When I first started out, there weren’t a lot of tools or resources available to help coaches build their skills.
I had to do a lot of digging and sleuthing to cobble together a development plan that would take me from newly minted, to ICF Master Certified Coach.
It took time. Tons and tons of time.
I read all of the books, articles, white papers, blogs, newsletters, and posts I could find. I asked other coaches for their insights, recommendations, and ideas. I made hundreds of connections with super-smart people along the way. I filled notebooks, scribbled sticky notes and dried out plenty of highlighters.
I was on a mission, and I would not be deterred. It looked like this. Learn. Get better. Learn some more. Stumble. Fall. Make a few mistakes. Get worse. Step up. Learn again. I’m still on that mission, by the way.
I don’t think I’ll ever quite arrive at a destination called No More To Learn. At least I hope I won’t and I hope you won’t either.
Recently, I was invited to speak at an International Coach Federation Chapter event. I had been asked to share my journey to MCC. In crafting that presentation, I realized that over the years, bit by bit, little by little, I had filled up my coaching tool box with resources that I had either created myself or often used in my work.
I discovered during the presentation that other coaches were eager to know more about them.
In the spirit of collegiality, I have been making these tools and resources available to other coaches so they can fill up their coaching tool boxes too.
Coaches have already downloaded the useful tracking forms, assessments, and checklists that are currently available. I am adding more all the time.
The secret door to get on the list to receive these tools is the Free Easy Tracking Form for Coaches. Signing up to receive it will get you on the private subscriber list, and other tools will be sent to you as they are available.
So, if you are a coach with your own practice or an internal coach and you are interested in building your skills, get on the list! I’ve done a whole lot of the heavy lifting already; I’d be thrilled if my efforts could help you!
Take a minute now to grab the Free Easy Tracking Form for Coaches, and you will set the wheels in motion!
Oh, and please share this post with your coaching peers! Let’s all keep learning!
Coach Hint: If you are looking for innovative, fun and instructive tools and exercises for your professional development, or if you run interactive workshops, be sure to check out Coaching Toys. It is one of my favorite online stores for coaches.
I wrote about Coaching Toys in an earlier post, Take a look!
Author: Cathy Shaughnessy
Cathy Shaughnessy is a PRISM award winning ICF Master Certified Coach and author of the book series The Really Competent Coach. Cathy coaches senior leaders, mentors credentialed coaches, trains fledgling coaches and helps organizations build strong coaching cultures.