Making timely, cost-effective professional development decisions


Knowing where to focus your professional coaching development and how to expand your coaching toolkit is often a daunting and challenging task. There are a multitude of learning options offered both live and online, free of charge, and costly, so in today’s times of exponential change, making a timely, cost-effective informed professional development decision, is crucial for even the most qualified, experienced and accomplished coaches.

Diversifying your Coaching Practice

With this in mind, ICF Australasia, with the intent of advancing the Coaching Excellence Strategic Pillar, recently held a first time ever “Tasters of Coaching Modalities” webinar featuring a panel presentation of accomplished different global experts. The aim was to provide members with a set of options for diversifying, expanding and improving their knowledge of the range of unique and differing coaching modalities to:

  • Support coaches to make informed professional development and learning program decisions.
  • Inform coaches as to some of the new and distinctive learning opportunities available to them.

To better enable them to adapt and expand their practices and toolkits, in our emerging uncertain, volatile, ambiguous and complex world.

The Coaching Panelists

We engaged a panel of diverse, subject matter coaching experts, and were privileged to include Dr Suzanne Heywood, Karen Tweedie, MCC, Janet Sernack, PCC, Tracy Tresidder, MCC, Margaret Loftus and Dr Andrew Rixon.

Each panelist shared a short presentation as to why their approach to coaching is important and what key elements are involved. They also shared with the audience what is distinctive about their approach and how it adds value to the coaching profession, and finally, they participated in a collaborative live coaching demonstration.

This highly interactive and engaging webinar exposed coaches to an initial five transformational modalities;

  • mBraining, as a new, evidence-based field of applied neuroscience, which uses an academically sound, research base to teach people to coach to head, heart and gut brains that enables clients to internally align themselves systemically by changing their physiology, rewiring their neurology and facilitating their own inner wisdom to emerge.
  • Systemic Leadership Coaching, as a set of organising principles that support healthy organisational functioning, by providing leaders with lens to see the multiple forces at play in the system in which they are working, and equipping them to deliberately engage with different parts of the system and to work effectively with key stakeholders to achieve the organisation’s purpose.
  • Innovation Coaching, involves preparing, empathizing and enabling coaches and their clients to be more creative, inventive and innovative in the face of inevitable constant and accelerating change within a VUCA world and involves cultivating people’s innovation mindsets, behaviours and skills to be, think, talk and act differently.
  • Coaching with the Enneagram, as a psychological and spiritual system that goes beyond the personality and explores nine human structures of the ego in a deep and powerful way, providing a journey of discovery for self-awareness and self-acceptance involving our basic driving force, our preferred set of strategies, and our unique set of strengths and talents.
  • Solutions-focused Story Coaching, provides coaches with a fast and direct approach that draws on brief coaching and solutions-focused therapy, and provides coaches with a way of listening to client’s problem constructions whilst helping to work quickly towards solutions-building, to provide fast direct empowering client solutions.

The panel was a huge success, and provided us with valuable feedback from our members, as to how we might we might offer another coaching panel in 2020, with another range of diverse, coaching modality options for diversifying your practice.

Being future focused

No matter where your current ICF credential sits, or where your professional interests lie, the most important thing, to align and work with the way’s organisations and the nature of work are changing, is to be future, learning and value focused. With the coaching profession becoming more competitive and commoditised, and with new low-cost and inhouse options emerging, we all have the opportunity to be open to both un-learning what we habitually know and do, to make the space for new learning and deep change.

This gives you the opportunity to adapt, expand your toolkits and lead by example, to excel in a disruptive, increasingly digitised world, that the majority of your clients are just becoming cognisant of.

Janet Sernack PCC FILM provides innovation consulting services including training, coaching and change management programs to help people, teams and organisations adapt, collaborate, innovate and grow through disruption. Janet is also a member of the ICF Australasia Virtual Professional Development team.