ILM level seven Diploma in Executive Coaching and Mentoring


After far too long intending to take this on, I have finally taken the plunge.


This is a qualification I will be helping others to gain, so I wanted to understand the process and the content, and the best way seemed to be to work through it myself.


I see a lot of value in this very demanding qualification, and below I have noted some thoughts I hope are of interest to other developers, and links to documents that may well be of value.

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The standards appear rather dauntingly detailed, and so they should, as this is a challenging, many-faceted qualification.


Having said that, it is structurally simple, with a small number of demanding units that only a practising coach and mentor could tackle.


The summary below covers the ground in overview, with less unit detail.

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The detail of the qualification is fine, and is necessary. I have found the mapping sheets of particular value, as these have helped me to identify practical evidence of my coaching and mentoring activity, and relate these to specific elements of the qualification.


My growing file of 'evidence' of practice and reflection looks very much like an NVQ portfolio.

CM7 mapping.pdf
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I have taken a deliberately relective and considered route, and this has involved trawling my files and material for evidence of my practice to map against the above document, supplemented by notes made on my coaching (and mentoring), contact sheets.


I have added a photo below of an early stage in the mapping process.

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When I started mapping my existing documentation and reflections, I was able to hit a lot of sections and they filled up fast.


In four or so areas I had a lot less to slot in to the mapping table. One of these was around coaching and mentoring codes of practice, so I sought out some, and here they are...

AforC code.pdf
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ICF Code of Ethics.pdf
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I like many parts of each of the above codes, and they do provide for me at least, sufficient clarity around the relationship to be sufficient for a 'contract' making exlpicit a lot of behavioural expectations. I will work further on this, and will post my thoughts when ready.


The ILM form below, for specifying expections, with diagnosics and a lot more doesn't work for me, although I recognise its worth and in the context that this would work well.


Most of my coaching is either 'in the moment' or does not afford me the time to plan and agree plans with those I help, so my contact form covers that for me.

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The contact sheet below has worked well for me.


My original idea was to log five contacts per sheet, as auditable evidence of my actual coaching and mentoring activity. The Diploma, which I want, requires 100 hours of coaching/mentoring activty, meaning a fair bit of recording needs to happen.

Coaching contact sheet.doc
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An example of a completed 'contact sheet is given below. At the time of writing this I have written 98 complete sheets - around 600 words on each.

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As my familiarity with the detail of each part of the units grew, the 'contact' sheet evolved, in addition to recording my coaching mentoring contacts becoming a way of reflecting on my practice, and noting thoughts of relevance.


The reflective log below is the 'official' version. I have found the form I designed works best, as I like its simplicity and flexibility - that said, for the process to be robust and relevant, an awareness of the content of the 'given' form is a very useful exercise.

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A key element of the standard is the need to collect and reflect upon client feedback.


The form below is the one ILM have on their website.

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This is a fine, detailed, and specifically designed to be relevant form.


The feedback I have gathered has been more 'natural' rather than sought, and for me that works best.

As my journey continues, I will share more learning...


Do keep dropping by, or get in touch if this approach is of interest.

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