How do you show up?


by Jewel Quackenbush

How many times have you been in a meeting or an event and that one person comes into the room and sucks the air right out? If you are not familiar with this phenomenon perhaps you are that person?

Many people often wonder why or how they give off “mean” vibes. In fact they have been doing it so long it has become part of who they are. If you are the person people “politely” walk away from, it is time to take notice, especially if you are a leader in charge! Of course, no one will ever tell you this, or dare mention it to you because chances are, you are the one who signs the checks. Yup, I said it the BOSS. The BOSS! The one who managers, supervisors, and associates report to.

This is not always the case. However in my professional opinion, in my 30 years of experience, this is the case at least half the time. This is your year for positive change; own these issues, acknowledge it, and recreate your management strategy. Get to know your team members, create memorable experiences, manage by walking around and tell them you appreciate them and recognize a job well done. It is nice to be able to hear from your boss when it is a good thing they have to say. You know you will hear from them when things go awry.

You do not need to be all warm and fuzzy. However letting your associates know you have a pulse will gain you the respect and adoration that has been missing from your work life balance.

You set the tone. You create whether or not your work place is one of compliance or cooperation. I do not need to use statistics or site studies that basically tell you “it’s nice to be nice” or a happy worker will produce for you. All these things have been tried, tested and proven and they all play into how you show up when you enter a room and interact with the team.

The other side of this is: “The energy you put out is the energy you will get right back.” If you enter the room with a superior attitude and less than interested energy, you will suck the air out of the room and people will avoid you like the plague. If you go in with an open mind no matter what, if you go into it with a goal of learning something new you did not know before you entered, genuinely… You will be surprised with your results.
In the coming weeks we will discuss the do’s and dont’s of positive interaction with How Do You Show up parts 2 and 3. Until then remember…for every action there is a reaction. The energy you present or put out is the same energy you will get back.


For more information about Jewell, click here. Or visit her website here.

Grow with Coaching, Grow with ICF


Today ICF Ohio Valley made a contribution to the Arbor Day Foundation to plant one tree for every member coach in our community.

These trees symbolize the commitment you’ve made to being a coach, your professional growth and development as a coach, and the growth your coaching clients experience from you.

A total of 113 trees will be planted by the Arbor Day Foundation for ICF Ohio Valley member coaches.

Reforestation efforts are currently underway throughout the Ohio Valley: at the Daniel Boone National Forest in Kentucky, the Patoka River Watershed in Indiana, the Egypt Valley Wildlife Area and Brannon Place Project in Ohio, and the Monongahela and Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge in West Virginia.

The impact of tree planting is significant. Trees remove pollution, protect watersheds, support wildlife, mitigate flooding, and combat climate change.

Your chapter leaders were inspired to take this action as part of a global campaign organized by Artur Michalski, ACC, president of ICF Poland, to encourage the planting of 27,000 trees around the world for every member of the International Coach Federation.

On this Earth Day, thank you for being a member of ICF Ohio Valley, thank you for growing as a coach, and thank you for helping your clients grow.

With all my best,


Chris Padgett, PCC
Chapter President


P.S. Here is a video (in Polish) from my friend Artur who is inspiring this global campaign to plant one tree for every ICF member. While it’s in Polish, I believe you can ascertain the emotion it is intending to convey.

Want to experience what it’s like to be a tree? Try out this tree visualization:

Tree Visualization: “Visualize yourself as a tree with branches reaching to the sky and roots extending deep into the earth. As you inhale, imagine you are drawing air and sunlight down through your branches and into your trunk. As you exhale, imagine your breath continuing down through your roots and into the earth. On the next inhalation, imagine bringing the energy of the earth up through your roots into your trunk. Exhale out through your branches. Continue breathing in alternate directions like this for five minutes.” – 1001 Meditations: How to Discover Peace of Mind by Mike George

ICF Ohio Valley Kicks off partnership with Stand Beside Them

Today the ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter kicked off a special partnership with Stand Beside Them, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Stand Beside Them connects military veterans, their caregivers, and families with ICF credentialed coaches.

A special thanks to Steve Aidikonis, ACC, Stephanie Richmond, and Amanda Veinott for participating in today’s conversation.

To apply to become a Stand Beside Them coach and offer pro-bono coaching to veterans, their families, and caregivers, go here.

Click here to refer a veteran, veteran’s family member, or veteran’s caregiver for free, pro-bono coaching by a professional ICF credentialed coach.

A recording of the conversation is available here:

Leader’s Update – Spring 2016

Dear Colleague,

What is the tie that binds a community together? This was a question I answered recently while participating in a community forum. I was speaking on a panel to raise awareness of professional coaching. It’s a powerful question and one that I want to answer in this newsletter. There are several ties — both tangible and intangible that bind us together as a professional coaching community.

Ohio Valley is a unique geography: a place that rests between a mighty and powerful Ohio River. It includes mountains, tall hills, rolling meadows, and low valleys. It’s filled with unique rock formations: palisades of limestone, sandstone, and rich veins of coal.

From a meteorological perspective, the Ohio Valley is predictably unpredictable: sunny skies can quickly transform into a punishing hail storm. While beautiful rainbows occasionally appear in the sky, we also experience nature’s fury and devastating tornadoes.

Kentucky, southern Ohio, West Virginia, and southern Indiana is a place going through tremendous change: cultural, economic, and social. Mega trends — globalization, technology, advances in health and science, and increased human consciousness are bringing about even more significant change to this place we live and work.

