ICA Coaching Power Tools


The Power tools are a set of opposing perspectives that describe a way of being.

As a Coach you will often find that a clients belief about how something should be or feel affects their ability to achieve their goals or outcomes.   And, sometimes these beliefs can be limiting.

The ICA Coaching Power Tools are concepts based on dualities (e.g. good/bad, empowered/disempowered, negative/positive) that were created from the idea that at any given time our perspective on a given situation or event is a choice. It may not be a conscious choice, but nonetheless it is a choice.

For example, we can choose to approach a new job or relationship with fear and trepidation, or we can choose to approach it with confidence and curiosity. And that choice will affect the happiness and satisfaction we feel.

Reframing Perspective

In this course you will learn one of the most fundamental skills to coaching which is "Reframing Perspectives". This is a critical module in this course because it sets up the context for each power tool. In Reframing Perspectives you will learn about the role belief and perspective play in the outcomes a client can achieve for themselves. In the remainder of the course we will look at what we call Power Tools which methods of moving a client from one, disempowering perspective to another, empowering perspective.

Responding vs. Reacting

At any given point in our lives, we are either responding or a reacting. When the world around us changes something that involves us - directly or indirectly - we either RESPOND or REACT and there are consequences to each action. The same goes for when an event occurs in our personal or professional life. We either respond or react to it.

Truth vs. Fraud

Your truth is a powerful strength to achieve success in whatever you set out to do. Deciding not to live in your truth is disempowering and fraudulent. When we experience life from a place of fraud, we are lying to ourselves. Our lies change and alter the truth of our stories and physically affect our bodies. We feel at odds with our value system we can experience stress or depression. When we live in our truth we feel energised and lighter.

Lightness vs. Significance

Recognizing how we apply significance to the events in our lives is a great first step to shifting the energy of a particular event from significance to lightness. The significance we give to a wonderful event is empowering. We relive the moment and feel very good about it, therefore drawing on the positive feeling. When we give significance to a negative event, it feels heavy and burdensome, like carrying something heavy for a very long time.

Respect vs. Invalidation

Understanding invalidation in its various forms and choosing to embrace respect in our personal and professional interactions is a key component to achieving success. Respect is being considerate toward somebody, valuing someone, holding someone in high regard or esteem, having admiration for someone or something. Conversely, invalidation deflects attention away from strengths and positive outcomes and focuses on weaknesses and negative outcomes.

Action vs Delay

Action or the very act of "getting into motion" is extremely powerful and is the catalyst used in coaching to create change. For many people even though they KNOW what they want, taking steps towards it can be difficult. Action is the foundation needed to create change in our lives and move forward to achieve our goals. We can spend our entire lives dreaming, thinking, planning and preparing to accomplish our goals, but without action, those goals and dreams will never be attained.

Responsibility vs Blame

In any given situation you are either taking responsibility or you are blaming. Responsibility is about giving up on the chance of a different past and focussing on choosing the future. When we are blaming someone or something else, we are actually giving away our power and positioning ourselves as the victim. If every situation is completely the fault of someone or something else, then our hands are tied. When we take responsibility we take back our power.

Commitment vs Trying

Following through on commitments vs. trying to make them happen gives us the power to change. It builds confidence and self trust. Once we explore our underlying beliefs and what we are truly committed to we have choices. We may decide to change it or not. The point is that by identifying our belief and what we are committed to, we have the power to change. The choice is now in our hands and we no longer risk living as a ‘victim’ of life.

Trust vs Doubt

People who develop trust are generally empowered to take action and follow up on their goals. Doubt has the opposite effect: it can stop us in our tracks, bringing fear, insecurities and clouded thinking in its wake. We will not be able to have truely trusting relationships if we don't trust ourselves. Trusting in our own abilities will free us to more forward toward a positive future.