Hands writing in a notebook with green dappled scenery in the background

Presenting my tricky case involved sharing a summary of the client engagement (maintaining client confidentiality) that was particularly challenging for me – I felt stuck in doubt about the effectiveness of my coaching. I persistently wondered if another coach  could have served the client better. The process of sharing was validating. My fellow coaches shared their views that indeed, this was a tricky case.

A cairn with sunset in the background

We all know about the importance of self-care, we all have an acute awareness of our needs, and we have different ways of ensuring self-care. And yet, there are moments when we realize that we haven't properly looked after our needs. We even haven't been the best we could be for our clients. What can we do to increase our awareness of self-care? What are the different ways we look after ourselves and restore ourselves? And how do we deal with what gets in the way?

Woman and man exasperated and grabbing their hair

Most of our coaching clients are all-too-familiar with the nagging voice of doubt and criticism inside their heads. This voice, often referred to as the Inner Critic, is one of the key roadblocks holding our clients back from achieving their coaching goals. But is that voice the authentic voice of our client, or is it just a part? What wisdom can we learn from listening to all of the thoughts, feelings, and emotions of our client?

Below, 11 Institute of Coaching Fellow Members share their best advice for ways you can help your clients explore and manage their inner critic.

Blue and Red rope knot

Trust needs a customized approach. Trust is a complex, multifactorial concept and deserves a focused effort to adapt to your coaching, life, or organization.

Diversity and Inclusion

I recently attended an IOC Huddle on Diversity and Inclusion, in which we shared our experiences in relation to coaching. We explored topics ranging from what coaches can do to support leaders with diversity and inclusion to how to help clients navigate the current social climate. There was an interesting exchange, particularly around intersectionality, multiple identities and identity mapping – but for me, what occurred in the chat was even more fascinating, striking a chord on two different, related levels.

Top Resilience Tips

What does resilience look like, especially given the current novel coronavirus pandemic?  Here is an overview of the many IOC resources available to you, sourced from the Masterclass on Resilience

The Art of Running a Marathon

In this virtual conversation hosted by Jeff Hull, IOC fellows navigate how to help their clients shift the mindset about the pandemic from a sprint to a marathon.  The group discusses how they can, as coaches, first “put the oxygen mask on themselves” and then assist others to make the transition to a “new normal”  in a Covid-19 disrupted world.

Key mindset shifts for challenging clients

Recently, I had the great privilege of presenting a real-life coaching case to over 50 of my colleagues at the Institute of Coaching’s Tricky Coaching Case Forum. Held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the forum participants came together in the spirit of sharing ideas and experience with one another to help navigate complex professional challenges.

Morale in 2020

This sucks. We got through an acute crisis. Barely able to absorb the nearly 100,000 lost lives in the US already, we awaken to a chronic crisis of COVID-19 accompanied by a sudden economic depression. It feels like a tunnel with no light ahead.

Empathy is Not Looking in a Mirror

How we express ourselves is unique to our personality, some more expressive than others. Victor Frankl wrote: human beings are different because we can separate the stimulus and response. What do you need to do to create that space for yourself?