Through all the change taking place in our geography — the role of the professional coach — is becoming more important than ever before. The transformations occurring in our geography will not just happen by accident. Change requires highly skilled and competent change-makers and leaders to help people go from where there are now to where they will be tomorrow.

As a professional coach, you are the epitome of a change-maker for the individuals, teams, and organizations you serve. Change is not easy for our clients: it’s often messy and unpredictable. Many times our clients view us as the eye in the calm of the storm they are experiencing.

I want to acknowledge you for having the courage and spirit of being a change-maker in this place — the Ohio Valley. Your contribution as a professional coach in the Ohio Valley is what ties us together.

Below in this Spring 2016 newsletter, you’ll learn about some of the comings and goings in your International Coach Federation Ohio Valley Charter Chapter:
1. New Credential Earners
2. New Members
3. Global Recognition Comes to ICF Ohio Valley
4. Our First Chapter Partnership: Stand Beside Them to Provide Pro-bono Coaching to Military Veterans
5. 2016 Programming
6. By-law Revisions
7. Mayoral Proclamations
8. Participation Opportunities
9. #ICFMidwest in Indianapolis

10. A Reminder to Renew Your Membership

1. New Credential Earners

Congratulations to the Ohio Valley chapter’s most recent credential earners:
  • Donald Brunetti, ACC – Canfield, Ohio
  • Mary Carethers, PCC – Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Heather Clutter, ACC – Dayton, Ohio
  • Fred Goodwin, ACC – Lewisport, Kentucky
  • Linda Lewis, PCC – Marietta, Ohio

Now, 51% of the members of ICF Ohio Valley hold a credential (ACC, PCC, or MCC) from the International Coach Federation. Our chapter has the highest percentage of credential holders of any ICF chapter in the Midwest and one of the largest concentrations of credential holders in the United States. Congratulations to everyone who has earned or is working towards earning an ICF credential. This is a significant accomplishment and speaks to the quality of the professional coaches in Kentucky, southern Ohio, West Virginia, and southern Indiana.

2. New Members

Welcome to the Ohio Valley chapter’s newest members:
  • Elizabeth Clute – Lexington, Kentucky
  • Rose Corrick – Brecksville, Ohio
  • Patricia Doyle – Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Deborah Fortel – Louisville, Kentucky
  • Linda Lewis – Marietta, Ohio
  • Justin Patton – Louisville, Kentucky
  • Shane Scott – Westlake, Ohio
  • Dennis Sparks – Westerville, Ohio
  • Shuhan Yang – Elizabethtown, Ohio

In the first couple months of 2016, our chapter accomplished a goal unheard of a few short years ago. We accomplished a long term goal to have 100 members! And now the chapter includes 108 members throughout Kentucky, southern Ohio, West Virginia, and southern Indiana. In case you are curious, here is how far we’ve come in the past few years: 2014 – 62 members, 2015 – 82 members, 2016 – 108 members. This membership growth is enabling the chapter to do and be more than ever before to help spread the word about professional coaching. If you know of a coach colleague who hasn’t joined ICF Ohio Valley, please encourage them to become a part of the growing community of coaches.

3. Global Recognition Comes to ICF Ohio Valley

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to represent the chapter at the International Coach Federation Global Leaders Forum. This annual forum brings together chapter leaders from all over earth. Janet Fulton, ACC, president elect, and Ann Huttner, PCC, past president, also attended. It’s a unique gathering as it enables global leaders to identify the biggest challenges and opportunities facing the professional coaching community, share best practices, and network with one another. The most exciting news to come out of this forum was ICF Ohio Valley was awarded a global recognition award for excellence and inspiration in the performance and operations of our chapter. In accepting this award, I dedicated it to the 108 professional coaches who choose to be members of ICF Ohio Valley. This special award was only presented to three ICF chapters in the United States: Ohio Valley, New York City, and Raleigh. If you’d like to learn more about my experience at the Global Leaders Forum and see some fun photos, I authored a blog post about my experience here that you read here:

4. Our First Chapter Partnership: Stand Beside Them is Providing Pro Bono Coaching to Military Veterans

b4e963_1b48ecd0f2b1fd42bb01f5ddd2bf30e9For many years, our chapter has considered various organizations to explore a partnership with to help promote coaching in the communities we serve. In considering a partnership, we’ve been extremely thoughtful to identify a partner that has a track record of success, a strong reputation, and is benefiting an underserved population. Tomorrow, the chapter will kick off a special partnership with Stand Beside Them, a non-profit that provides pro-bono coaching to returning military veterans, their families, and caregivers. The Ohio Valley has one of the largest concentrations of military veterans anywhere in the United States and we believe coaching can help play a big role in helping these heroes returning from military service. Tomorrow the chapter is hosting a kick-off conversation with Steve Aidikonis, ACC, and Stephanie Richmond, the CEO and Founder of Stand Beside Them. To learn more about the program, apply to offer pro-bono coaching to a veteran, or share the program with a veteran you know, please visit: This is an excellent program as it provides pro-bono (FREE) coaching to returning veterans, their families, and caregivers. I anticipate the chapter will actively promote this program through various media channels throughout the Ohio Valley. A special thank you to Steve Aidkionis, ACC, for bringing this partnership to life in the Ohio Valley.

