Coach Development

  • 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

Ethical Decision Making – what’s that all about?


Back in February 2020, I wrote about the ‘new’ ICF Code of Ethics and the changes that were made to the code, which were quite substantial. Over the years I have delivered many classes on ethics, and they alway include how we make ethical decisions. Here, I'll offer thinking around: Where do our ethics typically come from? What influences how we make ethical decisions? What are the ways we typically make ethical decisions? Why do we need an ethical decision-making process to support us as coaches? In discussing the above, I will offer a tool or a model that can ...

Ethical Decision Making – what’s that all about?2023-10-09T17:48:09+01:00

What is Your Bias?


At a recent conference, the keynote speaker was discussing innovation and commented on how “additive bias” can impeded our creativity and innovation when we are constantly tempted to add something, as opposed to consider what to take away… Given that bias, awareness of bias (both our own and that of our clients) and how this informs coaching conversations is of significant relevance to coaching, this sparked my interest and I thought I’d explore this topic further, particularly as the idea of ‘additive bias’ was a new one to me. The International Coaching Federation’s Core Competencies and the Code of Ethics ...

What is Your Bias?2023-09-04T13:37:08+01:00

Integration or Transition… and is there a difference?


During a recent cohort of our Business Development for Coaches Programme, a question arose about whether, as you consider your Coaching Practice, coaching is something that you are going to Integrate into what you are currently doing or are you Transitioning into doing something different from what you have been doing? Further, does it matter and is there a difference? Let's look at those different aspects of a coach’s practice and reflect on what might be useful to ensure that the integration and/or the transition is successful. First let us look at the definitions of Integration and Transition… Integration or ...

Integration or Transition… and is there a difference?2023-08-17T15:45:44+01:00

Avoid or Lean in?


I never cease to be amazed how many lessons I can draw from my yoga practice that inform my coaching practice... Last week I was in a class and found myself in a particularly challenging pose and felt a really big stretch on some tight ligaments in my right hip. It was uncomfortable and my mind immediately started complaining and thinking about ways to avoid the discomfort. What if I wriggle a bit? What if I shift the weight across to the other side a bit? What if I lift myself up a bit? As though by magic or psychic ...

Avoid or Lean in?2023-08-17T15:45:51+01:00

Checking in with our Clients


Let's explore the importance of ‘checking in’ with our clients during a coaching conversation. What I notice is that most often it happens towards the end of the conversation only and yet, if done more frequently, can often lead to more and deeper learning and awareness for clients. It can also support us as coaches to remain curious and present with our clients and keep out of their way as they process and learn and helps us to avoid deciding what needs to be worked on. Here, we will explore: The purpose of checking in with our clients. How often ...

Checking in with our Clients2023-06-19T16:07:20+01:00

Through helping others explore their potential, Anna Hiett discovered her own


As an executive coach, I’ve had the privilege to work with clients from a variety of industries and backgrounds. Each of my clients has their own unique challenges and expectations of what coaching can do for them. However, one common theme I’ve observed and validated with client feedback is that coaching has helped them explore their potential in a deeper way than they could have done on their own. One of the tools coaches use to 'go deeper' is a 360. Receiving feedback from peers, managers, subordinates, and even clients can shine a light not just on the 'gap areas' ...

Through helping others explore their potential, Anna Hiett discovered her own2023-05-06T04:52:48+01:00

The Power of Silence


French composer Claude Debussy said, 'Music is the space between the notes.' I like to think that the transformation in coaching happens in the silence between the words. A few years ago, I was working with the academic leader of a large pharmaceutical company. Although the coachee was based in the USA, he was originally from the Asia Pacific region, and English was not his first language. Given that I have extensive experience working across different cultures, I felt we would be a good fit to work together. However, as we started working, I quickly began to wonder whether I ...

The Power of Silence2023-05-06T04:53:28+01:00
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