ICA is an amazingly diverse global community of coaches. Just yesterday I was talking to our trainer Helen Omand about the Teleclass she had just taught. She listed the names of the students in the class and the countries they were from. In total I counted 9 different countries. In one call! This really is amazing and it got me thinking about our “hidden curriculum”
One of the things all training programs have but never talk about is their “hidden curriculum” I remember a linguistics teacher I had in college who was obsessed with Italy; every example he gave, every sample text we read had something to do with Italy. So even though the official curriculum was Systemic Functional Linguistics I learnt a lot about Italian culture that year.
At ICA our hidden curriculum is almost as rich as our official curriculum. When you enrol in an ICA training program you not only learn coaching skills but you also learn:
- how to communicate across cultures
- how to coach with ease on the telephone
- how to read and navigate a class schedule that includes 4 time zones
- how to use time converter software to make coaching appointments
In short you become a global learner and this is an incredibly valuable set of skills in our increasingly global marketplace.
I’d love to hear from our students and graduates on this topic. I’m sure there is a whole lot more to our hidden curriculum than I’ve listed here. If you can think of something leave a comment in the field below and let me know.