5. April, May, and June Signature Programs Announced for ICF Ohio Valley

Our programming committee, led by Michelle Naiser, ACC, has been hard at work creating some exceptional learning opportunities for you. In case you didn’t know, our educational programs are recognized around the global community as some of the most insightful offered. Regularly, we have ICF members participate from all over the United States and foreign countries.

Here are links to the next three programs. These programs are FREE to ICF Ohio Valley members and are delivered virtually using webinar software. This is a benefit of your membership in the chapter.

TaraHeadShotSavvy Strategic Alliances: 7 Steps to Creating Fun & Profitable Partnerships with Other Professionals with Tara Butler Floch, PCC

Presented by ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter
Wed, April 20, Noon-1:30 p.m.
Earn 1.5 CEU

Coaching Your Clients to Mindfulness with Scott Eblin, PCC

Presented by ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter
Wed, May 11, 6-7:30 p.m.
Earn 1.5 CEU

1ff2803Feng Shui Your Way to a Bigger Bottom Line: 3 Feng Shui Secrets Most Coaches Will Never Know About Eliminating Blocks to Increasing Business, Clients, and Money with Linda Hardenstein, PCC

Presented by ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter
Thurs, Jun 2, Noon-1:30 p.m.
Earn 1.5 CEU

A special thanks to Michelle and the volunteers working to coordinate these signature programs for our members.

6. By-Law Revisions

Thanks to everyone who cast a vote for the by-law revisions proposed by chapter leadership team. They bylaw vote was UNANIMOUS in favor. A special thanks to Jeff Nally, PCC, vp marketing, Sandy Hughes, ACC, secretary-treasurer, and Meredith Williams, chapter administrator, for the work done to modernize the bylaws. The revised and current bylaws are posted on Many of the bylaw revisions were inspired by best practices shared by ICF France at the Global Leaders Forum held last year in Atlanta.

7. Proclamations for International Coaching Week

In preparation of International Coaching Week, being held May 16-22, 2016, we’ve been working on a project to have each of the mayors of the major cities in the Ohio Valley geography declare the week International Coaching Week. We’re thrilled to announce today we’ve obtained proclamations from Mayor John Cranley, in Cincinnati, Mayor Jim Gray of Lexington, and Mayor Greg Fischer of Louisville. We hope to obtain a proclamation from Governor Ray Tomblin from West Virginia as well. These proclamations will be incorporated in some p.r. the chapter is doing to promote coaching in the region and we intend to post them on the chapter website and social media.

8. Participation Opportunities

Want to participate in the chapter? There are several ways to participate. Feel free to contact any chapter leader to let them know of your interest: Have an idea on how to advance the art and science of professional coaching in the Ohio Valley? Don’t know where to start, but just want to speak to someone? Have some feedback? Need an ear to bend? Feel free to contact me at or 502-554-3029. Need help getting your listing on the chapter website Find A Coach directory? Contact Meredith William, chapter administrator, at Want to schedule a local meet-up in your area? Let us know and we’ll help get the word out to coaches in your area and place the meet-up on the chapter calendar.

9. #ICFMidwest 2016 in Indianapolis June 23-25, 2016

2016Logo700-300x239We are thrilled to announce Ohio Valley will have a very large delegation of coaches planning to attend ICF Midwest in Indianapolis. As of the last report, we had 27 coaches from our chapter planning to attend this annual conference (this is double the number from Ohio Valley who attended last year’s conference in Kansas City).

hero_photo_coachingThere are still a few spots left. The opening and closing keynote speaker is Marshall Goldsmith. To learn more or register, visit: You’ll want to act fast though as registration is limited to 400 coaches. Our chapter is proud to sponsor this conference as a way for members to connect with one another, learn best practices, and get inspired by industry thought leaders.

I want to acknowledge three ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter members who are volunteering for this conference: Janet Fulton, ACC, Kelly Osbaldiston, ACC, and Jennifer Seaver-Stokes. Thank you for your contributions!

10. A Reminder to Renew Your Membership

Thank you for choosing to be a member of ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter. We’ve accomplished a lot as a collective this past year. The momentum for professional coaching is building and the recent global award for ICF Ohio Valley is a strong indicator that something special is happening in our neck of the woods. I want you to know your contribution to this profession of coaching is important to the individuals, teams, and organizations we serve as a community in the Ohio Valley. Coaching is a pioneering profession and we are creating it as we progress.

If you have already renewed your membership for 2016: thank you. If you haven’t already renewed your annual membership, please do so today as tomorrow is the deadline to renew. Please remember to designate ICF Ohio Valley as your chapter. You can renew here:

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thank you for being an integral part of this community.

With all my best,
Chris Padgett, PCC
ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter

ICF Global Leaders Forum 2016

March 3-6, 2016, I had the unique opportunity to participate in the International Coach Federation Global Leaders Forum (GLF). Other ICF Ohio Valley Chapter leaders attending included Chapter President-Elect Janet Fulton, ACC, and Chapter Past President and current President of ICF Midwest Ann Huttner, PCC. The forum was held in Charlotte, North Carolina, and brought together chapter leaders from around the globe.

Taking Advantage of the In Between Space

I arrived many hours prior to the beginning of the Global Leaders Forum and so I used this time to do what I do anytime I visit a new city: visit the city’s art museum.

