Friday, May 27, 2011

Never too early to begin planning!

In less than four months, professional coaches from every corner of the globe will convene in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA at the Mandalay Bay Resort to be a part of the ICF Annual International Conference. Are you planning to attend?

Register by May 31 for a chance to win two tickets to a Vegas show! More details.

If you’ve already registered, great! Here are a few additional things you can do now to make the most of your time in Vegas this September 24-27:
  • Follow the latest conference news at Coachfederation.org/conference. As updates are available, news items will be posted online. Most recently added news item? Registered conference attendees staying at the Mandalay Bay Resort will be offered a special 15 percent savings on Mandalay Bay Resort spa treatments, September 25-29.
  • Explore education sessions and speaker biographies as they are posted. New information is posted to the website daily. This year’s sessions and speakers will stretch, provide a new way of thinking, offer alternative perspectives and get your “creative juices” flowing. You can access conference speaker bios here and education sessions here, as confirmed.
  • If you (or someone you know) is interested in exhibiting at or sponsoring the 2011 International ICF Conference, learn more at Coachfederation.org/conference. There are many great opportunities still open for those interested in exhibiting or sponsoring the 2011 conference! See if the ICF Conference is a good fit for you.
  • Begin making travel accommodations and flight schedules. Begin your travel booking search here. And if you want to begin looking at the fun things to do in and around Las Vegas, start perusing here.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

The 70:20:10 Model of Adult Learning and the Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve

There are many adult learning models which can have great application in coaching and which could improve the client experience, knowledge retention, skill application and eventual goal attainment.

The two that my colleagues and strategic alliances find the most useful are the 70:20:10 Model of Adult Learning and the Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve.

In this blog post I’ll share some overview definitions, links for you to do further exploration, and some information about how these two models have impacted our coaching product and services offering and organisational policies.

Definitions
The 70:20:10 Model of Adult Learning stems from a significant amount of research that indicates that:
  • 10% of learning comes from the actual learning event such as workshops, courses, seminars, tutorials and even in some cases reading books and articles and watching videos.
  • 20% of learning comes form informal conversations about the learning content, including sharing ideas, experiences and coaching and mentoring about the learning topic. (Reflective learning activities such as journaling also fit here.)
  • 70% of learning comes from the actual application and practice of the learning information in a real and practical sense, such as on the job usage or in the pursuit of goals. (Active learning activities fit here, including learning on the job without any formal learning event.)
As you can see, coaching is the “connector” between someone attending a formalised learning event and putting the information into practice in a real and meaningful way.

The Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve refers to the decline of memory across time and is relevant in both training and coaching. For training events, participants begin forgetting the information they’ve gained nearly immediately. Of course, participants have the opportunity to retain the memory longer if they engage in activities to immediately put the new knowledge into practical application.

Some of the research suggests that there is a 6-9 hour window before learners forget about 50% of the learning if they haven’t done some practical application steps.

This applies similarly to coaching in that the coachee has a limited window of opportunity to act, at least in part, on the discussion and commitments from the coaching session or the strength of the memory of those commitments will begin to fade away.

Links
If you would like to know more about these, here are some links for you:
  • http://www.askacoach.com/default.asp?section_id=78 - This page on our website is dedicated to 70:20:10 and has links to further research, case studies and other information by Charles Jennings, Managing Director of Duntroon Associates. Charles is a world-leader in this area and we are happy to celebrate the work he has done and freely shares with others.
  • http://psychclassics.yorku.ca/Ebbinghaus/index.htm - This is Hermann Ebbinghaus’ original piece from 1885, “Memory: A Contribution to Experimental Psychology”
Impact
My colleagues and strategic partners are so committed to these models that we have even created some branding around it – seventy20ten™.

Furthermore, we have developed an organisational policy that all of our combined training/coaching solutions must meet the 70:20:10 principles to be effective. We will NOT design any solutions that do not fully meet these principles as we believe that by doing so would not ensure a return on investment for any of the key stakeholders.

For example, when approached to just design/deliver training, if coaching is not included in the design (whether delivered by us or internally or another party), then we refuse the work. In such cases we also refuse to provide a referral to another provider as our policy does not allow us to recommend providers who would be willing to provide ineffective solutions.

We share this information with potential clients and define how these models could work for them to ensure “learning that sticks” and a much greater return on investment.

