In this post you’ll find some important updates from ICF Ohio Valley, but first, I want to share a short story with you about being learning something new. Perhaps you had a similar experience.
My dad was a craftsman who worked with sheet metal his entire career, he tended to work inside of a lot of commercial office buildings, schools, and hospitals and even helped build the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.
While he wasn’t a professional coach, dad was chock full of wisdom and knew how to ask really powerful questions. While teaching me to ride a bicycle, I remember he said, “Are you ready to learn something new?” I looked at him and shook my head up and down. Then he said, “Getting outside of your comfort zone is how you learn.” Off came the training wheels, learning ensued, and magic began to happen.
You know the experience of being uncomfortable? It’s the feeling you get when you don’t know exactly you are getting yourself into — but in a good kind of way.
When was the last time you felt this way?
Being uncomfortable can be a place of confusion, fear, anxiety — and importantly: aliveness, learning, and growth.
Embracing an uncomfortable position isn’t always easy and doing it regularly certainly isn’t for everyone.
Sometimes we prefer to stay in our routines and ruts — they’re comfortable and predictable.
Remember a time you were coaching a client and they said something during a conversation that caused you to pause?
Maybe in that moment you had let your guard down, you weren’t being a “professional,” and you were just open to the present moment.
What happened in that moment? What did you say? What did you learn? How did it impact your client?
As coaches, we help our clients explore the uncomfortable places — the places where opportunity, learning, and growth intersect.
To develop as professionals, we’re fortunate to have the International Coach Federation. It creates opportunities for us to be uncomfortable and in doing so, to learn, grow, and develop our craft.
A big moment is coming up this week for our profession!
May 18-24, 2015, is International Coaching Week: a celebration of our profession and a way to help others experience coaching.
Who will you help experience coaching this week? How will you get outside of your comfort zone during the week?
This International Coaching Week is special as it marks the 20th anniversary of the International Coach Federation.
Remember what you were doing 20 years ago?
Perhaps some of these events may jog your memory:
- The Denver International Airport opened
- A US postage stamp cost $0.32
- British soldiers stopped patrolling Belfast, Northern Ireland
- NASDAQ closed above 1,000 for the first time ever
- Microsoft releases Windows ’95
- A dozen eggs cost $0.87
- The DVD was introduced to the public
- The Dayton Agreement to end the Bosnian War is signed in Dayton, Ohio
- Coolio’s Gangsta’s Paradise tops the Billboard charts at #1
- The International Coach Federation was founded
Now imagine what the next 20 years can bring you and your clients by embracing uncomfortable moments.
We have some casual Coaches Cafes planned to celebrate International Coaching Week. These free public gatherings are a way to connect, meet up with colleagues, and learn something new.
Coaches Cafe in Cincinnati, Wed, May 20, 11:00 a.m. RSVP Now.
Coaches Cafe in Lexington, Wed, May 20, 8:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. RSVP Now.
Coaches Cafe in Louisville, Wed, May 20, 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. RSVP Now.
Contemplating the present and future was part of the Annual Membership Gathering this past weekend held in Northern Kentucky at General Butler State Resort Park.
Coaches attending chose to disrupt their normal routines and traveled from Dayton, Cincinnati, Lexington, Richmond, Jeffersonville, Prospect, and Louisville to get back to nature and get back to basics.
My favorite part of the day was a fun, interactive hike filled with exercise and learning along a rather unpredictable trail.
Next month, June 18-20, is a unique opportunity to leave your routine behind and connect with coaches from throughout the Midwest for a celebration of learning, community, and fellowship: ICF Midwest. It’s the only coaching conference “of the coaches, by the coaches, and for the coaches” happening this year.
About 15 coaches from the Ohio Valley chapter are planning to pack their bags and head to Kansas City for “Getting to the Heart of the Matter.”
ICF Ohio Valley is proud to sponsor this unique conference and if you register before June 5, you can save $100! To learn more or to register, check out www.icf-midwest.com.
If you are interested in room sharing or ride sharing, there is a post on the chapter LinkedIn group where you may find others interested in sharing a room or sharing a ride to Kansas City.
I want to acknowledge seven coaches who took a stand for professionalism and earned a credential since January 1, 2015, including:
- Poyee Dorrian, PCC
- Carrie Doubts, PCC
- Michelle Hollingshead, PCC
- Sandra Hughes, ACC
- Chandra Irvin, ACC
- Cheryl Penava, ACC
- Kneisha Sanders, ACC
Congrats to each of you on this professional achievement!
Now a total of 66% of the coaches in our chapter currently hold a credential (ACC, PCC, or MCC) from the ICF. This is a significant statistic as it speaks to the commitment our members have made to increasing professionalism and quality throughout the Ohio Valley. Want to get started earning your credential? Get started here.
Ohio Valley coaches are playing a bigger game in the world, and in doing so, helping to raise awareness of the profession.
Here’s the scoop on a few of our member coaches and what they’ve been up to recently:
- Carole Jean Rogers, published “Commit to Clarity: The Secret Power to Entrepreneurial Success.”
- Ann Huttner, ACC, was interviewed by Columbus CEO Magazine and shared insights about executive coaching.
- Jeff Nally, PCC, started his own coaching practice: Nally Group.
- Carol Turchick, appeared on a television program in Cincinnati and took initiative to help get the word out about our chapter’s website and Find A Coach feature.
- Cheryl Penava, ACC, became VP Learning and Development at Mortenson Family Dental
- Sandy Hughes, ACC, is serving as board chair of Social Venture Partners Cincinnati
- Kristen Beireis is serving as marketing chair of the ICF Midwest Conference
Have you recently stepped outside of your comfort zone and it resulted in you doing something big? Let me know so I can share it with our community.
Finally, you may be wondering why you are receiving this message from me? Recently our chapter president stepped down. We thank Jennifer Blair for her service to the chapter.
As president-elect, I assumed the president role for our chapter and appointed Janet Fulton, ACC, from Jeffersonville, Indiana, as president-elect. Janet has served the chapter exceptionally well as treasurer/secretary for many years and will make an excellent president in the future.
In addition to Janet, we have a wonderful volunteer leadership team leading the chapter and I’d like to acknowledge each of them: Ann Huttner, ACC, as past president, Belinda Gates, ACC, as vp membership, Cyndi Hall, as vp programs, and Sandy Hughes, ACC, as vp marketing.
If you are interested in serving on a committee or as a chapter leader, please feel free to contact me.
I want to end this note where I started — with the anecdote about my dad helping me to learn to ride a bicycle. Dad passed away unexpectedly two years ago this past April after having watched his favorite sports team win their championship game. He wasn’t feeling well, stood up, kissed my mother, his wife of 50 years, told her he loved her, and then collapsed and passed on from this earth.
I’ll never forget the experience dad shared with me when I learned to ride a bicycle. Dad once told me it was in those moments — the unfamiliar and uncomfortable moments — where we crossover from one place to the next and learn something new and realize what it means to be alive.
Thank you for reading this note and thank you for being a part of ICF Ohio Valley!
“The trust is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.”– M. Scott Peck
All the best,
P.S. Over the course of the past year, the ICF has invested in a multi-media campaign to increase public and community awareness of the ICF credential. Here’s the latest installment of this award-winning video series: