In the competency model, we refer to coaching as “professional coaching” to distinguish it from sports and other coaching, including agile coaching. For us, professional coaching is one of the key competency areas of a good agile coach (but not the whole enchilada). Our training and development programs strongly emphasize the professional coaching competency area.
Professional Coaching Training
The International Coach Federation is the largest professional coaching organization in the world. It accredits coach training programs, as well as individual coaches.
European Mentoring and Coaching Council lists all accredited coaching schools in Europe.
The Coaches Training Institute. This is the individual coaching training school Michael and Lyssa attended. Georgetown University also has a program many people recommend, but we have not experienced it ourselves.
Center for Right Relationship. Coach training school offering Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching (team coaching). Michael was trained in team coaching here, Lyssa is currently attending.
Attractor Systemic Coaching offered in Denmark, attended by one of our affiliates.
Newfield Network Executive coaching school
Coaching Skills Resources
Laura Whitworth, et. al.: Co-Active Coaching, 2nd Edition: New Skills for Coaching People Toward Success in Work and Life
Coaching skills for agile coaches,such as powerful questions, are taught in this book. It’s fantastic, and you can get a good start using this book, but I did not get good at the skills (and, in fact, misunderstood several of them) until I attended the classes that teach these skills.
Tony Stoltzfus: Coaching Questions: A Coach’s Guide to Powerful Asking Skills
This is the full-of-easy-and-useful-stuff book that David and Allison love.
Susan Scott: Fierce Conversations
Because you have to have a lot of fierce conversations as an agile coach. Might as well get good at them.