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ICF Core Competency 8: Facilitates Client Growth

Show Notes

DEFINITION: Partners with the client to transform learning and insight into action. Promotes client autonomy in the coaching process.
  1. Works with the client to integrate new awareness, insight or learning into their worldview and behaviors
  2. Partners with the client to design goals, actions and accountability measures that integrate and expand new learning
  3. Acknowledges and supports client autonomy in the design of goals, actions and methods of accountability
  4. Supports the client in identifying potential results or learning from identified action steps 
  5. Invites the client to consider how to move forward, including resources, support and potential barriers
  6. Partners with the client to summarize learning and insight within or between sessions
  7. Celebrates the client's progress and successes
  8. Partners with the client to close the session 
WATCH: Janet M.Harvey, MCC & Mentor Coach discusses ICF Competency 8. Facilitates Client Growth 
READ: 8 ICF Core Competencies (Updated) + PDF
  • Need to make this an everyday behavior – beyond coaching
  • Clients can be a partners & should be partners in this practice
  • Insight can be the compass for the agreed upon outcome
  • “Be useful, not helpful”
  • Be a catilizer and not a solutionist
  • Move outside the single situation
Questions for Coaches:
  • What ways do you check your own coaching assumptions?
  • What outcomes have your clients had from coaching?
  • What are the metrics that matter? How do you get clients to define their own?
  • How do you define success with coaching?
  • What ways do you engage your clients to define their own growth?
  • What do you hope your client walks away from coaching with? (cope without you)
  • What skills or strategies do you think of for autonomy?
  • How are you getting comfortable testing assumptions?
  • How do you celebrate and close out coaching with your clients?
    • What changes are you going to make?
    • What did you learn from today’s session?
    • What are your next steps?
What ways do you facilitate growth with your coaching clients? Share how you help others learn and grow beyond "the checklist" for development:
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