As a result, we have found that those clients who commit to our policies and are also committed to ensuring quick activity-based learning directly after learning events, that they are achieving amazing outcomes and quite quickly.

Those that decide not to work with us often state that although they get the theory behind these models, that it’s “too much” to ask of their team members when “things are so busy around here.” They frequently comment that they would rather just send people to training events and trust that those who are “go getters” will do something with the opportunity.

When challenged on this and particularly questioning whether or not it is a waste of investment if only possibly 10-30% of the participants will follow through and implement what they’re learning, some very brave and honest clients confess that “that’s just the way training is run around here and effective or not, we’ll stick with this way for now.”

So the impact for us as a business is that the work we do acquire is often more robust, interesting, rewarding and achieving positive outcomes for individuals, groups and organisations very quickly. We also appreciate that we could have a lot more business coming through us if we didn’t have such strict policies. However our reputation for being ethical and best-practice-minded certainly does help us secure “good work” that all of us in the team feel proud and energised to be a part of.

At the end of the day, we’re quite proud of the policy and the outcomes for us as individual training and coaching practitioners and as a team.

Questions for Further Exploration
Being consistent with our own policy, after reading this blog post (10% learning) here are some questions you may wish to consider for yourselves and/or engage with others (20% learning) which could also lead to specific actions or behaviour changes (70%):
  • What have you found interesting in this blog post?
  • What have you agreed with, and specifically what has been your experience?
  • What have you disagreed with and specifically what has been your experience?
  • Who can you share this information with? What beneficial outcomes would you expect for you, them and others?
  • When will you share this information? (What are you committing to?)
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    Noel Posus
    
  • What changes will you make, if any, to your own business model and/or policies? (What are you committing to?)
Noel Posus is the Managing Director and Master Coach for www.askacoach.com. He was awarded Coach of the Year 2008 and 2009 by the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Coaching (and finalist for the 2010 Coaching Business of the Year), where he has also earned the distinction of Fellow Coach (one step above Master Coach) as well as Master Coach from the International Institute of Coaching. To read his bio click here.

Friday, May 20, 2011

ICF Definition of a Mentor Coach

Greetings Colleagues,
In the April edition of Coaching World, ICF announced the approval of an improved ICF definition of Mentor Coach. As we continue on our journey toward improving the ICF Credential Program it is important that I provide the full context for this board decision.

Based upon the Credentialing and Program Accreditation Committee (CPAC) research, the following points are important and were considered in developing this policy change:
  • Engaging with a qualified mentor coach for the purpose of core coaching competency, skill and behavior development is recognized globally as an effective professional development activity;
  • The absence of a definition for "qualified" mentor coach has created inconsistency in the experience of being mentored everywhere in the world;
  • The brevity of the current definition does not provide guidance for a person to select a suitable mentor coach for professional development and/ or preparation for a credential exam;
  • That an ICF Credential is evidence of being a "qualified" mentor is valuable, it is not sufficient;
  • Outside of North America, no credential is required to be a "qualified" mentor coach;
  • Membership growth is higher outside of North America, e.g. during the first two quarters of 2011 the ratio is 39 percent North American to 61 percent in all other countries; and
  • The creation of specific competencies (skills and behaviors) of a qualified mentor coach is recommended along with a training requirement and an assessment process to demonstrate qualification.
CPAC recommended a three-phase approach. The global ICF Board of Directors endorsed and approved Phase I for immediate implementation in order to:
  • Improve access to higher quality mentor coaching outside of North America;
  • Create a clear, simple policy that is easy to understand everywhere in the world;
  • Provide guidance for an individual to select a qualified mentor coach that supports their professional development based upon their known needs and learning preferences; and
  • Establish a basis from which to develop Phases 2 and 3 without perpetuating known inconsistencies around the globe.
The announcement in the April edition of Coaching World introduced the rationale for Phase I and can be viewed at http://www.coachfederation.org/includes/docs/April-2011.pdf. The policy change provides guidance for selecting a suitable mentor coach based upon experience and skills. The criteria were developed through dialogue with our large community of ICF Assessors and Faculty in ICF recognized training programs that currently provide mentor coach services. A waiting period is being established to respect individuals who are in the process of working with a mentor coach to complete a credential application process.

The committee is now working on Phase 2, to develop mentor coach competencies and will then proceed to Phase 3, to develop training and assessment processes and provide a globally consistent policy.

