IAC VOICE, Volume 4, Issue 20, November 2007, Circulation: 12,019
November 15, 2007
From the Editor
I’m so pleased to be able to share this month a huge block in our foundation that our Board of Governors has worked hard to create: our policies for protecting and sharing the IAC Coaching Masteries™. This article will be of interest to mentor coaches and coach training organizations who want to help coaches become masterful in the most effective way possible. This article also reveals the underlying philosophy of our organization and how we choose to interact in the wider world of coaching.
For those of you who are working on coach certification, you’ll find the transcription of the interview with IAC Certifier Karen van Cleve very useful. There are some important pointers about how the certifiers evaluate coaching that will help you in your efforts to assess your own coaching.
As usual, Coaching Moments is lyrical and touching, reminding us of some truths about the trials, pains and discoveries of everyday life.
I hope you’ll share with me some thoughts of appreciation for all the contributions that have brought the IAC this far and for what is yet to come.
There are such incredible people volunteering their time to make this organization what it is, I’m going to make somewhat of a different request this month.
I invite you to think about the things the IAC does that interest you, intrigue you, compel you to be members and subscribers. Once you’ve determined what you love about the IAC, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org honoring something or someone specific, or simply send a general love note! We’ll post your messages in a future issue of the Voice.
Now that I’ve got that out of my system, I’d like to remind everyone that December 31st, 2007 will be the last day the IAC will accept certification submissions for scoring using the 15 Proficiencies. Beginning January 1, 2008, scoring will be based on The IAC Coaching Masteries™. The online written exam will also transition from the Proficiencies to the Masteries beginning January 1, 2008. This has been a thrilling ride for everyone involved in the process. We offer members this new generation of coach certification with heartfelt gratitude to the contributors.
And best to you, dear readers. Thank you for appreciating the IAC’s mission and high certification standards which benefit the profession, our clients, the coaches and ultimately positively impacts the world.
Andrea J. Lee, Diane Krause-Stetson and Natalie Tucker Miller invite you to join the IAC's first Global Virtual Symposium. We wish to inspire all coaches to mastery through the conversations and presentations of our revered guests.
We live in a time of unlimited opportunity with more and more people expressing themselves in grand ways. Our guests will share their unique journeys while inspiring us to share our magnificence with the world.
Development, Ownership and Use of The IAC Coaching Masteries™
by Diane Krause-Stetson, IAC-CC, Vice President of the IAC
One of the IAC’s most important projects over the past few years has been to develop standards that define high quality coaching and that we use as the basis for our independent coach certification process. To this end, The IAC Coaching Masteries™ were published in the January 2007 Voice.
This article describes how we will provide for the use and protection of this very valuable intellectual property for the benefit of the IAC and the coaching profession as a whole.
As described in previous issues of the Voice, the development and evaluation The IAC Coaching Masteries™ was a massive undertaking. A diverse group of experienced and dedicated coaches volunteered their time, expertise and insights to this labor of love—this gift to the IAC and the coaching profession. We therefore see it as a very important duty to protect the use of these standards and the investment of those who created them.
The IAC Coaching Masteries™ are fundamental to excellent coaching. They are elegantly stated and their masterly application is pivotal to serving our clients. Although these standards underlie most of the accepted coaching practices taught today, they are independent. We were intent not to reflect a single culture, prescribe a single training methodology, or advocate a particular school of thought. The IAC remains committed to a universal approach to enhance how clients experience the service of coaching and to advance professionalism in this expanding field.
In defining how to use and protect the IAC Coaching Masteries™, the IAC Board of Governors was guided by the following principles:
openness, to allow the marketplace to find the best solutions for training people in coaching skills;
broad reach, to allow as many people as possible to benefit from the Masteries (and to build IAC membership and sustain the organization);
transparency, to provide information so that IAC members and the public are empowered to make decisions about the IAC and related organizations;
protection of IAC's independence of the certification system;
fair return, to allow IAC to prosper through financial return on intellectual property;
protection of IAC's reputation (in connection with other organizations' use of the IAC intellectual property).
The IAC is offering IAC Coaching Masteries™ for free to its members for their personal use in the form of a downloadable e-book. http://www.certifiedcoach.org/learningguide/masteries.htm Non-members can access this e-book for the nominal cost of $10. The IAC is the owner of the copyright of this work. Individuals are only permitted to use the materials for their own use and are not permitted to share the e-book content with others. Copies of the e-book are available from your member page.
Commercial use of The IAC Coaching Masteries™ will be allowed under a special commercial license. An annual license fee and agreement will be required, effective January 1, 2008, if a coach or an organization wishes to apply The IAC Coaching Masteries™ for commercial use. For individuals and organizations that provide products or programs to fewer than 20 people, there will be an annual fee of $250. For those who expect that 20 or more people will purchase their products or services, an annual fee of $750 will be required. As well as the right to use the Masteries, license holders will also have the opportunity to be listed on the IAC’s website.
In order to uphold the high quality of products and services there is an additional requirement. There must be at least one IAC Certified Coach actively involved on the product development or training team—and not simply serving as a nominal designee.
Under the commercial license agreement, The IAC Coaching Masteries™ may be reproduced and distributed so long as the IAC’s copyright notice is included. To the extent that the license holder includes additional materials, there must be a notice indicating that the IAC did not create and is not endorsing such portion. Any license holder who refers to The IAC Coaching Masteries™ in their communications and marketing must convey that there is no IAC affiliation or endorsement. It is important to the Board of Governors and its Certifying Board that the IAC remain an independent certifying organization.
