Held at the grand ballroom of Marriott Manila
last November 6, it was indeed a huge success;
an indication that many Filipinos are now seriously considering Coaching
as a way to ignite transformation
in their lives and in their organizations.
Even the international speakers were amazed by the large turn-out for this first ever international coaching summit in Manila.Congrats to ICF PH!
After listening to different resource speakers, it became clearer to me that Coaching is NOT consulting, mentoring and training. It is definitely not counseling which I had a formal training way back in high school and college when I became a peer counselor.
Coaching is future focused with the primary focus on creating actionable strategies for achieving specific goals. Below is the exact definition by ICF.
While there is no one way to coach, she emphasized that coaching happens we got the client to “stop and think.” Coaches help their clients to stop and question themselves. To create that crack in the wall where breakthrough and transformations happens.
“We do not tell people what to do!” but instead coaches brings their client to their discomfort zone, to an unchartered space leaving the person vulnerable enough to learn.
Dr. David Peterson, Google’s Global Girector of Executive Coaching and Leadership, stressed the need for leaders to expose themselves to VUCA intentionally. In a Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous environment is where we need leaders; to make more things efficient and to make things happen.
Grow and Evolve...
It it during this time when Coaching can provide exercises for leaders to have clearer vision of the future and the decisions they need to make. It challenges them to pinpoint what’s the right decision today.
He also shared his observation that people who learned how to adapt to different challenges and fail earlier in their career are more prepared for the future.
This resounds to me closely because I wasn’t really used to “failure” and earlier this year, I felt like I fail big time when I didn’t get the scholarship that I wanted and I wasn’t prepared for it. I felt so bad but one of my mentors told me to take it as a learning experience and now I fully understand what he meant by it.
"Most leaders do not keeping phase with the phase of change. They are not growing as fast as the phase of change. Coaches need to learn faster than leaders and to always look forward."
Quality of Time, not Quantity. He emphasized the importance of putting “quality” on the time spent with client by coming up with clear goals through active listening and powerful questioning.
He reiterated that coaches with experience are comfortable with silence. They don’t rush the conversation or cut the client but rather they take time to go deeper to be able to help the client see what they don’t see. This way the coach can create awareness, design actions and manage accountability… creating Aha moment for the client.
Building Organizations through a Coaching Culture
- What are the motivations behind offering coaching?
- To whom is coaching offered to and for what reasons?
- Through what method is coaching offered?
- How often is coaching delivered?
- What are the barriers to designing a coaching culture?
- What are the differences between modalities? (e.g. External coach, internal coach, managers and leaders using coaching skills.
In her sharing, Eileen talked about how coaches challenge people at looking what's possible. She said that coaching is about exploring new choices and different possiblities by asking effective questions. "Ask me questions to see what I'm not seeing." Curiosity is one of the major trait of a coach, she added.
- Pitch out what doesn't add value
- Spend Wisely (This also includes time and other resources, not just money)
- Follow your Values and offer value for what you give
- Talk to your team and customers. Better still : LISTEN.
- Sullyize your workers.
This ICF International Coaching Summit also reminded me of my WHY... I'm inspired to pursue a professional coaching career knowing that coaches makes a difference in the lives of other people... It also aligned with my blog's purpose.