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UNIQUE PROGRAM BENEFITS
Our certificate program is highly integrated on three levels. It provides the opportunity for you to become knowledgeable in the theories and concepts relevant to the profession of coaching. It also focuses on developing your skills to ensure you are proficient in the process of coaching. In addition, the program emphasizes your personal development, believing that an acute and accurate sense of self is the foundation upon which all good coaching emerges.
Understanding underlying dynamics as a coach is a major focus of the George Mason program. It provides the opportunity for you to
- Enhance your coaching leadership skills through deeper self-awareness
- Apply leadership coaching within the context of organizations
- Develop an organized and logical coaching process
- Improve coaching effectiveness through increased emotional intelligence
- Facilitate longer term and sustainable behavioral change
- Gain an understanding of the ethical issues surrounding coaching and how to be an ethical coach
- Enhance relationship management and trust building skills
- Become skillful at conducting difficult conversations
- Develop effective communication skills to facilitate organizational performance
- Network and form lasting relationships with a diverse and talented group of individuals
- Learn under the guidance of International Coach Federation (ICF) coaches
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WHO SHOULD ATTEND
- Executives who seek to develop an increased emotional intelligence to better engage employees for improved organizational performance
- Managers who wish to acquire organizational coaching skills to enhance their leadership capabilities
- Individuals who are interested in becoming external coaches and who have had some experience working with leaders in organizations
- Current organizational coaches and consultants interested in pursuing certification from the ICF.
- Seasoned professionals with experience in related fields such as human resources or consulting
- Organizational Development (OD) practitioners who see coaching as an important competency within their organization
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- Seven years of organizational experience
- Minimum bachelor’s degree
- Time to make the commitment
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For consideration in the spring 2014 cohort of the Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance Certificate Program, please submit the following items with your registration and method of payment:
- A 750-1,000 word compelling narrative that answers the question, “Why coaching and why this program?”
- Two letters of recommendation
- Resume that demonstrates a minimum of seven years of organizational experience and minimum of a bachelor’s degree
Registration and required information is accepted via mail, fax, or walk-in. For information, call 703-993-2109.
George Mason University
Office of Continuing Professional Education
4400 University Drive, MS 2G2
Fairfax, VA 22030
Attn: Rosalynn Dhramapitaksook
Attn: Rosalynn Dhramapitaksook
George Mason University
University Hall, Suite 2300
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Class Size Limited– Please note that each cohort is limited to a maximum of 30 participants. The fall 2013 cohort reached maximum registrations. Therefore you are encouraged to register early.
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This cohort certificate program consists of five course modules. In order to receive a George Mason University Certification of Completion, and 13.2 CEUs, participants must successfully complete all five learning course modules and have a 100% attendance record; achieve a satisfactory rating in a final observed coaching session; and receive a satisfactory grade on the final exam.
*Please recognize that the distance learning components which are regularly scheduled teleconference calls and taped coaching sessions are commitments between classroom course modules. Distance learning is a mandatory component of the program in order to produce well trained coaches and meet the ICF requirements.
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INTERNATIONAL COACH FEDERATION (ICF)
Our Leadership Coaching program has been approved by the ICF as an Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP). The ACTP accreditation allows all participants of the program to apply for one of two credentials offered through the ICF using the ACTP application method. The first credential is the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) and the second is the Professional Certified Coach (PCC). The program is recognized by the ICF as offering a minimum of 132 hours of coach-specific training, training on all ICF Core Competencies and the ICF Code of Ethics, a minimum of six observed-coaching sessions with an experienced coach and a comprehensive final exam that evaluates a student's coaching competency.
For more information on the requirements of the ACTP application method, please visit the ICF website
Note: Past participants of the Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance Certificate Program who received a Certificate of Completion are now eligible to apply for their credentialing using the ACTP application method. If you need assistance, please contact Director of Training, Bill Pullen at 202-986-5134 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
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Kaveh Naficy, Program Director, is the founding partner of Philosophy IB, a management consulting firm focused on the execution of business strategy, and has over 20 years of coaching experience. He brings significant leadership and organizational development experience as a management consultant, corporate executive, and entrepreneur to his coaching practice. Kaveh's emphasis is on developing leaders in dynamic and changing environments by co-developing objectives, leveraging strengths, and removing obstacles to reach client objectives and organizational outcomes. His clients include executives from global organizations such as Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Nokia, BASF, DuPont, and Pfizer.
