institute curriculum for student education and application…  

Number of student contact hours included in program


Organizational Leadership Coaching® Institute

“The Coaching Primer”

Class Room Hours  (Synchronous)                             16

Homework (Asynchronous)                                          4         

Coaching Lab Practicum (Synchronous)                    10

Total                                                                            30

“The Competent Coach”

Class Room Hours (Synchronous)                             25

Homework (Asynchronous)                                         5         

Coaching Lab Practicum (Synchronous)                   10

Total                                                                           40

“The Professional Coach”

Class Room Hours (Synchronous)                            26

Homework (Asynchronous)                                        4

Legacy Integration Calls (Synchronous)                    6

The Legacy Leadership® Institute                            30

Total OLC Coaching Institute                               136

Learning Goals

·       To train students to coach at the ACC and PCC levels of coaching prospectively…

·       To help students understand organizational culture, the processes of change and organizational “shifts”…

·       To influence the hearts of students to engage the world compassionately by developing Legacy Leaders® who coach as a leadership style…

·       To help students understand more about themselves in order to serve as a foundation for coaching others to wellness and greatness…

·       To inspire students to step into the mystery of the souls of coachees/ organizations to accomplish bold visions and objectives…

·       To promote awareness in students of the power of intuition and curiosity and how they are essential to movement toward “essence”…

·       To alert students to unconscious transference issues that may contaminate positive coachee autonomy…

·       To provide a Leadership Training Model that will serve as a practical template and support the development of a coaching culture…

·       To practice a coaching model so consistently that it disappears into the coaches’ unconscious and integrates seamlessly into coaching methodology…

·       To present a clear method of strategy development that supports both personal and organization development…     

Coaching Philosophy/Model/Approach

The OLC Coaching Philosophy can best be observed in the OLC Coaching Best Practices (listed below).  These Six Best Practices serve to provide eighteen elements of focus in the coaching encounter. The Best Practices are a combination of “being” and “doing” elements.  OLC believes that “who people are” when they show up will determine their actions in “what they do” after they show up. Coaches are encouraged to embed these Best Practices into conscious awareness and allow them to serve as foundational guiding principles for each coaching encounter. 

We are to be…

Nurturers of Dreams and Ambition

Liberators of Fear and Doubt

Challengers of Limits and Boundaries

Advocators of Change and Exploration

Acknowledgers of Accomplishment & Effort

Collaborators (Encouragers) of Accountability & Responsibility

The OLC Coaching Approach can be viewed in the OLC Coaching Guiding Principles listed here:

  1.   People and organizations can and will solve their own issues if given a constructive space and structure to do so…
  2.   There is power and motivation in autonomy and facilitated awareness…
  3.   Where people/organizations want to go is totally a self-governed choice…
  4.   As coach, I don’t lead – I follow…
  5.   Guiding the coachee into spaces unexplored is a privilege, not at right…
  6.   Coach (limited) input is to be carefully crafted with coachee permission…
  7.   Movement to “essence” is to be swift and targeted…
  8.   The coaching dance is to always be collaborative and respectful… 

Our Training Process Consist of:

OLC Coaching Institute Courses

The OLC Primer Coaching Course is designed to be an introduction into the world of professional coaching. The course starts with what coaching “is” and “is not” and moves on to impart the basic skills of performing as a beginning coach. A key element is the unlearning of what one thinks (i.e. basketball coach) coaching is and reshape thinking to the understanding of what coaching is under the umbrella of the International Coach Federation. In the course coaches are coaching in the first few hours and even tasked to craft their own definition of coaching for use in an “elevator speech.” The course is followed by six (6) one hour integration calls where students both coach and are coached with the learning that is organically gleaned. The students coaching ability after this course should be at the ACC level.      

The OLC Competent Coaching Course is designed as an advanced course and capitalizes on the accomplishments and abilities of The Primer Course. Coaching theory is expanded as well as additional advanced skills to further equip coaches to perform at a competent coaching level. In this course the coaching sessions are longer and the feedback (written) is even more intense and targeted. The Competent Coach enters into the mystery aspects of coaching and inspires coaches to coach at the edge or awareness that moves toward “essence” in a more rapid and efficient manner. The course explores the nuances of coaching practices and pushes to extend the coaches intuitive ability.  The student’s ability after this course should be at the PCC level. 

