Coach Development

Do you have a Clear Agreement?


The current ICF Core Competency model was produced as a result of a two year long job analysis exploring the knowledge, skills, tasks and activities needed for any practitioner to operate skilfully as a professional coach. Amongst many other things, this extensive research gave rise to the identification of five key themes which were considered of significant importance for inclusion in the final body of work. One of those key themes was the ‘expansion of the coaching agreement’ described and defined as having three distinct levels: Agreement for Coaching Relationship. Agreement for Overall Coaching Plan and Goals. Agreement for Session ...

Do you have a Clear Agreement?2024-04-19T04:42:56+01:00
  • Shwezin Win and her Children

From Scepticism to Advocacy


How Coaching Education Transformed Me as a Professional and a Parent As a sceptic of coaching, I never imagined it would play a significant role in my life, let alone enhance my skills as a parent. In my last corporate environment, my only experience of coaching, was fruitless and unhelpful. Why? Firstly, I was given Executive Coaching when I was at my lowest point. Even though I was in the final two, I didn’t get that top director role — something I had been striving for and worked towards my whole career. I was devastated, and I felt there was ...

From Scepticism to Advocacy2024-03-01T17:54:58+00:00
  • Linda Stephens, PCC, Art and Alchemy of Coaching participant

Linda’s Story: The Importance of Credibility


Linda Stephens, PCC (United Kingdom) is founder and Managing Director at Cobalt Red, an international executive coaching business geared toward senior C-suite professionals and those aspiring to become C-Suite. Alongside her paid business, Linda offers pro bono coaching to alumni of the African Leadership Academy (ALA). “These are the creme de la creme from all over the African continent. They go to Jo'burg, to go to university, they get an internship, they then go to Harvard, Stanford, or Oxford, and when they graduate with their Ph.D., that's when I meet them. They're usually in their late twenties or ...

Linda’s Story: The Importance of Credibility2024-02-23T16:05:45+00:00
  • Kate Jennings, PCC, Art and Alchemy of Coaching participant

Kate’s Story: Learning the Alchemy of Coaching


Kate Jennings, PCC (United Kingdom) is an executive coach for Kate Jennings Coaching based in Stamford, just north of Cambridge. Kate works with a range of organisations in the UK and throughout Europe helping their leaders excel through developing leadership skills and behaviours. Kate come into coaching through counseling. Through her post-grad therapy qualification about 25 years ago, she decided she didn’t actually want to work as a therapist. “I've always been fascinated by how people tick, what makes us ‑ us, what we can do to bring out the best in ourselves,” she explains. In 2007, Kate ...

Kate’s Story: Learning the Alchemy of Coaching2024-03-01T17:53:10+00:00
  • Coaching Maturity

Pathways to Coaching Maturity


Within the coaching community, we often hear the term ‘lifelong learner’ as being something that we, as practitioners of coaching, are encouraged, and even expected, to embrace. From an International Coaching Federation (ICF) perspective, this idea of lifelong learning is marked and highlighted in several ways: We have the credentials of Associate Certified Coach (ACC), Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and Master Certified Coach (MCC) as a way of noting various stages on that journey. We have a credentialing system that requires us to renew our credential every three years, with Continuing Professional Development (CPD) being part of that renewal process. ...

Pathways to Coaching Maturity2024-03-01T17:53:03+00:00
  • New Year, New...

New Year, New …?


We all know that a New Year typically means new goals, new resolutions, new habits, new… We also know that much of this ‘new’ stuff stops after about 3-5 weeks and then it’s either forgotten about or we feel bad because we failed, yet again. As an alternative approach, here are a few thoughts and ideas that you could be useful for both you and your clients in thinking about and engaging with a new year in a different way… Hoorah for the old! Do we always need to start something new? We can get so obsessed with doing and ...

New Year, New …?2024-01-07T20:03:25+00:00
  • Celebrating new beginnings

Endings, Celebrations and New Beginnings


In the past three years, I have written three articles which are related to beginnings, endings, celebrations and acknowledgements. New Starts — New Beginnings (December 2019) Celebrate What is Right with Your World (December 2020) Acknowledge and Celebrate (September 2022) I would encourage you to review these articles if this is a topic that intrigues you, especially with the New Year on the horizon! This year, I want to look at the importance of endings, celebrations and new beginnings. First, let’s see what ICF Core Competencies we might reference. There are several sub-competencies that speak to this: 3.11 Partners with ...

Endings, Celebrations and New Beginnings2024-01-07T20:03:42+00:00
  • Coaching for Social Impact

Coaching for Social Impact


One of the things that I love about being in the profession of coaching, is generally how very kind, generous and compassionate coaches usually are. My overriding experience is that coaches are simply really good people! One of the ways some of these characteristics show up is in the many different projects and initiatives that coaches participate in on a pro bono or reduced fee basis. I can honestly say that, in my professional world,  I have never come across so much volunteering and giving back as I have within the coaching community. Here I'll be sharing and acknowledging some ...

Coaching for Social Impact2023-11-06T16:06:27+00:00
  • Kim Jooste, Coach Advancement Alumni

Kim’s Story: From Hobby to Coaching as a Career


Kim Jooste, ACC (Netherlands), a chemical engineer who once saw coaching as a hobby, has now taken up coaching as a career. Through her coaching, she supports female executives in male dominated industries, helping them exceed their career goals and gain more confidence along the way. She also supports entrepreneurs in the renewable energy and circular economy sectors to help ensure that the new technologies they're developing can be deployed as quickly as possible to help save our planet. Kim enrolled in Coach Advancement’s Science and Art of Coaching programme in 2021, seeing it as an interim solution ...

Kim’s Story: From Hobby to Coaching as a Career2023-11-29T13:38:48+00:00
  • Kate Adams, Coach Advancement Alumni

Kate’s Story: Coaching for Sustainability


Kate Adams (London), is a Director at the Forward Institute, a Board member at ParalympicsGB and also offers coaching to sustainability professionals to support their important work for current and future generations. Familiar with sports coaching and mentoring, it wasn’t until the last 18 months that she really became familiar with coaching through her coach training and practice. A good friend recommended Coach Advancement’s Science and Art of Coaching programme for her coach training. She says, “I really enjoyed it and it really helped me have the space to think about what it means to be a coach. ...

Kate’s Story: Coaching for Sustainability2023-10-09T16:24:47+01:00
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