If you know me, you know that I am passionate about coaching and I speak often about our MISSION – to see that everyone has coaching skills. What fuels this passion? First and foremost, it is the positive impact coaching has on the personal and professional lives of those who take the skills development courses and do the work.
There is another reason I am excited about coaching but one that gets mentioned less often. This has to do with the tremendous number of opportunities and the many paths that one can take in the field of coaching. Individuals who enter the coaching field come from diverse backgrounds, with different educations and their own set of goals but tend to share a common passion for helping others achieve their best. I think this is one of the reasons that coaching attracts so many high quality and truly awesome people. Just as people enter coaching with differences, the field of coaching provides many different opportunities to allow each person to follow his/her passion for helping others in ways that fit with their own goals, personality, life style and needs. That is truly powerful.
Many people think coaching is for someone that wants to be a Solopreneur; a person that wants to start their own business, build a clientele, work virtually etc. And that is definitely one common path. But that is certainly not the only path.
Another option is to pursue Coaching Within Organizations; this involves coaching employees, using coach like skills within an organization to lead others and help them achieve their best. Most often this starts with mid-level to senior-level managers but often permeates the organization at all levels and in all functional areas.
A third path, and one that is not as commonly considered, is to become a Coaching Educator. In this path you are educating others, helping them develop coaching skills rather than coaching per se. Of course, you are using your coaching skills in the education process.
Again, one of the great things about coaching is that these different paths are not mutually exclusive. You can pursue one or a blend. To help you sort through the options and determine the best fit for you I’ve created this Quick Guide to help you compare and contrast the three paths. The guide and attributes listed are just one way to think about the different paths.
Coaching Paths: A Quick Guide
If you are not sure what path(s) are right for you or you’d like to learn more, please join us on February 15. During our free monthly webinar, we will be discussing this topic in detail with a particular focus on the Coaching Educator path and how adding this to your toolkit can enhance your skills and open up new opportunities.
Webinar: Exploring the Many Paths in Coaching
There are a number of paths one can pursue in coaching. It is not always clear which to choose or if you need to choose. We receive many questions on this topic – it is a very important decision and the answer is not always clear. The goal of this webinar is to help you understand the paths available and identify and navigate to the one that is best for you.
Questions we frequently receive and we will answer during this webinar include;
What are the education and training requirements of each path?
Are there certain goals, personality type, life-style requirements that make one path better suited than another?
What is the role of a Coaching Educator?
How can becoming a Coaching Educator help me achieve my goals?
Are there specific training requirements to become a Coaching Educator?
Do previous courses, training, on the job coaching apply to the Educator requirements?
Don’t go underground in February! We have jam packed February full of courses. Here is the run down.
Fast Track to ICF Credential gets underway on February 1. This program offers all courses needed to achieve the required 60 hours of Approved Coach Specific Training Hours for ACC accreditation plus 7 hours of group mentor coaching within just six months. If you attended our Jan 18 webinar and certification sounds right for you, register now.
In addition to the Fast Track, we are offering an amazing line-up of courses for beginning to advanced coaching skills. Whether you are a beginning coach, advanced or somewhere in between - we have a course to meet your needs. Take a look at the section below that best describes your coaching status and then find the course that is right for you.
I talked above about the different paths in coaching including becoming a Coaching Educator. If this sounds right for you and if you are an experienced coach and as passionate about coaching as I am, you’ll want to check out our 5/5/5 Coaching Skills Train the Trainer course - starting February 9. Completing our Train the Trainer course gives you the tools and training necessary to become a Licensed Trainer to deliver the 5/5/5 Coaching Skills Program™. Read more about the course and register here.
We provide many resources to support coaches at all levels. On our website, you can find blog articles, educational videos, webinar recordings and more under Coaching Resources. We are continually updating this section so check back often. Recently added (and available for download):
Determining the Impact of a Coaching Skills Development Program in the Healthcare Setting
Guide to Coach Certification
Personal Groundwork for Coaching Assessment
Look for Becoming a Coaching Educator Guide soon - just one more tool to help you navigate this important but less talked about topic.
SMART Goal Setting
It’s still January and that means you still have time to complete your 2017 goal setting if you haven’t already done so.
Have you heard of SMART goals before? There are a few variations of the acronym floating around, but our favourite here at Coaching Out of the Box® is this one:
S - Specific
M - Measurable
A - Attainable
R - Realistic
T – Timely
We recently posted an article on SMART goal setting on our blog.
We've created two special groups on LinkedIn to bring like-minded people together. These groups are designed to facilitate dialogue, discussion, insightful and provocative questions and information that supports, educates and contributes to coach-like conversations for everyone. Join our general coaching general coaching group or join our healthcare focused group. Be a part of the coaching conversation!