Kaveh received his BA from Baker University, a master’s degree in labor relations from Cornell University and an MBA from Boston College. He has completed coaching programs at New Ventures West and Georgetown University and is certified by the International Coach Federation. He is a certified practitioner in Emotional and Social Competency Inventory (ESCI), Insights Discovery and TTI Success Insights. Kaveh manages the coaching program at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. He is a frequently invited speaker on executive coaching and the author of the following: The Leadership Crescendo, an autobiographical blog on leadership effectiveness; How Executive Coaching can Fuel Professional and Personal Growth, published in the OD Practitioner; Executive Coaching: Building the Path for Personal Growth, published by the Darden School at the University of Virginia; and The Four Coachable Sins of Leaders, published by the Human Resource Executive Online Magazine. Kaveh has also been featured on Fast Company’s 30 second MBA and in an article titled Uncovering Inner Riches in the Executive Connections Magazine.
The Leadership Crescendo Blog written by Kaveh Naficy
Christopher Brookfield, Co-Program Director, is a principal at Philosophy IB, a management consulting firm focused on the execution of business strategy, and has over 15 years of coaching experience. A former CEO, Chris is at home in the public and private sectors. He is familiar with the pressures of leading, both internally and externally. Chris’ clients say he brings intense curiosity, intellect, and heart to their sessions. His coaching aim is to build leadership capacity in executives and transfer that capacity into results for the organization. His clients include executives from organizations such as Novartis, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Northrop Grumman, Johnson & Johnson, Capital One, the Department of Defense, and others.
Chris holds a BA in psychology from Duke University and an MBA from Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. Chris was trained and certified through the Coaches Training Institute (CTI), one of the oldest and most rigorous coaching schools in the country. He is certified as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coach Federation (ICF), the profession’s governing board. Chris has also trained extensively in systems thinking, action learning, learning styles, and complexity theory from the MHA Institute of Edmonton, Canada. He is qualified to administer the LPI Leadership 360 (LPI: Kouzes and Posner). He served for three years on the Board of Directors of the International Coach Federation – Metro DC Chapter. Chris is involved with the coaching program at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.
Bill Pullen, MCC, Director of Training, is President of Pullen & Associates, a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm providing executive coaching and organizational development services to corporations, the federal government, and private organizations in both the United States and abroad. His work focuses on developing current and emerging leaders and building leadership capacity within organizations. Some of his past or current clients include Satyam, Booz Allen Hamilton, Marriott, University of Pennsylvania, AOL/Time Warner, Freddie Mac, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of Education, Federal General Services Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Canadian Government Fairfax County Public Schools, and American Federation of Retired Americans.
In addition to his work with Pullen & Associates, Bill is active with the International Coach Federation assessing candidates for coaching certification. He has served on the faculty of the Coaches Training Institute in San Rafael, California. He also served as leader assistant for the Co-Active Space Leadership Program. He is a past president of the Metro DC Chapter of the International Coach Federation and a member of the American Society of Training and Development and the Organization Development Network. He has been featured in The Washington Post and as an expert on coaching on CBS and NBC news and is a frequent contributor to Best Life magazine.
Bill has a master's degree in organizational development from Johns Hopkins University. He is a Master Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation. Bill is a graduate of the Coaches Training Institute. He has received additional training in multicultural leadership and organizational and systems relationship coaching. He has completed the Co-Active Space Leadership Program. He has a BS degree from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Laura Mendelow, Adjunct Instructor, has a strength-based approach that engages leaders and teams in meaningful dialogue and experiences to create and sustain positive change. Her approach, rooted in psychology, management theories, and experiential education, focuses on one’s core values and personality. Clients appreciate not having to change who they are but rather build on who they are to achieve their desired results. Her practical "What? So What? Now What?" coaching process allows clients to see situations through a new lens, resulting in new possibilities and actions.
During her 10 years at Booz Allen, Laura managed the coaching and consulting services to the top 3,000 executives and received Honorable Mention from the DC International Coaching Federation for her work in restructuring the coaching program to align to the organization’s strategic goals. She also implemented large-scale Organizational Change initiatives including a Frontline Leadership restructuring initiative, a Career Planning Campaign, and an Organizational Network Analysis to 600+ executives in the Civil Market. Results included new management structures, enhanced manager-employee relationships, robust talent development dashboards, and accelerated on-boarding strategies. Laura received two Excellence in Practice Awards from ASTD International for building a company-wide Employee Development Framework and launching an innovative Career Development Initiative.
In addition to coaching, Laura is an experienced facilitator and was an adjunct instructor at Marymount University teaching a graduate level facilitation skills course. She designed over 100 customized team development programs and has taught leadership development courses for over 15 years including Crucial Conversations, Leadership and Team Development, and Emotional Intelligence. As a project manager, Laura integrated coaching into training programs and managed the coaching process for executive-level leadership training courses including a six-month Women’s Leadership Development program in the healthcare industry. She also facilitated an industry-recognized, Organization Development Book Club for 10 years and is well versed in leadership theories and applications.