ICF is in the process of having the improved ICF definition of Mentor Coach policy translated into Spanish, French, German and Portuguese, which will be posted on Coachfederation.org as soon as it is available. In June, ICF will begin distributing a quarterly Credentialing Newsletter to provide continual updates on the work and accomplishments of the various CPAC Workgroups.

Sincerely,
Janet M. Harvey, MCC
Global ICF President-Elect

Dreaming IS Good For you!

If I asked you what you dream of, how much time would you give to describe it, before jumping into determining how you’re going to make it happen?
Nurture your dream

By dreaming, I don’t mean the REM variety either, or for that matter, aimless fantasizing. I mean dreaming about what’s purposeful to you and about what you would love. This sort of dreaming requires distillation and focus.

I've been observing lately in my coaching practice and when talking with other women that often the dream (or vision) in our life is overlooked in favor of 'how' it’s going to happen. And this is where we get caught out. If your emphasis is on the 'how', you ultimately start to compromise on what you believe is possible, because you haven’t spent time stepping into the ‘impossible’. The 'how' can also be challenging and out of our comfort zone (especially when we bring money into the equation) - so much so that we give up on the dream before we’ve even started.

The key message I want to share with you today about dreaming is how dreams need the time, attention and clarity before you go anywhere near the 'how'.

Having a dream and then manifesting that dream utilises both feminine and masculine principles. The anima and animus are two terms used by psychologist Carl Jung to describe the feminine and masculine halves of the personality. The dreaming part (the 'what') is all about the feminine - it's the visionary, it's about being open and receptive, it’s about what you love and it's about stepping into the unknown, into the seemingly impossible, into your imagination.

The 'how' part is all about the masculine – it’s the strategy, it’s the next steps, it’s about the action, it's about engaging your will. In order to have a dream and then to manifest that dream, you need to utilise both your masculine and feminine. If you have a clear vision of the life you want, but don't take the necessary action, then your dream is just a mere fantasy. And if you have the action, but aren’t clear on the dream, then any action you take will be counterproductive.

The dreaming part is such an important part of the equation. If you have a dream in your life, spend time on it – no, actually spend ‘loads’ of time on it. Nurture your dream, write about it, draw pictures about it, have some still time to sit with it, envisage it, imagine it and play with it.

Big dreams die when we focus on the big to do list. Do you want your dream to die or do you want to be an example of an inspiring woman who 'had a dream and made it happen'?

This post was written by Anne Loyd and previously appeared at http://anneloyd.blogspot.com/.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

We are ICF

Over the last several weeks, we have been sharing the various reasons coaches choose the ICF as their premiere coaching organization. This week, we will take a look at Isabel Jaramillo, ACC, of Colombia. She has been an ICF member since 2008.
Isabel is a member of ICF Colombia.
“I like to be a part of a community that is global, sets the standards (quality is important), and is recognized,” she said.

Isabel, whose niche focuses on organizational and life coaching, finds three aspects of her ICF membership equally important: continuing coaching (CCEUs), virtual education and networking. As an ICF member, she is able to invest in all three components through ICF Virtual Education offerings and ICF branded events.

Other reasons people choose to be a part of the ICF will be shared in future blog posts.

Learn how you can become a member of the ICF here.


Monday, May 16, 2011

From Lousy to Great: The Territory of Recovery Coaching


Alida Schuyler
“Beth, ”a 19-year old who relapsed after in-patient treatment for alcohol, pot, and meth, was referred to me by a therapist. Beth was on medications for bi-polar and ADHD, lived with her mother, was unemployed, drinking and smoking pot, and had a history of cutting. Would I be willing to coach her?

Doesn’t sound like an ideal coaching client, does she? I saw a lot of red flags, and I’m a professional Recovery Coach. People call me when they know someone who needs help with recovery from addiction. I coach people to stop alcohol or other drugs using 12-step or other support, or to make a plan to cut back, or to go to treatment or not. I help people coming home from treatment stay on track and in recovery. The first time I talked to Beth she was scraping out a pot pipe, hoping to get a buzz.

We talked about the futility of getting high from pipe scrapings, and about choice and compulsion in regard to drugs, and set a time to talk about coaching. Neither was sure that coaching was a good idea: Beth already had a therapist and a psychiatrist, and I didn’t know if she was coachable.

