How Do I Select a Coach?

Guidelines for Hiring Your Coach

The International Coach Federation (ICF) Saskatchewan Charter Chapter has a broad network of credentialed Coaches (Associate Certified Coach – ACC; Professional Certified Coach – PCC; or Master Certified Coach – MCC designations) with diverse backgrounds, training and coaching styles.  Critical to your success through coaching is your ability to find the best Coach/Coachee fit.

The following provides you with some sample questions and relevant information to use during your interviews with prospective ICF credentialed Coaches.

Steps in a typical coaching engagement

Ask about what the coaching process looks like from start to finishHow?

What is the Coach’s approach like?  What is his/her philosophy or style?  Does he/she have a process in mind?  Does it seem relevant to your situation?

Make sure you understand what the coaching process looks like from start to finish.  The Coach should be able to tell you step-by-step what they will do in each stage of the process.  While the steps may not be completely linear, you don’t want a Coach who cannot describe how they work.  This includes reviewing and establishing your leadership goals at the beginning of the coaching engagement, regular progress check-ins and measuring results at the end.

Describe the type of clients you have worked with most. And best.

Consider whether the Coach’s experience is relevant to your situation.  How?

Notice whether the Coach understands organizations or systems work.  Ask whether the Coach is an expert in coaching, learning and change management.

Suppose I want to work on developing a skill, how would you help me?

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I have an issue that is <fill in the blank>, what questions might you ask to help me resolve it?

Ask about what the coaching process looks like from start to finishHow?

What is the Coach’s approach like?  What is his/her philosophy or style?  Does he/she have a process in mind?  Does it seem relevant to your situation?

How?  Look for multiple approaches and flexibility in thinking.  Does the prospective Coach suggest resources for learning?  Will this person role-play through real situations?

Notice if the Coach has a style that works with yours and would challenge you to learn.

An effective Coach is not too prescriptive OR only asks questions.  A delicate balance exists between offering a Coachee the answers and supporting them to figure out the answers for themselves.

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I got to spend time talking to my coach about specific things important to me and then how to address them. For example, we spent time talking about how to engage people and build/repair a relationship with them.

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Hope’s Home has been overwhelmed by the positive impact that coaching from ICF Saskatchewan has had on the leaders of our organization. As a young charity and non-profit corporation, we have many passionate, dedicated leaders who have grown personally and professionally in areas of personal development and growth, and leadership skills – strengthening their gifts and talents, while creating opportunity in areas for change. The timing of this invaluable coaching will help Hope’s Home reach its next milestone of strategic development and ultimately create a team of professional, passionate leaders focused on meeting our vision for individuals with complex medical needs. We are forever grateful. Thank you.

Hope's HomeCEO and Founder of Hope’s Home, Jacqueline Tisher

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