In Charlotte, I ordered a Lyft from the Renaissance Hotel and headed to the Mint Museum and the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art which is located next door to the Mint Museum. In these places, I viewed some artwork that helped me understand the culture and history of Charlotte.

An art museum is a portal into the perspective of people. I find they ground me to what matters to the people in a particular geography. Art is neither right nor wrong. Viewing it helps me understand the choices, values, and priorities of the curators who chose to hang it in a museum and the creators who chose to create it. Here are three highlights from what I viewed in Charlotte:

Selma, Bloody Sunday

Mint Museum Collection: Selma, Bloody Sunday

Max Ernst, Project Pour un Monument a W.C. Fields, 1957 at the Bechtler Museum.

Max Ernst, Project Pour un Monument a W.C. Fields, 1957 at the Bechtler Museum.

Niki de Saint Phalle, Firebird 1991, Bechtler Museum

Niki de Saint Phalle, Firebird 1991, Bechtler Museum

Feeling more grounded in Charlotte, I was ready to be present for the forum kickoff and ready to listen, learn, and share with colleagues from throughout the global community.

Positive Disruptions in Leadership

This was the third ICF leaders forum I’ve attended. Last year’s in Atlanta celebrated the 20th anniversary of our professional community and a regional leaders forum was held in Cleveland in 2014. In case you’re curious, you can read my blog about the 2015 GLF here. The 2016 theme was extremely fitting: “LeaderShift: Positive Disruptions in Leadership.” As leaders of a professional global community we have a big choice to make in our leadership approach: Will we be Agents of Change? or Stewards of the Status Quo? Or Both?

This message was eloquently conveyed during a kick-off talk by Leda Turai Petrauskiene, MCC, the 2016 ICF Global Board Chair who boldly challenged us to be curious and courageous in examining our own thinking patterns, assumptions, principles, and habits.

The true beauty of the GLF experience is the bringing together an extremely diverse leaders of the professional coaching community from all over the earth for connection, sharing, learning and fellowship.

ICF Ohio Valley Globally Recognized

GLF kicked off with a bang for ICF Ohio Valley: the chapter won a global recognition award for high performance and overall excellence!

This was a complete surprise and what made it extra special was knowing the selection was made by a judging panel comprised of peer coaches from all over the world.

A total of 12 chapter received this recognition and you can view a list of them all here. Three chapters from the USA (Ohio Valley, Raleigh, and New York) were recognized.

Congrats to Noa Ronen, ACC, from ICF Raleigh and Margaret Walsh from ICF NYC on their chapter recognition, and congrats to colleagues all over the world for earning this special honor!

For Ohio Valley, this honor is dedicated to the 107 human members working as professional coaches in Kentucky, West Virginia, southern Ohio, and southern Indiana.

Global recognition: International Coach Federation Ohio Valley Charter Chapter Leaders (L-R): President Elect Janet Fulton, ACC, President Chris Padgett, PCC, and Past President Ann Huttner, PCC were thrilled to hear the good news!

Global recognition: International Coach Federation Ohio Valley Charter Chapter Leaders (L-R): President Elect Janet Fulton, ACC, President Chris Padgett, PCC, and Past President Ann Huttner, PCC were thrilled to hear the good news!

A Tapestry of Experiences

The forum was a tapestry of inspirational keynote presentations, informal networking, and idea labs. In particular I found the unstructured aspects of the conference to create exactly the kind of creative thinking container that mature global leaders of the coaching profession need to spark change and partnership through conversation.

Two keynotes of note were particularly good: an opening talk by Kate Canales, research professor and director of design and innovation at the SMU Lyle School of Engineering and a closing keynote by Cal Newport, a professor at Georgetown University and the author of Deep Work.

These two talks alone made the GLF a extremely valuable investment of time. Kate inspired participants to think big and Cal inspired us to think deeply. I previously heard Cal speak several years ago at the World Domination Summit in Portland, Oregon, and believe he’s putting forward a valuable contrarian view to the Twitter obsessed, attention deficit based world we find ourselves living in today.

Four global leaders made talks during the conference: Jurgen Bache, president of ICF Deutschland, Suzanne Ricard-Greenway, ACC, past president of ICF Vancouver, Jim Milner, MCC, president of ICF Wisconsin, and Abdallah Aljurf, ACC, president of ICF Saudi Arabia who challenged all participants to bring light to darkness. All were excellent presentations.

Abdullah’s talk really resonated as it connected to me on a heart level. My life’s work is centered around shining a light on darkness and blindspots that leaders, teams, and organizations typically shy away from and/or find uncomfortable. Shining a bright spotlight in these — often invisible spaces — brings awareness, identifies hidden gems, reveals powerful learning, and sparks explosive growth. While many believe growth only happens in the sunlight, I consistently find that organic growth is typically lurking somewhere near a shadow, stigma, secret, or self-limiting belief of a leader, team, organization, or community. These are powerful places for awareness, reflection, learning, and growth.

Abdallah Aljurf, ACC, president of ICF Saudia Arabia, challenges global coaching leaders to bring light to darkness.

Abdallah Aljurf, ACC, president of ICF Saudia Arabia, challenges global coaching leaders to bring light to darkness.

Explosive Growth

After 21 years, the once small organization envisioned by Thomas Leonard, has experienced explosive growth in the past few years.

There are many factors for the growth including: market acceptance of coaching, the global economic downturn, and expansion of the coaching movement into countries all over the globe.