The Professional Coaching Course takes the student to even more advance skills in coaching and a deeper understanding of coaching theory and practice. Supplemental learnings like Legacy Leadership®, Emotional/Social Intelligence (EQ), additional coaching models and personality inventories are unpacked to give the professional coach advanced tools to work with.  This course is both virtual and “in the room” (Legacy Leadership® Institute) and fulfils all the requirements for application for PCC. The student’s ability after this course should be at the PCC level and beyond.     

Synchronous verses Asynchronous

The OLC Institute training system capitalizes on both synchronous and asynchronous learning methodology.  While 90%+ of the Institute is synchronous (either “in the room,” on the telephone or webinar) the other 10% is in the form of course homework, readings, and or practical exercises/coaching. OLC is careful to assign asynchronous course work that accentuates the courses learning and exponentially enhance course content.  

In - the - Room Courses

The in the room courses (The Primer & Competent) are three days each.  It is the most comprehensive learning environment and allows for direct “eyes on” evaluations and feedback. These courses can also be altered to fit an organizations calendar and can spread over several sessions as needed to accommodate the training hours. The normal training day starts at 8:00 am and ends at 4:30 pm.  The first two courses (Primer & Competent) can be split three days each or done over a six continuous day period.  Most clients have found it practical to do it in two sessions of three days each with several months in between.  This format allows for the integration coaching calls/practices to be conducted and the entering of the second course (The Competent) with enhanced coaching experience.  In the event the six continuous day course is selected the integration coaching practice calls will be longer in duration both per session (90 minutes) and the number of sessions (12).    

Virtual Courses

All three courses can be taken over a virtual platform. Because of the number of hours required, it may take up to a year or more to accomplish all the courses in the curriculum.  Groups are encourage to journey in cohorts (i.e. Class OLCP 01-2016 = Organizational Leadership Coaching Primer Institute 1-2016) for group cohesiveness and training support. Cohorts start twice a year in January and June.  Students that fall out of one cohort can join another at no additional cost up to three years after original starting date. Student are expected to journey in the Institute until they finish the curriculum selected.  Student who do not complete their selected course in three years must make special arrangements with OLC Institute Administration.   

Coaching Practices

The aim of the Institute is to get students coaching as soon and as much as possible.  Although many of the coaching opportunities in class are short (10-15 minutes) they are targeted to the learnings just taught.  The aim in these cases is not to complete a full coaching session but rather to practice the skill just taught in the session. Toward the end of each course the practice coaching sessions are longer allowing for the five movements in the Coaching Dialogue Model to be traversed.  Each coach will get a chance to coach several times during the Coaching Integration Calls and will be evaluated by an ICF credentialed coach in writing.

Coaching Practice Final Evaluation

At the end of The Competent Coach Course coaches are to set up a full coaching opportunity with a client.  The session can either be recorded or the student may ask an OLC Credentialed Coaching Staff member to sit in on a live session.  Either way, an ICF credentialed coach must evaluate the session and provide written feedback to the coach and verify its accomplishment for the OLC Coaching Institute Transcript. This is the final requirement to complete The OLC Competent Coach Course.    

OLC Coaching Collaboration Calls

All OLC graduates are encouraged to attend the OLC Coaching Collaboration Calls. These calls are on the forth Monday of each month at 7:00pm CST.  The purpose of these calls is to build and connect with our coaching community for fellowship and continue to develop coaching skills.  Each session highlights a coaching skill and continues to allow volunteers to practice coaching for peer feedback and encouragement.   

Listing of lead instructors

Gary C Patterson, M. Div., Th. M., D.D., PCC, CCUCG

Harrell Teague, BS, MRE, ACC

Darrell Horn, BA, M. Div., D. Min., ACC

Sonia “Soni” Gwyn, BS, PCC

Ed Hale, BA, M. R. E., PCC, CCUCG

John Ellis III, BS, M. Div., D. Min., ACC Candidate

Brenda Chaddock – Legacy Leadership Facilitator/Assessments

Steven Jordan Sr., BA, BSW, M. Div., Ph. D. (x2), Ed. D


Instructor Training Process

Instructors are all required to attend four (4) hours of training each year conducted under the direction of the Organizational Leadership Coaching® Executive Director.  This training is synchronous and in virtual space live.  Each year topics are chosen to enhance the competency of instructors and to address state of the art training methodologies.  Our attempt is to stay current with technological advances as well as introduce new course curriculum with training opportunities.  Trainers are encouraged to share best practices and additional information that sheds light on current curriculum.  These sessions are conducted in late February and August of each year.

