Coaching Tools Blog Posts

A white female hand with nail polish and ring on its index finger is holding a polaroid to the left center of the photo. The photograph is of a landscape with fall foliage on the bottom, a lone tree to the top right, and blue sky at the top.

Photo-elicitation enhances the principles of co-active coaching: discovery, mindfulness, and empowerment (Kimsey-House, Kimsey-House, Sandahl, & Whitworth, 2018). Through the camera’s lens, clients become investigators of their own lives and examine hidden parts of themselves. Moreover, photo gazing awakens the five senses leading to deeper levels of awareness. 

A group of people have their laptops on a desk, with clutter of headphones, snacks, and notebooks.

You have found your breakthrough idea and engaged your network in helping you to develop it. You have created expert, thoughtful content and used your network to further define your thought leadership. Now, you need to get noticed! How will you get your message out? Once again, your network is critical to help you build your social proof. 

A woman wearing black glasses is sitting on a gray couch, looking down at her silver Apple laptop on her lap, and drinking from a mug of coffee from her left hand.

The name Dorie Clark has become ubiquitous in the coaching industry. Her content is showing up on Facebook feeds, e-mail campaigns, and interviews across LinkedIn. In this blog, our team explores content creation and how your network can help create thought provoking breakthrough ideas. We will follow up with a second blog looking at how to leverage networking that establishes social proof. 

Woman and man exasperated and grabbing their hair

Most of our coaching clients are all-too-familiar with the nagging voice of doubt and criticism inside their heads. This voice, often referred to as the Inner Critic, is one of the key roadblocks holding our clients back from achieving their coaching goals. But is that voice the authentic voice of our client, or is it just a part? What wisdom can we learn from listening to all of the thoughts, feelings, and emotions of our client?

Below, 11 Institute of Coaching Fellow Members share their best advice for ways you can help your clients explore and manage their inner critic.


Start-ups disrupting the coaching market with digital tools are also focused on the intention-action gap. This post takes a look at two platforms - Leader Amp and Saberr - that support individuals and teams in acting on their implementation intentions.  As in my previous (and future!) posts on technology, highlighting a vendor is not an endorsement. Instead, these examples of new technology are intended to spark conversations in our coaching community about.


Having met and gotten to know hundreds of coaches, I’ve come to believe that many of us suck at valuing ourselves. Personally, I find myself alternating, in equal measure, between the belief that I should be charging more and the belief that I’m charging too much already! And the idea of talking to other coaches about how much they charge for coaching just feels so taboo.

the democratization of coaching

Democracy may be in rough shape, but democratization of data, AI, and health care is having a moment – a big moment that is shaking up the coaching market. Already, launching a business to democratize coaching is no longer a distinctive pitch. 

How to Be a Coach

Many people have a dream or vision for their future, the expression of a deep yearning for self-actualization, oft described as realizing one’s full potential. Getting from here, point A, to the imagined future, point B, is easier said than done.

ontological coaching

In this blog, we share the historical context, origin, emergence, inspiration, and  scholar contributions  to these fundamental coaching concepts. Let’s meet the philosophers and scientists whose concepts gave birth to ontological coaching.