THE ICF – Why work with an ICF Coach trained in Ontological Coaching

July 28, 2013  |  Uncategorized
ICF  International Coach Federation

International Coach Federation


International Coach Federation

Life coaching is a future-focused practice with the aim of helping clients determine and achieve personal goals

Some of the ICF 11 Core Competencies

PCC Coaches display a strong competency of these through almost 1000 hours of coaching

Ethical Guidelines and Professional Standards

Establishing Trust and Intimacy with the Client

Ability to create a safe, supportive environment that produces ongoing mutual respect and trust. Including – Asking permission to coach client in sensitive, new areas.

Coaching Presence

Ability to be fully conscious and create spontaneous relationship with the client, employing a style that is open, flexible and confident even over the phone. Accesses own intuition and trusts one’s inner knowing – “goes with the gut”

Active Listening

Ability to focus completely on what the client is saying and is not saying, to understand the meaning of what is said in the context of the client’s desires, and to support client self-expression.

Attends to the client and the client’s agenda, and not to the coach’s agenda for the client,

Hears the client’s concerns, goals, values and beliefs about what is and is not possible,

Distinguishes between the words, the tone of voice, and the body language,

Summarizes, paraphrases, reiterates, mirrors back what client has said to ensure clarity and understanding,

Encourages, accepts, explores and reinforces the client’s expression of feelings, perceptions, concerns, beliefs, suggestions, etc.,

Integrates and builds on client’s ideas and suggestions,

“Bottom-lines” or understands the essence of the client’s communication and helps the client get there rather than engaging in long descriptive stories,

Allows the client to vent or “clear” the situation without judgment or attachment in order to move on to next steps.

Powerful Questioning

Ability to ask questions that reveal the information needed for maximum benefit to the coaching relationship and the client.

Asks questions that reflect active listening and an understanding of the client’s perspective,

Direct Communication – Ability to communicate effectively during coaching sessions, and to use language that has the greatest positive impact on the client.

Is clear, articulate and direct in sharing and providing feedback,

Reframes and articulates to help the client understand from another perspective what he/she wants or is uncertain about,

Clearly states coaching objectives, meeting agenda, purpose of techniques or exercises,

Uses language appropriate and respectful to the client (e.g., non-sexist, non-racist, non-technical, non-jargon),

Uses metaphor and analogy to help to illustrate a point or paint a verbal picture.


Creating Awareness – Ability to integrate and accurately evaluate multiple sources of information, and to make interpretations that help the client to gain awareness and thereby achieve agreed-upon results.

Goes beyond what is said in assessing client’s concerns, not getting hooked by the client’s description,

Invokes inquiry for greater understanding, awareness and clarity,

Identifies for the client his/her underlying concerns, typical and fixed ways of perceiving himself/herself and the world, differences between the facts and the interpretation, disparities between thoughts, feelings and action,

Helps clients to discover for themselves the new thoughts, beliefs, perceptions, emotions, moods, etc. that strengthen their ability to take action and achieve what is important to them,

Communicates broader perspectives to clients and inspires commitment to shift their viewpoints and find new possibilities for action,

Helps clients to see the different, interrelated factors that affect them and their behaviors (e.g., thoughts, emotions, body, background),

Expresses insights to clients in ways that are useful and meaningful for the client,

Identifies major strengths vs. major areas for learning and growth, and what is most important to address during coaching,

Asks the client to distinguish between trivial and significant issues, situational vs. recurring behaviors, when detecting a separation between what is being stated and what is being done.

Designing Actions – Ability to create with the client opportunities for ongoing learning, during coaching and in work/life situations, and for taking new actions that will most effectively lead to agreed-upon coaching results.

Brainstorms and assists the client to define actions that will enable the client to demonstrate, practice and deepen new learning,

Helps the client to focus on and systematically explore specific concerns and opportunities that are central to agreed-upon coaching goals,

Engages the client to explore alternative ideas and solutions, to evaluate options, and to make related decisions,

Promotes active experimentation and self-discovery, where the client applies what has been discussed and learned during sessions immediately afterwards in his/her work or life setting,

Celebrates client successes and capabilities for future growth,

Challenges client’s assumptions and perspectives to provoke new ideas and find new possibilities for action,

Advocates or brings forward points of view that are aligned with client goals and, without attachment, engages the client to consider them,

Helps the client “Do It Now” during the coaching session, providing immediate support,

Encourages stretches and challenges but also a comfortable pace of learning.

Planning and Goal Setting – Ability to develop and maintain an effective coaching plan with the client.

Consolidates collected information and establishes a coaching plan and development goals with the client that address concerns and major areas for learning and development,

Creates a plan with results that are attainable, measurable, specific and have target dates,

Makes plan adjustments as warranted by the coaching process and by changes in the situation,

Helps the client identify and access different resources for learning (e.g., books, other professionals),

Identifies and targets early successes that are important to the client.

Managing Progress and Accountability – Ability to hold attention on what is important for the client, and to leave responsibility with the client to take action.

Clearly requests of the client actions that will move the client toward their stated goals,

Demonstrates follow through by asking the client about those actions that the client committed to during the previous session(s),

Acknowledges the client for what they have done, not done, learned or become aware of since the previous coaching session(s),

Effectively prepares, organizes and reviews with client information obtained during sessions,

Keeps the client on track between sessions by holding attention on the coaching plan and outcomes, agreed-upon courses of action, and topics for future session(s),

Focuses on the coaching plan but is also open to adjusting behaviors and actions based on the coaching process and shifts in direction during sessions,

Is able to move back and forth between the big picture of where the client is heading, setting a context for what is being discussed and where the client wishes to go,

Promotes client’s self-discipline and holds the client accountable for what they say they are going to do, for the results of an intended action, or for a specific plan with related time frames,

Develops the client’s ability to make decisions, address key concerns, and develop himself/herself (to get feedback, to determine priorities and set the pace of learning, to reflect on and learn from experiences),

Positively confronts the client with the fact that he/she did not take agreed-upon actions.

Ontological Coaching:

Ontological Coaching is a method co-developed by Julio Olalla, the founder of Newfield Network. It taps deeply into inner awareness and potential and helps people to develop new ways of seeing life.

Newfield’s approach is truly “ontological” with deep and balanced learning in the domains of language, moods/emotions, and body. With the support of our global community, your learning begins in conferences, continues through credentialing, and lasts a lifetime.

All the facets of your life and relationships are examined. Once you can see an issue in a new way, as a “new observer,” you find new methods of dealing with that issue. This is a “whole-body” coaching method.

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