Tips for Incorporating Coaching for Social Change into Your Work
At the very heart of coaching is individuals who believe there is a better way in the journey of life. These inspiring individuals, at their core, want to make a positive difference in the world around them. These individuals are coaches like yourself. You may recognize the desire in yourself to help others, but perhaps aren’t sure of how to begin. This article is meant to provide a starting place.
The ICF Foundation lives in the question of, “What is coaching’s greatest possibility for humanity and the planet?” As we connect with coaches, we often begin with following reflective questions:
- As a coach, when have you experienced the power of coaching to impact humanity?
- If coaching could be applied anywhere, where could you aim to make the greatest difference?
- What has worked for you to be effective with coaching in social progress?
As you reflect on your responses, you will begin to find where your passion lies. This will provide a direction for what types of organizations you may want to consider supporting. There are many nonprofits, NGOs, corporate social responsibility departments and businesses that focus in your similar area of passion.
Below are a few additional options to get connected and to start coaching for social change.
Connect with Your Local ICF Chapter to Participate in its Ignite Initiative
Are you involved with your local chapter’s pro bono initiatives? More than 46 ICF Chapters have been involved with over 76 ICF Foundation Ignite initiatives. Ignite uses the collective power of ICF Chapters to accelerate the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goal #4: Education—ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning.
If your chapter is not signed up for Ignite, consider asking your chapter leadership to support this initiative. You could even offer to be the Ignite Project Manager.
Connect with the ICF Foundation to Support Global Initiatives
As the ICF Foundation continues to grow its global partners, we reach out to ICF Members for pro bono coaching opportunities. Often our partners have criteria, such as geography, that help us find the best coach and fit. If you would like to be connected to the ICF Foundation and learn more about the work we do, sign up now.
Find a Way to Participate in ICF’s International Coaching Week
Do you participate in International Coaching Week (ICW)? We often observe that many pro bono initiatives begin in this week and then grow into more established initiatives within chapters and training schools.
ICW is a week-long celebration that educates the public about the value of working with a professional coach and acknowledges the results and progress made through the coaching process. This year’s ICW takes place May 4-10, 2020.
What can you do in your local community to celebrate?
Determine a Local Partner You can Assist
Over the years, the ICF Foundation has heard many stories of the work individual coaches are doing in their communities. One coach in London, England, is working with a local school to establish a coaching culture. Another was so passionate about helping her children’s school, she worked to build coaching capabilities with teachers, parents and students, and a coach in Sweden shares her coaching talents with a local nonprofit entrepreneur group. ICF Foundation conducts an annual survey, and recently learned that, over 70% of coaches said they had provided pro bono services over the last 12 months. Visit the ICF Foundation blog to learn more about the work your peers are doing!
Where is your passion? Who can you help locally to support it?
Consider How You can Bring Awareness of Social Progress to Your Clients
As coaching and coaches continue to evolve, the ICF Foundation is increasingly hearing coaches ask, “How can our role as coach help our clients achieve a systemic intervention within their organizations?” In a recent blog article, Tracy Sinclair, PCC, mentioned that coaches have a unique lens by which to perceive their client’s organizations. She asks, as do we, how might that view be a resource? What is our role in corporate social responsibility?
These questions, among others, are at the forefront of the minds of ICF Foundation Board of Trustees and ICF Global Board Directors. How can you bring awareness of social progress to your clients?
These ideas are just the start! As you begin to discover your passion and coach in this area, you can begin to help accelerate and amplify social change through coaching.