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.

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  • Vulnerability vs. Protection

    A Coaching Power Tool By Annabella Da Encarnacao
    Leadership Coach, GERMANY

    The difference between vulnerability vs. protection is that vulnerability associates the possibility of being attacked or harmed with flaws and weaknesses, whereas protection involves making ourselves inaccessible by erecting a mental barrier that prevents anyone from seeing who we truly are, our core. The pressure to look good as an inexperienced leader is enormous. Downwards management, upwards management, peer pressure, and, of course, very little or no education on what leadership is. The risk is that in trying to insulate ourselves from vulnerability, we numb ourselves completely. We embrace vulnerability in difficult situations when we choose to stay uncomfortable, lean into unpleasant dialogues, and be bold. Humanity is defined by our vulnerability. Our greatest strength as humans and leaders is to embrace our vulnerabilities.

  • Expectation vs. Acceptance

    A Coaching Power Tool By Jennifer Walker
    Life Coach, UNITED STATES

    Clients can change from a place of disappointment, self-doubt, and self-criticism to one of satisfaction, compassion, and self-acceptance by using the Power Tool of Expectation vs. Acceptance to assist them to shift from an expectation of what “should” be to an acceptance of what “is.” In a world where we are bombarded with messages and images of success, perfection, and ideals, it is critical to recognize the internalized expectations that may be driving us, both consciously and unconsciously. Coaches are in a unique position to assist clients in letting go of their expectations and limiting beliefs in order to achieve acceptance and growth.

  • Flowing vs. Winning

    A Coaching Power Tool By Francesca Castagnetti
    Life Coach, ITALY

    Flowing vs. winning are two topics that I am passionate about. These two very different ways of looking at things have radically changed the way I view my entire existence. The greatest gift that happened to me was the realization that no matter how hard I tried, I was no longer winning. I was falling short (according to my existing beliefs). I recognized at that point that the more I “won,” the more I was losing myself, wandering away from my genuine purpose, values, trust in myself, gifts, and presence, in other words, from my flow.

  • Control vs. Influence

    A Coaching Power Tool By Sing Lee Lim
    Career Coach, SINGAPORE

    Coaching is most effective when a coach assists his or her client in recognizing what he or she truly desires, often known as self-awareness. Self-awareness refers to internal attention to one’s inner self. This idea is a really effective method for learning and growing. We frequently wonder why we have tried so hard yet never succeeded. It’s possible that the explanation is that we didn’t realize what we really wanted and hence didn’t work in the appropriate way. Control vs. Influence is a new evaluation method in coaching to help discover the true aims to pursue personal victories.

  • Transforming the Caregiving Role: Rigidity and Overwhelm vs. Flexibility and Ease

    A Coaching Power Tool By Susan Haffner
    Life Coach, UNITED STATES

    The Rigidity and Overwhelm vs. Flexibility and Ease power tool tries to change the caregiver’s mind in order to help them deliver care with greater ease by allowing them to be more adaptable to changing demands. The caregiver’s job is not an easy one. Caregivers need help in order to succeed in their crucial work. Stress and overwhelm can narrow a caregiver’s perspective and cause them to be inflexible in their thinking and behaviors, resulting in even more stress. Ease comes from flexibility. This idea does not imply that caregiving will become simple overnight; rather, it implies that with the caregiver’s flexibility, the care recipient will be less resistant.

  • Accommodate vs. Confront

    A Coaching Power Tool By Ahmad Almarzooqi

    Learning to deal with conflict in a healthy and productive way, while avoiding undue stress, is a key part of improving our overall health and relationships. How do we manage conflict and always maintain a good relationship with everyone we meet, no matter the situation? Confronting problems or appeasing and attempting to keep the peace are all ways debatable, and professional help was required to determine what was best in each scenario. This power tool “Accommodate vs. Confront” of reframing perspective allows me to alter my behaviors, especially in old relationships, and as I begin to use it with clients to manage disputes, they, too, may begin to reframe their perspective from bad conflict to good healthy connections.

  • Pain vs. Suffering

    A Coaching Power Tool By Russel Kruger
    Life Coach, SOUTH AFRICA

    Knowing a little about the concept of pain can often prevent long-term suffering in a coaching environment. Finding a reason to bear today’s pains pales in comparison to the satisfaction of seeing the eventual result. Learn how to help clients resolve Pain vs. Suffering, develop new awareness, insight, and action, and endure difficult situations. It is the key to unlocking the ability to tolerate these short-term pains while knowing that a favorable long-term outcome is on the horizon.

  • Judging Eyes vs. Loving Eyes

    A Coaching Power Tool By Malindar Jit Kaur
    Wellbeing Coach, MALAYSIA

    In a coaching session, the coach’s aim is critical. It is crucial for us to work through our own judgmental eyes and to train ourselves to look with loving eyes as mentors. Only then, as coaches, can we give our clients unconditional positive regard by establishing a nonjudgmental atmosphere. The coach’s preparation prior to the coaching session assists the coach in grounding, connecting, and setting the correct intention for the coaching session. There are a number of methods that coaches can use to help clients choose between a Judging Eyes vs. Loving Eyes.

  • Integration vs. Fragmentation

    A Coaching Power Tool By JeongJu Byun
    Transformational Coach, UNITED KINGDOM

    Integration vs. Fragmentation is a power tool that helps clients integrate their own reality into their desired outcomes. Kintsugi is a Japanese ceramic restoration technique designed to promote contact with reality and acceptance of imperfections. It tells you that reassembling broken parts will make you stronger and better than before. According to its concept, we may have a higher probability of closer integration after learning about fragmentation across society.

  • True-Self vs. False-Self

    A Coaching Power Tool By Marc Blais
    Leadership Coach, CANADA

    Coaching fosters an environment in which people are free to speak the truth, even if it has never been uttered or realized before. Taking steps to reveal your true self is a process of self-awareness and challenging beliefs through a trusting relationship with a coach to understand who you are and how you want to present yourself in the world. By having the courage to be who you are, you can free yourself from your false self. The art of coaching creates a safe environment for people to be vulnerable and discover their authentic True-Self vs. False-Self.

  • Reward vs. Punishment

    A Coaching Power Tool By Dennis Carpio
    Executive Coach, AUSTRALIA

    We’ve all been there. Life can be painful at times. When my clients face a hard patch in their career or personal lives, it’s common for them to get caught in a bad psychological and emotional state. They believe they are being punished, and they are at times convinced of this. Here’s a strategy coaches may use to assist their clients to move from a Reward vs. Punishment mindset, so they can find meaning and reward even in the most trying of circumstances. My duty as a coach is not to provide them with solutions to their problems, but rather to assist them in better understanding their current circumstances and themselves.

  • Success vs. Fulfillment

    A Coaching Power Tool By Manuel Guerreiro
    Life Coach, PORTUGAL

    As a coach, we must help our clients understand the true nature of their motivation, as well as the specifics of their interests and desires, in order to ensure that their uniqueness is recognized. You will enable our client to create a shift in consciousness and the prospect of seeing things in a new light by first helping him identify and acknowledge his values, perceptions, and beliefs about what it means to be successful. It’s about expanding his horizons and demonstrating a wider range of options. Success vs. Fulfillment, to help clients reframe this story and empower clients to take control of their own destiny.