ICA Graduate Power Tools

Every coach at ICA develops their own unique Power Tool. They begin with their coaching model and niche - so who they are going to coach and the process or model they are going to use to coach them. This is an important process because it is through this that our coaches really develop themselves as unique coaches with a point of difference in the market.

This tool will be something they have used or discovered with their clients. It is designed around the 'Reframing Perspectives' concept and is intended to help move their clients from a disempowered perspective to an empowered perspective.

  • Inner Wisdom vs. External Noise

    A Coaching Power Tool By Tiffany Purn
    Career Coach, UNITED STATES

    We can help someone discern whether a critical thought is coming from a healthy desire to do something better, or whether it’s coming from an old family story, an old story they have of themselves, and what is important. As a coach, one of our opportunities is to help someone either connect with their Inner Wisdom vs. External Noise, and/or stay in touch as they respond to changes, create new goals, and/or experience transitions.

  • Black and White vs. Black or White

    A Coaching Power Tool By Rana Al Jamal
    Growth Mindset Coach, PALESTINE

    We all have a tendency sometimes to forget all the good things that we have and focus on the bad. This kind of thinking may bring us a lot of stress and hurt our emotions It can lead to feeling helpless and making excuses for one’s own responsibilities. Life is grey and full of shadows. Without the degree, there is no color, and even Black & White vs. Black or White have different shades. We are part of nature. It has four seasons. Every day is different. It may be windy, rainy, sunny, cold, and hot. Sometimes we face all these changes in one day.

  • Thrive vs. Survive

    A Coaching Power Tool By Sarah Poitras
    Chronic Illness Coach, NETHERLANDS

    This power tool to thrive vs. survive will become an indispensable part of my work to guide people with chronic diseases. These are simple and effective starting points that can help people transform from a survival perspective to a thriving perspective. Exploring the concept of thrive vs. survive and reflecting on how I have applied it in my journey with living with chronic illness so far, I am excited by the new opportunities for its application both for myself and my potential clients.

  • Scarcity vs. Abundance

    A Coaching Power Tool By Kait Gallagher
    Creativity Coach, UNITES STATES

    We live in a world that constantly demands more of us – do more, be more, make more. Examples of unrealistic expectations abound. What this model of modern life leaves us with is a perpetual sense of not-enoughness, comparison, and fear. The energy of such an existence is draining and leaves the beautiful souls on this planet burnt out, exhausted, depressed, resentful, jealous, envious, and so much more. We are inherently enough and I will use this Scarcity vs. Abundance power tool on my journey to re-frame how we look at the creative lives we lead and how to more fully support them in all of their glory.

  • Praise vs. Acknowledgement

    A Coaching Power Tool By David Elser
    Executive Coach, UNITES STATES

    This power tool describes the differences between Praise vs. Acknowledgement when coaching. The latter is more beneficial for the coach to use during a coaching session as it fosters a positive and productive coaching experience for the client. It is also a better feedback approach to help the client move forward in their desired direction to realize their measure of success.

  • Perfectionism vs. Realism

    A Coaching Power Tool By Amy Morton
    Expat Coach, UNITED KINGDOM

    This power tool Perfectionism vs. Realism demonstrates that perfectionism is an imaginary ideal that needs to be removed from a client’s thinking process and replaced by a realistic mindset. The coaching application is necessary for this change in perspective; continuing to identify what the client has learned may assist the individual in becoming more aware of their progress. This ongoing process of reflection is essential for the client to be reminded of how far they have come rather than being continually focused on the future.

  • Live vs. Lost

    A Coaching Power Tool By Soraya Ho Sing Loy
    Life Coach, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

    In this article, Live vs. Lost, Have you experienced that feeling of being lost? Some people may argue that we are not born with a compass, and it is natural to feel confused or even confused about our situation. Getting lost can cause panic and worry. It may even lead a person to believe that they are living a meaningless life. One of the most destructive results of getting lost is the inability to identify yourself, leading to a lack of self-confidence and self-worth. As a coach, Shifting their perspective from one of being lost to acknowledging the clients’ strengths empowers the client. This response also helps in boosting client confidence. I encourage my clients to have a Gratitude Journal and keep track of their daily gratitudes and wins each day.

  • Superficial vs. Granular

    A Coaching Power Tool By Goran Gakidev
    Leadership Coach, MACEDONIA

    I believe that 95% of the performers did not put a lot of energy into the smallest details like the heroes and masters, nor did they fine-tune the smallest finishes. For most people, the truth is that it’s all about the path of least resistance. Getting what they need to get done fast and just sneaking by. This is where their superficial approach to general things and business applications comes into the picture. Whereas, the minority of exceptional creative achievers operate under a completely different philosophy. They apply the mentality of Granularity instead of the Superficiality, bringing it on instead of mailing it. Using the Superficial vs. Granular of this tool, we hope to achieve higher performance by paying attention to details and creating a more efficient environment.

  • Fit vs. Misfit

    A Coaching Power Tool By Ioana Domnica Grigore,
    Business Coach, ROMANIA

    In today’s complex and challenging environment, it is easier than ever to feel disoriented, anxious, and lose sight of what fits you and what it is not. This stage is called the mismatch crisis. This issue is expressed by the anxiety you feel when your reality or something in your reality doesn’t fit you anymore. This can happen not only in a professional or entrepreneurial environment but also in a personal environment. When you realize that your life no longer meets your dreams and needs, you must be willing to change and adjust your sails. Therefore, the fear of change is the greatest fear that needs to be resolved through coaching. This power tool Fit vs. Misfit approaches the fit-misfit context from two (client’s) perspectives.

  • Obstacle vs. Opportunity

    A Coaching Power Tool By Shawn Harvey
    Life Coach, CANADA

    In the past year, I have seen major changes in the lives of many people in this pandemic. People and companies who can find opportunities in obstacles create growth for themselves and their communities. This idea of turning obstacles into opportunities was an important part of my personal growth last year. The locked-in barriers created an opportunity for me to get certified as a coach without having to bear the extra pressure of supporting my family. It is the reframing of Obstacle vs. Opportunity that enables people to feel more in control of their lives and cope with the issues at hand.

  • Responsive vs. Reactive

    A Coaching Power Tool By Juliet Dyer
    Life Coach, AUSTRALIA

    There is a significant difference between responsive vs. reactive. Some may say that it’s just semantics but imagine a world where you can choose how you show up at any given moment. A world where you are in control of your behavior; of what you say and how you react to the world around you. Self-awareness is the key to changing from reactive to responsive because it can be challenging for someone to recognize the difference between reactive and responsive behavior. Recognizing when emotions drive our behavior requires a certain level of emotional intelligence, which in turn will enable us to manage our emotions through rational thinking.

  • Observation vs. Evaluation

    A Coaching Power Tool By Wendy Sadd
    Life Coach, NEW ZEALAND

    Clients often make evaluations about their behavior, which can lead to self-judgments and assumptions that are not useful. Phrases, like “I am stupid”, or “I am a procrastinator”, “I should have done this or that” are disempowering. Using the difference between Observation vs. Evaluation helps to show customers that their behavior is a problem, and their behavior does not define them because it can be changed.