Toronto Coaching - International Coach Federation

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What is Coaching?

ICF, the largest professional association of coaches, defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential, which is particularly important in today’s uncertain and complex environment. Coaches honour the client as the expert in his or her life and work and believe every client is creative, resourceful and whole. Standing on this foundation, the coach's responsibility is to:

  • Discover, clarify, and align with what the client wants to achieve
  • Encourage client self-discovery
  • Elicit client-generated solutions and strategies
  • Hold the client responsible and accountable

This process helps clients dramatically improve their outlook on work and life, while improving their leadership skills and unlocking their potential.

Coaching focuses on what the client wants to accomplish. Therefore, the best way to understand coaching is to experience it yourself.

Why would I hire a coach?

Thousands of people seek the services of a professional coach for many reasons.

They may want to improve their career performance, make better business decisions, have higher-quality relationships, be more physically fit and well, explore spiritual and personal fulfillment, set and achieve more ambitious goals, and further their financial independence.

There may be something else that you want. A professional coach can help you clarify what that is, achieve it, and identify barriers to your moving toward it and then move forward.

Organizations use coaching as a way to provide personal and professional development. Studies demonstrate that coaching produces more profound and longer-lasting results than just training and/or consultation interventions alone. Organizations have discovered a key benefit to coaching is dramatically enhanced and sustained change.

Individuals utilizing this database are urged to take responsible steps to verify the qualifications of any potential coach. By your utilizing the ICF Toronto Coach Referral Database, you agree to hold ICF Toronto harmless from any and all claims which may arise as a result of your using the information provided.

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