Coachable or Not
Many coaches assume that those who abuse drugs are not coachable. For them coaching is about helping people get from good to great but not from lousy to great. They forget that addiction affects all levels of society and that there are both high and low functioning people who drink too much. How can a coach know whom to coach? By screening each prospective client.

An Actionable Goal
I asked Beth what she would most like to change about her life. Beth said that if she lived on her own, she’d feel better about her life. I asked what would make that possible. Beth said taking her own meds (without Mom’s help) and getting a job.

Since she was able to name an actionable goal, we discussed what was expected in coaching and she agreed to give it a try. I let her know I couldn’t coach her if she missed calls, came intoxicated, or did not benefit from coaching.

The Potential of Addicts
The ICF defines coaching as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.” Addiction drastically interferes with potential. Those who resolve their addictions can move from lousy to great. Recovery Coaching helps that happen more quickly.

The Advanced Skills of Recovery Coaching
To coach addiction recovery clients effectively it is important to have advanced skills in increasing motivation and confidence. Low self-esteem is common, and motivation and confidence waver. Recovery Coaches must be effective at finding and leveraging strengths and be patient with those whose self-efficacy varies.

It is also important to be able to coach effectively all the way through change process from “Who me?” (denial) through “Yes, but” (contemplation) on to making a decision, and setting and carrying out recovery goals. Relapse is common in persons trying to change their habits with alcohol and other drugs, yet there is promising clinical evidence that coaching reduces relapse.

Developmental Coaching
Recovery Coaches must also coach to improve general development and awareness. People who lived in active addiction often have gaps. They may be very good on the job but a poor communicator at home. They may have great interpersonal skills but be lousy with money. Recovery Coaches work with clients to leverage their strengths while identifying and resolving struggles. We coach to increase awareness of choice and responsibility, to identify and meet needs, rather than turning to addictive substances when uncomfortable feelings come up.

Beth’s Progress Report
It took Beth a few months to get her on her feet and employed. Early coaching was about waking up and taking showers and going out the door. Within a year she was living on her own. Today Beth is a trusted and reliable employee. She has three years of sobriety in Alcoholics Anonymous. Last year she finished a yearlong massage school program. She still has a psychiatrist and a therapist and me, her Recovery Coach. In the past four years Beth moved from really lousy to pretty darn good, and I look forward to coaching her all the way to great now that she is solidly in addiction recovery.

Summary
Professional Recovery Coaches are highly trained coaches. We screen our clients for coachability and work with those who define actionable goals, who co-create the relationship, and benefit from coaching.

Next Steps
Send this article to your fellow coaches, to family members or those suffering from addiction. If you would like to refer to a Recovery Coach or learn more about Crossroads Coaching trainings contact Alida Schuyler at alidacoach@crossroadscoaching.net.

Alida Schuyler (pronounced AL-ih-duh SKY-luhr) began coaching in 1997, graduated from Academy for Coach Training (now InviteChange) in 1999 and began training Recovery Coaches in 2003. She is co-founder of Recovery Coaches International and has an active practice based in Port Angeles, Washington.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Pick a question, any question

About a month ago, we asked those who “like” our Facebook page to share their favorite question to ask clients. We received nearly 80 questions!

