Coaching feels like a new buzz word. You can't take a step left or right without coming across some sort of life or business coach—and for good reason. Research has demonstrated the effectiveness of coaching, especially in the workplace. It’s a powerful tool that knocks down barriers, empowers employees to take action, and improves office morale.
Coaching has become a fast-growing field over the past decade—there's a lot of information out there about coach training and certification, and it can be a bit confusing. So what is the difference between accreditation and certification? What's a certificate? In this blog, we'll break down the various options that are out there so you'll have greater insight into which choices might serve you best.
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The term “diversity” has become somewhat of a buzzword in the modern workplace, tossed around in company mission statements and HR manuals. And yet, studies reveal particularly slow progress toward a diverse balance of genders, races, cultures, and acquired traits across executive and professional teams globally.
You want to use your talents and passion for something more than a mundane 9–5, and the idea of becoming a professional coach sounds, well, pretty amazing. It’s got the freedom and flexibility we all crave, plus the envious opportunity to do meaningful and fulfilling work. Yet, you can’t seem to shrug off that little voice inside your head echoing a common doubt: Is professional coaching really a “thing?” You know you have what it takes to be successful as a coach; you can just feel it in your bones. But that inner critic (perhaps goaded by the peanut gallery in your everyday life) still questions whether this is a legitimate profession. OK then, it’s time to silence all this conjecture with cold, hard facts and stats. Let’s drop the mic on critics of professional coaching (even the one in your own head!) with these five serious truth bombs.
From the Society for Human Resource Management’s SHRM certification to HR Certification Institute’s PHR, aPHR, GPHR, or SPHR-CA; there are dozens of ways to add letters, credentials, and certifications to your name. But when it comes down to aligning your purpose with career progression AND your wallet, there’s one set of letters that adds the greatest impact.