One of the many benefits of ICF membership for active coaches is the ICF reciprocal coaching service. Personally, I really liked this service for many reasons and I'll be happy to share some of them with you.
What is ICF Reciprocal Mutual Coaching (ICF Peer Coaching)
The ICF Reciprocal Coaching Service offers opportunities for the coach's professional growth and is open to all members ICF (International Coach Federation).
As an ICF coach, you can get coaching from another ICF coach. In addition to investing your time by coaching and being coached yourself, you must pay an operating fee for a service that connects you to the coach (who will coach you) and the client (who you coach) and records each mutual coaching session.
The aim of the ICF reciprocal mutual coaching service is:
Make coaching available to coaches
strengthen the ICF coaching community
to support ICF coaches in their constant professional and personal development in the best way we know - by coaching!
How does the service work?
You will create a coach profile in the ICF reciprocal coaching community.
You will join a coaching group. One group includes a predetermined number of sessions for both the coach and the client.
The session should be completed within a predetermined period. There are general groups, national groups and international groups, as well as groups focused on ACC, PCC, MCC and students / new coaches. At each stage of a coach's professional development, it is possible to find a suitable group to join.
Next, you set the preferences of the coach with whom you want to be connected.
After setting preferences, you can view the profiles of other coaches who participate in your group, and you can ask them to be assigned to the coaches you would like to work with.
Reciprocal coaching coordinators will connect you with the coach and the client (two different people).
The system continuously monitors the coaching relationship until the end of the entire session (usually 5 to 7 sessions). Finally, the service coordinators will verify your feedback to maintain the professionalism of all the coaches involved.
Groups, where you can log looks like this:
ICF International Peer Coaching Round
ICF Student/New Coaches Peer Coaching Round
ICF North American Peer Coaching Round
ICF European (English) Peer Coaching Round
What are the benefits?
You will create your own professional profile of ICF coaches, which can be viewed by other ICF coaches. The structure of the profile is clear and professionally conceived, so you will not encounter any "clown or cowboy" and shouts that have nothing to do with coaching.
You can view the profiles of other coaches and read feedback from the coaches who coached them.
You get feedback and ratings from the coaches you coach. For many coaches, this feedback is just as valuable as the coaching they receive.
You will receive additional coaching hours which you can record in the coaching report. Because the coaching you provide is compensated by another coaching, your mutual coaching may be included in your coaching protocol as a paid coaching lesson.
In this service, which is similar to mutual coaching, you will never be coached or coached by the same person. This model will allow you to really train new procedures, reactions that would be much slower for you by repeating with the same coach.
Given the size and scope of the ICF coaching community and the complex process of coordinating this service (the service has been developing for more than eight years), you are significantly more likely to get the right coach at the right time - probably more often than if you coached alone!
The undeniable advantage is that you can expand your coaching experience globally and be coached by colleagues from other parts of the world. On today's global scale, I think that an ICF coach should not waste time on a Czech pond, which is full of various quality coaches of any quality, but should make a comparison with the world.
The ICF Mutual Coaching Service is now available in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.
Personally, I rank the price of this service among the unrivaled advantages. Nowhere on the market will you find the opportunity to be coached for a couple of Euros by a PCC or MCC coach.
In conclusion, I would like to say that this is a very high quality service for coaches who are looking for inspiration in their work. Through this service you will get the necessary hours of paid coaching, you will develop your knowledge of coaching, you will learn new things, you will find out a lot about yourself, you will make new friends, it will be ahead of colleagues who do not coach in such a format. So feel free to join, maybe I'll see you at a session, just through ICF peer coaching!