Career Pivot – Corporate Leadership to Professional Coaching: In 2012, when I decided to pivot from corporate to entrepreneurship, I thought of becoming a consultant and a functional trainer. The idea was to leverage my two decades of work experience, with all its ups and downs. Divine Grace, I discovered coaching at INSEAD. I knew this was my calling.
Now into my 10th year as an entrepreneur, and having survived :), I am more sure now this is my life purpose. Most of us end up in careers that seemingly happen to us. Or accidental, as many would label it. But when you want to pivot, it is surely a matter of choice.
My initial inquiries helped me arrive at the journey of that leg. I was clear on 2 things to ‘Become a Coach’:
- I will not become a self-styled coach, if at all if there is something like that. Rather go through the difficult route of becoming a ‘professional coach’.
- Go directly to a PCC, professional certified coach, not ACC or MCC. I wanted to be a professional coach, an executive/leadership coach, with all the necessary ingredients thereof. (As a mentor for coaches, I am more sure of the power of the ingredients – training hours, mentoring hours, coaching practice hours, assignments, recordings with transcript, and CKA. No shortcuts here, just embrace the rigor of the program…
When we make choices with awareness, we don’t go wrong. I still feel that was the best way to start my 2nd innings. To become a coach is a blessing, as we touch lives. For that, it helps to go through the rigor of the journey.
Why PCC level training, certification, and ICF credential?
- One of the first lessons I learned at ICF Assessor training for PCC (ACTP) was PCC did not stand for the perfect certified coach. Perfection is a journey, not a destination. It has to be a journey…
- ICF framework is based on eight coaching competencies. Personally, it is the science, and process at the ACC level. At the PCC level, we transition to the realm of art, based on the same 8 coaching competencies. The same set of competencies, but deeper.
- Art also means going beyond the stated objectives (goal behind the goal), partnering at deeper levels, dancing in the moment (listening at all levels), challenging, and tapping into intuition. A new awareness and actions based on that, are the outcomes for the client.
Being intuitive is going to be the differentiator for the professional coach, just as for transformational leaders.
- The business of coaching gets deeper at this stage. The program with @Regal Unlimited gets sufficient focus in this area too.
- ICF rightly calls this ‘professional’, as the practice gets really professional. While coaching is customer-centric, professional ICF coaching goes into partnering. Not coach-centric, or client-centric.
- We are into the eighth year of coach training, for aspiring coaches, corporate executives, business owners, and professionals.
- Our focus is on practice, practice, and practice. We don’t ignore coaching at the cost of business/entrepreneurial skills to deep personal work.
- Our community of professional coaches, there is nothing comparable to it. This life support system is based on coaching. The community of professional coaches, internal and external. After all,
“The journey, destination, and the community are all important”,
as the little dragon responded to Panda.
- Being an ICF PCC helps you to coach at a deeper level. It helps you to tap into the emotions, (limiting) beliefs, biases, and other limiting factors. A professional coach is also trained to be unbiased and non-judgemental. Most importantly,
it is a deep journey within for the coach.
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