What is Coaching?

How does ICF define Coaching?

ICF defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.

What does ICF Michigan add to that?

Professional coaches provide an ongoing partnership designed to help clients produce fulfilling results in their personal and professional lives. Coaches help people improve their performance and enhance the quality of their lives. Coaches are trained to listen, to observe and to customize their approach to individual client needs. They seek to elicit solutions and strategies from the client; they believe the client is naturally creative and resourceful. The coach’s job is to provide support to enhance the skills, resources, and creativity that the client already has. While the coach provides feedback and an objective perspective, the client is responsible for taking the steps to produce the results he or she desires. Coaching is an interactive process that helps individuals and organizations to develop more rapidly and produce more satisfying results. Coaches work with clients in all areas including business, career, finances, health and relationships. As a result of coaching, clients set better goals, take more action, make better decisions, and more fully use their natural strengths. People hire a coach when they are starting a new business, making a career transition, reevaluating their life choices, working toward challenging goals, or simply feeling ready for a personal or professional breakthrough.

Coach Training and Credentialing

We welcome all coaches to our organization, regardless of their background. However, as a chartered chapter of the International Coach Federation, ICF Michigan believes in and supports professionalism in coaching. We support the direction that ICF is taking in requiring training and promoting credentialing of their coaches, as well as their development of a set of core competencies and a code of ethics. This is why we believe in these things: Coaching is a profession. Any profession requires a degree of training. Credentialing assures rigor in a profession, particularly one that is as growing and changing as quickly as coaching. When a coach becomes credentialed, it demonstrates that they have received coach-specific training, passed rigorous testing, dedicated to a set of core competencies, a code of ethics, coached a certain number of hours, and receives ongoing training. We want our coaches to be successful. We believe that all of these things can contribute to a coach’s success in business. At ICF Michigan, we are dedicated to helping our coaches become credentialed so as to increase their chances of success and distinction in an increasingly crowded marketplace.