International Coaching Week (ICW) is a weeklong global celebration of the coaching profession held annually, during the first full week in February.
Originally founded in 1999 by ICF member Jerri N. Udelson, MCC, ICW is a designated time each year for coaches and clients to educate the public about the value of working with a professional coach and to acknowledge the results and progress made through the coaching process.
During this extended commemoration, coaches around the world offer a variety of activities and pro bono services in their local communities to share what coaching has the ability to do.
The International Coach Federation is a proud sponsor of ICW. Coaches around the world are encouraged to participate by holding special events during International Coaching Week.
What is Coaching?
Coaching is partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.
What are the benefits of hiring a coach?
Individuals who engage in a coaching relationship can expect to experience fresh perspectives on personal challenges and opportunities, enhance thinking and decision making skills, improve interpersonal effectiveness and increase confidence in carrying out their chosen work and life roles. Consistent with a commitment to enhancing their personal effectiveness, they can also expect to see appreciable results in the areas of productivity, personal satisfaction with life and work, and the achievement of personally relevant goals. Many businesses have increasingly turned to coaching to help meet the variety of challenges that face today’s managers and executives. Coaches assist individuals within an organization, as well as entire organizations, to achieve increased performance, improve retention and morale and develop greater employee commitment through helping individual employees find greater satisfaction in their roles.
The most important thing to look for in selecting a coach is someone with whom you feel you can easily relate to and create the most powerful partnership.
Here are some questions you may want to ask prospective coaches:
• What is your coaching experience? (number of individuals coached, years of experience, types of situations)
• What is your coach-specific training? (enrolled in an ICF accredited training program, other coach-specific training, etc.)
• Do you hold an ICF Credential? The International Coach Federation recommends consumers work with ICF credentialed coaches.
• What is your coaching specialty or areas with which you most often work?
• What specialized skill or experience do you bring to your coaching?
• What is your philosophy about coaching?
• What is your specific process for coaching? (how sessions are conducted, frequency, etc.)
• What are some coaching success stories? (specific examples of individuals who have done well and examples of how you have added value)
Reference: International Coach Federation