This growth is requiring global leaders to examine some fundamental questions: What’s needed? What’s next? and What’s possible? What do we need to stand for? A focused space for conversations on this topic were 16 Idea Labs on diverse topics ranging from Bold Ideas in Leadership and Governance, to the Age of Technology, to Building a Bigger Table through Alliances and Partnerships and many more.

Idea Labs

One of the most beautiful aspects of the GLF was each participant chose to attend whichever Idea Lab resonated most deeply with him or her.

I chose to attend three based upon issues that are important to me and my leadership approach: Building a Bigger Table through Alliances and Partnerships, Bold Ideas in Leadership and Governance, and Membership Engagement — all relevant topics to my experience as a chapter leader within this global community.

In particular, I was inspired by partnership examples shared by Inta Sellick, PCC, from ICF Australasia and Roa Nonen, ACC, from ICF Raleigh. The insights shared by these two will inform the partnership initiative being developed for ICF Ohio Valley based upon a model previously created and shared with our chapter by Michael Jahraus, PCC from ICF Vancouver.

These conversations were extremely valuable and there was a combination of listening and sharing that took place. It may make sense in the future to consider adding some Open Space concepts to these conversation containers as some of the participants (and those who stepped forward to facilitate) struggled with the format.

I picked up some good insights and ideas to bring back to the Ohio Valley and I uncovered some issues that will help me to better participate and advocate in the global community — chief among them being the need for ICF global communications to be made more broadly available in languages outside of English.

Language is a global equalizer and embracing this need will require some pattern disruptions within our community to occur so others can more fully participate.

Global leaders participate in the Membership Engagement Idea Lab at the Global Leaders Forum.

Global leaders participate in the Membership Engagement Idea Lab at the Global Leaders Forum.

I needed a break after the third Idea Lab, so I chose to take a walk to get some fresh air with my friend Randy Fernandez, ACC, president of ICF North Texas. Randy, like me, is a Co-Active Coach. The final batch of Idea Labs didn’t resonate with me and I’m glad Randy and I decided to catch-up and take a walk around the hotel property to decompress.

Randy and I discussed the highs and lows of leading a chapter and shared some best practices that we’ve found helpful. In this one conversation — just like all the other 1:1 conversations at the GLF, I found tremendous value.

“Grow with Coaching and Grow with ICF”

Along our walk, Randy and I encountered our new friend Artur Michalski, ACC, president of ICF Poland.

Artur is spearheading a global initiative to inspire the International Coach Federation global community to plant one tree for every ICF member (27,000)! Artur accelerated this effort by coordinating with the hotel management and planted a tree in Charlotte on the hotel grounds.

Artur had to jump through a significant number of hoops to bring this effort to life and I’m glad he chose to do so. The planting of a tree is a symbol of growth and participating in the planting added a spiritual dimension to the GLF that was sorely needed. Many people look at trees with a spiritual reverence and view them as friends.

The slogan of Artur’s campaign is “Grow with coaching and grow with ICF!” I very much was deeply moved to bring this campaign back to the Ohio Valley and inspire the chapter to plant one tree for every professional ICF coach member in Kentucky, West Virginia, southern Ohio, and southern Indiana.

I’ve started exploring a program offered by the Arbor Day Foundation that plants one tree for every dollar donated at a forest in the United States.


ICF Poland President Artur Michalski, ACC, and I dig the hole for a tree to be planted in Charlotte at the Global Leaders Forum 2016. Artur is leading a global effort to inspire the planting of one tree for every ICF member!

Inspiration Abounds

Inspiration flowed throughout the forum. I was particularly touched by the creation of Nathalie Ducrot, MCC, president of ICF Switzerland. Nathalie invested a significant amount of her time and energy in creating a learning tool which is a deck of cards that incorporates each of the International Coach Federation core competencies.

The core competencies are the backbone of professional model and what I found genius about Nathalie’s creation is that it is tactile, easy to use, well designed, easily accessible, and a valuable learning tool.

I would like to get one of these decks into the hands of each member of ICF Ohio Valley at some point if I can figure out how to do so. This creation is a symbol of the shared learning that emerges when coaches are able to connect and share with one another.

This well designed deck of ICF Core Competency cards was created by Nathalie Ducrot, MCC, president of ICF Switzerland.

This well designed deck of ICF Core Competency cards was created by Nathalie Ducrot, MCC, president of ICF Switzerland.

Breaks in between gatherings were invaluable. I was able to meet up with some colleagues from around the world.

One secret tip I’ll share that I’ve done for many years whenever I attend a meeting  is to sit at an empty table during a meal. It pushes me away from connecting with people I know and enables me to meet with whoever shows up. You’d be surprised at how valuable this one tip has been at helping me identify new friends and clients over the years.

As humans we have a tendency to gather with those we’re most comfortable with. It’s amazing who you meet, what you learn, and the connections made when you force yourself outside of your comfort zone.

View from my seat at a GLF lunch. During this meal, I had a fabulous conversation with Lyne Leblanc, PCC, president-elect of ICF Montreal and Suresh Bethavandu, ACC, president of ICF Chennai Chapter.

View from my seat at a GLF lunch. During this meal, I had a fabulous conversation with Lyne Leblanc, PCC, president-elect of ICF Montreal and Suresh Bethavandu, ACC, president of ICF Chennai Chapter.

Coaches Love to Dance!