If you are in need of a new question for your repertoire, or are simply interested in what other professional coaches are asking their clients, you will find (below) a complete list of those favorite questions:
  • If you could have the perfect life you’ve always desired, what activity would you begin tomorrow to help you achieve it? (Andrea Teague)
  • Looking ahead, what will happen if you don’t change? What will happen if you do change? (Sercan Savran)
  • What can you do immediately, right now? (Sean Finnegan)
  • Now that you this, what will you do today so tomorrow will be different? (Susan Carlson)
  • What’s stopping you? (Willa Edgerton-Chisler)
  • I understand that you don’t know, but if you knew, what would it be then? (Chris Bysell Hamrin)
  • How can you afford to waste more time until you take action? (GP Life Coaching and Consulting)
  • What would ‘80’ year-old ‘you’ want the present day ‘you’ to know? (Marlene Davis McCallum)
  • I can hear that you can’t see beyond, but if you are on the other side of the obstacle, how do you want to see it? (Jeffrey Carado)
  • How does this solution lead you toward you deeper desires? (Martin Jessen)
  • What is the question I should ask you next time to move you forward? (Emma-Louise Elsey)
  • What do you want your legacy to be? (Richard Pett)
  • What else? (Jukka Puurunen/Gabriella Nagy)
  • Except status quo, what is the next worse thing that could happen? (Marcel Gemme)
  • If you knew without a doubt you would succeed, what would you take on today? (Eno Nsima-Obot Hill)
  • What is the consequence and sequence to this action or thought? (Daniel Tolson)
  • What are you learning from this? (Tara Cox-Raj)
  • How true is that? (Katy Flatau)
  • About what are you willing to be wrong? (Lynne Adrine)
  • What do you mean specifically? (Mónica Gb)
  • How do you know? (Axel Ritterhaus)
  • What did you want to be when you were little? (Charles Popoff)
  • How do you define ‘happiness’ and success’? (Laura L. Brown)
  • What are you choosing? (Amy Van Court)
  • How is what you’re currently doing working for you? (Tish Times)
  • Have you mailed the check yet? (Dean Miles)
  • So, now what? (Sudania Chou)
  • How do you show empathy to yourself? (Sue McDonnell)
  • What does SUCCESS look like to you? (Two Page Mini Business Plan)
  • You wake up in the morning and you see that you, at last, have the life you always wanted. What is the first thing you notice that has changed? (Zohra Dali)
  • Which part is unclear? (Tommy Shek)
  • If you could have it go any way you wanted, which way would it go? (Lara Klein)
  • When will you start doing this? (Vegard Olsen)
  • What’s the one question you are hoping I won’t ask you? (Nora Whalen)
  • How’s that current (status/choice/decision/position/etc) working for you? (Ellen B. Cohen)
  • What you want? (GreTa Mela)
  • Would you like to explore that option and see if it is a real possibility? (Cibelis Alonzo)
  • So? (Benjamin Loh)
  • If you could wave a magic wand and become perfect, what would change? (John Reed)
  • What would you say to a friend if he/she told you this? (Rachel Brozenske)
  • You don’t know? But if you did, what would it be? (Susan Carlson)
  • What is the root of this situation? (Nancy Rousseau)
  • What advice would you give to your daughter/son if they were in the same situation? (Carol Pressnall Leek)
  • What have you learned today? (Arturo Eggler)
  • Tell me more, please. (Mario German Infante)
  • What do you think people say about you when you leave the room? (Maureen Jenks Wishart)
  • What does your intuition say? What does your body say? (Junior Vargas Cruz)
  • What are you getting from choosing to remain stuck, unfulfilled and unsatisfied? (Andrew Carter)
  • So [since this way is not working], what could you do different that might work? (Äŋđŗė Mėiŗa)
  • So what is most interesting to look at right now? (Catharina Wöhlecke-Haglund)
  • What would you allow yourself to be and to do today? (Fil Maharlika)
  • What insight do you get from that? (Sara Örsing)
  • How much time are you willing to spend to reach this goal? (Maria Klein)
  • Let’s imagine your old job, how do you feel? (Future Coaching Academy)
  • What does your future self say about this? Five years from now, how will you feel when you look back on this? (Anu Bhatnagar)
  • Imagine a world where anything is possible. Where are you? What are you doing? How are you feeling? (Vicky Ampoulos)
  • What will be different? (Tiziana Capuozzo)
  • This…for what? (João Catalão)
  • What changes would you like to happen in the next 45 minutes? (Johnathan Brooks)
  • Who are you “being” in this situation? (Eduardo Vier)
  • Would you like to sit here or in this transformational chair? (Johnathan Brooks)
  • What do you want instead of this? (Jurgita Kuliešienė)
  • What’s really going on here? (Sally Vanson)
  • …and…? (The Performance Solution)
  • What are you willing to do? (O. Lucía Serna)
  • Later…? (Hande Ahıskalı)
  • How would God manage if you took the day off? (Magdalena Giec)
  • What would it be like if you were certain you would succeed? (Allison Linney)
  • What does that tell about yourself? (Minna Sutö)
  • What would you do differently if you had to achieve double your goal in half the time? (Magdalena Giec)
  • So, what do you want? (Clear Mind Marketing)
  • If your life was a movie, what is currently happening in the movie of your life? How much would like to change this script? (Johnathan Brooks)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

"All real living is meeting"

The following is a brief overview of the ICF UK conference presentation that took place on April 9th:

We have just had a marvellous day with ICF UK in London! On April 9th, Miriam Orriss and I joined Aboodi Shabi (Newfield) and Liz McCann (BBC) in addressing the conference theme of 'The Art of Mastery in Coaching.' What emerged, as a group of about 100 coaches participated in this very successful event, was a shared desire to attend to the deeper enquiry that is possible in our work and the hunger for coaching 'beyond technique.' There was great engagement in the room as we co-created a space in which coaches could explore core aspects of their practice. We acknowledged the primacy of presence, the profound possibilities in the coaching relationship and the miracle that occurs when the 'gods and goddesses of coaching', sit among us.