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“What an experience! This was a perfect combination for me of personal journey as well as learning a new capability. Easily the most eye-opening, self-reflecting, high growth course I’ve ever taken. Thank you all! –Brian LoBalbo, Capital One, Spring 2013
“I appreciate the energy of the instructors and the quality of the cohort. There is a strong blend of content and practice. I am learning so much about myself and coaching.” –Connie Dunlop, UVA Darden School of Business, Spring 2013
“This program was not only a career changing experience but a life changing experience. The self-awareness I have gained will forever change how I approach my life and career.” –Jennifer Hughes, SRA International, Spring 2013
“This program is excellent. The program builds a network among class members of future coaches while imparting skills through lecture and practice. The three instructor session ensures constructive feedback to participants.” –Ronald Kitlas, Famular LLC, Spring 2013
“This program has been transformative both personally and professionally. It has helped me to clarify my values and purpose in how I want to move forward my business and how I will serve my clients.” –Seth Sinclair, Sinclair Advisory Group, Spring 2013
“Participating in this program has been transformational in both a personal and professional sense. The skills, perspectives, and confidence that I have gained will be of enormous benefit to my firm.” –Lori VanNewkirk, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc., Spring 2013
“This program is stellar. A good balance of techniques/frameworks and feeling/self-exploration.” –Mary Ann Melkonian, Booz Allen Hamilton, Spring 2013
“The program is exceeding my expectations. I didn’t realize the extent that I would have to examine myself and change. Not only am I helping my clients with my new skills, I am becoming more focused and rich myself.” –Jane Maliszewski, Principal Consultant, Spring 2013
“My 'sense' of myself as a coach is evolving rapidly. It is linked in powerful ways to a more complete 'sense' of myself as a human being. This is a major shift for me. The program is largely responsible for creating the impetus that helped trigger this shift and is fostering comfort, growth, and a sense of true possibility. I didn’t get this much from 3 years of law school.” –Craig Stanton, Department of Education, Fall 2012
“It has been a rich learning experience so far. I have grown in my coaching skill and in my emotional development. My goal is to move from doing coaching to being a coach and with each module I get closer to that goal.” –Dennis Sparks, NRUCFC, Fall 2012
“Thanks to the program, I now know that I am a highly competent coach! Moreover, this curriculum and my wonderful classmates have changed my life.” —Michael Rochelle, MDR Strategies, LLC, Fall 2012
“Having three coaches with vastly different styles was a tremendous help. It really showed me that you could coach in your own style. I enjoyed all the coaching sessions and getting perspectives from the coaches and other students.” —Brian Maggio, Graduate Management Admission Council, Fall 2012
“This program has changed my life. I will utilize the skills and knowledge in a way that I never imagined. I’ve become a better woman, wife, and mother. For that and so much more, I am forever grateful.” —Mykia Baldwin-Grant, U.S. Marine Corps, Fall 2012
"The journey was truly a journey of discovery where I cannot place a value on the course instruction.” –Llorenzo Seabrook, U.S. Department of Defense, Fall 2012
"This course is terrific, it is very well balanced between theory, practice and how put this into action when we build our future business." -Jon C. Dowell, The Breckenridge Group, Fall 2011
“I would rate the program as a 10+(plus). When I’m done, I’m confident that my ability will be strengthened and enhanced to successfully enter the world of professional coaching.” –Valerie Brown, Department of Defense, Spring 2011
“My experience has been learning so many vital aspects about myself. I have grown internally, which is becoming unrecognizable. My experience has taught me how to speak with clarity for myself and how to request from the clients.” –Valerie Thomas, Inova Health System, Spring 2011
“Best training course I have ever taken.” –John Pendola, Department of Defense, Fall 2010
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1. Will past students be able to obtain retroactive certification through the International Coach Federation (ICF)?
All past participants are now eligible to apply for their credential using the ACTP application method. If you need assistance, please contact Director of Training, Bill Pullen at 202-986-5134 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
2. I’ve completed the Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance Certificate Program and would like to continue with my coaching education, now what?
Mason’s Center for Consciousness and Transformation offers the Generative Well-Being Advanced Coaching Certificate Program, a six-month, cohort based program designed specifically for coaches who have already completed an ICF Accredited Coach Training Program. Visit their website at wellbeingcoaching.gmu.edu.
3. What is the required commitment for this course outside of the classroom?
Approximately three hours per week of homework which may be practicing coaching and/or reading assignments, six taped coaching sessions and six feedback sessions with instructors (one-on-one) during the final months of the program, and scheduled teleconference calls throughout the program.
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