The IAC Mastery Coach in Practice
- Published on May 5, 2020
(this is part 2 of a series that explains the principles, and framework of the International Association of Coaching’s 9 Masteries. Do note that this isn’t an official post from the IAC, and is the author’s take on this topic)
I covered the IAC’s first three masteries the week before last. In this article, I will touch upon Masteries 4 to 6. As a reminder, these Masteries guide the IAC professional coach in their practice. By practicing these nine Masteries, the IAC professional coach is able to work with the coachee/client and help them move towards the successful attainment of the coachee’s goal, or goals.
Mastery # 4 – Processing in the Present
The essence of this mastery is engaging the whole person of the coachee. And staying in the present. It builds upon Mastery # 3, Engaged Listening. Engaged Listening brings the coach right into the coachee’s world. Processing in the present is the IAC coach engaging moment by moment with the coachee’s thoughts, feelings, and actions. The coachee never for a second feels like the coach is disengaged. This helps the coachee raise their own self-awareness, and focus in the present with what they (the coachee) brings to the session. Present-ness helps the coachee catch insights, and utilize their own present ideas, and options to move towards the goals.
Whatever is currently happening during the coaching session becomes an opportunity to learn together with the coachee. Even silence is used as space for the coachee to breathe and reflect on what’s happening with that space provided to explore further if the coachee feels the need. Processing in the present enables “magic” to happen in the coaching space. Very often, this presence causes insights to emerge. And this happens because the past and the future are not happening for the moment. Only the present. That present moment itself becomes a tool that the IAC coach uses to help the coachee get more input into their move towards their goals.
Mastery # 5 – Expressing
In this mastery, the coach communicates commitment, intention, direction, and ideas, effectively. When this happens, the coachee is put at ease and their trust in the coach increases. The coachee when communicated to effectively understands more, and is freely able to seek clarification or to ask the coach questions.
This mastery of effective communication includes both verbal and non-verbal means. The coach is very mindful of their speech and behavior. They speak clearly and concisely for the benefit of the coachee. And they invite input, and self-disclosure from the coachee as well. The coachee is thereby encouraged to open up more and take positive action.
Mastery # 6 – Clarifying
The IAC professional coach is careful to ensure there is no confusion or uncertainty on the part of the coachee about the proceedings of the coaching session. Nothing is taken for granted. Nothing is assumed. The coach in this mastery works hard to ensure there is always a sense of clarity about goals, and expectations. When the coach clarifies well, the coachee understands better with a corresponding rise in confidence to acquire their coaching outcomes.
When the coach is clarifying masterfully, the coachee moves forward in a more directed way. They see increase possibilities. Uncertainty lessens, and they are more committed to uncovering the unknown, rather than shrinking from it.
Clarifying on the part of the coach helps identify the important areas requiring work by the coachee whilst still respecting their preferences and limitations. Clarifying by the coach ensures that ultimately, it is the coachee’s goals that matter, and there is no judgment from the coach. When clarifying is happening in the coaching process, the coachee is able to identify key values and needs, and utilize these in working towards their outcomes.
In the final article, I will cover Masteries # 7 to 9. These Masteries help the IAC professional coach be mindful of how they are working with their coachees to attain their outcomes.
Franklin Morais is an IAC Mastery Practitioner from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and a Certified Professional Coach. His background is in Counseling Psychology, and Pastoral Ministry. He has also taught Organizational Behavior, Change Management and Leadership whilst also serving in positions of leadership in his career. You can contact him for coaching, including Online Coaching, at this email.Report this
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