One of the principles of many coaching models is to dance in the moment with our clients.

Dancing in the moment involves being present to whatever shows up and not bringing an agenda to a client. There is no more fitting way to observe this principle in action then on a dance floor at an ICF global forum with coaches from countries all over the globe coming together to exercise after a day filled with a lot of sitting!

Coaches from countries all over the globe dance at ICF GLF 2016.

Coaches from countries all over the globe dance at ICF GLF 2016.

Sparks of Growth

Ultimately the coming together of the leaders of the global coaching community is about sparking inspiration, sparking change, and sparking partnerships.

The world at large is going through tremendous social, economic, and political change.

Professional coaches are well positioned to play a critical role in helping move people, organizations, and communities forward: from one place to a better tomorrow.

Coaching is a noble profession as it is a catalyst for change. It was an honor representing ICF Ohio Valley at this forum.

A special thanks to Denise Stenzel, Magda Mook, and all of the people (ICF staff and Charlotte people) involved in making this forum a reality. It was a valuable investment of time.

Midwest Region Forum

The final day in Charlotte was dedicated for regional break-out forum to occur. There are seven ICF regions: Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), Latin America, North America Midwest, North America Northeast, North America Southeast, and North America West.

Ann Huttner, PCC, past president of ICF Ohio Valley is the president of the Midwest region and she organized an exceptional meeting for chapter leaders from the Midwest.

Ann brilliantly pulled the place — Charlotte, North Carolina — into this meeting and shared the story of how the first gold rush in American history took place in Charlotte. This was a beautiful and fitting narrative as the entire GLF and our time together was about mining golden nuggets of inspiration from all over the globe. Ann is a masterful facilitator and created and held an extremely powerful space for the Midwest leaders to connect and share on a human level. This was so helpful given the frenetic pace of the prior days of the GLF.

What’s often forgotten when meetings of this nature take place is that we are all human. We all have human needs, desires, and wants. We all have a spirit, soul, and heart that needs to be acknowledged and nourished. A special thanks to Ann for recognizing this need and addressing it with intentionality during our last remaining hours together in Charlotte.

ICF Ohio Valley Past President and President of Midwest Region Advisory Council Ann Huttner, PCC, with Randy Fernandez, ACC, president of ICF North Texas share a moment.

ICF Ohio Valley Past President and President of Midwest Region Advisory Council Ann Huttner, PCC, with Randy Fernandez, ACC, president of ICF North Texas share a moment at ICF GLF 2016 in Charlotte.

If you have read this far, bravo! My hope is this post conveys a bit of my experience with the reader who was not able to participate. My promise as your chapter leader — with your help — is to transform the ideas and insights from the GLF to action in the Ohio Valley and advance the art and science of professional coaching for the humans, organizations, and communities we serve.


With all my best,

Chris Padgett, PCC


ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter



Leader’s Update – Summer 2015

Wherever this Labor Day weekend finds you, I want to acknowledge you for taking the stand to be a professional coach in the Ohio Valley. A while back I started working with a coaching client in Europe. My client was trying to better understand where in the United States I was located. The conversation went something like this: “How far are you from New York or Los Angeles?” After explaining my middle-America location along the Ohio River, my client immediately focused on one word: Ohio. “So goes Ohio, so goes America,” they said. Yes, I explained the geography of the Ohio Valley is a pretty good barometer for America. This got me to thinking about the enormous social and economic changes taking place throughout the Ohio Valley geography and how much now–more than ever–individuals and organizations can truly benefit from working with a professional coach. It’s a significant opportunity.

Coaching in our neck of the woods is truly a labor of love. We work everyday with our clients at a noble intersection of courage, change, and choice. For many clients, making change and being at conscious choice is far from easy. This intersection–and the roads that lead to and from it–can bring out the best and the worst in people and organizations. As a member of ICF Ohio Valley, you’ve made a conscious choice to be a part of a community of professional coaches advancing the art and science of professional coaching in Kentucky, southern Ohio, southern Indiana, and West Virginia. In recognition of this Labor Day, thank you for inspiring others to be courageous and make important and meaningful choices and changes in their lives and/or organizations.

three way intersection

“We work everyday with our clients at a noble intersection of courage, change, and choice.”

In this note, you’ll learn about some of the comings and goings in your ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter:

1. Chapter advance 2015
2. The Crossroads of Coaching
3. Welcome new members
4. New author
5. New vp programming and vp marketing
6. Upcoming programs
7. Participation opportunities
8. Global coaching survey
9. Member blog post

1. Chapter Advance 2015

In my last note on July 16, I extended an open invitation to every member in our chapter to attend our annual chapter advance. I want to acknowledge the members of Ohio Valley who came together on August 7, to develop the chapter Future Self and plan directional activity to advance our community focus over the next 36 months. Thanks to: Sandy Hughes, ACC, Kevin Guerrero, Jeff Nally, PCC, Belinda Gates, ACC, Janet Fulton, ACC, Michelle Naiser, ACC, Peggy Hinds, ACC, Jodi George, ACC, Kelly Osbaldiston, ACC, Ann Huttner, PCC, and chapter admin Meredith Williams who gathered together.

