Since this is the Christmas season, I’d like to tell you what I want for Christmas… from you!
I’d like for you to share something in the CAM Community of Coaches private Facebook group. To be more specific, I’d like to hear from you about how your coaching is shaped by Jesus.
While Jesus is not a life coach, he is an example and inspiration for Christian coaches. I’d love to hear how this is true for you. Please share your experience in the private Facebook group for the CAM Community. If you’re not on Facebook, that’s no problem – just email your experiences to our Community Coordinator Martin Torres and he’ll post them for you.)
In this month’s membership webinar, Brian shares aspects of Jesus’ ministry that have a great impact on today’s Christian coaches. If you miss the webinar, be sure to catch the archived recording, which can be found by clicking on the webinar tab at the top of the page.
This month in the CAM Community of Coaches, our focus is on how coaches need to be a bit directive, but without overdoing it and becoming bossy or leading the client.
What do we mean by “directive?” Coaches provide direction in the coaching relationship by suggesting where to focus, what to explore, where to start, and how to proceed. At CAM, we often make the distinction that coaches are process experts but not content experts – most of our directiveness (is that a word?) comes in helping establish a helpful process for the client. But sometimes that process expertise also splashes over into a bit of content expertise. For example, I once had a client who was totally unorganized, scattered, and just all over the place. It was so bad that he was driving his team nuts. But he only wanted coaching around how to help his team adjust to him and his style. I got directive by asserting that we could invest dozens of coaching sessions trying to get his team to adjust, but it was his own dysfunction that was the real culprit.
If that sounds like I went “too far,” then you’re fully understanding what I hope the coaches in our community wrestle with this month. When we get directive, it can feel like we’re stepping over the line – and sometimes we are. The key is to trust your intuition, always be in service to the client, and be willing to clean up any mess you make.
If we can go too far, then why be directive? Because sometimes (not all the time or even most of the time) our clients need a dose of directiveness from the coach.
This month in the CAM Community of Coaches we are talking about renewing your ICF credential. Brian will be leading an awesome webinar on the topic. (If you miss the webinar, you can get the archived recording here on the membership site.)
One of the most common questions I hear from coaches is some version of “Why should I get a coaching credential?” The truth is that not every coach should seek an ICF credential (don’t tell the ICF I said that!). But many coaches do benefit from being credentialed and the benefits mostly come down to two things: confidence and credibility.
Confidence is the internal dynamic of believing that you are a qualified, capable coach who can actually help others. Being credentialed gives some coaches a real confidence boost because they feel more “legit” having gone through the necessary steps to be credentialed.
Credibility is an external dynamic whereby others believe that you are a qualified, capable coach who can help them. Depending on your coaching clientele, a third-party such as the ICF can boost your credibility among those who don’t know you that well and are looking for signals that you are a good coach.
I’m curious about your experience with being credentialed. Did you decide to be credentialed (or not) based on confidence, credibility, or some other factor. It’d be a huge benefit to other community members if you’d share your experience in the private Facebook group for the CAM Community. If you’re not on Facebook, that’s no problem – just email your experiences to our Community Coordinator Martin Torres and he’ll post them for you. Just tell your story about being credentialed – What motivated you? What was the experience like? What have been the results? What advice would you give other coaches?