From 2001 – 2005, I offered mentoring for coaches within the Coach U training program, which included what is now called Coaching Supervision as well as core competency development and business development. Due to coaching contract commitments, I stopped offering any mentoring from 2006. Then in 2011 and 2012 I had requests for Mentor Coaching for credential preparation due to my ICF Assessing experience.
In late 2012, I felt the timing was right, and created The Mentor Coaching Group with co-founder Karen Boskemper. I’m passionate about advancing the professionalism of coaching, and believe that a great way to do that is through core competency development. The core competencies cover any type of coaching focus, every type of coach training and all the core coaching skills.
I work with the International Coaching Federation (ICF) definition of Mentor Coaching as related to core competency development: “For purposes of Credentialing, a mentor coach primarily supports a coach in achieving the levels of core competency and building skills in the Core Competencies.”
My extensive mentor coaching experience has shown a deeper exploration of the core competencies of “Maintains Presence” and “Embodies a Coaching Mindset” (both were previously in one competency called, “Coaching Presence”) is required, to meet PCC and especially MCC skill level.
For me, there is a natural exploration of a richer and broader development of the Coach I’m mentoring, through core competency development. For example, it’s rare that a coach passes the MCC credential exam without a deeper understanding of how their presence, biases and beliefs impact their coaching, and their client results.
Coaches often say to me, “I’ve coached for 2,500 hours so I’m ready to submit for MCC.” I ask them, “When was the last time you had a Qualified Mentor Coach review your coaching for your coaching skill level?” The answer is overwhelmingly, “not since my participation in a coaching training program.”
Unless you study and implement MCC skill level using documents provided by ICF on their website, most coaches who hire me as their mentor coach are still coaching at PCC skill level, even with 2,500 logged hours of coaching.
Every coach needs to study what MCC skill level is, which takes around 6 months or s0 for 95% of coaches I mentor to get to be coaching at that skill level.
Ensure you choose a mentor coach who is up-to-date on the MCC assessing criteria, as per ICF Key Skills Evaluated in their “MCC Minimum Skills Requirements” document published on ICF website. The standards have changed over the years, and many more seasoned mentor coaches are not keeping up with the changes as we evolve our understanding of MCC skill level coaching.
Yes! I have a mentoring program that combines PCC and ACC participants. I mentor ACC clients to beginner PCC skill level. In fact, many of my ACC clients are coaching at high PCC skill level by the end of our mentoring together.
Since 2005. But that is not the question you should be asking. You need to ask if I’m a current assessor, and how active. In my case, every week it seems I review one or more “performance evaluations” (coaching recordings) for ICF for either MCC, PCC or ACC applications.
When interviewing potential mentors for ICF credential preparation, ask how many ICF assessments the mentor coach has completed for ICF in the past 3 months, and for what credential level, so you know their knowledge is current with assessing standards.
Yes. I’ve been on Faculty for Coach U since 1999, with some time away for full-time coaching contracts. I’ve been an active Assessor for Coach U continuously since 2005. I know the requirements for the CUCG process and we can slightly change my mentoring program parameters to meet those needs. Please contact me for more specific information.
Please visit The Mentor Coaching Group page which includes 10 hours of mentor coaching within my ICF approved CCEs program.
I offer some individual mentor coaching, depending on current capacity, and only for MCC preparation. You can find some options on the Products and Services page (scroll to the bottom of the page).
By far, coaches gain the most value and learning by participating in The Mentor Coaching Program.
Refer to my About page for extensive list of qualifications as a mentor coach.
Depth of experience. Since 2013, I’ve led 49 mentoring programs (as at November 2020) with nearly 500 coaches mentored.
I have a passion for advancing the professionalism of coaches, which I believe can be done through studying and integrating the ICF core competencies so you are coaching at a higher level of competency, at any skill level.
I voluntarily contribute time and expertise to the ICF Community of Assessors, especially for MCC and PCC Assessors.
Being an active ICF Assessor means I keep up-to-date with credentialing standards and changes.
I have collected, with explicit permission from some of my clients, an exclusive and extensive library of coaching recordings that have passed MCC, PCC and ACC skill level “performance evaluations” by ICF. This is such a gift; to hear coaches coaching and be able to compare to your coaching skills. This is a pay-it-forward gift from many of my clients, as they gained so much from hearing this library of bona fide coaching recordings (meaning they passed ICF MCC, PCC or ACC, not just me saying this is an MCC, PCC or ACC skill level).
Since 2013, I’ve led 49 mentoring programs (as at November 2020) with nearly 500 coaches mentored. As well as some individual mentoring clients.
As at November 1, 2020, I’m aware of 79 coaches I’ve mentored that have passed their MCC credential, with a very, very high pass rate (98%). I have many more coaches in the process of preparing to submit for MCC.
I have 100% pass rate for all coaches I’ve mentored for their ACC and PCC credential.