Coaching is an intensive development method for business executives and leaders, where a personal coach helps to achieve ambitious outcomes within a certain time frame.
The difference of coaching from other personal development methods may be expressed via a car driving metaphor:
Mentor shares tips for driving from his own experience
Consultant gives advice on how to drive a car
Coach encourages you to drive in unknown territory, helps you to navigate there, to develop your driving skills and to arrive to the destination in time.
In the coaching process the coachee is driving it and the coach is observing the ride from the passenger seat. The coachee makes all the decisions and the coach only proposes techniques and makes challenges. After one meeting a business executive told me that: “now I understand that the coach is asking from you questions, that you would not ask yourself. And even if you would, you would not answer these.”
“Ivar invited me to consider an issue beyond my typical paradigm of thinking, with amazing results. Within a very short time, I had new and illuminating insight on an issue about which I’d been ‘stuck’. As a result, my client base has grown significantly. Ivar’s coaching was invaluable and gave me a different perspective. He helps his clients create a vision, think strategically, hold people accountable, and execute their outcomes. I learned in a very short time to identify the barriers and key networking issues that have been holding me back.”
Cheryl McCormick, Ph.D.
Coaching is a very result oriented process and fits really well with:
Coaching is a great development method for a leader, who strives for clarity in her/his life, set ambitious targets and is ready to exit her/his comfort zone in order to achieve these. It serves well a person, who wants to take risks safely, to experience something new and to really learn to know themselves.
An extreme example of safe risk-taking is learning to skydive by Assisted Free Fall method, where the student makes even first jump from the height of 3,5 km and immediately experiences adrenaline of whole 45 sec of free fall. His safety is assured by two experienced instructors, who jump together with him, guide him, correct his posture and help to open the parachute in time.
Coaching works if a person wants to make significant change in their life and is ready to seriously commit to this.
Employers usually hire a coach for a manager when:
Organizations develop managers also by team coaching, content and desired outcomes of which are subject to an agreement with a coach.
Coaching can be successful if the coachee feels like they are “on the same page” with the coach.
The philosophy of coaching is that every person has all the necessary resources to achieve their goals. Coachee’s task is to help them to discover these resources, to learn to believe in these and make their dreams come true.
Coaching is all about significant changes and these need time to happen and become sustainable. Therefore I provide coaching as a set of sessions over an agreed time frame. The coachee can select one of the following formats:
a) 6 sessions over 3 months
b) 6 sessions over 6 months
c) 10 sessions over 6 months
In order to get to know each other and discuss the targets of the coaching I propose to the coachee 2 steps:
If this meeting results in a trusting and fruitful cooperation, we make an agreement and commence the coaching process.
Mark the number that comes closest to representing how true the statement is for you (1 is the least true and 5 is the most true). Then push “Submit” for result.
I am on time for all calls and appointments
This is the right time for me to accept coaching
I will keep my word without struggling or sabotaging
I am ready to “try on” new concepts or different ways of doing things
I will be straight and tell whole truth to the coach
I am willing to change self defeating behaviors, which limit my success
I see coaching as a worthwhile investment in my life
Source: Academy of Coaching and NLP
Personal coaching has helped leaders and executives to achieve the following outcomes:
“Ivar has been an enormous source of strength, insight and inspiration for me. He gives you tools you need to improve your life and reach your goals. His extraordinary coaching style will help to move towards your dreams much faster. No matter how happy, successful you are-Ivar has something to offer.”
Jelena Nagorskaja, Head of Marketing
In today’s fast-changing and complex world, teamwork is the key to success. No matter how capable and experienced a leader is, it is difficult and exhausting to achieve great results alone. A well-functioning team sees situations through different pairs of eyes. It is proactive, finds solutions, and enthusiastically implements them.
For successful teams, I have noticed the following characteristics:
Team coaching is significantly more complex and multi-level than individual coaching. In most cases, the team consists of personalities whose previous experiences, aspirations, and personal work style are quite different. In a problematic team, these create tension. In a good team, members can complement each other.
Since many patterns of behavior are unconscious, for a leader it makes changes in the team quite difficult to achieve. The team leader might not notice these unconscious forces. Sometimes, the leader themselves may be the source of some of the problems. Therefore, the observations of a trained and experienced coach are an important source of information.
For example, many teams have an “elephant in the room”. Everyone knows the problems, but no one is talking about them. Making these relationships or behaviors elephant visible in team coaching has a liberating effect and creates a good team “vibe”.
As a framework for team coaching, I mostly use Peter Hawkins’ Systemic Team Coaching Model, which I was privileged to learn directly from the author. The role of the team coach is temporary. By the end of the agreed series of sessions, a good coach has made themselves unnecessary, the team has found its best performance and enjoys it. This process requires time and commitment. Therefore, 6-9 coaching sessions as well as bold and active experimentation between sessions should be considered to achieve the desired goal.
“Ivar possesses a quiet and deep wisdom that allowed me to make life changing insights. I especially appreciated his uncanny knack for knowing when to give silence and space, and when to ask the kind of question that took me a few minutes to answer. I highly recommend Ivar as a coach to anyone who wants to move forward in an effective and efficient way.”
Mindy Kobara-Mates, PhD
1. General provisions
This document lays the foundations for the organization of adults professional training by Ivar Lukk Coaching OÜ (thereinafter referred to as “ILC”).
2. Registration for training
2.1.To register for the training, it is necessary to send an application to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
– the first name, surname and personal identification code of the participant
– the participants position and the name of the employer
– the participant’s email address
– details for presenting the bill of the training fee
2.2.Within three working days ILC will send an e-mail reply confirming the registration. If the training group is already full, ILC will inform about the next opportunity to attend the requested training.
2.3.The registration deadline is two weeks before the start of the training.
2.4.Training invitation will be sent to participants by e-mail not less than one week before the training, indicating the location of the training, the timetable and the parking facilities.
2.5. Participants may request further details about the training by sending questions to email@example.com or by calling +372 5177474.
2.6. If there are not enough registered participants to form a group, ILC has a right to postpone the training by notifying the registered participants by e-mail at least two weeks before the planned training. Such a message contains new training dates. Training may be postponed for a maximum of 9 months. If the training group cannot be formed by the new scheduled time, ILC has a right to cancel the training, refunding the tuition fees already paid.
3. Quality assurance of training
3.1.Professional training shall be delivered in premises suitable for study purposes. Such premises shall be leased from the possessors of the premises and are located in Tallinn.
3.2.The premises are equipped with the necessary audio and video equipment and provide good conditions for practical training activities.
3.3.The training curriculum shall be drawn up in cooperation with the experts in the field and, if possible, shall be subject to the accreditation of the relevant international organization.
3.4.The trainers must hold an internationally recognized certificate of competence in the field of the training.
3.5.ILC collects feedback from participants in order to monitor the quality and effectiveness of the training. To do this, participants complete the questionnaire at the end of the course.
4. Delivery of training
4.1.Training is delivered in English.
4.2.The training materials are in English and Estonian.
4.3.Actua participation in the study is confirmed by the participant’s signature on the registration form.
4.5.The conditions for completing the specific training shall be set out in the curriculum.
4.6.At the end of the training, certificates shall be issued to participants
in accordance with §3 of the Continuing Education Standard of Estonia.
5.Payment for the training
5.1. Tuition fee shall be billed before the start of the training.
An invoice will be sent by e-mail and must be paid in due time.
5.2. There is a possibility to pay the tuition fee on the basis of a payment schedule according to a written agreement between the payer and ILC.
5.3. The right to attend the training is granted if the tuition fee is paid or if a written agreement on the payment schedule is duly signed.
5.4. Tuition fees will not be refunded if a participant discontinues attending the training. If, for a compelling reason, a participant is unable to attend any training day, ILC may offer an opportunity to catch up the missed day with the next training group.
5.5. If it becomes clear before the start of the training that a registered participant is not able to take part in the training at all, the tuition fee will not be refunded. However, the payer of the tuition fee is allowed to register another participant to the training group, notifying ILC not later than three days before the start of the training.
6. Use of personal data
ILC uses and processes the following personal data of participants: name, employer, position, contact telephone number, email address and personal identification code. Personal data will be processed in accordance with § 6 of the Personal Data Protection Act.
7. Dispute Resolution Procedure
Disputes between ILC and a participant or the payer of the tuition fee shall be settled by negotiations. If the dispute cannot be resolved by negotiations, it will be settled in Harju County Court.
Coaching has found a firm place in successful organisations. Professional coaches are hired for senior executives. Managers of all levels are taught the coaching style of management, which develops employee initiative and creativity. A NEW TREND is training leaders to become INTERNAL COACHES for the organisation.
A LEADER/INTERNAL COACH conducts coaching sessions to the leaders and employees of other units of the organization. The aim of these sessions is to help coachees in setting clear objectives and identifying improvement areas, as well as to support their professional and personal growth. By doing this a leader/internal coach develops coaching skills and brings their own leadership quality to a new level.
This trend reached Estonia this Spring when International Coach Federation’s (ICF) Master Certified Coach Duncan Coppock from the UK gave a special course for leaders – internal coaches. Registration for the next similar course starting on November is already in progress.
Duncan Coppock is a highly experienced coach and has been training, mentoring and supervising coaches since 2001. He has worked with hundreds of coaches on developing their skills and business and gaining their ICF coaching credential. Duncan is the “brain surgeon” of coaching. He is able to decompose coaching interaction into primary particles and put these back together to form the best possible structure for it. Just his listening and questions modules may fundamentally change the communication skills of participants.
Duncan’s knowledge and experience are remarkable. He has engaged in coaching since 1998 and has coached leaders in the United States, Australia, five European countries, Malaysia, Singapore, and Russia.
Duncan has written a book called “The SELF-Factor: The Power of Being You. A Coaching Approach” (2005). In its preface, the great coaching guru John Whitmore says: ‘I have rarely come across any book with which I can so wholeheartedly agree. Only its style differs somewhat from mine. Duncan is a more organised and thorough than I am”.
