Coaching Week events is organizing in Latvia

ICF Latvia - International Coach Federation* Latvia for the second time is organizing a Coaching Week. From February 14 to February 18, 2011, 28 different events will take place in Riga, Liepaja and Kandava district - lectures, workshops, master classes, coaching sessions and activities of the Coach Club. For the first time in Latvia, a Coach Exchange will be organized. All in all, 20 professional coaches will participate and share their experience during the Coaching Week.

One of the main goals of ICF Latvia is to increase understanding about coaching within society, to explain why it is so widely practiced throughout the world and what makes it so effective. Several events during this week will give everyone a chance to find out what benefits coaching can give for one’s of personal growth and self improvement while entrepreneurs will be able to learn about coaching as one of the most successful tools for employees’ motivation, improvement of leadership skills and goal-achievement.

Coaching Week events are intended for coaching practitioners, entrepreneurs, human resources managers, as well as students and young people – in general, for everyone who is interested in effective personal development and attaining their goals.

The motto of the Coaching Week 2011 is "Discover Your True Potential with Coaching". Throughout the week, everyone will be able to discover how coaching actually works and what benefits coach-client cooperation can bring. It will be a great chance to meet professionals, ask questions and receive answers. The event will gather coaching professionals, those who take interest in coaching and its supporters and give an opportunity for meeting, talking and sharing experience.

Presentations, lectures and workshops will take place in Liepâja City Council, Latvian University, Riga Technical University, Liepâja University, Riga International School of Economics and Business Administration, Riga Stradins University, The Riga Graduate School of Law, BA School of Business and Finance, Riga Business School, Personal Development Centre, Riga Teika Secondary School and Children and Youths Social Rehabilitation and Vocational Training School "Dzivesprieks" ("Joy of Life"), Aizupe, Kandavas District.

ICF Latvia has joined the global ICF initiative I Care For campaign and commits to offer its knowledge and resources for people and organizations in the greatest need of support. Within the Coaching Week program, a lecture entitled "How to discover one’s true calling" will be delivered at "Dzivesprieks".

A special guest of the Coaching Week will be the Immediate Past President 2011 and an experienced coach, Kathryn Pope who will participate at the Coach Club activities and lead a master class. She was the President of the ICF in the UK for 2009 and 2010 and for 13 years has worked as an executive and a leadership coach at the highest corporate levels in several well-known international companies. She is an entrepreneur and has worked as a consultant, trainer and a management coach.

His experience will also be sharing our colleague from Lithuania, Dainius Baltruðaitis. He is a professional ICF certified coach with over 11 years of experience in the field.

A special event of the program is planned to be Coach Exchange. It’s a chance for everyone to witness and experience a coaching session, to select a coach according to one’s needs and receive a 20-minutes complimentary coaching session. Coach Exchange is a regular practice in the world, allowing potential clients to meet coaches and to learn about their style of work.

Workshops and master classes will talk about coaching as an effective resource for aiding one’s personal growth and expanding possibilities. Coaching will be viewed from different aspects – as means of achieving one’s individual goals, business targets, implement change management, etc.

Coaching is still a very new professional field in Latvia, and no research has been done so far about its effective usage in a corporate environment. We expect that a survey, which will be done among participants of the Coaching Week, will allow us to get a feedback about the event and find out opinions about the effectiveness of the coaching method as such.

Latvia became ICF member in the end of 2008. The aim of the association is to promote coaching in this country and to ensure adherence to clear professional and ethical standards, developed on the global level, as well as to encourage our coaches to apply for international certification. Presently, the organization comprises 31 members.

ICF Latvia key values are quality and observance of professional standards and ethics. The mission of the organization is to advance professional development of coaching. One of our main tasks is to promote awareness of coaching in society and to show the benefits it can give both to individuals and to organizations.

* International Coach Federation

Founded in 1995, the International Coach Federation (ICF) is the leading global organization dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by setting high standards, providing independent certification, and building a worldwide network of credentialed coaches. With more than 18,000 professional personal and business coaches representing more than 100 countries, the ICF is the voice of the global coaching profession.

International Coach Federation Core Purpose: To advance the art, science and practice of professional coaching.

Inga Stalhuta

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