ICF Ohio Valley Chapter Advance 2015

L-R: Secretary/Treasurer Sandy Hughes, ACC, Kevin Guerrero, VP Marketing Jeff Nally, PCC, VP Membership Belinda Gates, ACC, President-Elect Janet Fulton, ACC, VP Programming Michelle Naiser, ACC, Peggy Hinds, ACC, Jodi George, ACC, Kelly Osbaldiston, ACC, Past President Ann Huttner, PCC, and President Chris Padgett, PCC. Photo by Meredith Williams.

2. The Crossroads of Coaching

Given its proximity to our geography, next year will present a rare opportunity for coaches in the Ohio Valley to participate in the ICF Midwest conference–The Crossroads of Coaching–taking place in Indianapolis in 2016. The conference will feature Marshall Goldsmith as both the opening and closing keynote speaker. Please save the date for this fabulous opportunity to connect with colleagues and learn from a global thought leader of the coaching profession. To learn more, visit If you are interested in proposing a conference program, there is a current call for educational breakout sessions. Applications must be received no later than Thursday, October 15, at Midnight. To apply to present an educational program, visit Save the date!: June 23-25, 2016.


3. Welcome New Members!
Our chapter continues to grow and strengthen! We now stand at 80 members! Please join me in welcoming two new members:
Stephanie BroadersMason,
Craig WillardFrankfort,

4. New Author

Please join me in offering a special congratulations to Carole Jean Rogers on the publication of her recent book, Commit to Clarity: The Secret Power to Entrepreneurial Success. Carole Jean joined the chapter in July 2001 and previously served on the chapter leadership team. Carole Jean is hosting a book party on Wednesday, September 9. RSVP here: Way to go Carole Jean on playing a bigger game and becoming a published author!

Carole Jean Rogers

Carole Jean Rogers







5. New VP Programming and VP Marketing

Please join me in congratulating Michelle Naiser, ACC, and Jeff Nally, PCC, on being appointed Vice President of Programming and Vice President of Marketing respectively for ICF Ohio Valley. Michelle and Jeff are excellent ambassadors of the professional coaching movement. Michelle joined the chapter in February 2012 and is principal at the Naiser Group. Before launching her coaching business, Michelle was director of organization development for Brown-Forman Corporation. Jeff joined the chapter in January 2009 and is president of Nally Group Inc. Before launching his coaching business, Jeff was executive coaching and assessment portfolio leader for Humana Inc. Both Michelle and Jeff make exceptional additions to the ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter leadership team and will help advance the art and science of professional in Kentucky, southern Indiana, southern Ohio, and West Virginia.

michelle naiser

Michelle Naiser, ACC


Jeff Nally, PCC







6. Upcoming programs

Ursula Pottinga, PCC, CPCC

Ursula Pottinga, PCC, CPCC


“The Neuroscience of Stress: Discovering the Most Effective Zone in Yourself and in Your Clients”
Thursday, Sept 17, 2015, Noon-1:30 P.M. EST
Earn 1.0 CCEU
Led by Ursula Pottinga, PCC, CPCC
Presented by ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter
Chapter members will receive an email to register or visit the chapter website:


header-website“Navigating the Portfolio Credentialing Process”
Earning an ICF credential is becoming an increasingly essential aspect of being a professional coach. More and more individuals and organizations are becoming aware of the ICF credential and third-party research shows that ICF credentialed coaches earn more than non-credentialed peers and their clients report higher levels of satisfaction. In an effort to help coaches who are interested in pursuing a credential, ICF Midwest is offering two opportunities for credentialing support for members throughout the Midwest region to navigate the credentialing process.
Monday, Sept 21, 7:00 P.M. EST
Wednesday, Oct 14, 7:00 P.M. EST
You can attend the call that works best for your schedule. If you are unable to attend, a recording will be made and placed on the chapter blog when available. These sessions are offered to you as a benefit of your ICF membership and no registration is required. You simply need to mark the date on your calendar and then at the time of the call, dial 855-257-8693 and enter pin#: 6571223.

7. Participation Opportunities

Interested in shaping the future of the professional coaching community? There are several ways to participate and contribute to the chapter and beyond!
a.) Chapter opportunities: To participate on a chapter committee (programming, marketing, membership, or finance/administration), please contact one of the chapter leaders to express your interest to contribute:
b.) Conference opportunities: To participate on the team pulling together ICF Midwest conference in Indianapolis, visit:
c.) Midwest region award task force: There is a special task force led by Cheryl Proctor-Rogers, president-elect of ICF Chicago to improve the Midwest region awards program. Cheryl is currently recruiting coaches from ICF Midwest chapters who have led or been a member of a regional or national awards program. Research and benchmarking will guide the work of this task force and so Cheryl is looking for participants who have conducted a SWOT analysis for their organization. If you have this kind of expertise and are interested in contributing to this task force, please send a short email to Cheryl at by September 30. Task force participants will play an instrumental role in identifying opportunities to enhance and/or redesign the current awards program. The task force will begin in November 2015 and conclude in April 2016. Estimated monthly time commitment is eight hours.


