“When I was faced with a challenge to identify 6 coaches for clients in Arizona, I reached out to the ICF Phoenix Chapter. Within a week I had a slate of qualified candidates whom many we were able to hire in short order. The next time I have coaching needs I will not hesitate to reach out to ICF Phoenix.”
Looking to hire a coach? Here are some testimonials that will give you insight on how ICF Phoenix Chapter coaches are transforming the personal and professional lives of their clients. If you haven’t already done so, we encourage you to take time to read, “What is Coaching?” and “Why Hire an ICF Credentialed Coach?” ICF certified coaches with the designation of ACC, PCC or MCC have earned their accreditations using global criteria for competency, skills, ethics, and standards based on rigorous training, testing, and mentorship.
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Last year, I was given the opportunity to work with an Executive Coach for 6 months at the same time I took a new position within my company leading a large, geographically dispersed sales team. After executing a 360 feedback survey to understand from direct reports, peers, and leadership my key strengths and development opportunities, I aligned with my manager and coach on 3 developmental areas where my coach and I would focus our time. At the same time, I was also dealing with unconscious gender bias issues within my leadership team, so we spent time working through these issues as well.
Over the course of our 6 months together, my coach and I developed a relationship built on mutual respect. He always helped me think through how to resolve an issue, capitalize on an opportunity, or recognize when to take the high road – coaching me the entire time to make my own decision, but guiding me through the process. My coach also gave me tools to help me along the way, including books to read, the Resilience Advantage (breathing techniques designed to help me stay calm and communicate without emotion in stressful situations), and conversational intelligence (because words definitely matter).
At the end of the day, I feel I improved my communication skills, my self-assurance, my productivity, the alignment & trust across my team, peers, and leadership, and my ability to connect and build stronger relationships with people on a deeper level (by being vulnerable and listening to connect).
I will forever be thankful for the wonderful coaching experience I had.
I experienced coaching after spending 3 years of working on a project where I let the stress of expectations influence who I was and how I was leading my team. I lost who I was as a person and my effectiveness as a leader. The coaching experience enabled me to understand myself and that "I am enough”, what my team needs from me to succeed and how to improve my conversational intelligence to elevate my performance and positive influence on the business.
"Coaching has been very beneficial for me as I have transitioned into a new and much larger role within my company. I have found role playing tough situations with my coach to be very helpful. Coaching has also changed my perspective on how to connect with my team and other executives on new levels that has enhanced my relationships. I really like that coaching gives me an objective third party view on leadership and how I can improve myself."
“As a Physician Executive, I have personally experienced the power of Transformational Coaching. It made me realize the interplay of my strengths and weaknesses in my daily life. I am more focused, energized and satisfied with my work. Coaching has had a tremendous impact on my leadership and execution style. I am happier at work and home.”