ICF Indianapolis’ Julia Mattern Featured in Credentialing Legacy Series

According to ICF Global, more than 11,000 coaches worldwide have achieved an ICF credential at some level. To promote the value of credentialing, they recently launched a Credential Legacy program where credentialed coaches are sharing their experience and how being a credentialed coach has served them. In its premier, ICF Indianapolis’ Vice President, Julia Mattern, is featured. We invite you to view Julia’s video and learn more about how credentialing can help you grow as a coach. (You can view the image at the Credential Legacy site by clicking HERE or on the image below)


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5 Steps to Starting a Successful Business: What They Didn’t Tell You In Coaching School

This article originally appeared in the November 2012 Issue of Coaching World

5stepscoachingStarting your own coaching business can be one of the most exciting and scary times of your life. On the one hand, most new coaches are often ecstatic to have finally found their calling and the possibility of making a difference doing something they love. Yet on the other hand, so many new coaches are anxious, if not downright terrified, about their ability to build a successful business and support themselves through coaching.

If this is you, take heart; you are not alone. There are some 50,000 coaches who have felt the same way as they walked this path ahead of you. In an effort to share a bit of the collective wisdom of the many good souls who have come before you, here are five tips that might minimize your suffering.

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Become Limitless

This article originally appeared in the August 2012 Issue of Coaching World


It is January 1, 2017, New Year’s day. I sit and reflect on the year gone by. I am in awe of what has transpired around the
world—industries have gone through major flux, having to reach new levels of accountability. But one industry stands tall—the coaching industry. It too has undergone massive transformation, like an adult becoming wiser and learning who they really are, learning what is true.

A grin stretches across my face as I am reminded of my own journey, when I began to discover all that I am …
It was the time I first saw Whole Brain Intelligence in action, when I learned what is truly possible for us. It was June 1997, I had just sat down to relax when I was startled by the phone ringing. It was a dear friend of mine with an invitation not to be missed. he had been telling me about a couple who had “abilities”—they could see things about a person, know who they were at their core, they were “amazing,” he said, and they were in town tonight. I decided to embark on this adventure and head out to meet them, to see what was behind these stories. I am so glad I did. It was 7 p.m.—we had arrived on time. The room was filled with people. Electricity was in the air; everyone was smiling. It was so contagious that I couldn’t help smiling, too. I was invited by an older woman to experience a treatment—she was the one my friend had told me about. How could I refuse a first-hand glimpse of what these people were capable of? 

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Ten Ways to a Greater ROI on Professional Coaching

This article originally appeared in the May 2012 Issue of Coaching World.

roiCoaching is becoming one of the leading development interventions in the corporate world. In a recent study
by the Corporate Leadership Council, executives ranked coaching fourth in importance. The coaching profession has
grown significantly over the last decade and many executives find it a wonderful “perk” to have a coach while other
organizations find it imperative to provide their executives and key management staff with coaches. Coaching provides
a customized development process for the individual as well as a confidant for the most senior level staff members.
How do you, as an individual or organization seeking or using coaching, make sure you’re getting your money’s worth?

Here are 10 Ways to Ensure a Greater Return On Investment from your Coaching Dollar:

10. Develop a standard criteria and process for selecting coaches: Many coaches are selected for engagements based on word of mouth. Develop a standard process for interviewing and selecting coaches based upon specific criteria or competencies as you would any other position.

9. Develop Service Level Expectations: Spell out the exact expectations you have of the coach such as number of meetings, length of meeting, reporting back to individuals within the organization such as the clients direct manager or HR professional, any written development plans, etc.

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The 7 Pricinciples of Thinking Like Leonardo Di Vinci

This article originally appeared in the February 2012 issue of Coaching World

Michael Gelb is a man of many talents. He is a professional juggler, an author, a fourth degree black-belt in the Japanese martial art of Aikido; as well as a leading authority of genius thinking to personal and organizational development. A pioneer in the fields of creative thinking, accelerated learning, and innovative leadership; his work has been largely inspired by a relatively famous individual known for many of the same talents: Leonardo Di Vinci.

davinciConsidered history’s greatest genius, Leonardo Di Vinci’s innovative thinking and creativity continue to inspire us. From inventing the parachute before anyone could fly, to plans for submarines, flying machines, and the collapsible ladders we use today, his ability to think creatively would be an invaluable resource to a coach or anyone in a leadership position.

Through his research, Gelb has identified seven principles of How to Think like Leonardo Di Vinci. These practical, everyday exercises are something that all professional coaches can use to bring wisdom and personal growth to themselves and their practice.

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