Evaluating Faculty Members

The OLC Executive Director attends and participates in the conducting of all offerings in the OLC Institute.  Facility members/instructors are continuously evaluated in course presentations and content mastery. At the close of each course students are asked to give an evaluation that evaluates course administration, the meeting of the course objectives, skill levels obtained, course materials and tools, course experience/atmosphere and what they would like to have seen.  Faculty members are provided with this feedback and it is reviewed in a lessons learned session with the Institute Director after each course.  Once a year in November the Institute Director will provide written feedback to each faculty member that serves as an encouragement for enhanced performance.         

Dates and locations of when and where the program is to be delivered

2019                                                                                              Start Date

The Competent Coaching Course – OLCCC 02-2019                    

2020                                                                                              Start Date

The Primer Coaching Course – OLCPC 01-2020                           

The Virtual Competent Coaching Course – OLCVCC 02-2020      

The Primer Coaching Course – OLCPC 02-2020                           

The Primer Coaching Course – OLCPC 03-2020                           

The Virtual Primer Coaching Course – OLCVPC 01-2020             

The Competent Coaching Course – OLCCC 01-2020                    

The Virtual Competent Coaching Course – OLCVCC 02-2020      

The Virtual Professional Coaching Course – OLCVPROC 01-20   

Language(s) that are used in program delivery


Formats of program delivery:

The program is delivered face-to-face, webinar, telephonic, and in combination.

Intended participants

OLC Institute participants are to be developing leaders with 5 or more years workplace experience and intellectual maturity.  Students must be competent in the English language and function on at least on a basic college level. Most helpful would be a high degree of emotional intelligence (EQ) and a passionate willingness to help others and organizations accomplish bold visions.  

Requirements students must meet to enter the program

Students are generally accepted into the OLC Coaching Institute per application and evaluated on the basis of performance.  If performance concerns are noted, students are advised in The Primer Course and not allowed to move to higher expected learning such as The Competent Course.  In these cases students will be allowed to finish The Primer Course without credit from OLC for ICF consideration.  The student and organization will be advised in writing of the decision of the OLC staff not to allow a student to go further for OLC transcript credit.  The confidentiality of the student will be considered in all interactions with the organization and students will receive a copy of any correspondence generated by OLC to the organization.  In cases where we are teaching an organizations internal course – students who cannot meet OLC Institute standards may continue to sit and interact in all that organizations training but will not receive an approved transcript from OLC for ICF consideration. 

Policies on payment of tuition and fees

We share with students that we know that unexpected things happen along the way.  If a student must cancel or reschedule a course, we ask them to email us using to use a Contact Form.  They will have the opportunity to enroll in the next available scheduled course, or choose a different course.  All required class hours must be completed to receive full credit.

Organizational Leadership Coaching reserves the right to reschedule or cancel a course or program for any reason.  This may be caused by low enrollment or unforeseen situations beyond our control.  If a course or program is rescheduled or canceled, participants will be notified by email.  Participants may then enroll in the next available scheduled course, choose another course or request a full refund.

Policies on withdrawals and refunds

Refunds: Unless there is a cancellation or a mistake on our part, all refunds will include a 5% administration fee.  We ask students to please register carefully and acknowledge this policy with an electronic check mark! 

Coaching Ethics

As Master Certified Coaches through the International Coach Federation, We adhere to the ICF CODE OF ETHICS.

The ICF Pledge of Ethics

As a professional coach, I acknowledge and agree to honor my ethical obligations to my coaching clients and colleagues and to the public at large. I pledge to comply with the ICF Code of Ethics, to treat people with dignity as independent and equal human beings, and to model these standards with those whom I coach. If I breach this Pledge of Ethics or any part of the ICF Code of Ethics, I agree that the ICF in its sole discretion may hold me accountable for so doing. I further agree that my accountability to the ICF for any breach may include loss of my ICF membership and/or my ICF credentials.


Dr. Patterson enjoying the fellowship with a student on a break in the OLC Coaching Primer Course in Houston, Texas.

What a wonderful opportunity it was to train the Leadership of the Brazil Baptist General Con-vention in the Coaching Clinic.  Leaders gathered from around the country to take the message of a coach approach back to local leaders.  Below, the Director of the Convention holds his certificate proudly.