Duncan speaks about his motivation to teach coaching HERE.
As the second facilitator I, Ivar Lukk, will bring to the course 25+ years of senior executive experience and neuro-linguistic programming skills on the NLP Master Practitioner level. I hold ICF Master Certified Coach credential and have given over 3000 hours of individual as well as team coaching sessions.
The course is very flexible! It consists of two modules, a total of 52 hours (36 hours of classroom work, 6 hours of webinars as well as 10 hours of independent work and coaching practice). By the end of the course participants:
Successful completion of the course requires participation in at least 85% of synchronous training hours (classroom training + webinars) and 100% of the individual coaching practice. The acquisition of coaching competencies and coaching skills in leadership situations are assessed through observation during practice in classroom work. For independent coaching practice, participants make a self-analysis in a predetermined format.
Upon completion of the course, a participant who has achieved the learning outcomes and successfully passed assessment will be awarded a certificate by Ivar Lukk Coaching OÜ, which contains the information specified in § 3 of the Continuing Education Standard and a certificate issued by Self Factor Coaching, stating that they have completed two modules from an ICF ACCREDITED course. A learner who has not participated in the assessment or who has not passed the assessment will be issued a confirmation letter by Ivar Lukk Coaching OÜ stating the extent of participation in the training.
For participants who wish to OBTAIN THE ICF CERTIFICATION we are offering the third training course module that will take place in Autumn 2023. All 3 modules together form an ICF accredited ACSTH-programme (registered as Self Factor Coaching, Coaching Mastery Training for Professionals).
First module (2 + 1 days)
15 – 16 November and 6 December 2023
Second module (2 + 1 days)
9 – 10 January and 14 February 2024
Classroom training takes place in a seminar room, the size and acoustic characteristics of which allow group training of up to 18 people and practice in groups of 2 to 4 people. The room is equipped with audio-visual presentation equipment and capability for online conference calls.
Online face-to-face learning takes place on the Zoom video conferencing platform, which requires participants to have a personal computer, camera, and Internet connection.
The size of the training group is 12-18 people
Total price of the two modules is 2,150 euros + VAT per participant. In the case of registration and payment before 1 October 2023, a friendly price of 1,990 euros + VAT will apply.
Content of the course and agreements
Essence of coaching and comparison to the other development methods
Foundation of professional coaching
The ICF Core Coaching Competencies
Contextual Listening – listening to, listening with and listening for
Reading information from tone of voice, non-verbal cues and silence
Discovering values, patterns and desires
The art of questioning
Questioning for awareness, ownership and action
Sources and quality of questions
Secrets of successful coaching
Conscious “not knowing”, the state of “Carte blanche”
FORGOALS coaching model
Coaching style of leadership, part 1
When to use?
Learning through case studies and role-plays
Internal coaching in organizations
How it works
Roles of internal and external coaches compared
Skills development of internal coaches
Supervision and mentoring
NLP techniques in coaching
R.Dilts’ Logical Levels
Working with change
The Belief Cycle
Extending the comfort zone
The force of habit
Creating ownership and commitment
Challenges and empowerment
Deepening coaching skills
Guiding attention and energy
Direct Communication – for learning and forward movement
ANSWERS coaching model
Coaching style of leadership, part 2.
Sharing experience by participants
Role-plays to solve challenging real-life cases of participants
NLP skills in coaching
Framing and reframing
Association and disassociation
The course focuses on learning through practice and discovery. Participants will have an opportunity to hone their skills with each other and practice real coaching with personal coachee provided by course organisers. The course also includes group mentoring sessions.
To REGISTER FOR THE COURSE please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org stating the name, position, organization and contact data of the participant(s). Any training-related questions may be sent to the same address and I would also be happy to give additional info by the phone +372 5177474.
With best wishes, Ivar
I have managed for more than 30 years companies in telecoms, banking, manufacturing, trade, real estate and IT fields. Most prominent of these have been Forexbank, Tele 2 Estonia and Tallinn Stock Exchange.
As a leader I have always valued learning. I hold a masters degree from London Business School took a 3-year psychotherapy studies in Tartu, Estonia and obtained a NLP Coach Certificate from Academy of Leadership Coaching and NLP, CA, USA. I am Master Certified Coach (MCC) through the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and NLP Master Practitioner. My team coaching skills are based on Peter Hawkins’ Systemic Team Coaching Master Diploma course.
The Flow of life has brought me to coaching, where my versatile management experience interacts with life lessons, psychology knowledge and coaching skills.
“I have worked with Ivar as my coach. He has a rare combination of
sensitivity, depth and a wealth of business knowledge and experience. Ivar
is insightful and incisive in his coaching work and I have benefitted
greatly from our work together. I recommend him whole heartedly to you as an
Dr. Andrew Machon
Executive Business and Life Coach and Author
South Yorshire, Suurbritannia
Ivar Lukk Coaching OÜ
Prisma 4, Muraste
+372 51 77474