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.

  • Check IN vs. Check OUT

    A Coaching Model By Adrian Secolof
    Business Coach, ROMANIA

    The Check IN vs. Check OUT power tool is built with a thought to the coaching power tool “empowering vs. disempowering” and embraces the principle that either you are empowering by checking IN or choose not to rely on and take a step back, falling behind and check out. Applying check-in and check-out methods allow team members to concisely reflect the path they choose to move forward. This power tool can be used in many aspects of life or career opportunities.

  • Comfort vs. Courage

    A Coaching Power Tool By Julie I Bockarie
    Leadership Coach, UNITED STATES

    Many people, especially female leaders, encounter obstacles in their careers that make it difficult for them to advance to higher positions. These barriers become internal glass ceilings, manifested as self-limiting beliefs, fears, feelings of inadequacy, etc., causing them to fall into their own comfort zone. Comfort vs. Courage is a power tool to help clients move towards their goals, and coaches need to help clients realize what they might not be able to see for themselves. This idea creates awareness.

  • Comparison vs. Confidence

    A Coaching Power Tool By Aleksandra Kowalska
    Business Coach, SPAIN

    In a world where followers and likes can seem like rock-solid proof of a person’s worth, you don’t have to take the bait. The solution is the understanding of why do we compare ourselves constantly, what happens to our brain when we do this and what we can do to change it. True self-awareness and self-confidence don’t come overnight. Being self-aware means that you know yourself and that you’re aware of your strengths and weaknesses. It means you will be able to trust in your abilities and qualities and to stand by yourself despite your perfectly imperfect personality. This kind of power tool comparison vs. confidence can help you understand the difference between the two.

  • Egg vs. Chicken

    A Coaching Power Tool By Silvia Corlazzoli
    Business coach, GERMANY

    Each person has a different story, and I get new insights from each story which makes my journey as a coach not only life-changing for my clients alone, but for me as well. Not long ago, I had an interesting interaction with a colleague. In this case, I was the client. Thanks to the power of a coaching session as a client, I was able to think about this power tool “egg vs. chicken” based on that challenging discussion.

  • Believing vs. Questioning

    A Coaching Power Tool By RaShonna Amos
    Life Coach, UNITED STATES

    Why would we want to reframe Believing vs. Questioning? We can be our own worst critics and can find ways to question our value, worth, capabilities, and even the positive things we know to be true about ourselves. When we question ourselves, it is important to allow that natural reflection and emotion to be present, name it, and work through it. We can critically analyze why we are questioning, why we are doubtful, and what is based on fact.

  • Control vs. Flow

    Control vs. Flow: How to Support Clients to Shift Their Perspective to Behavior That Supports Their Goal

    Using a power tool with a client is supportive in that it can introduce alternative behavior for triggers that get in the way of the client’s goals. Flow is a state that has many benefits associated with it, and to achieve this state; requires trust. The client must trust themselves as well as those around them to relinquish control. This is why coaching is very supportive when there is something a client wants to change. This article by Elizabeth Weesner from the U.S. shows the benefit of having a clear focus of changing from controlling to flow (control vs. flow) gives us a common language around why is getting in the way of flow and what is underneath the need to control.

  • Perspective vs. Heaviness

    How Perspective vs. Heaviness Is Applied to Coaching

    Knowing our perspectives allows us to have a greater awareness of how our perspectives determine the way that we see things. Perspectives are not right or wrong. The important question is whether a perspective works for us or not. Any perspective that supports us to grow and overcome the challenges of our lives is good. This article by Anina Knecht from Switzerland shows how a coach, as an objective observer, is in a unique position to empower clients to identify negative perspectives, reframing situations for themselves creatively to come to new perspectives and possibilities.

  • Alone vs. Together

    A Coaching Power Tool By Océane Staib Evin
    Executive Coach, IRELAND

    Whilst starting my coaching journey, I strongly believed that each of us held full responsibility in deciding at every step to “be alone or part of a bigger group, tribe”, “act alone or ask for help”, approach every step of life, and work alone or not (alone vs. together). I was under the assumption that such a decision could easily be made.

  • Scattered vs. Centered

    A Coaching Power Tool By Isabelle Boucher
    Adults with ADHD, CANADA

    To help a client move from being scattered to being centered, it is important to find out what being scattered means to them. How do they feel scattered; is it in their physical environment, their body, or the mind? Scattered vs. Centered, in other words, asking them to describe their state of being scattered will help the client understand themselves better.

  • Fixed Mindset vs. Growth Mindset

    A Coaching Power Tool By Ritu Mehrotra
    Nutrition Coach, UNITED STATES

    Our mind plays an influential role in what we believe and how we think. What we think about ourselves and our abilities decides how we act and lead our life. If people have a ​fixed mindset,​ they believe that their qualities and traits are “fixed.” Whilst, a person with a growth mindset finds freedom in their thoughts and beliefs. So, discover the key differences between a fixed mindset vs. growth mindset to help you grow and become the best you.

  • Purpose vs. Drifting

    A Coaching Tool By Evgenia Videnmaier-Zink
    Life Mindset Coach, HUNGARY

    Purpose vs. Drifting is a mind shift, a space that recognizes the learned strategy to survive, and turns it into a space of trust, safety, and commitment. When we are used to living and reacting with negativity, we don’t trust our process. Core beliefs are the first way of constructing ‘reality about ourselves, others, and the external world. 

  • Power Off vs. Power On

    A Coaching Power Tool By Chia-Hsin Chen
    Life Coach/Career Coach, TAIWAN

    When you hear the word power off vs. power on, what is the first image coming to you? Power as electricity makes light ball bright and dark? Or, in the fiction that superman owns the magic strength to fight with evil guys? Or, the horsepower for cars to present its capability how fast they can run? The answer is non of the above.