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Leading global, non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the coaching profession.

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Founded in 1995, the ICF is the leading global organization dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by setting high standards, providing independent certification, and building a worldwide network of credentialed coaches. Based in Lexington, Ky. (USA), the ICF also operates Regional Service Centres in Asia-Pacific, Europe, and Latin America.

With more than 21,000 professional personal and business coaches representing more than 100 countries, the ICF is the voice of the global coaching profession.

The ICF defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.

Our core purpose is to advance the art, science and practice of professional coaching. The ICF exists to build, support and preserve the integrity of the coaching profession through programs and standards supported by our members.

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  • 2018 Building a Coaching Culture for Change Management

    Seventy-seven percent of human resources practitioners and leaders report that their organization is in a state of constant change, with priorities and strategies continuously shifting.

    ICF’s latest research, conducted in partnership with the Human Capital Institute (HCI), explores how coaching strategies can be used to build change management capabilities.


    More Information » coachfederation.org/research/building-a-coaching-c...

  • 2017 Building a Coaching Culture with Millennial Leaders

    Building a Coaching Culture with Millennial Leaders explores how organizations of all sizes are developing new leaders and supporting first-time people managers—many of whom are millennials—by building strong coaching cultures.


    More Information » coachfederation.org/research/building-a-coaching-c...

  • 2016 ICF Global Coaching Study

    The coaching profession grows and evolves daily, creating new opportunities for professional coaches and new challenges to overcome. The 2016 Global Coaching Study, based on a 2015 survey commissioned by ICF and conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, uses information and insights from more than 15,000 professional coach practitioners and managers and leaders who use coaching skills to provide an up-to-date picture of coaching today.

    The 2016 ICF Global Coaching Study was designed to engage with as many coach practitioenrs as possible to provide an up-to-date picture of the coaching profession and empower coaches to embrace the opportunities and meet the challenges ahead. The study was also designed to recognize the growth of coaching cultures within businesses and organizations. For this reason, it was widened to include managers and leaders who use coaching skills within their organizations.

    Study results are based on the outcomes of an online questionnaire launched...
    More Information » coachfederation.org/2016study

  • 2016 Building a Coaching Culture with Managers and Leaders

    In 2016, ICF and HCI once again partnered to investigate the prevalence and outcomes of strong organizational coaching cultures.

    The resulting piece of signature research explores the role that managers and leaders using coaching skills play in building strong organizational coaching cultures.


    More Information » coachfederation.org/about/landing.cfm?ItemNumber=3...

  • 2015 Building a Coaching Culture for Increased Employee Engagement

    Building a Coaching Culture for Increased EmployeeBuilding a Coaching Culture for Increased Employee Engagement explores the relationship between strong organizational coaching cultures and increased employee engagement.

    The 20 question survey, geared toward human resources, talent management, and learning and development professionals, was administered to 340 respondents from organizations of various sizes across diverse industrial sectors.


    More Information » coachfederation.org/about/landing.cfm?ItemNumber=3...

  • 2014 Building a Coaching Culture Final Report

    A growing number of organizations recognize the value in building a coaching culture that offers employees at all levels the opportunity to grow their skills, enhance their value and reach their professional goals. Still, questions remain: What does a successful coaching culture look like? What's more, how can organizations design a coaching culture that is impactful, sustainable and aligned with strategic goals? Building a Coaching Culture explores these questions by investigating the components of a successful coaching culture and the state of organizational coaching today.

    Building a Coaching CultureBuilding a Coaching Culture is a signature piece of research conducted in partnership between ICF and the Human Capital Institute (HCI) in order to examine the ways in which companies and leaders establish and support a coaching culture and to further identify the motivation, application and outcomes of coaching practices today.

    The survey, geared to...
    More Information » coachfederation.org/about/landing.cfm?ItemNumber=3...

  • 2014 ICF Global Consumer Awareness Study

    How aware of professional coaching is the general public? What do people think of coaching? What drives consumers to seek out a coach? The 2014 ICF Global Consumer Awareness Study tapped into the minds of individuals from around the world for answers to those questions.