Effective January 1, 2008, The IAC Coaching Masteries™ will be the exclusive measure for IAC certification. We are excited that there are already several products in the marketplace that are teaching The IAC Coaching Masteries™ and several mentor coaches and coaching schools that are incorporating the Masteries into their training programs. We hope that the marketplace will create many more such resources to support masterful coaching.
We have high hopes for the future of these coaching standards and their impact on raising the level of masterful coaching world-wide.
We encourage you to integrate The IAC Coaching Masteries™ into your coaching approach and to seek the distinction of becoming an IAC Certified Coach. For more information on The IAC Coaching Masteries™ licensing program, please contact me.
As of January 1, 2008 the IAC will shift to evaluating certification submissions using only the 9 IAC Coaching Masteries™. With this change approaching, two interviews were recorded and posted to the IAC website. These interviews discuss and answer questions about the new certification process.
The first has been transcribed for the November issue, and the second recording will be transcribed for another issue. This month’s interview features Natalie Tucker-Miller, IAC President, interviewing Mastery Certifier Karen Van Cleve. It provides insights and knowledge of the inspiration and creation process for IAC Certification through use of the Masteries. Because of a recording failure, this interview ends rather abruptly.
“…the idea of masteries was not to change the definition of coaching, but to change the way we described masterful coaching. So, masterful coaching is masterful coaching whether it is under the proficiencies or the masteries.”
“…with the masteries, because we have measures, effective behaviors and ineffective behaviors, we have clearer language about what’s present or what’s missing versus the proficiencies.”
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"Coaching Moments" takes a thoughtful, and sometimes lighthearted, look at how coaching can be interwoven into our daily lives.
Coming to my senses by Janice Hunter
Not the senses I have but what I do with them is my kingdom. ~ Helen Keller
How often have you appreciated your sense of smell recently? I mean really delighted in its power to evoke pleasure and memories? Have you ever thought about how often it alerts you to danger and keeps you safe?
This afternoon, for two glorious minutes, I was able to smell the rose scented candle beside my bed and I wept with joy. That one, simple fragrance meant that my sense of smell – absent for weeks because of a vicious virus travelling around my Eustachian tubes, bronchial passages and lungs – hadn‘t disappeared forever.
In the first weeks after the virus struck, I lost coaching clients when I lost my hearing and my voice. Email coaching wasn’t an option either, due to dizziness and sinus headaches. A few weeks ago, just as I was finally taking in what the universe was painting in a huge sign above my head – HAVE A BREAK! STAY IN BED!! GET WELL!!! – my daughter came home from school sobbing, announcing the end of her first, tender, special friendship with a lovely lad she’d liked for three years. For ten months, they’d been going to the cinema, going to cafés with friends and sharing family times, in our home and his. On the same day he ended their relationship, he ‘asked out’ a girl my daughter has always been convinced is prettier and more popular than she is.
As she sat racked with sobs at our kitchen table, all of our recent hormone-fuelled spats were swept aside, forgotten. I listened, hugged and coached. I produced drinks, tissues and an appropriate ‘triumph over adversity’ DVD. I secretly phoned and asked my husband to buy a tub of ice cream and some chocolate on his way home from work. I could already see her revisiting the past and letting anger and bitterness deliberately erase parts of what she’d previously called the happiest months of her young life. The next few days were awful as waves of new pain washed over her daily and my virus got worse. All that kept me going was the thought we’d be on mid-term holiday in Spain soon, helping each other heal in different ways.
Lying on a lounger on the beach, the waves lapping a few feet away, I longed to smell the salty sea air. I could barely hear the keening cry of a lone seagull wheeling against the blue sky. The breeze flicked a strand of hair across my face but not even the healing warmth of the sun could breach the distance I was starting to feel between my heart and the world around me, a world whose scents, sounds and details I would usually devour and relish. Even Pollyanna had packed up and gone home.
I watched my daughter listlessly playing with some shells on the beach, all of her
brother’s attempts to engage her rejected. I let her sit with the pain, watched her explore a range of new sensations on her journey towards adulthood, knowing that as a talented young writer, she would be able to edit and recreate this part of her life some day.
Reaching into my beach bag for the digital camera I’d been given for my birthday but hadn’t mastered yet, I decided to practise and play around with it. I’d had to pay for every photo taken with my old SLR camera, so it took me a while to get used to the idea that I could take, view and delete as many frames as I liked. I snapped away.
I got excited. I got better at it. Without the distraction of sounds or smells, the writer’s eternal need to take it all in, I started capturing my daughter from every angle, rediscovering the joy I used to get from painting and photography. When I convinced her that I was deleting as many shots as I was taking, she forgot about me and went back to her own thoughts. I focused on what I could see – nothing else – and rediscovered the joy of framing. I learned how to work the zoom. Blue sky and palm trees, gone. The froth of lacy white waves on the beach, gone. I learned how to trim and clip, getting rid of everything that wasn’t important. I wanted to help her see how beautiful she was. Nothing else mattered. I captured the breeze in a strand of wild, golden hair, the sea in her aquamarine eyes. I didn’t need to see her smile to capture her beauty. All the beauty I needed was right there, the depth of her soul, her strength and her ability to feel, to hold that awareness in her heart and to explore it – captured in the curve of her eyelashes, the tilt of her chin.
I lost all sense of time. Suddenly, like a sea breeze billowing through a window in my heart, I knew I had a gallery of beautiful portraits, inspired by love. I showed them to her that evening. She looked at them, looked at me, looked at them again with disbelief, surprise, pleasure…
I’ve learned not to underestimate the power of refocusing, of reframing with love and gratitude whatever life gifts us with.
Janice Hunter is a writer, teacher and IAC certified coach who currently specialises in homelife coaching – helping people create authentic, spirit filled lives and homes they love – and in supporting coaches on their certification journeys. She lives in Scotland with her husband and two children.
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