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If you’re considering applying your skills as a professional coach, what would you most want to know from a seasoned professional coach?
We have a national expert available to prepare answers for an upcoming Patina Nation presentation.
Where should I go for certification? Is certification a must-have? What are the requirements to earn certification? What are the top areas for consulting in terms of demand?
Is there a difference between a professional coach and a mentor?
What are different coaching models/methodologies that are used? How do you adjust/structure the way you work with different client types to be effective? Are there different models/methodologies for different kinds of coaching relationships? How do you select the appropriate approach for a given clients? For instance, if you are working with 1) a Director level person who is just being identified as a high potential candidate, 2) a C level executive who has been in the role for a while and wants to fine tune their skills, 3) operations manager in a field office that is new to managing people. I would think your approach would need to be different for these three people, are there different methodologies? What are they? How could we get trained in the different approaches?
Tough question. Just like it has impacted everyone. Technology is still innovating Training has been impacted because you have to have the right people in the right places.
I would take a 0-base approach to hiring at every level. Trainers would have to prove themselves by do an hour workshop on some technological discovery. The trainer of the year 2000 is completely different than 2020.
How do you define Kpis to measure the transformational process ? many coaches have an approach of no result oriented.... I am not that kind of coach.
I am a coach, and I have comments on a couple of the issues that have been raised on this thread:
For the presentation - I would want to hear about the vast array of options for training, since to really "do right" by clients most people should receive professional training before becoming a coach. Generally, which programs are geared towards coaching professionals and business people, the reputations of these programs, and their particular philosophy about coaching. Coaching is a profession, so very few people can learn how to be a good coach just by listening to a presentation from an expert (or reading a book, for that matter).
Regarding ICF - personally, I am not ICF certified and I never have been asked by a potential client whether I have ICF certification. While there is no harm in becoming certified by ICF, in my opinion it is not a good filter for hiring a coach. The ICF certification process is not difficult nor does it assess you coaching skills. In fact, the organization from which I earned my training and certification considers ICF's focus to be a fairly basic level of coaching. Asking for referrals - from people familiar with coaching and from a potential coach's prior clients - is WAY more important.
I hope this is helpful.