    The 2014 ICF Global Consumer Awareness Study helps you better understand the minds and motivations of consumers. A follow-up to the 2010 ICF Global Consumer Awareness Study, the objectives of this study are to ascertain the awareness of the coaching profession and to gain insight both from those who are aware of the coaching profession and/or the ICF and those who are not. The survey also provides insight into clients’ reasons for engaging in a coaching partnership, the perceived value of certification and credentials for coaches, and overall client satisfaction with and feelings about the coaching experience. Available in 16 languages, the survey was administered to 18,810 individuals representing 25 co...
    More Information » coachfederation.org/about/landing.cfm?ItemNumber=3...

  • 2013 ICF Organizational Coaching Study

    ICF contracted the services of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP International Survey Unit (ISU) to undertake a Global Organizational Coaching Study designed to gather reliable, in-depth information from people within organizations who make decisions about coaching. The objectives of this important study were:

    • To find out how coaching fits into organizational structures;
    • To find out why the firm initiated coaching and discover if there are now specific criteria that trigger the use of coaching;
    • To find out how coaching is defined within the organization and how the roles are defined;
    • To find out the perceived pros and cons of different types of coaches;
    • To ascertain the level of training, qualification and/or accreditation that organizations require of their internal coaches;
    • To discuss the criteria that organizations use to identify the most suitable coaches;
    • To ascertain how coaching decision-makers go about finding the m...
      More Information » coachfederation.org/about/landing.cfm?ItemNumber=8...

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  • The Benefits of Asking Questions October 23, 2018 4:00am

    We’ve all heard the saying, “There are no stupid questions.” It’s an old adage from our school days, right? However, our teachers may have been on to something. A new study from Iowa State University shows that asking questions—whether it’s a student or a professor—can help everyone learn. If you take Jason Chan’s class, be ...read more. The post The Benefits of Asking Questions appeared first on International Coach Federation.
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  • Another Amazing Year in Coaching October 22, 2018 4:00am

    Definition International Coaching Week (ICW) is an event that powerfully highlights the coaching profession within countries across the globe. Since 1999, International Coaching Week has been educating the public about the value of working with a professional coach and acknowledges the results and progress made through the coaching process. This is an annual celebration that ...read more. The post Another Amazing Year in Coaching appeared first on International Coach Federation.
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  • Adopting a Growth Mindset can Help Others Grow October 18, 2018 4:00am

    A change in mindset might not only affect you, but also the people around you. A recent research study found that when teachers changed their mindset from believing that only some students could learn math well to believing that all students could, student achievement increased. “When teachers adopt a ‘growth mindset’ about maths, the gains ...read more. The post Adopting a Growth Mindset can Help Others Grow appeared first on International Coach Federation.
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  • How to Lead a Workshop with a Memorable Slide Deck October 17, 2018 4:00am

    A slide deck can be a hugely powerful tool in creating your next group workshop. When designing a workshop, many coaches try to make it interactive and conversational to better captivate their audience. Most slide decks seem formal and one-sided and can block conversation. However, a well-designed, sparse slide deck can be the key to ...read more. The post How to Lead a Workshop with a Memorable Slide Deck appeared first on International Coach Federation.
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  • ICF as the Vehicle for Change October 16, 2018 4:00am

    I find our (ICF’s) mission very powerful to work with. Imagine where an organization exists purely for the global advancement of the coaching profession. We are that organization! We exist because we want to create a thriving community and every member of ICF is an ambassador to accomplish that mission. According to the 2016 ICF ...read more. The post ICF as the Vehicle for Change appeared first on International Coach Federation.
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  • The Flows of Coaching October 15, 2018 4:00am

    For a lot of coaches, the best feeling is when their client has their aha moment, breakthrough or an epiphany that turns the tide in their life. It is easy to become addicted to it, and when that epiphany isn’t there, a coach’s self-doubt may creep in. Being aware of the flows of coaching is ...read more. The post The Flows of Coaching appeared first on International Coach Federation.
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