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Great Coaches Know How to Sow Seeds. Updated ICF Core Competencies (8)


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No weeds, smells nice, no bugs. The perfect client.

Coaching is like tending a garden.


An ethical practice and coaching mindset make up the soil the plants can take root in.


Establishing agreements, cultivating trust, maintaining presence, active listening, evoking awareness- All of these are the sunlight, water, air, temperature, and nutrients needed to grow.


But whos doing the growing here? The gardener or the plant?


Casually speaking, no one would bat an eye if you said "I'm growing some tomatoes in my backyard".


But you aren't giving credit to the tomatoes who are actually putting the work in to grow!


And when it comes down to it, our clients are doing most of the work when they choose to partner with coaches. Its up to us the set the right conditions to Cultivate Learning and Growth. Great coaches sow seeds and the client does all the growing themselves.


Why does this matter?


This weeks marks the final installment in our series on the International Coaching Federation (ICF)'s updated Core Competencies. and any coach who wishes to say that they have been trained in ICF's coaching model and do so with confidence, must be fully in the know when it comes to these updates.


This week Lisa Finck (A.C.C.), Brooke Adair Walters (M.C.P.C.), Jerome LeDuff Jr (M.C.L.C.), Anthony Lopez (M.C.L.C), and our lead facilitator Daniel Olexa (P.C.C.). finish off with core competency 8 and coaches Facilitate Client Growth.

The Core Competency

As we reach the end of the core competencies. Its important to keep in mind that, like our clients, the ICF and the Certified Life Coach Institute are growing as well.


What makes coaching so amazing is that we are willing to evolve and change our methods, skills, and understandings over time. Core competencies that have been around since 1998 have been updated as people have seen what has and hasn't worked.


So what does the next 23 years hold for coaching?


If we had to venture a guess there will be some more updates to the core competencies. But that means we need to strive now to use these guidelines to their fullest capacities and become active members in the coaching community. Change only happens where there is dialogue so don't be afraid to give your feedback and thoughts about these Core Competencies!


D. Cultivating Learning and Growth


8. Facilitates Client Growth 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

Thank you,


Lisa Finck, Brooke Adair Walters, Jerome LeDuff Jr., Anthony Lopez, and Daniel Olexa


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