Edna Murdoch
 I was reminded of Martin Buber's work, which established the principle of the 'I-Thou' – the mode of connecting when we are attuned to one another in a spirit of honour and awe. The 'I - Thou' occurs only as we meet with our whole being. As Buber said,

"All real living is meeting."

In the reflective practice that is coaching supervision, we aim to foster a ‘real’ dialogue, which enables the coach to return to their work, resourced and refreshed. This level of supervisory input enables coaches to converse with their clients with much more awareness, clarity and impact. This happens especially when coaches attend to what wants to emerge in the life of the client or the team with which they are working, while still holding the overt focus of the contract. It requires that coach supervisors 'let go' of our fantasy of what 'should' be occurring and play our part in co - creating an exploration that is real and open and which surrenders to a dialogic process that has meaning and muscle beyond what coach and supervisor may know at any given moment.

The day at the ICF conference reminded us all that in these fast-moving, highly-pressurised times, there is a huge hunger for real human engagement. As the poet David Whyte, puts it in Loaves and Fishes:


This is not


the age of information


Forget the news,


And the radio,


And the blurred screen.


This is the time


of loaves


and fishes.


People are hungry,


and one good word is bread


for a thousand.

Edna Murdoch Director: Coaching Supervision Academy www.coachingsupervisionacademy.com

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

TRY—Power of saying yes


Terry Yoffe, CPCC, PCC
What can be more powerful than saying YES to situations that might challenge you, stretch you and even scare you!

When we are all feeling fear and anxiety and would rather stay in the smooth waters of the river, how courageous is the person that is willing to step into the turbulent waters, face the unknown and find out who they really are and what opportunities come their way.

In today's ever changing and challenging business landscape, having the courage to say YES to a new job situation that might seem out of your reach or uncomfortable says you have the confidence and trust to step out of your comfort zone and go for the brass ring.

How far out on the limb are you willing to go to get what you want?

Just say YES instead of "NO, let me think about it" or any other excuse you give yourself not to face your fear?


Terry Yoffe, CPCC, PCC
Personal and Professional Development Coach
TRY Coaching, LLCwww.trycoaching.com

Friday, May 6, 2011

ICF to promote coaching at ASTD

In just about two weeks, two of us (ICF Director of Brand Management, Ross Brown and myself, Marketing Coordinator Kristin Kelly) from the ICF marketing staff will travel to Orlando, Florida, USA for the ASTD (American Society for Training and Development) International Conference and Exposition. There we, along with various members from the local ICF Chapter (Tampa Bay Professional Coaches Association), will staff the ICF booth.

For those who are not familiar with ASTD, they are the world’s largest association dedicated to workplace learning and performance professionals. This particular show draws some 8,000 attendees (who work in thousands of organizations of all sizes) from more than 70 countries.

Our booth will promote the value coaching can provide an organization—what internal coaching is and how it can help. In pre-conference collateral, we have been promoting coaching through Coachfederation.org/value. Having local coach members on site will allow attendees to learn firsthand what coaching is, how it works, why it works and even what coach specific training entails—all within the comfort of our booth.

Chicago Coach Federation (CCF) members Pat E. Perkins (left) and Shawna Myers, ACC, along with other chapter members, shared information about the ICF and coaching at the 2010 ASTD conference in Chicago.


This show provides wonderful exposure for the coaching profession. We made our first appearance at ASTD last May, in Chicago. Members of the Chicago Chapter (Chicago Coach Federation) partnered with ICF Headquarters to staff the ICF booth and provided conference goers answers to questions about coaching and the ICF.

If you, or your clients, will be at this show, we would love to have you drop by! We will be at booth #422. If you won’t be there, check us out over on Twitter at twitter.com/ICFHQ. And be sure to drop by our blog—there will be a follow-up post once we get back from Orlando.

Internal coaching has made quite a splash in the media lately. Take a look at these two recent articles in Talent Management and Human Resource Executive Online.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Be the next ICF award winner!

