Powerful Achievement Tool!

by The International Regulator of Coaching and Mentoring CIC (IRCM CIC)

Coaching is a very powerful way to support personal growth.

One of the responsibilities of the coach is to help their clients, in this case, the individual members of the team to understand how they can work together to focus and achieve a single goal.

The ethical foundation of the coaching and mentoring industry is that the coach understand that in their position of working with a team of people they are in a very privileged position. A position from which they can enrich the professional and personal life of each member of the team or, where care in using these skills is not exercised, can cause harm.

John Katzenbach and Douglas Smith describe a real team as “a small group of people with complementary skills who are committed to a common purpose, performance goals, and approach for which they are mutually accountable” (1993, The Wisdom of Teams: Creating the High-performance Organisation, Harvard Business School, Boston).

The International Regulator of Coaching and Mentoring CIC (IRCM CIC) would add that they are accountable to themselves, the team, and the organisation.

There are many articles written, both in this magazine and found on the internet about how to work with a team.  The IRCM CIC is aware, through the work of the Ombudsman Service, of the challenges that face each coach working with a team of people.

There are many ways in which a team is created, from a team that has been working together for a long time, a team that is brought together for a very specific reason, or a team that is a combination of people who have been working together for a long period of time with additional people brought in for a very specific reason.

The team could be in a single location or spread across the globe. Wherever the team, the coach has a responsibility to themselves, the organisation and to each member of the team.

The team is made up of individual people who may have different levels of managerial responsibilities within the organisation and/or within the team. Each person will have their own abilities, knowledge, and skills.

The coach may be someone employed by the company or maybe someone brought in to the company to achieve a specific goal with a specific team; and has many responsibilities, the initial is to understand and meld the team together in a way that allows each member of the team to have the confidence to participate fully.

Coaches who are qualified through their training, accredited with an IRCM CIC registered/accredited Professional Body to validate their competence, and registered with the IRCM CIC to demonstrate their commitment to the industry; will be working within the industries Codes of Conduct.

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Source: iCN Issue 37  (The Dynamics of Team Coaching); pages 23-25


The International Regulator of Coaching and Mentoring CIC (IRCM CIC) is the only approved, independent coaching and mentoring regulator, which focused on helping all consumers of the coaching industry make better-informed decisions. In providing support to the Consumers, the IRCM CIC encourages all genuine coaches, mentors, and organisations to REGISTER, work within the internationally recognised Codes of Conduct, and participate in the discussions and decisions about the future of the coaching and mentoring industry.