Hello and welcome back for our second of ten posts as we follow the 2016-17 NCSU Business Coaching Certificate program.

Our role as coaches is to help clients gain clarity, create deeper awareness, focus on what they desire to achieve, and develop action plans that will move them towards their goals. It starts with developing a clear contract for the coaching assignment. We call this the “BIG C.” To be effective coaches, we need to master the skills of active listening and asking questions that invite clients to explore the thoughts, beliefs, and values they hold rather than just explain the facts of the situation. We are in the service of increasing the likelihood of clients achieving their goals. Active listening and powerful questioning underpin the 11 @ICF core competencies. Over time and with the practice our students are offered they develop these essential skills and are able to hear more of what is being said, as well as, exploring what is not being said. Being present and attending to the client creates deep trust and develops rapport that fosters within the client a greater degree of curiosity, awareness and of options and possibilities that may have seemed out of reach.

This month we also delve deeper into the coaching Essential Business model developed by Brian and @Lou Raye Nichol, authors of the book, “The Essentials for Business Coaching – the Process, the Skill and the Relationship.”

Want to learn more? Click here to read about the North Carolina State University Business Coaching Certificate program.

Coaches; what process are you an expert in?

Leaders and Coaches, what skills do you need to master to be more effective?

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