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ICF Core Competency #2: Embodies a Coaching Mindset

Show Notes

DEFINITION: Develops and maintains a mindset that is open, curious, flexible and client-centered.
  1. Acknowledges that clients are responsible for their own choices 
  2. Engages in ongoing learning and development as a coach 
  3. Develops an ongoing reflective practice to enhance one's coaching 
  4. Remains aware of and open to the influence of context and culture on self and others 
  5. Uses awareness of self and one's intuition to benefit clients 
  6. Develops and maintains the ability to regulate one's emotions 
  7. Mentally and emotionally prepares for sessions 
  8. Seeks help from outside sources when necessary 
  9. About maintaining a professional practice, recognizing the culture of self and others, and understanding that we (coach and client) are members of systems. 
WATCH: Colin Brett, PCC with ICF Core Competency 2: Embodies a Coaching Mindset [VIDEO]
READ: Link to the Updated Core Competencies
  • Managing emotions, using intuition for benefit of client
  • To evaluate, I will look at the “phrasing of intuition”: is there room for the client to say I’m wrong?, am I being sure it doesn’t sound like fact when I deliver it?
  • Be physically and mentally prepared for a session
  • Asking for clarity when something a client says “stands out”. Example: a coach is nodding, but has a confused look on their face. Don’t just brush over something.
  • How are you building a reflective practice grounded in continued learning
  • What is your “wind up/down” process? 
  • How are you listening for permission (by the client)?
  • What ways do you check your emotional “level” with clients? (balance)
  • How does your context/culture influence your coaching practice? (on the exam)
  • How do you seek help/support for difficult clients? (coaching mindset)
  • How do you let your intuition go? 
  • How do you physically and mentally prepare as a coach? 
  • How do you set the tone at the beginning of your coaching session?
  • What is your closing ritual for coaching?
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What are you doing to think more about you coaching mindset, dear coaches? What's 25 seconds before you start a coaching session look like? Share with us! 
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