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ICF LAUNCHES ORGANISATIONAL MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

Professional coaching body, the International Coach Federation (ICF), has launched a multi-pronged membership initiative for organisations. The initiative, which goes live this month (November), recognises that the coaching agenda is increasingly shaped, influences and directed by organisations. Led by ICF vice president, Sharon Toye, and strategic director for organisational members, Liz Rochester, and supported by a working party of other volunteers, and a full-time paid programme manager, the scheme is a result of conversations with more than 40 organisations. The scheme has four components: face to face and webinar events for internal coaching leads, webinar events for those delivering coaching […]

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ICF: COACHING IS A ‘POWERFUL’ MANAGEMENT TOOL

Coaching is the most helpful activity in achieving the goals of change management initiatives, according to research. Addressing leadership style, strengths and blind spots; overcoming resistance; building resilience and change readiness, and finding processes and tools, are the most frequently cited reasons for using coaching activities for change management, according to a survey by the Human Capital Institute and the International Coach Federation on coaching cultures in organisations. Activities include professional one-on-one coaching, team coaching and work group coaching. “Coaching is a powerful tool to develop the potential of employees, modify behaviours and drive business success. Because of this, it […]

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INTERNATIONAL COACHING WEEK 2017: MAY, YORK, UK

Community coaching has been given another boost in city of York’s celebrations for International Coaching Week 2017 in May. Geoff Ashton and Peter Lumley from Coaching York share their reflections For the fourth year running, social enterprise Coaching York (CY) responded with vigour and creativity to the challenge set by the International Coach Federation to celebrate International Coaching Week (ICW) in May. CY serves the people of York through high quality coaching and its wider ambition is to make York the coaching capital of the UK. The ICW activities saw these ambitions become much closer, giving community coaching a vital […]

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ICF ADVANCE EVENT EXPLORES SCIENCE OF COACHING

More than 250 professionals from 18 countries joined positive psychology coaching expert Robert Biswas-Diener and others at an International Coach Federation (ICF) event in Arizona, US. ICF Advance 2016: Science of Coaching, was held in Tempe in September 2016, and explored the theories that underpin coaching and taking skills and knowledge to the next level. Biswas-Diener, an authority on positive psychology coaching and on strengths, culture, courage and happiness, was the event’s ‘provocateur’, synthesising the ongoing learning and contributing his expertise. Topics were based on coaches’ responses to the association’s 2015 professional development survey. Each area provided an opportunity to […]

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GLOBAL COACHING REVENUE UP 19% FROM 2011

The coaching industry is expanding at a record pace across the world, according to the latest global study from the International Coach Federation (ICF). Coaching is taking off in new parts of the world too, indicates the ICF’s third survey, conducted by PwC, with responses from 137 countries. There are approximately 53,300 coach practitioners worldwide, suggests the study. And for active coaches, average annual revenue from coaching alone stands at US$51,000, while the estimated global total revenue from coaching in 2015 stood at US$2.356 billion. The latter represents a 19% increase from the 2011 estimate. The study also highlights growth […]

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EMCC, AC and ICF form historic Global Alliance

By Liz Hall Coaches have broadly welcomed the Global Alliance formed by three of the industry’s leading professional bodies. The news of the formation of the Global Coaching & Mentoring Alliance by the International Coach Federation (ICF), the European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC) and the Association for Coaching (AC), broke at the EMCC’s annual conference in Bilbao, Spain, on 17 November (see photo), where it was made clear that it is an alliance, not a merger. The Alliance declared: “As a collective of global professional coaching and mentoring bodies, we seek to build alliances, a co-operative spirit, purposes and […]

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Alliance: a unified voice for coaching?

News of the alliance of the International Coach Federation, the European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC) and the Association for Coaching, broke at the EMCC’s annual conference in Bilbao in November. But is it a key milestone or the thin end of the wedge? Liz Hall finds out what you think… The creation of the Global Coaching & Mentoring Alliance, between three of coaching’s leading professional bodies, is exciting news, although it remains to be seen exactly what impact it will have. On the whole, coaches have heralded the development as a good thing, hoping it will finally bring desperately […]

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Prism award: everyone deserves great leaders

International coach federation global conference, 3-6 October 2012, london The return on investment for introducing coaching within a management development programme is 87.6 per cent at the United Nations Secretariat, delegates heard. The organisation won the International Coach Federation (ICF) Prism award, along with Banner Health and Roche Turkey. Staff engagement at Roche Turkey has gone up by 20 per cent, thanks to its coaching strategy. The establishment of a coaching culture at Roche began two years ago, said internal coach Mustah Zarlari, and has seen more people promoted internally. Zarlari said the number of assignments overseas has increased: “I […]

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Greater awareness of emotional styles can improve resilience

By Ros Soulsby More than any other factor, resilience determines who succeeds or fails, said Dean Becker at the ICF conference. Becker, managing director and co-founder of Adaptiv Learning Systems, drew on 30 thirty years of research in his session on resilience and connection. Adaptiv’s Resilience Factor Inventory (RFI) measures seven factors (emotional regulation, impulse control, causal analysis, self-efficacy, realistic optimism, reaching out and connection) and seven skills (discovering emotional radar, avoiding thinking traps, navigating problem icebergs, getting flexible around the style, harnessing positive emotions, tapping into positive icebergs and creating connection). The core of the work is credited to […]

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Brown: Embrace your vulnerability – it’s what makes you good enough

People who feel they are ‘good enough’ have in common an ability to feel and give love, to be vulnerable, to do creative things – and to take rest and play at least as seriously as they do work, said Brené Brown at the ICF conference. Brown carried out research to discover what allowed people to be ‘wholehearted’ (‘loving with their whole hearts’). She was surprised to find that a deep sense of love is the only variable in what allows people to feel they are ‘enough’. “This drove me crazy. I thought how can this be the only difference? […]

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