The ICF Philosophy of Coaching
According to the International Coach Federation (ICF), coaching honors the client as the expert in his/her life and work and believes that every client is creative, resourceful, and whole. Standing on this foundation, the coach's responsibility is to:
- Discover, clarify, and align with what the client wants to achieve
- Encourage client self-discovery
- Elicit client-generated ideas and strategies
- Hold the client responsible and accountable
Professional Coaching is an ongoing professional relationship that works with people to produce extraordinary results in their lives, careers, and businesses or organizations. Through the process of coaching, clients deepen their learning, improve their performance, and enhance their quality of life.
In each meeting, the client chooses the focus of conversation, while the coach listens and contributes observations and questions. This interaction creates clarity and moves the client into action. Coaching accelerates the client's progress by providing greater focus and awareness of choice. Coaching concentrates on where clients are now and what they are willing to do to get where they want to be in the future. ICF member coaches and ICF credentialed coaches recognize the results are a matter of the client's intentions, choices and actions, supported by the coaches efforts and application of the coaching process.
4 Benefits of Professional Coaching
1. Building Confidence
One key to success in business is confidence. Having the support of a great coach and giving you the space to work out challenges will enhance your confidence during stressful situations, especially when dealing with crises and handling conflict. A business coach will be your sounding board that will keep you sharp and playing your A game. As you and I both know, we only have so much time during the day. A coach will help you make the most out of your time.
2. Stay Objective
It's easy to get caught up on the day-to-day grind. When you're too close to something, you can certainly develop blind spots. A Certified Professional Coach will have an objective point of view, and the ability to quickly identify roadblocks that you may not necessarily see. Your coach can help you discover solutions or enhance your strategies you might not have considered. Your coach may also help get you outside your comfort zone, so you can take your work and personal life to the next level.
3. Asking The Right Questions
A qualified coach will know the right questions to ask you that will give you the insights and motivation to move forward in your business. When you have a coach from a different industry, they bring a new perspective and ask thought-provoking questions. This is especially helpful after you start working on your startup and get caught up in the daily grind.
4. Results, Results, Results
As a busy modern woman today, you have so much on your plate. When you invest in working with a certified coach, you are investing in your future. A coach will hold you accountable for taking actions towards creating the kind of life you have always envisioned.
Tiffany Mason -
Certified Professional Coach
Tiffany Mason received her training through the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching (IPEC).
If you are looking for a certified coach who will work with you in gaining clarity, discovering your purpose, and adding positive meaning in your life, consider working with Tiffany.
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HOW I COACH MY CLIENTS
Because each Coach has his or her own style of coaching clients. I thought that you would be interested in knowing how I coach, what I expect of my clients and what my clients can expect of me.
MY CLIENTS ARE GREAT
I am blessed with the privilege of choosing my clients. I enjoy working with each one of them. They are all growing, successful and well; I am assisting them to further their personal and professional lives.
I EXPECT YOUR BEST
If you are hiring me, then you’re probably ready to do and be your best. And if you aren’t doing your best, I’ll ask you to. If you can’t at that moment, I’ll understand and do what you need to be heard, supported, and helped back into the groove.
I MAKE DIRECT REQUESTS
From time to time, I’ll make a direct request, like “Will you accomplish X by the end of the month?” You may accept the request, counter-offer (like say what you can do) or decline. I’ll make you right whichever way you respond.
I GIVE STRAIGHT ADVICE
If I am sure of the situation, and you’re open to it, I’ll make specific suggestions on how to handle a problem or “go-for” opportunity. If I am not sure, I’ll say so. Regardless, use the best of what I say and use your own judgement.
I DON’T STEP OVER MUCH
When I hear a funny tone in your voice, or hear you say something that I just can’t “get”, I’ll ask you about it. Often, it is these small moments which offer the chance to resolve something. However, I don’t confront; I’ll merely invite you to look at something.
YOU ARE EXPECTED TO WORK WITH ME, NOT DEPEND ON ME
As your coach, I am a resource and presence for you to work with. I have an almost unlimited amount of compassion, forgiveness and strength for you and I can share many, many key distinctions and principles which will increase your success and add to the quality of your life. And, I ask that my clients work with me as this resource and friend that I am, but not to let themselves get into the position of needing me (or the coaching) as a dependency thing or fix.
I do not talk about our sessions to others. I am committed to respecting our sessions together. I serve and hold in confidence all client-identifying information obtained in the course of our coaching relationship. Client-identifying information obtained in the course of our coaching relationship will not be shared with others outside our sessions. I recognize that at times there are compelling professional reasons when exceptions to this policy must be made. Exceptions to this policy of privacy and confidentiality include but limited to:
- the requirement by law to report actual or suspected child abuse and neglect;
- situations involving life-saving or life- threatening emergencies; and
- a client’s indication that she/he intends to commit a homicide or suicide.
I AM HERE
I want to hear it all. If you have a personal problem, are upset with something (even me or the coaching), are just starting to realize something big, or can’t wait to share a breakthrough, call me. Anytime.