In the coming months, applications for the ICF International Prism Award and the ICF Chapter Awards will be due. Not sure if you are eligible to apply? Read on to learn more:

2010 Prism Recipients from the TINE Group

ICF International Prism Award: Do you know of an organization that is committed to coaching as a leadership strategy? Do you coach for a company that is using coaching to achieve real business results? Has your company experienced a return on investment from its unique coaching initiative? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should nominate that organization for an ICF International Prism Award.

The ICF is looking for coaching success stories to honor through this award program. Since 2005, ICF Headquarters has honored 12 diverse organizations for remarkable improvements in business directly related to coaching and coaching programs. No organization is too large or too small to win this prestigious award. You can download the Prism Award application here.

International Prism Award nominations are due at 5 p.m. on Monday, July 11.

ICF Chapter Award: Has your chapter established a coaching presence in your community? Has your chapter created a successful marketing/PR campaign in your community? If you answered yes to either of these questions, your chapter should be nominated!

The ICF Chapter Award is offered in two categories: the Local Spirit, Global Presence—Community Activism Award and the Finding our Voice—Marketing/PR Award. Three awards are presented in each category to small, medium and large chapters.

Tell us what your chapter is doing to promote the ICF and professional coaching in your community. Chapter leaders may nominate their own chapter or a fellow chapter for an ICF Chapter Award. You can download the ICF Chapter Award application here.

ICF Chapter Award nominations are due at 5 p.m. on Monday, August 1.

All 2011 award recipients will be honored at the ICF Annual International Conference this September in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

We are ICF

In addition to educational opportunities, ICF members often cite community as a primary reason for being a part of the International Coach Federation.

Suzan belongs to ICF Turkey.
 Suzan Tana Alalu, ACC is one of these members. “I wanted to see how other coaches work and I also wanted to belong. Coming to the [2010 ICF Annual International] conference and seeing so many coaches together made a big impact on me. It made me a stronger believer for the coaching profession,” Suzan said. Suzan focuses on ADD/ADHD; organizational relationship systems; and team coaching in Turkey. She has been a part of the ICF since 2006.

Finding the conference as a value-added benefit of membership, Suzan said (of the 2010 event in Fort Worth), “I can talk with other coaches, and I can find out about coaching and how coaching is in the world [as well as] the work and experience of other coaches.” ICF members receive a significant discount when registering for the annual conference. Learn more about the 2011 ICF Annual International Conference, to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA this September, here.

Other reasons people choose to be a part of the ICF will be shared in future blog posts.

Learn how you can become a member of the ICF here.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Coaching Youth in Education

The cutting edge of coaching teens and young adults appears to be in education. This may be because schools are where large numbers of youth gather for a predictable amount of time. Schools are great environments for influencing the learning habits of youth. Many schools welcome coaches provided that it supports both the students and their education. 

I am currently working on my dissertation on “Life Coaching Youth.” Research on youth is limited, as most coaching literature focuses on adults. There is, however, some existing research that provides evidence that life coaching programs for youth may provide multiple benefits. These benefits include; improvement in overall health, and well being, and hope, improved academic performance, goal setting and motivation;  increased ‘cognitive hardiness’ and confidence in themselves. 

I’ve been coaching youth at the high school level since 2005, with great results!  If you are a coach who loves working with youth – consider partnering with a local school to provide coaching services. Funding cuts abound in this current economy, including in educational  settings. Educational leaders are, however, beginning to realize that coaching youth in schools may have several positive effects. These may include increased attendance, academic scores and graduation rates. These are results that grant providers are seeking!

Here are some ideas that I have found successful with coaching youth in educational settings:
• Coaching small groups of students around a specific topic.
• Coaching individual students for short periods of time.
• Working with alternative or charter schools who provide students with academic credit for participation.
• Coaching seniors to support graduation and transition plans.
• Coaching 9th graders to assist their adjustment into high school.
• Coaching college freshman to support their transition.
• Provide coaching to students with AD/HD.
• Provide training for teachers and administrative staff to learn coaching skills.


Most importantly –  don’t forget to seek out support and even peer supervision for yourself.  Coaching youth can be challenging. The ICF Teen SIG meets the first Tuesday of each month at 12:00 p.m. (New York). Join us!

-Sandi Lindgren, LICSW, PCC (www.isupportyouth.com)