Why work with a certified coach?

I had a client ask me recently about the benefits of working with a coach who has credentials.  

Coaching can cover a host of specialities, such as life coaching, career coaching, business coaching, executive and leadership coaching, conflict coaching, wellness coaching, etc.  These specialities may require very different credentials.  And there are dozens of coaching credentials out there.  Some of them are competency based and others that are just based on self-declaration.  Further, some coaching schools are accredited and others are not.  

If you're looking for an executive or leadership coach here are some of the benefits of working with a certified coach whose credentials came from an accredited school:

  • Certified coaches use a proven methodology.  
  • They typically complete rigorous training and practice requirements as part of their certification.  
  • They often have completed further study and specialization as part of a commitment to continuing education.
  • They are typically bound by a code of ethics.
  • They understand the importance of professional confidentiality and of making clear agreements with their clients about it.
  • A credential increases professional credibility.

Our coaches at Aspire do have professional coaching certifications.  However I believe that the best credential is a satisfied customer.  So, when you are looking for a coach consider someone who has both the professional competencies and a successful track record.

Creating a Coaching Culture

If coaching is about developing a person's best, their goals, their best practices, connections and resources, then creating a coaching culture could similarly enable the organization to be its best, establish common goals, develop its best practices, draw connections across the organization, and best utilize its resources.

There are many ways to create a coaching culture, like

  • asking your employees the right questions,
  • integrating coaching into your people strategy,
  • making managers accountable for coaching their teams,
  • dedicating time to connect with your employees,
  • asking more questions than you answer, and
  • leading by example.  

Coaching is a powerful way of being.  Our credentialed coaches are committed to excellence in their profession and will work with you to create your coaching culture. 

New CRA Charities Education Program

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) announced a program November 2017 to conduct in-person visits with registered charities to provide them with information and assistance in understanding their obligations and give education tools to help charities fulfill their obligations and maintain their registered charity status.

A charity could be selected for a visit under the Charities Education Program for a number of reasons:

•it is newly registered

•information from its Form T3010, Registered Charity Information Return

•common areas of non-compliance, such as receipting and reporting issues

You can read about the program on the CRA website.  Click here 

Ontario Legislative Changes Impact Not-for-Profits

Let’s face it.  Governance is not an easy thing to do, especially when faced with so many changes in laws and standards.  Two significant pieces of legislation were passed by the Ontario Government recently that impact not-for-profit organizations.  At the same time, the government announced that it will be hiring numerous enforcement staff in order to ensure that employers are implementing the legislative changes.  

These amendments may effect a number of your governance and operational documents including by-laws, policies, procedures and board development materials.   Let us help you work through the impact of these changes.

What's changed?  The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017  amended Employment Standards, Occupational Health & Safety, and Labour Relations laws.  The Bill received Third Reading November 22, 2017 and Royal Assent on November 27th.  

Ontario Government also passed the Cutting Unnecessary Red Tape Act, 2017 which, among other things, amended the Corporations Act (Ontario), the Not-for-profit Corporations Act (ONCA), and the Charities Accounting Act.   The Bill received Third Reading November 1, 2017 and Royal Assent on November 14th.   The amendments to the Corporations Act enable Ontario not-for-profit corporations to benefit from some of the ONCA features prior to its proclamation.

The changes impact:

  • Wages (e.g. minimum wage, mandates equal pay, etc.)
  • Entitlements and leaves (e.g. doctor’s notes, new domestic and sexual violence leave, critical illness leave, family medical leave, personal emergency leave, parental leave, pregnancy leave, shift refusals, etc.)
  • Record-keeping
  • File retention
  • Members’ meetings by electronic means
  • Electronic notice of members’ meetings
  • Natural person capacity and powers
  • Objective standard of care for directors and officers
  • Director’s consent to act must be in writing and be kept
  • Extraordinary sale, lease or exchange of the undertaking of the corporation
  • Adoption of pre-incorporation contracts
  • Removal of directors by majority vote
  • Lower approval threshold for members to waive an audit
  • Directors not required to be members, if so provided in by-laws
  • Use of proxies
  • Court may appoint directors if corporation has neither directors nor members
  • Export continuance protection

We offer a complimentary one-hour consultation to meet with you and review your governance documents in order to identify high level areas of risk.