This title is inspired by a book called "Coaching: Evoking Excellence in Others", for me it seems more appropriate to start with self (me) as a Coach.
I feel the need to speak about professional Coaching, a few times I witness excellence and often from so called professional coaches I observe and hear about diversions that can be found in the list of what coaching is not: consulting, counselling, mentoring, therapy... confusing the market (coaches, clients, others).
The most experienced coach (by hours of coaching) in a country was saying to me: "Some coaches are more messed up than the clients. They haven't sort themselves out and they are out there working with others."
My approach has been to get accredited with the two largest professional Coaching associations in the world, the ICF (around 33.000 members) and EMCC (around 11.000 members). See Journey to MCC and A Credentialing Experience with the EMCC.
My journey includes investing thousands of pounds, euros and dollars and thousands of hours in practicing, training, reading, listening, reflecting, coaching, mentoring, supervision and development.
The ICF and the EMCC have Core Competences which if upheld can support the professionalism of coaching.
Because Coaching has a fragmented, dispersed and opaque market.
My references to learn about the coaching market are mostly talking directly with coaches, associations and companies. This requires significant time and effort to piece together. And reading the major reports about coaching published by Ridler, ICF , EMCC, Sherpa, Bresser and Coachsource.
I share what I choose to do below. Would be great to hear more ideas in the comments section.
Maintaining the integrity and quality of the Professional Coach:
André Ribeiro is an executive coach and mentor coach. He is Master Certified Coach by the International Coach Federation and Senior Practitioner by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council. More @ ExtraCoaching.com