Are you ready to apply for your ACC or PCC ICF credential? Are you getting rusty or fuzzy in your coaching? Are you craving support and feedback in deepening your coaching skills? Do you want to learn how to adopt a “coach approach” in your leadership?
Mentor Coaching is your next step!
What is Mentor Coaching?
According to the International Coach Federation (ICF):
Mentor Coaching for an ICF Credential consists of coaching and feedback in a collaborative, appreciative and dialogued process based on an observed or recorded coaching session to increase the coach’s capability in coaching, in alignment with the ICF Core Competencies.
Mentoring provides professional assistance in achieving and demonstrating the levels of coaching competency and capability demanded by the desired credential level.
My Philosophy + Experience
This is a co-created process, reliant on open and direct communication about goals, strengths, areas for growth, the balance of theory and practice, process, and progress. You will be encouraged to strive to meet the markers for the next level of credential you’re seeking (PCC for ACC, MCC for PCC) while honoring your particular coaching style. While attainment of goals established for the Mentor Coaching is important, it’s equally important to create a brave space for learning and experimentation; you will be invited to release any “good student” energy or feelings of needing to perform, instead adopting a “beginner’s mind.” We are focused on progress, not perfection, as well as building self-trust, self-awareness, and a sense of being grounded thoroughly in the ICF Core Competencies.
You can also get a sense of my approach to learning and credentialing in my LinkedIn article, The Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA): Setting Yourself Up for Success.
I’ve been an ICF credentialed coach since 2009. My training (2008-9) was through the highly respected program at inviteChange in Seattle, Washington. Since then, I’ve been active in ICF on the local and national level. I was a member of ICF Washington State from 2008-2017, and I currently serve as the Education & Training Chair on the Board of Directors for ICF Michigan. I was a presenter at the ICF Converge Conference in Washington, D.C. in 2017, and have presented on a range of topics to ICF chapters across the country. As of August 2019, I have close to 50 hours of coach mentoring experience. Yes, this is a new-ish endeavor, and therefore I bring a combination of confidence and humility to my work. Just as I learn from the clients I coach, I expect to learn from you as we work together. The most dynamic and productive partnerships involve mutual learning and growth; a Mentor Coaching partnership is no exception.
What goes into making this partnership successful? First is ensuring we’re a good fit. If either of us doesn’t feel there’s an alignment of style, personality or energy, the work won’t yield the results we’re looking for. I’m always happy to refer you to trusted colleagues! If we decide we’re a fit and we agree to work together, then we’re both making a commitment to being fully engaged and present to the process, setting clear expectations, practicing direct communication, being open to mutual learning, allowing for transparency and vulnerability, and expanding our comfort zones.
If that all sounds good to you, here’s what else you need to know:
ICF Mentor Coaching Program Overview
Ten 60-min Mentor Coaching sessions over a minimum of 3-month period (as required by ICF) + One Bonus Completion Session
Total Investment: $1,500 (installment options available)
Mentor Coaching sessions via Zoom or Skype are recorded for your reference and review. Session chat notes made during the session will be saved and provided for you. You will be provided a letter of support, based on your successful demonstration of the 11 core competencies and your completion of 10 hours of Mentor Coaching.
45-minute Information session to discuss the Mentor Coaching process, your overall goals, and determine fit. (Schedule Now)
Together we’ll review the ICF Core Competencies and Code of Ethics. You’ll offer a self-assessment of your current application of the CCs. We’ll also discuss the credentialing process (as needed) and Mentor Coaching logistics (seeking permission to record sessions, deciding how we want to listen to the sessions together, understanding learning styles, agreeing on documentation). Finally, goals for the engagement will be established.
Sessions will open with personal reflection of learning and points of curiosity since the previous session. The remaining time will focus on either a joint review of a 30-min coaching session (or 30 min of a longer session) or an in-depth discussion of one or more Core Competencies that you have chosen to explore. If there’s not a session to review, you will be expected to offer examples of actual and/or theoretical scenarios to use as a foundation for exploring the CCs. Sessions may also involve demonstrations, role-playing, and feedback. At least 7 of the 9 core sessions should include a recorded coaching session to review. Sessions will conclude with your commitments and next steps (could be actions that involve DOing or BEing).
This Bonus Completion Session (30 min) provides an opportunity to bottom-line learning, assess end-of-process application and understanding of the CCs, celebrate progress, and determine areas for future learning and growth.
ACSTH and Portfolio processes include a performance evaluation where ICF Assessors will review recorded coaching sessions with transcripts. ACC applicants are required to submit one session, and PCC applicants submit two. For more information, visit https://coachfederation.org/icf-credential/acc-paths and https://coachfederation.org/icf-credential/pcc-paths. I can work with you to help determine the strongest session(s) to submit for review.
The Role of the ICF Mentor Coach
The ICF has outlined the roles and responsibilities for a Mentor Coach. I do my absolute best to abide by these guidelines at all times:
- Model effective initiation and contracting of client relationship
- Explore fully with a potential mentee what they are looking to achieve
- Ensure both are clear about the purpose of the mentoring
- Establish measures of success in partnership with the mentee
- Fully discuss fees, time frame, and other aspects of a Mentor Coaching relationship
- Inform the mentee regarding all aspects of the ICF Code of Ethics
- Inform the mentee of the availability of the Ethical Conduct Review Board
- Support mentee self‐confidence by encouraging potential mentees to interview more than one mentor coach candidate in order to find the best match
- Make no guarantee to the mentee that as a result of the mentoring the mentee will obtain the credential level they is seeking
- Focus on core competency development by reviewing and providing oral and written feedback on a series of the mentee’s coaching sessions
a. These sessions are to be conducted one at a time, with a feedback session between each one, giving enough time between sessions to allow for incorporation of the mentee’s learning and development.
- Provide specific verbal and/or written feedback, using targeted examples from the sessions so that:
a. The mentee will know exactly what they are doing well.
b. The mentee understands what needs to be done to develop a deeper level of mastery in coaching.
- Demonstrate that they are learning about the mentee at many levels at once and is able to hold all of that in the context of:
a. Who the mentee is
b. What the mentee is seeking
c. Honoring the mentee’s unique style