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Recording: Live Q&A with ICF UK on Coaching the Human #1: Love

Posted by Ross Nichols on Monday, September 13, 2021, In : Coaching 
This is an audio recording of a live Q&A from 03 August 2021 with me (Ross Nichols), hosted by ICF UK: ICF - Event (

The topic is a discussion of my 3 articles published by ICF UK June-August 2021, which are also available on this blog:

  • Coaching the Human #1: Love
  • Coaching the Human #2: Shadow
  • Coaching the Human #3: Being

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Coaching the Human #3: Being

Posted by Ross Nichols on Tuesday, July 13, 2021, In : Coaching 

Further to my previous articles in this series, ‘Coaching the Human #1: Love’ in early May; and ‘Coaching the Human #2: Shadow’ in early June, here is the third article, ‘Coaching the Human #3: Being’, which was published in early July as part of the ICF wellbeing series.  These 3 articles form a trilogy of what I’ve learned on this amazing journey that we share as coaches.


The Importance of Being

We are known as Human Beings yet most of us in the...

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The ICF Revised Code of Ethics - Insights and Tips

Posted by Ross Nichols on Tuesday, February 11, 2020, In : Coaching 

If the International Coach Federation’s (ICF) core competencies are the crown in its ‘crown jewels’ (and in my view they are!) then the ICF Code of Ethics is it’s sceptre. The Code is reviewed every 3 years and I find the revised Code, effective from 01 January 2020, to be a welcome ‘refresh’ and easier to use.
ICF members need to understand the Code in order to comply with ICF coaching competence No 1, ‘Demonstrates Ethical Practice: understands and consistently applies coachin...

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The ICF Updated Competency Model - Insights and Tips

Posted by Ross Nichols on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, In : Coaching 

The International Coach Federation’s (ICF) core competencies are its ‘crown jewels’ – and they are now even better! 

Following a rigorous, 24-month coaching practice analysis, the ICF announced an updated ICF Coaching Core Competency Model in November 2019.  Additionally, a new ICF Code of Ethics came into effect in January 2020.

If you want to coach under the ICF banner, then you need to be familiar with the updated ICF Core Competency Model and Code of Ethics.  If you are not y...

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Uncertainty and Anxiety - Insights from Neuro Science

Posted by Ross Nichols on Wednesday, August 21, 2019, In : Coaching 

I undertook some time ago to speak more about my mental health simply to help de-stigmatise the subject and encourage others to be more open about mental health issues.  Inspired by Sam Ortyl, I’m now following through on this.  This is a post on how my relationship with uncertainty drives my anxiety and how understanding a model of social threat has helped me.

I recently stumbled across an article in ‘Project’ magazine (Issue 298, spring 2019, p. 28-33) entitled ‘Walking in Fog’...

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Coaching Tips from a Mentor-coach

Posted by Ross Nichols on Tuesday, August 20, 2019, In : Coaching 

‘Flying is easy; it’s take-off and landing that are difficult.’ (Anon)

I’ve been an ICF-registered mentor-coach for 4 years, supporting other coaches to gain their ICF credentials.  I’ve noticed some common patterns in the recorded sessions I critique and I share my observations here to help new coaches improve.

With reference to the flying quote, one way to consider a coaching session is in 3 phases: take-off, in-flight, and landing.  Let’s look at each of these.



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What Is Coaching?

Posted by Ross Nichols on Friday, October 26, 2018, In : Coaching 

During a coaching session yesterday, I was asked what I thought coaching was. The session was recorded (with mutual consent) and the client transcribed my answer and emailed it back to me later. I share it here as it feels appropriate.
For context my coaching style is 'Transpersonal': working with the client's values, energy, vitality and spirit in an intuitive way. I coach for business, career, wellness and cancer and I'm drawn to coaching with the client's shadow side, which I've previou...

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Beginner's Luck or Beginner's Mind?

Posted by Ross Nichols on Tuesday, February 2, 2016, In : Coaching 
I had the pleasure of being interviewed recently by Sarah Brandis of Animas Coaching Centre on the subject of 'beginner's mind', which is one of the 7 attitudes of Mindfulness.  The more I think about it, the more it seems to explain 'beginner's luck', at least in my experience as a coach and maybe in other areas of our lives and work when we try something for the first time.  You can read the full interview here
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Emotional Intelligence Tests

Posted by Ross Nichols on Thursday, June 18, 2015, In : Coaching 

We are delighted to announce that our founder is now certified to administer the EQ-i 2.0 and EQ 360 emotional intelligence tests and coach people through their test reports.  Contact us for further information on which test is most appropriate for you and your business: leader and group emotional intelligence tests are also available.

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ICF (Salisbury) Chapter - starting soon!

Posted by Ross Nichols on Wednesday, December 17, 2014, In : Coaching 
Hello to all aspiring coaches, coaches, coach mentors and coach supervisors!
The ICF (Salisbury) chapter has existed virtually for 2 years and I would like to kick start in person meetings in early 2015 to celebrate 20 years of the ICF.  The concept will be similar to the AC's co-coaching groups (coaching circles): meet monthly in the evening for 2 hours or so, first hour discussion on a coaching or business topic, followed by coaching triads (coach, client, observer) rotating after 15 minutes...

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