Check out the latest chapter update from Chris Padgett, PCC, president of ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter.
Check out the latest chapter update from Chris Padgett, PCC, president of ICF Ohio Valley Charter Chapter.
Nearly two out of every three members of ICF Ohio Valley currently holds an ICF credential (ACC, PCC, or MCC).
If you are curious about earning an ICF credential, ICF Midwest recently hosted a virtual program with ICF HQ to answer commonly asked questions about earning an iCF credential. The program was recorded and is available for you to access.
Click here to access a recording of this program.
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.
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.
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 www.icf-midwest.com. 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 www.icf-midwest.com/2016presenters/. 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 Broaders – Mason, Ohio – www.linkedin.com/pub/stephanie-broaders/16/7a2/a61
Craig Willard – Frankfort, Kentucky – www.linkedin.com/pub/craig-willard/19/348/b30
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: www.eventbrite.com/e/the-book-party-registration-17719422269 Way to go Carole Jean on playing a bigger game and becoming a published author!
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.
6. Upcoming programs
“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: www.icfohiovalley.org
“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: www.icfohiovalley.org/leadership/
b.) Conference opportunities: To participate on the team pulling together ICF Midwest conference in Indianapolis, visit: www.icf-midwest.com/volunteers/
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 email@example.com 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: www.coachsurvey2015.com.
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: www.icfohiovalley.org/blog/ If you would like to contribute a post for the ICF Ohio Valley chapter blog, visit: www.icfohiovalley.org/blog/blog-submission-guidelines/
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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,
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:
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:
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:
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:
To celebrate its 20th anniversary, the International Coach Federation convened chapter leaders from around the globe in Atlanta, Georgia, March 5-7, 2015. Approximately 170 chapter leaders from six continents and 56 countries came together to celebrate the history and growth of the profession, understand and align around the ICF global vision and strategic plan, and forge connection and renewal within the community. The coaches gathered represented an extremely diverse mix of all the different niches found in the profession.
It was a historic and fun meeting! It was the first time in the association’s history that all chapter leaders from around the globe were invited to gather in one space.
During the experience, I kept thinking about Thomas Leonard, who 20 years ago, made the choice to invest $50,000 in seed investment to create the ICF. Twenty years later, the seed he planted has grown into a global organization comprised of over 26,000 professional coaches in chapters located on six continents. This is a powerful example of how the seed you sow and the choices you make can leave a legacy many years in the future!
The forum provided an ideal opportunity to reflect on growth and begin to identify the new seeds of impact we want to plant and germinate for the future of both the coaching profession and the global community.
In many respects, organizations are like gardens. They often start off with a blank canvas, an idea or two, and they can take years of cultivation, time and resource investment, weeding, water, sunlight, attention, and care to become places of beauty, health, and renewal. Organizations — just like gardens — create a powerful container for growth and learning.
When I joined the ICF six years ago, my goal was to connect with like minded individuals who were pursuing this noble profession. At first, I didn’t know one other coach in the Ohio Valley. Now, I’ve met numerous colleagues and friends. I’ve matured as a coaching professional, developed my core coaching competencies, and earned valuable credentials. Along the way, the ICF’s provided me a safe space to learn and grow.
To scale for growth in the organization, ICF is nurturing regional organizations to strengthen connection between local chapters and the global organization. These regional seeds are taking hold and I had the opportunity to attend a meeting of chapter leaders from throughout the Midwest Region. This region is comprised of 13 chapters (Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Heartland, Indianapolis, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio Valley, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and Wisconsin). The regional meeting allowed chapter leaders to connect and get to know one another, share best practices, and learn how we can support each other. ICF Ohio Valley is well represented in the Midwest Region leadership with Ann Huttner serving as president-elect of the region. Ann is a strong leader and is doing a super job in this role!
I met some wonderful coaches from the Midwest chapters who are each doing their part to help humanity flourish. One such coach is Sharol Tyra, my new friend and president of ICF Minnesota. Sharol and I talked about the type of coaching we do. Sharol is a nurse turned professional coach and she is a wonderful ambassador of the profession. I learned she is planning to travel through Kentucky later this year and I was able to share some tips on potential places to visit during her trip.
I share this bit of my conversation with you because these 1:1 conversations were what I found to be the most valuable aspect of the global forum. Powerful conversations are what we facilitate as coaches with our clients. Conversations can be a catalyst for learning, change, and growth. I really enjoyed being able to meet, learn, and share with coaches from so many different places from all over the globe!
Overall, the forum was a valuable use of time and I was humbled to represent ICF Ohio Valley and wanted to share with you the key themes and insights from my perspective.
1. Community — the glue that binds us together. Matt Varney, ICF director of chapter development, spoke to attendees about the power of our community. Being part of a connected community of professional coaches with high standards and ethics matters to us and our clients. For many coaches, it’s the community that binds us together and renews us. This connection is so important as we are part of a profession that is still in its infancy. Through the community, we can ask ourselves some powerful and reflective questions about our future: What if? What’s next? What’s possible? What’s happening here?
2. Legacy: My favorite talk from this forum was given by Fields Wicker-Miurin. You also can watch a TED talk she gave here. Fields asked us a very powerful question: What kind of ancestor do we want to be? This question creates a space for reflection and consideration. Fields further suggested the following leadership qualities for the future: 1. Self knowledge, 2. Vulnerability – I am open for you, 3. Courage, passion, and resilience, 4. Giving meaning and purpose, 5. Humility – it’s not about me, 6. Be the bridge – and cross it. As coaches working in the Ohio Valley, we operate in communities that are going through transformative change in the attitudes and behaviors of the people and organizations we serve. It takes courage, passion, and resilience to approach our work each day. Fields encouraged us to practice “unzipping” — the act of being vulnerable. Her talk was chock full of rich insights: “You are not your ego.” “Humility is about knowing your voice is not the only voice.” “Leaders are the reference point in their organization/community.” “Refuel in flight. Leadership is about being there for people when they need you most.” For personal reflection: What kind of ancestor do you want to be?
3. Power of Why: We heard from Peter Docker, an associate of Simon Sinek. Sinek is the author of “Start With Why” and “Leaders Eat Last.” Sinek’s TED talk, “How Great Leaders Inspire Action” is the third most watched video on TED.com. This message was simple and profound. People don’t buy What you do, they buy Why you do it. Too often leaders focus their activities on the What and the How and spend little if any time focused on the Why. My favorite insight from Peter’s talk: “Leadership is about creating simplicity.” For personal reflection: What’s your Why?
Break-out sessions and panels were focused on best practices and the necessary brass tacks of growing the chapter, serving our members, facilitating exceptional programs, building community, and building partnerships in the communities we serve.
We have big opportunities in Ohio Valley and I hope you’ll make the choice to renew your membership and reflect on how you can best participate in the chapter and help advance the coaching profession in the Ohio Valley.
Thank you for being a member of ICF Ohio Valley and taking the time to read this summary of this exceptional experience!
With all my best,
Chris Padgett, PCC
ICF Ohio Valley presented Kentucky native and TEDx speaker Cynthia Loy Darst, MCC, CPCC, during a special tele-class on February 27, 2014. Cynthia is passionate about raising the bar on quality in the profession of coaching. Cynthia is the Past-President of the Association of Coach Training Organizations. One of the first to gain the designation of MCC from the ICF, Cynthia was a founding member of the ICF. She was one of the first leaders for two of the leading coaching schools: CTI and CRR Global.
Here is a video of Cynthia’s recent TEDx talk titled, “Safe Inside Yourself”:
And check out this article Cynthia recently contributed to the blog of the International Coach Federation on the use of metaphor.