When the decision is made to do business with a coach, a question arises: on what basis to choose your coach? How can you be sure that it will be adapted to your personality and your needs? To what extent should it be ensured that the synergy is good between the coach and the person being coached? Stéphane Coulier, ICF certified coach, helps us answer these questions by offering us three easy steps to follow.

Coach DNA

Stéphane Coulier is an ICF certified coach. Like many of his colleagues, he did not start his career as a coach; rather, it was his life experiences that led him to this career choice. With 30 years of loan experience in business and consulting. His career has led him to work in an international context (Europe, Africa, Middle East, North America). After beginning his career in finance, he quickly moved into human resources management functions: indeed, he considers people more interesting than numbers. In the early 2000s, he joined a management consulting firm, an international leader in its field.

By family choice, he left France in 2007 to join the Montreal subsidiary of his company. He carries out consulting mandates which lead him to practice more and more coaching. He thus confirms his DNA as a coach and his passion for this profession. Then, 6 years ago, he set up on his own to direct his activity even more towards coaching. His leitmotif: “I think coaching, I sleep coaching, I eat coaching…”.

The 3 main pillars of his professional life

Stephane Coulier's goal is to contribute to the influence of coaching in the French-speaking community. Here are the three pillars that structure his identity as a coach:

An activity of executive coach in companies, particularly in the areas of support for taking office and leadership development,

Voluntary involvement with the coaching community through his role on the board of directors of ICF Quebec and his involvement in ICF Synergy, the Alliance of French-speaking countries of ICF,

Doctoral studies aimed at contributing to research in coaching. To this end, in 2019 he participated in the launch of the Francophone Forum for Coaching Research (FFRC).

The three easy steps to choose your coach

Stephane Coulier presents three steps that facilitate the process of choosing a coach.

Meet several coaches.

Validate the chemistry with the selected transition coaches (value, approach of the coach, hooked atoms) and check his professionalism (code of ethics, training, certifications, experience).

Ask yourself the questions: "What would success in my coaching look like?" and "what do I expect of him?" ".

If the coach chooses his coach, it is essential that the coach also gives himself the freedom to refuse to coach. According to Stephane Coulier, it is even a duty to refuse if the conditions are not there: it is a question of ethics.

Finally, at the corporate level, coaching is increasingly integrated into human resource programs. In this context, companies must check the adequacy of the coach chosen with the culture of the company and its values. The coach, meanwhile, must ensure that he is in line with the company's values.

Types of Coaching Schools of Thought

Choosing the right coaching approach and a school of thought that suits us are essential elements when choosing your coach. Coaching is a young science that is at the crossroads of several scientific disciplines: psychology, sociology, linguistics, etc. Thus, the types of schools of thought are multiple and the approaches can be varied. Each coach, therefore, uses his own combination of theories and techniques in a more or less conscious way. This is what makes coaching a unique activity and a profession that offers each coach the freedom to build their method according to their personal and professional background, their training as a coach, their values, ​​and their convictions.

On the other hand, this diversity can create some confusion for the client, as the approaches can sometimes seem far apart. Therefore, an organization such as ICF has helped to coach to acquire its letters of nobility.

Coaching becomes more professional thanks to ICF

To give credibility to coaching as a profession and ensure its sustainability, the coaching process must be supervised and regulated. ICF can help, step by step, to professionalize the profession of a coach. By hiring ICF-certified career transition specialists, companies gain assurance that executive coaching services have the required training, the right experience, and adhere to a rigorous code of ethics.

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