8. Global coaching survey
Have you completed the global coaching survey? This survey is coordinated by the International Coach Federation in partnership with PWC. Results will be shared broadly. Ohio members recently hit the 100+ response threshold needed to receive a state-specific breakout. If you have not already done so, please complete the survey and pass it along to non-member coaches. Both ICF member and non-members can complete the survey. The goal is to provide a pulse view of the state of coaching both globally and locally. This is a wonderful opportunity to better understand the skill, profession, and industry that is professional coaching. To complete the survey or share it with a coach that is not an ICF member, go to:

9. Member blog post

Have you checked out the chapter blog post — Marketing is Messed Up! by chapter member Kristen Beireis? Kristen is a three-time marketing chair of the ICF Midwest Conference and will present a special program for chapter members later in the year. If you haven’t yet, be sure to read Kristen’s post on the chapter blog, visit: If you would like to contribute a post for the ICF Ohio Valley chapter blog, visit:

Kristen Beireis

Kristen Beireis







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“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” – Edith Wharton

With all my best,


Chris Padgett, PCC


ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter


Marketing is Messed Up!

It’s Monday morning and you’re ready to hit the ground running. You have on your to-do list a marketing e-mail that you’d like to send out later in the week. You start to think about what you want to write and you’re not inspired. So, you look through your inbox and see what your colleagues are sending out. You intentionally look for the colleagues who have been in business longer than you, because they know more (of course!).

You find one where the subject got your attention, so you open it up to look for some inspiration. As you read, you notice that there’s a great intro paragraph that you know would make potential clients feel like the writer knows them. Then you read on and start to feel the tiny little sting of a pitch. As you get further and further into the e-mail, you feel like you’re being sold to. Then you get to the bottom, you KNOW you’ve been sold to and you think “this is messed up!”.

If you’ve ever had this experience when reading marketing of any kind, then you need to STOP reading it!

Most of the “tactics” used in marketing are totally messed up!

I know, I know. You’re thinking “But those tactics have been tested, proven and they work.

YES! They have been tested, proven and they work. Have you ever researched WHO tested and proved them? Have you researched WHO they work for? 9 times out of 10, it was marketing people who tested and proved that the tactic worked. NOT a coach.

I know, I know. “But these marketing people know what they’re talking about.” Right?

If you’re client came to you and said “This other person knows better than me.” What would be your response? I know what my response would be; “What makes you think they know better?”

When it comes to marketing, we do need to know something about the mechanics and how it works. However, you do NOT have to create marketing that turns YOU off. If you don’t like it, your clients won’t like it. So, what makes you think others know better than you? Where would be a better place to gather inspiration than your colleagues or marketing experts? What do you want to do differently in your next e-mail?

Marketing can feel really messed up these days. So, change it up! Go the coaching route. What would honor more of who you are in your marketing? Next time you need inspiration, that’s the place to look.


2a65aebKristen Beireis is the Trust-Building in Marketing Expert. She doesn’t tell her clients what to do and say in marketing. Instead, she helps her clients trust in who they are and allow their uniqueness to shine through in marketing. Her Inner Trust approach makes marketing easy for Coaches to keep up with and quickly build trust with potential clients. Sign up for Kristen’s Coaches’ Guide to Easier Marketing at


Mastery of Oneself

“The human race is challenged more than ever before to demonstrate our mastery – not over nature – but of ourselves.” – Rachel Carson, environmentalist

What is mastery over ourselves? What would that look like?

Ultimately our intent, thoughts, words, actions and responses are the only things that we can control and master. These all involve choice and our own freewill. It’s the awareness that every moment involves a choice—whether it be on the automatic, unconscious level or with awareness and mastery.

The awareness of those choices in the moments that make up our lives involves a discipline of mind. Sound like a lot of work? It is—at first. But that discipline of mind becomes easier and easier, and it is SO worth it! How is it worth it? A simple example is when you make a conscious choice to change a thought. Maybe it’s a thought that really doesn’t serve any purpose other than making you feel down or defeated. By changing that one thought that has been floating around in your mind all day to one that is more uplifting, you can change the course of your day. You can also change the world around you by changing that one thought. Have you ever been around someone who stays negative about almost everything or doesn’t want to see a hopeful solution? It has an effect on those who are around them. The same is true for those who are hopeful, empowered and are taking action that is consistent with hope and empowerment. The hopeful draw people to them in a good way like a magnet.

Another example of that mastery is when you look at and consider the effects a choice you make will have on others before you make it. Does insisting that it be your way make you blind to the needs of others? I can think of an instance or two in my life where I, out of fear, had inadvertently done this. If you think about it, perhaps you can remember an example of this in your own life–an instance where you were coming from a place of fear–fear of change or fear that another way would not bring the desired results. How many times have we seen the effects of choices made by others when consideration was not made first about the impact those choices would have?  Perhaps you directly felt those effects, perhaps not, but the effects were apparent.

Seeking mastery over others is not leadership; it is an abuse of power.

Seeking mastery of oneself is living a conscious life and is genuine leadership.

Masters are everywhere, in all walks of life. A master can be the person who sees her/his life as a service. It’s a janitor I know who always has a cheerful greeting and is truly joyful in doing what some people would consider a menial task. It’s the person in the parking garage booth, who recently when I asked “how are you?” answered with, “I’m blessed! I have a job where all day long I can greet people and wish them a good evening. What could be better than that?” I’m humbled by that kind of mastery.

Mastery is not perfection. Masters make mistakes, and they do encounter difficulties. Mastery can be working in a process of knowing there’s always more to know.Mastery can be about getting back up again after a fall or mistake, claiming it, apologizing for it (if it affected others), learning from it, dusting oneself off, and moving forward again.

© Copyright 2014 Mary Claire O’Neal, All rights reserved.

Mary Claire O’Neal is the author of the award-winning book, Becoming What You Want to See in the World, and is a communication consultant and coach.