Power at the Intersection of Coaching and Change
The Association of Change Management Professionals (ACMP) and the International Coaching Federation (ICF) Joint Task Force has been proactively exploring the numerous synergies between change management and coaching since its launch in 2020.
The goals of this collaboration are to:
A group of dedicated volunteers has been diving into these goals over the last three years. The ACMP and ICF believe this collaboration can lead to defining how the two professions can leverage the power of both coaching and change management to build organizational capacity, capability and resilience.
The task force scope addresses three key areas:
The Task Force is sharing this body of work with the community through The Power of Both – ACMP & ICF Insights Series – a series of joint events and outputs that provide a forum to collaborate and build upon the robust dialogue underway. The Series is open to all and brings you together with change management and coaching professionals to delve into how to leverage both disciplines.
Check out each of these Task Force focus areas:
The ACMP/ICF Joint Task Force launched in 2020 following partnering conversations between the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and the Association of Change Management Professionals (ACMP) spurred by the successful release of the Human Capital Institute (HCI) study, “Building a Coaching Culture for Change Management”. This task force is made up of dedicated and passionate volunteers that continue to explore how the two disciplines both complement each other but are also fundamentally different.
The initial phase looked at the value and role of coaching in organizational change. Many of you may have participated in ACMP’s 2021 Global Connect Lab Experience (June 2021) and ICF’s 2021 CONVERGE Lab Experience (October 2021). During these events, participants worked in teams to provide input specifically around the seven inflection points in the Standard for Change Management. The Task Force identified these as opportunities to leverage professional coaching in change initiatives. This input highlighted that the engagement of coaches can help reduce change risk by uncovering and addressing resistance and accelerating achieving target results. With that collaborative baseline in place, stakeholder engagement and input has informed the Task Force work along the way – with members from both organizations sharing insights and views on the interplay of the two professions.
The robust dialogue and input received during the highly successful ACMP/ICF Joint Task Force 2021 webinar series has helped provide a strong foundation for future discussion. That series saw unprecedented participation across the global community, and the Task Force is developing new opportunities to continue that broad-based engagement.
For example, the Task Force is developing a thought leadership series on behalf of ICF and ACMP. The first component in this thought leadership series addresses:
The initial output of this work was shared in a webinar on March 21, 2023.
Building the Value Proposition
The task force continues its thought leadership work by taking stakeholder input and developing a full Insights series that builds on the view of:
Both the ACMP and the ICF look forward to sharing this body of work with the community and are planning additional joint events to continue providing a forum to collaborate and build upon the robust dialogue underway. The Task Force is also creating joint ICF/ACMP events at the local community level and building toolkits for the use of local ICF and ACMP Chapters to support the growing grassroots collaboration.
Task Force History
The Power of Both: Common Themes