It is of strong concern for all key players to the Executive Coaching industry to both celebrate the creativity and diversity of practice in Executive Coaching as well as appreciating the need to establish strong foundations for good professional practice that makes sense.
This session will introduce you to a framework that can help you raise your professional game in how you practice Executive Coaching.
In applying this framework to your business, you will be consistently delivering with ultimate confidence a trustworthy and professional service that is right for the client yet embracing uniqueness of your coaching style and ongoing investments in personal development.
There are SEVEN KEY parts to this framework – the SEVEN PILLARS:
1 PRACTICE – Having an Established Practice – expressed in terms of the OUTPUTS, and language of the end users
2 INQUIRY – A track record of your own Learning and Inquiry – how you have built your own awareness of the wider knowledge and understanding typically used to appreciate what is involved in our coaching
3 LEARNING – Evidence of your learning about the ways organisations and Businesses operate – so that you appreciate the learning opportunities and challenges typically faced by others in these contexts
4 LEARNING – Evidence of your learning about the way that People operate – so that you appreciate the opportunities and challenges involved in being human
5 ARTICULATION – A desire to express and articulate the understanding that informs the patterns in how you work at your best. This is about HOW you do what you do.
6 REGULATION – Evidence of the way you maintain checks and balances – to keep what you do on track. – appreciation of the established methods such as a code of ethics; supervision, and reporting your continued personal professional development, for example
7 SOCIETY – Respect for the bigger professional COMMUNITY of which you are part – through continuing engagement with it in whatever way works for you, and our community
One substantial learning community within the Executive Coaching arena is already using this framework – APECS ( The Association for Executive Coaching and Supervision ) . This community bases its approach to Executive Coaching on the ways that other established professional communities (ie accountancy) have built the trust that is needed when you say – I’m a professional – I know what I am doing so you can trust me. We have to establish a basis for this trust – where we do what is right for the client, as well as ourselves.
This framework already works for a large number of people with established practices in Executive Coaching, so the question that you may be pondering is:
HOW will this framework work for ME? ….
UNIQUE TO YOU – You consider how to express your own story by using this framework, so that you can build understanding of your own diversity of practice and what commonalities exists and fits to the professional delivery standards within the industry
LEARNING EXCHANGE – you share your story with others in the learning community such as APECS whereby you have the opportunity to exchange learning through sharing of stories.
OUTCOME – The result would be the building of our collective confidence by:
- understanding with clarity in what we do;
- bringing this understanding to others on a wider scale;
- building consistency of trust within the industry to establish that we do know what we are doing, and
- contributing to the wider community and, thus, shaping the professionalism within industry
The quote, below outlines how it has worked for experienced and established practitioners:
- “ ……….. working with the APECS framework is part of my development objectives. Having coached for around 9 years it is high time for me to consolidate my learning in a way that enables me to talk about in a professional and meaningful way. The APECS process gives me the framework to consciously think about what I do, how I do it and why I do it and deepen my own understanding of this, whilst enabling me to communicate it in a professional and cohesive way. This is particularly important for me as the psychological terminology that surrounds coaching is very different to my business language. The APECS process is enabling me to link the two together, building my confidence in my practice as a coach. “