Good coaching versus great coaching is easy to hear. Especially when you’ve listened to hundreds of coaching recordings and completed thousands of accreditation assessments. There are a few lessons that stand out. So, that’s why we asked our very own Brigitte Calvert
Learning from the expert
At Open Door we all have the unique opportunity to learn from one of the most experienced practitioners in Australia, our very own Brigitte Calvert. Brigitte suggests there are some clear differences between assessing recordings as ‘competent’, and a ‘not yet competent’. Especially when considering the International Coach Federation (ICF) Core Competencies. But not only that, there are some clear differences in terms of our we add value to our clients.
What about not yet competent?
As with everything we are learning, we will see the development over time. Subsequently, not everything we hear, will meet the standards initially. A coach will be deemed not yet competent if they are:
- Telling, mentoring or advising;
- Judging or frequently giving your opinion;
- Using LEADING questions;
- STACKING questions;
- Asking a lot of CLOSED questions;
- Asking questions for more story and out of interest;
- Jumping into the space or cutting the coachee off;
- Talking a lot, telling stories or monopolizing the conversation.
Dedication to practice and continuous improvement
Improving our skills takes dedication to practice. Therefore, we are focussed on continuous improvement over many years. This includes: listening to recordings; reviewing our own practice; and getting feedback on our skills.
We cover this in our Certificate IV in Workplace and Business Coaching Program. In addition, we include mentoring in our programs to enable this development.
However, it’s not just ‘new’ coaches that need to think about this progression. In the same way, coaches at all levels can benefit from this reflection. Indeed, as Brigitte suggests, this reflection will be in terms of how they we add value to our clients. In addition, how we strive for excellence in our practice.